7 Reasons to Spend Your Summer at SAB

As we head into summer intensive audition season, we know deciding where to spend your summer can be equally exciting and overwhelming. So, to help you out we’ve curated a list of 7 reasons to consider spending your summer with us at our SAB Summer Course.


1. Learn from world-renowned faculty

Coming to SAB’s Summer Course means taking classes with a top-notch group of instructors made up of current and former New York City Ballet dancers. Some of whom even worked directly with the School’s founder, George Balanchine! With each class, you’ll improve in your technique, musicality, and precision while learning more about the details of the Balanchine aesthetic.

SAB faculty member Suki Schorer teaching a Pointe class.

2. Make lifelong friends

Throughout the five-week session, you’ll form lifelong friendships with other dancers from across the country and the globe. The Summer Course is made up of a tight-knit group of students who share lasting memories in and out of the studio. Our Student Life staff also organizes a fun-filled slate of nightly bonding activities like movie nights, cookie decorating, and a talent show!

Competing in a door decorating competition.

3. Live at Lincoln Center

Attending SAB’s Summer Course means you’ll be staying in the heart of culture and performing arts in New York City – Lincoln Center! Most students choose to live in SAB’s on-site residence hall in the same building as SAB studios. Your suite will feel like a home away from home with access to a full-service dining hall, TV lounges, and more all with New York City views.

4. Explore NYC Beyond the Studio

Not only will you be next-door neighbors with cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet, but you’ll also live steps away from all the exciting experiences NYC has to offer! Summer evenings and weekends are filled with chaperoned trips to popular Broadway shows, New York City landmarks, ballet company performances, incredible museums, a double-decker bus tour of Manhattan, and more!

On a field trip to explore the Highline.

5. Experience a variety of course offerings

Go beyond the traditional SAB curriculum with our new expanded selection of courses!  This year, we’re adding ballet technique classes for all levels and expanding our partnering classes to include even younger students. And, we’re adding new classes in which you can learn more about choreography composition and contemporary dance!  This is all in addition to our usual curriculum offerings which include variations, pointe, character, Pilates, weight training, plus a host of wellness and cultural programs.

6. Perform in our Choreography Workshop

In the final two weeks of the summer, a select group of advanced students is chosen to work with promising young choreographers in the creation of a new work. In addition to gaining the unique experience of having a piece set on you, you’ll get the chance to perform the final product for a small audience in the studios!

Choreographer Francesca Harper setting a piece on advanced students.

7. Have the best summer ever!

From our world-class faculty and expanded curriculum to living in and exploring all New York City has to offer, there are many exciting reasons to join us this summer at SAB. We wish you the best of luck during the audition season and we can’t wait to meet you!

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