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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 accepted for international students.

During our auditions, Boston Ballet School faculty evaluate participants based on their performance at the 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. Online pre-registration closes at 11:59 pm EST the Wednesday before the audition.

Summer Dance Program Audition Tour

Jan 5, 2019

Minnesota Dance Theatre   
Minneapolis, MN       
Ages 12-14
Registration (12 pm)
Audition (12:30-2 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)
 
Miami City Ballet
Miami, FL       
Ages 12-14
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)
 
Pacific Northwest Ballet     
Seattle, WA    
Ages 12-14
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (4 pm)
Audition (4:30-6 pm)

Jan 6, 2019

School of American Ballet 
New York, NY 
Ages 12-14
Registration (9 am)
Audition (9:30 am-12 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (12 pm)
Audition (12:30-5 pm)
 
Atlanta Ballet 
Atlanta, GA     
Ages 12-14
Registration (1 pm)
Audition (1:30-3 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
 
Colorado Ballet          
Denver, CO    
Ages 12-14
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)
 
Ballet West     
Salt Lake City, UT       
Ages 12-14
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)

Jan 12, 2019       

Texas Ballet Theater  
Fort Worth, TX           
Ages 12-14
Registration (3:30 pm)
Audition (4-5:30 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5:30 pm)
Audition (6-7:30 pm)
 
National Museum of Dance   
Saratoga Springs, NY  
Ages 12-18
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4:30 pm)

Jan 13, 2019      

Houston Ballet           
Houston, TX   
Ages 12-14
Registration (2:30 pm)
Audition (3-4:30 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (4:30 pm)
Audition (5-6:30 pm)
 
The Hartt School        
Hartford, CT   
Ages 12-14
Registration (12 pm)
Audition (12:30-2 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)
 
University of North Carolina School of the Arts        
Winston-Salem, NC    
Ages 12-14
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)

Jan 19, 2019    

The Colburn School    
Los Angeles, CA          
Ages 12-14
Registration (4 pm)
Audition (4:30-6 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (6 pm)
Audition (6:30-8 pm)
 
Joffrey Ballet  
Chicago, IL      
Ages 12-14
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (7 pm)
Audition (7:30-9 pm)

Jan 20, 2019      

Kansas City Ballet      
Kansas City, MO         
Ages 12-14
Registration (4 pm)
Audition (4:30-6 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (6 pm)
Audition (6:30-8 pm)
 
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre       
Pittsburgh, PA
Ages 12-14
Registration (4 pm)
Audition (4:30-6 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (6 pm)
Audition (6:30-8 pm)
 
Maple Conservatory  
Irvine, CA        
Ages 12-14
Registration (12 pm)
Audition (12:30-2 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)

Jan 21, 2019         

San Francisco Ballet   
San Francisco, CA       
Ages 12-14
Registration (1 pm)
Audition (1:30-3 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)

Jan 26, 2019       

Boston Ballet 
Boston, MA    
Ages 12-14
Registration (3 pm)
Audition (3:30-5 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (5 pm)
Audition (5:30-7 pm)

Jan 27, 2019        

Washington Ballet     
Washington, DC         
Ages 12-14
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (4 pm)
Audition (4:30-6 pm)
 
Pennsylvania Ballet    
Philadelphia, PA         
Ages 12-14
Registration (12 pm)
Audition (12:30-2 pm)
Ages 15-18
Registration (2 pm)
Audition (2:30-4 pm)
 


Important Audition Tour Information
  • 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 pre-register 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 days.
Audition Dress Code

Women: black leotard, pink tights, and Pointe shoes
Men: black tights and white t-shirt

Questions

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 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 ages 12-14 and one for ages 15-18. 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. Please review the video audition guidelines.

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 2019.

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 23, 2019.

When will my child be notified of the audition result?
Applicants who pre-registered 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
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