Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director Peter Martins

Summer FAQ

Are there single or open classes at SAB in the summer?

No.  All students must be enrolled for the five-week program.

How do I get in?

All students must audition for the Summer Course.

May I audition by sending a video?

All students within the continental USA must audition in person in one of our National Audition Tour cities or at SAB in New York.  Click here for more information about Summer Course admission.

Students living outside the continental United States may apply by submitting a video between October 15 and January 31 instead of auditioning in person. Click here for more information about auditions for International Students.

May I audition more than once for a Summer Course?

Students should not audition more than once per year for the Summer Course.  However, students may audition in successive years for the Summer Course whether or not they were accepted previously as long as they still meet the age requirements.

May I audition for Summer Course and Winter Term at the same time?

No.  There are distinctly separate auditions for Winter Term and Summer Course.  We encourage all intermediate and advanced students interested in attending the Winter Term to first audition for Summer Course. A small percentage of Summer Course students are invited to enroll in the School’s Winter Term.

Is there a fee to audition?

Yes.  For the National Audition Tour, a $45 application fee is payable in cash, money order or check at the time of audition. Students who preregister online for the National Audition Tour have the option of paying a discounted audition fee of $30 by credit card at the time they submit their preregistration form.  All auditions at SAB's studios in New York are $45 and must be prepaid online using the preregistration form.  All pre-paid audition fees are non-refundable.

What should I bring to the audition, in addition to the application fee?

Applicants must show a copy of the birth certificate when checking in to the audition.  Headshots, dance photos, and resumes are not necessary and will not be accepted.  Girls should bring pointe shoes.

I don’t have my birth certificate to show at the audition.  Are there other acceptable forms of identification?

Yes.  A passport is acceptable.  However, a birth certificate or passport are the only proofs of birth that qualify.  Applicants will not be permitted to audition without showing one of these two documents.

If I’m one age at the time of the audition and will be a different age during the Summer Course, with which age group should I audition?

Applicants should audition with the age group that matches the age they are on the day of the audition (NOT the age they will be during the Summer Course or CA Workshop).  In cities where the youngest advertised age group is 12, 11-year-olds who will be 12 by July 31, 2017, may audition with the 12-year-olds.  In cities where the youngest advertised age group is 10, 9-year-olds who will be 10 by July 31, 2017, may audition with the 10 year olds.

Is living in SAB’s residence hall required for Summer Course?

No. A majority of accepted students are offered housing and elect to live in the Residence Hall but it is not required.  Students should simply notify us that they plan to live off-site. SAB does not supervise housing arrangement of students living off-site.

Is there advance registration for the Summer Course auditions?

There is optional online preregistration for the National Audition Tour.  Although preregistration is not required, it is strongly recommended.  Applicants who preregister will have the option to pay a discounted $30 audition fee at the time they submit the form online AND they will receive expedited notification of audition results.  Click here to preregister for an audition site.   For the National Audition Tour, applicants may also register onsite one hour before the audition. 

Applicants who wish to audition at SAB in New York must register and make an appointment in advance.  Click here to visit the Auditions at SAB page.

Is there a dress code for the summer auditions?

Girls may wear any color leotard; pink tights and pink shoes are preferred; no skirts or warm-ups in the class.  Boys may wear any solid-color t-shirt without words or pictures; black tights and black or white shoes are preferred; no warm-ups in the class.

What is a Summer Course audition like?

SAB’s auditions are in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class.  Girls and boys audition together.  Girls will have pointe work, and boys will have battu and air turns at the end of class.

What does SAB look for in a dancer?

First and foremost, the School of American Ballet looks at each applicant as an individual.  The School is selective in admitting students; and enrollment is by audition only. Applicants must be young enough to derive the maximum benefit from their training, enjoy excellent health and have an anatomical structure suited to the demands of classical dance:  a well-proportioned, flexible, coordinated body, legs that easily adopt the turned-out condition, and a high instep.  They must also possess musical aptitude and a natural gift for movement.  Applicants for the Summer Course must be intermediate or advanced students who, in addition to the above, are at a stage of technical advancement proportionate to their age.

When will I be notified of the audition result?

Applicants who preregistered online will login to our web site to access their results within five business days of their audition.  Applicants who register at the audition site will be notified by email within three weeks of their audition.  Applicants are encouraged to pre-register for expedited audition results.

May I request and receive a critical evaluation of my audition?

No.  Individual audition performance critiques are not provided.

If I’m accepted, may I attend only part of the Summer Course?

SAB generally requires that summer students be enrolled for the entire five weeks.

What is the cost of attending Summer Course?

2017 Summer Tuition is $2,830; 2016 Room and Board in SAB’s Residence Hall is $3,025.


Is the meal plan in the SAB Cafeteria available to day students in summer?


Is there scholarship or financial aid?

Yes. Scholarships are determined at the time of the audition and are awarded on a case-by-case basis.  There is no separate application for Summer Course scholarships. 

How much pointe work is there in the summer?

All girls must be prepared to take pointe classes every day.  Girls assigned to Groups 4 to 7 (approximately ages 15-18) take all ballet classes in pointe shoes.

How many dance classes are there each day?

Students in all levels take two dance classes each day.  (Ballet Technique, Variations, Pointe, Character or Adagio).  Additional courses, such as Pilates Instruction, Weight Training, and Seminars are also provided.

Is there a student performance at the end of the Summer Course?

Selected advanced students participate in a Summer Choreography Workshop, which provides opportunities for emerging choreographers to create works-in-progress.  A studio showing of the work is presented to an invited audience at the end of the Summer Course.