Auditions & Admission

The School’s Winter Term runs from September through June. Study in the Winter Term is for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, 6* to 18 years old. Admission to the Winter Term is by audition only.

*Children must be 6 years old by October 1 to audition and enroll for that year’s Winter Term. Note that 4-6 year olds who were born between 10/1/2013 and 12/31/2016 are eligible to enroll now in SAB’s online Little Dancers classes, for which no auditions are needed.  The 2021 Winter Session of Little Dancers begins the week of January 25. Learn More. 

Admission Criteria

Applicants are evaluated as follows:

The School of American Ballet looks at each applicant as an individual. The School is selective in admitting new students and renewing their enrollment from year to year. 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.

Winter Term Auditions

Winter Term auditions are held in the spring for 6-10 year olds and in September for 11-18 year olds. Students ages 12-18 who are not local are encouraged to audition for our 5-week Summer Course during which they will be considered for admission to our Winter Term.  Click the link below to view more information about Winter Term Auditions.

Spring Auditions for 6-10 year olds

September Audition for 11-18 year olds

Auditions for International Students


Listed below are the non-residence tuition rates and associated fees for the 2019-2020 Winter Term. Upon enrollment, families are responsible for the full year’s tuition and fees as outlined in the enrollment agreement. If a student withdraws during the year, any balance due will still be collected and no refunds of payments to-date will be made. A 10-month installment plan is available for children enrolled in all levels.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Class Level Tuition Rate
Preparatory Division $3,555
Girls I $3,555
Girls II $4,655
Girls III $5,690
Boys III $6,195
Girls IV $6,960
Boys IV $6,510
Girls V $7,260
Girls B1, B2, C1, C2, D, Intermediate and Advanced Men $8,500 (Non-Resident Student)
$26,135 (Resident Student)

Additional Annual Fees:
Registration Fee: $90
Student Activity Fee: $175 (for students in B1, Intermediate Men and higher)
Technology Fee: $150 (for resident students only)
Laundry Fee: $40 (for resident students only)

Tuition is free in the specially funded Boys Program for all Boys who are enrolled in the Preparatory Division, Boys I and Boys II; only the Registration Fee is to be paid.


The School has an extensive financial aid program for students at all levels whose financial situations necessitate assistance with expenses. Scholarships range from ballet class tuition only, to awards to be applied to residence hall expenses, travel, and academic high school tuition. Parents who wish to be considered for financial aid must submit an application upon acceptance, and re-enrolling students must reapply annually. SAB’s financial aid support may be adjusted from year to year as a result of changes in a family’s need.

Conditions of Scholarship Awards

In accepting financial aid, a student agrees not to take ballet classes at any other school or with private instructors, and not to accept any amateur or professional performing engagement without the official approval of the School. A student whose high school academic tuition is partially paid by SAB is required to have excellent attendance, behavior, and satisfactory grades. A poor academic record may deprive a student of both ballet and academic scholarships.

Residential Program Admissions

Students above the age of 14 who do not reside in the New York metropolitan area may be invited to live in SAB’s onsite residence hall as a component of their acceptance into Winter Term. The majority of residential invitations are extended to Summer Course students whom the faculty invites to continue their training at SAB by enrolling in the Winter Term. Remaining spaces in the residence hall, if any, may be offered to students who attend the fall audition in early September.

Resident student expenses for the 2019-2020 Winter Term are listed below. Upon enrollment, families are responsible for the fees as outlined in the enrollment agreement. If a student moves out of the dorm for any reason during the year, any balance due will still be collected and no refunds of payments to-date will be made.

Note, SAB requires that all students living in SAB’s Residence Hall have health insurance coverage.  Coverage must be for emergency and non-emergency care in NYC and must be valid through the entire Winter Term.


2019-20 Resident Student Costs

Resident Student Charge
(includes tuition, room & board)
Activity Fee $175
Technology Fee $150
Laundry Fee $40
Total  $26,500

A $300 security deposit is required for all new students.
Learn more about Winter Term Housing.


The School assesses students’ progress on an ongoing basis, and evaluations are made in consultation with all teachers. Recommendations regarding advancement are given to students and parents at the end of each term. Recommendations are based on a student’s age, and technical and physical development. The School takes into account that a child’s body often changes considerably over time, as does his or her attitude towards the progressively demanding curriculum. The most important transitions occur as the student approaches the high-Intermediate Division, when the School requires attendance at classes that conflict with most academic school schedules, and the Advanced Division when professional potential must be readily apparent.

Winter Term students enrolled in any given school year who have been accepted for the following year must reserve a place for their future class by signing a re-enrollment form and paying the first installment in early June.

Completion of Training

SAB does not award diplomas to its students. The element of time and the earning of credits that are so important for obtaining degrees in academic fields are less applicable in the field of professional dance training. The number of years of ballet instruction necessary to the formation of a dancer varies not only with the individual talent of a student but also with the age at which instruction was begun, the intensiveness of the courses attended, and the quality of instruction received before enrolling at SAB. Moreover, a dancer’s training continues beyond formal training at SAB, and completion should not be marked arbitrarily by the delivery of a certificate. A dancer’s education at SAB may be considered successfully completed when he or she is deemed ready to join a professional company. As a general rule, students who are unable to achieve this goal, or who are uninterested, are discouraged early from continuing their training at the school.

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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