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: All of our spring 2024 auditions have either passed or are full. Please check back in late 2024 for information about next year’s auditions.

2024 Auditions at SAB

We are pleased to announce 2024 audition dates below. Auditions will take place at the School of American Ballet’s headquarters at Lincoln Center in Manhattan beginning in the late afternoon/evenings. Pre-registration is required for these auditions and will begin mid-February 2024. Applicants must register for a specific time slot on an audition date designated for their age at the time of the audition. Five year olds who will be six by September 1, 2024 should audition on the 6 year old audition date. There is an audition fee of $38.50 for all auditions at SAB. 

Date Age Group Time
April 8, 2024 (Date Full) 6 year olds Starting at 3:30pm
April 11, 2024 9-10 year olds Starting at 4:30pm
April 15, 2024 7-8 year olds Starting at 3:30pm
April 29, 2024
(Date Full)
6-10 year olds Starting at 5:00pm


Note: All of our auditions at SAB are full.  Information about spring 2025 auditions will be posted in late 2024. 


70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

The School of American Ballet is located in the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at the northwest corner of the Lincoln Center campus. (165 W. 65th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway).

Directions to SAB

2024 Community Auditions

SAB will hold auditions for 6-10 year olds at locations in NYC boroughs/neighborhoods in April 2024. There is no fee for SAB’s Community Auditions. Pre-registration will begin mid-February 2024.

Date Location Age Group Time
April 7, 2024 Lower East Side
Abrons Arts Center466 Grand StNew York, NY 10002
6-7 year olds
8-10 year olds
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
April 7, 2024 Brooklyn
Brooklyn Children’s Theatre
540 President Street
Suite #1D
6 year olds
7 year olds
8 year olds
9-10 year olds
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
April 13, 2024 Harlem
Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York
129 Convent Ave.
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
April 14, 2024 Queens
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
35-12 35th Ave.
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
9:30 AM
10:15 AM
11:00 AM
April 14, 2024 Bronx
Bronx House
990 Pelham Pkwy S.
2nd Floor
6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM


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.
  • Age eligibility: Children must be 6 years old by September 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.
  • 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 September 1, 2024 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.
  • Tuition assistance is available.
  • Winter Term classes begin in mid-September.
  • 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.

Community Auditions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from The Cestone Family Foundation.

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