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In January, Boston Ballet School faculty will be in the following cities to hold auditions for our 2023 Summer Dance Program.
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Mission Viejo, CA
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY
In addition to our in-person auditions, a virtual Zoom audition will be offered on January 28, and pre-recorded videos will be accepted through January 30.
See below for all audition information and learn more about what you can expect from SDP 2023 HERE.
NEW THIS YEAR: For the first time, all students auditioning in-person for Summer Dance Program will have the opportunity to be formally evaluated for the 2023-2024 school year at BOSTON BALLET SCHOOL’S PROFESSIONAL DIVISION AT WALNUT HILL. Students who wish to be considered for this year-round professional training must submit a completed application to Walnut Hill in advance of their SDP audition. See below for more details about the process.
See below for the different options for audition registration. All audition fees are non-refundable.
OPTION ONE: Pre-registration
See a full audition schedule and register HERE.
All students are encouraged to pre-register for their audition by 11:59 pm ET on the Wednesday before an audition. Students who pre-register will pay a discounted audition fee of $35.
Online pre-registration and supplemental survey responses must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on the Wednesday prior to an audition.
OPTION TWO: Day-of Registration
See a full audition schedule HERE.
Students who are unable to pre-register for their desired audition will have the opportunity to register on-site on the day of the audition. The audition fee for day-of registration is $45.
Once a student has registered and paid the $45 audition fee*, they will complete an audition card detailing their contact information and training history that will be used by faculty during the audition.
*Guardians are encouraged to accompany students for the day-of registration process, as there will be a preferred method of registering and paying online available on-site. If this is not possible, however, the $45 audition fee may also be paid via cash or check.
Please note, day-of registration will not be available for our Zoom auditions on January 28, and students must pre-register by 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, January 25.
OPTION THREE: Video Audition
Boston Ballet School strongly encourages all students to audition during one of our live, in-person audition classes. However, if circumstances prevent someone from participating in a live audition, pre-recorded videos will be accepted through Monday, January 30. See below for specific video requirements.
The registration fee for a pre-recorded video submission is $55.
All videos must have been filmed on or after October 1, 2022 and should not exceed 15 minutes in length. We will be looking for the following components in an audition video:
Women are encouraged to wear a black leotard and tights in the color closest to their natural skin tone or in which they feel most comfortable. In addition, women will need both technique and pointe shoes.
Men should wear black tights and a white t-shirt.
The above dress code should be modified as needed so that the student can be seen as clearly as possible. For examples, girls who will be recorded in front of a dark wall should wear a lighter leotard, etc.
For auditions, vaccinations against COVID-19 will not be required unless otherwise dictated by the host school/studio where the audition is being held.
However, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be required for the program. Therefore, unvaccinated individuals should only audition if they intend to receive their vaccination prior to the start of the program or will be claiming a medical exemption.
Boston Ballet’s policy to consider medical exemption requests is consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law, and in accordance with CDC guidance. Philosophical exemptions are not accepted.
Masks will be required for all in-person auditions.
A masking protocol for the summer will be determined closer to the start of the program. It is our hope to have a “mask optional” policy for as much of the program as possible, but mask requirements may vary depending on point in the program, environment, local spread, or other factors.
When making the decision to register for SDP, students should be prepared to mask at certain points throughout the summer.
This year, the audition process for the 2023-2024 school year at Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill will be merged with our Summer Dance Program 2023 audition tour.
Students who wish to be considered for the 2023-2024 school year at Walnut Hill, must do the following:
1. Begin the academic application process through Walnut Hill.
Once an application to the dance program has been started, Boston Ballet School will be informed, and the student will be flagged as requiring an artistic evaluation for Walnut Hill during their SDP tour.
For those who will be auditioning for SDP prior to Walnut Hill’s January 15 application deadline, the Walnut Hill application does not need to be completed before the SDP audition, but it must be started in order for the student to be flagged as a Walnut Hill applicant.
2. Register for an in-person audition through the Summer Dance Program audition tour.
Students who are unable to attend an in-person audition may submit a pre-recorded video audition, but virtual Zoom auditions are not an option for those seeking admission to Walnut Hill.
3. At the SDP audition, our faculty adjudicators will evaluate the student for both Summer Dance Program and the Professional Division at Walnut Hill.
4. Following the audition, Boston Ballet School will send a student their Summer Dance Program results, while Walnut Hill will send a student their Professional Division results separately.
What can I expect during the audition?
Auditions are a two-hour experience. The first 30 minutes will be for getting students organized: we will make sure we have all the information we need and will assign students their audition numbers. Once all students have been organized, the audition will take the form of a 90-minute class, moving from barre to center. Throughout the class, students will demonstrate combinations in groups of 8-10, so faculty adjudicators can make sure to properly evaluate each individual student.
Will I be considered for the Boston Studio or the Newton Studio?
The training for Summer Dance Program is spread across our two studios in Boston and Newton.
Ladies ages 12-15 will train at our Newton Studio, and ladies ages 15-18 will train at our Boston Studio. For fifteen-year-olds, the studio assignments will be based on age once enrollment has settled.
While the same age split will mostly be true for men, exceptions may be made across both age groups.
Which age group should I audition with?
