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 with a one-week program in June at our Lincoln Center headquarters (New York Junior Session) and a new virtual two-week intensive in August held entirely on Zoom. (Young Dancer Virtual Workshop).

A note about SAB’s 2021 Summer Programs:

SAB currently plans to hold an in-person, five-week Summer Course and an in-person New York Junior Session.  At this time, we are projecting that CDC guidelines and state and local regulations will continue to mandate small ballet class sizes and lower occupancy in our Residence Hall, and we are preparing to operate our 2021 summer programs with rigorous health and safety guidelines in place, including mandatory distancing and mask wearing. Our plans will continue to evolve in the coming months and are dependent upon the progress of the pandemic and updates to public health policies.  All programs are subject to change.

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 and Young Dancer Virtual Workshop, students 10 or younger (including 9 year olds who will be 10 by July 31, 2021) 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 either the New York Junior Session or the Young Dancer Virtual Workshop.

2021 Summer Auditions

In the interest of health and safety, SAB will not be conducting in-person auditions this winter. All applicants, both U.S. and international, interested in applying for one or more of SAB’s 2021 summer programs must do so by submitting a video application online. Please reference the video specifications below to help you prepare your audition video. Applications will be accepted through January 31, though for best consideration, we encourage you to submit your video before January 15.  There is a $42 fee for all applications.

NOTE: The deadline to submit videos for SAB’s 2021 Summer Programs has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.  Thank you to those who submitted an audition video this recruiting season!

Audition Results

Note: All summer application results have been distributed as of Friday, February 19, 2021, including notification of final waitlist statuses. All summer program results were distributed via email to the address included in the applicant information section of the application form.  If students applied to more than one program, they would have received a separate result email for each program to which they applied.  If you did not receive an audition result, please send an email to with the applicant’s name and the program(s) to which they applied and are missing result(s).  We extend our deepest gratitude to all who applied and thank you for your patience throughout this extraordinary recruiting season.


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