New York Junior Session

This week-long, immersive experience at SAB’s headquarters in Manhattan is an excellent introduction to SAB’s training, programs and faculty for serious ballet students between the ages of 10 and 12. Students take daily classes with SAB’s permanent faculty and guest teachers, including principal dancers from New York City Ballet. Participants benefit from the use of SAB’s state-of-the-art facilities on Lincoln Center’s pristine campus which is a mecca of arts and culture in New York City. In addition to daily ballet classes, the program offers cultural enrichment and wellness seminars to further broaden young minds’ exposure to the arts.

2023 NY Junior Session

The 2023 New York Junior Session will take place from Tuesday, June 20, to Saturday, June 24, 2023
Please note that SAB will be closed on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.

Each level will attend two ballet classes plus seminars and/or workshops between 10:00am and 4pm. Enrolled students will receive a detailed daily schedule prior to the start of the program. Please note that adjustments may be made to this schedule dependent upon occupancy/studio capacity restrictions that may be needed to comply with local regulations.

More information about the 2023 NY Junior Session including how to audition will be available later this fall. Please check back or visit this link to be notified when more information is available.  


The New York Junior Session curriculum consists of the same varied course offerings as SAB’s core Winter Term program. Classes are geared towards young students who are working towards the possibility of a career in classical ballet.


Daily classical ballet technique classes with barre and center work emphasize the hallmarks of the Balanchine aesthetic: precision, musicality, control and speed.

Boys and the most advanced girls in the New York Junior Session participate in a seminar introducing the fundamentals of ballet partnering.


Beginning and Intermediate pointe classes take into account each class level’s degree of previous exposure to pointe work. Beginning pointe classes include barre exercises to prepare or introduce a young dancer to the first stages of pointe work. Intermediate pointe classes feature both barre and center work aimed at increasing strength and proficiency en pointe.


The mastering of choreography from landmark ballets is an important element to the transformation from student to performer. The Young Dancer Series presents opportunities to learn parts from works such as George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker® and The Sleeping Beauty.

Character Dancing

This course acquaints students with the polonaise, mazurka, and other formal and folk dances of the past that appear not only in the classical repertory but also in contemporary works.

Male Technique and Conditioning

Male students participate in boys-only classes, including daily morning and afternoon technique classes that include an enhanced focused on turns and jumps.  Boys also participate in an introductory partnering seminar and take strength and conditioning classes with SAB’s male strength training expert.


SAB’s certified Pilates instructor leads mat classes in the Pilates Method.

Nutrition & Physical Therapy

Seminars on nutrition for optimal performance and stretching, strengthening and injury prevention are conducted by our professional nutritionist and licensed physical therapist.

Cultural Education

Seminars on ballet history and Q & A’s with accomplished dancers are offered throughout the week. New York Junior Session participants also tour the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Members of SAB’s permanent faculty, as well as guest teachers from New York City Ballet, will comprise the faculty of the New York Junior Session. View our complete faculty listing.

Housing and Meals

The New York Junior Session is designed for local-area students or for those who are able to arrange temporary accommodations within commuting distance of SAB. Families of students from around the United States and abroad are responsible for making their own short-term housing arrangements. Students enrolled in the New York Junior Session may purchase an optional 6-day lunch plan at SAB’s on-site, full service cafeteria. Students are alternately welcome to bring their own bagged lunches.


Admission to SAB’s NY Junior Session is by audition only. More information about how to audition will be available later this fall. Please check back or visit this link to be notified when more information is available.  


The School of American Ballet has a nondiscrimination policy with respect to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national origin or any other protected characteristic in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.

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