Students should choose an audition based on their age at the time of the audition. This split is entirely for organizational purposes, and it has no bearing on a student’s chance of acceptance or in which studio they would be eligible to train.
Will in-person and virtual auditions offer the same likelihood of being accepted to the program?
Yes! Whether auditioning at an in-person class, via Zoom or via video submission, students will be adjudicated consistently by members of the Boston Ballet School faculty for a spot in this year’s program. Furthermore, all auditioning students will be eligible for merit-based scholarships.
What should I wear for my audition?
Women are encouraged to wear a black leotard with tights in the color closest to their natural skin tone or in which they feel most comfortable. In addition, women will need both technique and pointe shoes.
Men should wear black tights and a white t-shirt.
For students auditioning virtually or via video, the dress code should be modified as needed so that the student can be seen as clearly as possible. For examples, girls who will be auditioning in front of a dark wall should wear a lighter leotard, etc.
Are photos/resumes needed for the audition process?
No. Beyond the completion of the supplemental audition survey (link provided in audition registration confirmation email), students should not provide any additional materials.
When will I be notified of audition results?
Audition results for in-person and virtual auditions will be sent out within five business days of the audition. For pre-recorded video auditions, results will be sent out on a rolling basis beginning mid-January.
Accepted students will have approximately two weeks to accept their spot in the program.
A student’s results will be sent to all email addresses provided in the supplemental audition survey. Any student who does not hear back within five business days should email SDP@bostonballet.org after checking spam folders, etc.
If I’m not accepted to the program, may I audition again?
Students are not eligible to audition more than once per year. Furthermore, students may only audition in one manner: via in-person audition, via live Zoom class, or via pre-recorded video submission.
Students are, however, welcome and encouraged to audition for SDP in successive years.
May I request and receive feedback from my audition?
Due to the number of students who audition each year, we are unable to provide individual feedback.
Will there be capacity limitations on virtual auditions?
Yes. Each virtual audition will be capped at 24 students per faculty adjudicator. This will allow each adjudicator to monitor just one screen and allow each student to receive a close evaluation.
What if I have technical difficulties during a virtual audition?
If technical difficulties prevent a faculty adjudicator from getting enough information to confidently determine a student’s proper placement, that adjudicator will request that the student either participates in another virtual audition or submits a pre-recorded audition video.
Please note, these requests for an alternate audition must come from the faculty adjudicator, not the student. Even when a student does have minor technical difficulties at points throughout the audition, the adjudicator may still be able to make an informed decision, as there are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their abilities during a 90-minute class. Ultimately, our faculty adjudicators are determined to make sure that each student has been given a fair audition opportunity.
Can two students audition together?
If members of the same household wish to audition at the same time, they must access the Zoom meeting from separate devices and should not be visible in each other’s screens. In order to keep auditions organized, it is important that each auditioning student has their own Zoom window for faculty to observe. If this is not possible, we would advise that members of the same household audition at different times.
How should I prepare for my virtual audition?
Step One: Download / Update Zoom
In advance of the audition, students should install the Zoom application on the device they will be using for the audition. It is important that this device have a camera and microphone. This will allow faculty to see students and allow students to ask questions if needed. If you already have Zoom installed, please make sure you are running the most up-to-date version.
Step Two: Make Sure You Have a Space Where You Can Safely Dance
It is NOT required that students participate in their virtual audition from a ballet studio. Instead, an area that is approximately 6 feet by 6 feet is sufficient. It is not advisable for students to dance on cement floors, concrete floors, or carpet. If students have a roll of marley at home, laying this over a hardwood floor is a great solution.
Students will need a barre or a sturdy piece of furniture – chairs are great – that is a comfortable height. No matter what you use, make sure that you will be able to use both sides (or easily move the barre/chair so it is on the other side of you).
Step Three: Make Sure We Will Be Able To See/Hear You
Students should make sure that their cameras are positioned in a way that can capture their full body from a distance. Make sure that you also have some room to move around in your space and still be seen.
Also make sure that the lighting is conducive to being seen well by the faculty adjudicators. For example, if a student is positioned between the camera and a bright window, they will be silhouetted. For the best results, light sources should be positioned in front of a student, rather than behind.
See the FAQ below for information on the audition dress code, but keep in mind that it is our top priority that students be clearly seen within their at-home space.
Step Four: Make Sure You Will Be Able To See/Hear Us
Because devices may be a good distance away from the student, students should make sure they have a way to clearly see and hear the instructor and accompanist. If students have access to a large monitor, this may be an easier way to make sure they can see from a distance. Additionally, if students have headphones or Bluetooth speakers that can be connected to their device, it is suggested these be used for the best audio experience.
Step Five: Test Your Equipment Before the Audition
Within the few days leading up to your audition, do a test run. Make sure you’re comfortable with the space and the technology so that all you have to focus on during the audition class is the class itself.
Do a test with enough time to make any changes that are necessary (and then do another test).
Step Six: Join the Zoom Meeting
On the Thursday before their audition, students will receive a confirmation/reminder email. This email will include the Zoom link / Meeting ID and the password required to access the audition.
On the day of the audition, students should make sure to log into the Zoom call between 5 and 10 minutes early. Please note, though, it is possible they will not be let into the meeting until the posted start time because of other audition blocks happening before theirs.