Summer Dance Program Auditions

Auditions are held for Summer Dance Program throughout the United States in order to provide our world renowned dance instruction to the most diverse and talented students. Video auditions are also accepted for domestic and international students.
During our auditions, Boston Ballet School faculty evaluates participants based on their performance at time of audition. An invitation is then extended to join one of two Summer Dance Program locations, SDP-Boston or SDP-Newton. Placement offers are final and are not negotiable under any circumstance.

  • Students who pre-register will receive a discounted registration rate ($30), priority check-in, and early audition results notification. Day-of registration will require an increased fee ($40) paid in cash only. It is strongly recommended that you preregister online.
  • All audition fees are non-refundable regardless of circumstances.
  • Results will be sent to parents’ email addresses only. Pre-registered students will receive their results within 5 business days. Day-of registered students will receive their results within 10 business day.

Video auditions arestill being accepted through Jan 31, 2018.  More information.

Registration for the 2018 Summer Dance Program Audition Tour is available now.
** Please note that all times listed below include on-site registration/sign-in.

Jan 6, 2018 

Miami City Ballet
Miami, FL
3-5 pm (Ages 12-14) | 5-7 pm (Ages 15-18)

Pacific Northwest Ballet
Seattle, WA
4-6 PM (Ages 12-14) | 6-8 pm (Ages 15-18)

Minnesota Dance Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
5-7 pm (Ages 12-14) | 7-9 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 7, 2018

School of American Ballet
New York, NY
9 am-12 pm (Ages 12-14) | 12 pm–5 pm (Ages 15-18)
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Portland, OR
12-3 pm (Ages 12-18)
Colorado Ballet
Denver, CO
3-5 pm (Ages 12-14) | 5-7 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 13, 2018

Colburn Academy of Dance
Los Angeles, CA
4-6 pm (Ages 12-14) | 6-8 pm (Ages 15-18)

National Dance Museum
Saratoga, NY
2-4:30 pm (Ages 12-18)
Cincinnati Ballet
Cincinnati, OH
6-8 pm (Ages 12-18)

Jan 14, 2018

Maple Conservatory
Irvine, CA
12-2 pm (Ages 12-14) | 2-4 pm (Ages 15-18)

University of Hartford Hartt School
Hartford, CT
12-2 pm (Ages 12-14) | 2-4 pm (Ages 15_18)
Joffrey Ballet Academy
Chicago, IL
4-6 pm (Ages 12-14) | 6-8 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 15, 2018

San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco, CA
12-2 pm (Ages 12-14) | 2-4 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 20, 2018

UNC School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC
4-6 pm (Ages 12-14) | 6-8 pm (Ages 15-18)

Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta, GA
1-3 pm (Ages 12-14) | 3-5 pm (Ages 15-18)
Texas Ballet Theatre
Fort Worth, TX
2:30-6:30 pm (Ages 12-18)

Jan 21, 2018

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA
2:30-4:30 pm (Ages 12-14) | 4:30-6:30 pm (Ages 1-18)
Patel Conservatory/Straz Center
Tampa, FL
3-5 pm (Ages 12-14) | 5-7 pm (Ages 15-18)
Houston Ballet
Houston, TX
2-4 pm (Ages 12-14) | 4-6 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 27, 2018

Washington Ballet
Washington, DC
3-5 pm (Ages 12-14) | 5-7 pm (Ages 15-18)

Jan 28, 2018

School of Pennsylvania Ballet
Philadelphia, PA
11:30 am-1:30 pm (Ages 12-14) | 1:30-3:30 pm (Ages 15-18)
Boston Ballet
Boston, MA
1-3 pm (Ages 12-14) | 3-5 pm (Ages 15-18)

Audition Dress Code
  • Women: black leotard, pink tights, and bring Pointe shoes
  • Men: black tights and white t-shirt

What do I need to do to prepare for my audition?
No headshots or resumes necessary. Arrive at the appointed time and location wearing appropriate dance attire; women, black leotard, pink tights, and bring Pointe shoes; men, black tights and white t-shirt.  

Do women need to be on pointe to audition and be eligible for SDP?
No, Boston Ballet School recognizes that younger students may not yet be placed on pointe. Auditions are conducted accordingly. It does not affect a student’s eligibility for the program; we encourage all students to audition.

There are two auditions in my city – one for 12-14 year olds and one for 15-18 year olds. Which one should I attend?
Students must audition with their current age group. Audition group is determined by your age on the day of the audition.

What if I am unable to attend an audition in one of the Audition Tour Cities?
Attending an audition in person is strongly encouraged. If you are not able to attend a scheduled audition, you may audition by video. Video audition guidelines can be found here.

My child wasn’t accepted or accepted into a different location than which I wished for them to attend. May I audition again?
No. Students are not eligible to audition more than once per year and only in one manner (in person or video submission.)  Students are encouraged to audition in successive years for SDP.

If my child is one age at the time of the audition and will be a different age during the Summer Course, with which age group should they audition?
Students should audition with the age group they are in AT THE TIME OF THE AUDITION, not the age they will be during SDP 2018.

My child is 11 and will not turn 12 by the time SDP begins. Is she/he eligible?
No, students must be 12 years of age by June 24, 2018.

When will my child be notified of the audition result?
Applicants who preregistered online will be notified via email within five business days of their audition date. Applicants who registered at the audition site will be notified by email within ten business days of their audition date.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the audition tour.

May I request and receive feedback from my child’s audition?
No. Due to the number of participants in our audition tour we are unable to provide feedback.

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director