Winter Term Auditions for 6-10 Year olds

The School of American Ballet holds auditions each spring for 6 to 10 year olds who live in the New York metropolitan area.  Accepted applicants enroll in the upcoming Winter Term which begins in September. Auditions are held at SAB’s headquarters at Lincoln Center and at locations in NYC neighborhoods and boroughs (Community Auditions). No previous training or experience is necessary for children in this age group.

Note pre-registration is now closed for all of our 2022 spring auditions.  Visit this link if you wish to be added to our mailing list for future audition opportunities.

2022 Auditions at SAB

Auditions will take place at the School of American Ballet’s headquarters at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on the dates listed below. Pre-registration is required for these auditions. Applicants must pre-register for a specific time slot beginning at 3:30 PM on the audition date slated for their age at the time of the audition. Five year olds who will be six by July 1, 2022 should audition on the 6 year old audition date. The time you select represents your arrival time at SAB. You should plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes before the arrival time you select.  There is an audition fee of $38.50 for all auditions at SAB. 

Date Time Ages
Monday, April 4, 2022 beginning at 3:30 pm 6 year olds
(Date Full)
Monday, April 11, 2022 beginning at 3:30 pm 7-8 year olds
(Date Full)
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 beginning at 3:30 pm 9-10 year olds
(Date closed)
Monday, April 25, 2022 beginning at 3:30 pm*
6-10 year olds
(Date closed)

Note: pre-registration is now closed for all spring 2022 auditions.  Visit this link if you wish to be added to our mailing list for future audition opportunities.

2022 Community Auditions

SAB will hold auditions for 6-10 year olds in Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn, Chinatown and the Bronx in April 2022.  See below for detailed date and location information.  There is no fee for SAB’s Community Auditions.

Note: All of our community auditions are complete for this year.  

Dates Locations Age Groups Times
Saturday, April 2, 2022 Harlem*
Aaron Davis Hall at
City College of New York
129 Convent Avenue
(at W 135th Street)
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2022 Chinatown*
P.S 124
40 Division Street
6-7 year olds
8-10 year olds
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022 Brooklyn
Brooklyn Center for the Arts
28 Madison Street
6 year olds
7 year olds
8 year olds
9-10 year olds
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022 Queens*
Frank Sinatra School
of the Arts
35-12 35th Avenue
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022 Bronx
Bronx House
990 Pelham Parkway S
2nd Floor
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM

*Guardians who wish to accompany their child into the facility at the Harlem, Chinatown and Queens locations must show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. Unvaccinated adults 18+ will be asked to wait outside in accordance with COVID regulations currently in effect at these venues.

General Audition Information

  • Pre-Registration: Pre-registration is required for all auditions taking place at SAB’s Lincoln Center headquarters. Pre-registration is optional but strongly recommended for those who wish to audition at a Community Audition location.
  • Audition dress: Children auditioning for girls classes should wear a leotard or swimsuit; children auditioning for boys classes should wear a t-shirt and shorts or tights/leggings. (no long/baggy pants) Children should arrive with audition clothes underneath street clothes as there may be limited access to changing rooms and bathrooms depending upon the audition location.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: All children enrolling in the 2022-23 Winter Term must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated students may attend spring auditions, but those accepted to the Winter Term must agree to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations by September 2022.
  • COVID Protocols for Auditions: SAB will communicate up-to-date health and safety protocols to pre-registered students in advance of each audition. It is currently expected that mask-wearing will be required for auditioning children. Vaccination is not required at the time of the audition. Please see previous bullet for details.
  • Guardian Access: Guardian protocols will vary by audition location and will be communicated in detail to pre-registered students. Please note the following anticipated restrictions: SAB onsite auditions — Guardians will not be permitted to accompany children into the Rose Building. Check-in and pick up will take place outdoors. Harlem Audition – Guardians who wish to utilize the lobby waiting area or accompany their children to the restroom must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Age eligibility: Children must be 6 years old by July 1 to audition and enroll for the Winter Term beginning in September of the same year. Children must be no older than 10 on the day of their audition.
  • Proof of Age: Applicants must upload official proof of birth when registering for the audition. Only a birth certificate or passport will be acceptable as proof.
  • Audition age groups: Children should audition in the age group that corresponds with their age at the time of the audition. Five year olds, who will be 6 by July 1, 2022 should audition in the 6 year old age group.
  • Audition Fees: Audition fees are non-refundable. No exceptions will be made for children who miss their audition appointments, regardless of the reason, or for children who attend a Community Audition after first registering for a paid audition at SAB.
  • Audition Re-Scheduling: Those who wish to change their audition time or location after submitting the pre-registration form should contact to request the change. You may not update or re-submit your audition form. Please reach out to SAB instead.
  • Tuition assistance is available.
  • Winter Term classes begin in mid-September for 8-10 year olds and in early October for 6 & 7 year olds.
  • While all students enrolled at SAB are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, at this time, we do not plan on requiring children to be vaccinated to attend the audition.
  • SAB’s training program for children is intended for students who permanently reside in the New York City area. Students who do not live in the tri-state region within easy commuting distance of SAB should not audition for SAB’s Winter Term. Instead, students aged 10 and up from outside the local area should consider auditioning for our annual summer programs each year in January. SAB’s summer programs are designed to enable non-local students to experience SAB’s training and to be considered for an invitation to train in our Winter Term once they are old enough for our residential program (beginning at age 14 or older). For more information about our New York Junior Sessionclick here.