Summer Auditions & Admission

Study in the School of American Ballet’s summer programs is for serious ballet students between the ages of 10 and 18 years old. Admission to our summer programs is by audition only. Our flagship five-week  Summer Course in NYC for 12 to 18 year olds offers intensive exposure to SAB’s year-round training syllabus and provides an opportunity for students to experience the unparalleled cultural offerings of New York City.  The Young Dancer Series for 10-12 year olds offers an abbreviated introduction to SAB’s curriculum and faculty. In 2022, the Young Dancer Series will be limited to the New York Junior Session, which will be held at our Lincoln Center headquarters in late June.


A note about SAB’s 2022 Summer Programs:
SAB currently plans to hold all 2022 summer programs in person.  While SAB will continue to operate with rigorous health and safety guidelines in place, we are hopeful that summer enrollment capacities will resemble pre-pandemic levels. Our plans will continue to evolve in the coming months and are dependent upon the progress of the pandemic and updates to public health regulations and policies.  All programs are subject to change.

VERY IMPORTANT: SAB will require all summer 2022 students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For our 10 and 11 year old Young Dancer Series students, this provision is dependent upon the CDC’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 12. We anticipate vaccinations for this age group will be available by the time accepted students are making enrollment commitments to our 2022 programs. Only medical exemptions will be considered to this policy. Instructions for requesting a medical exemption (which involve documentation from the student’s physician) will be provided to accepted students. Note that students do not yet need to be vaccinated at the time they submit their applications to SAB’s summer programs. Accepted students who wish to enroll will be required to submit proof of vaccination by April 1, 2022. 

Admission Criteria

Study in SAB’s Summer Course is for intermediate and advanced students, 12 to 18 years old who are at a stage of technical advancement proportionate to their age and who have the physical qualifications suited to the demands of classical dance. Twelve year olds must already be training on pointe by the time of their Summer Course audition.

For admissions to the New York Junior Session, students 10 or younger (including 9 year olds who will be 10 by July 31, 2022) are expected to have completed a minimum of 1-1/2 years of training by the time of their audition. Eleven year olds should have completed a minimum of 2 years of training (including introductory pointe work), and 12 year olds should be training at the intermediate level.

Age Criteria
To apply for the 5-week Summer Course, students must be no younger than 12 and no older than 18 as of July 31 the year they attend the program. For the Young Dancers Series: students must be no younger than 10 and no older than 12 as of July 31 in the year they attend the New York Junior Session.

2022 Summer Auditions

In the interest of health and safety and to ensure that all applicants have an equal opportunity to be evaluated while the pandemic continues , SAB will require all 2022 summer program applicants, both U.S. and international, to submit a video application online.  No in-person auditions will be held.  Please review the timeline below for submitting an application. 

Video Application Timeline

  • November 8 – Detailed video requirements will be revealed on this page. No video applications should be created prior to this date
  • November 22 – SAB’s summer application form will go live. Videos may be submitted starting on this date. There is a $42 fee for all applications.
  • January 15, 2022 – Application deadline for those who wish to receive best consideration for available openings in our programs.
  • January 25, 2002 – Final application deadline

To be notified when more information becomes available and when our application form is live, please visit the link below to join our mailing list.

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Audition Results

All summer program results will be distributed via email to the address included on the application form.  Results will be disseminated on a rolling basis beginning the week of January 9. 


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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