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Frequently Asked Questions
 
Audition Preparation:
Q: Is pre-registration required in order to attend the auditions?
Q: If a prospective student has a birthday before the start of the summer intensives, which audition class should he/she attend?
Q: What requirements are there for the audition picture?
Q: How much experience on pointe should a dancer have before attending an audition?
Q: Can I schedule an individual audition in New York?
Q: How can I audition for ABT’s Studio Company?
Q: How will I know if my Pre-Registration Form or Audition Video Application has been received?
Q: Why are there two auditions listed in New York and Long Beach? Which day should I come?
Q: What program should my 11- or 12-year-old student audition for?
Q: Can an audition on the National Audition Tour be used as an audition for the ABT JKO School?

Audition Day:
Q: What are the auditions like?
Q: Is there a dress code for the auditions?
Q: What do you look for in the auditions?
Q: What if I can’t make it to a scheduled audition?

Audition Results:

Q: How soon will I find out the results of my audition?
Q: When will I receive the results from my video audition?
Q: How do you decide which program I will be accepted to?
Q: Do you give out audition results over the phone?
Q: Can ABT provide specific feedback from the audition classes?
Q: When are waiting list applicants notified? What are the chances of a position becoming available to the summer intensive?

Program Info:
Q: Does ABT offer financial aid?
Q: How do I make a tuition payment?
Q: What is the daily schedule like at an ABT Summer Intensive?
Q: What kind of housing is provided at each program?
Q: Do I have to attend the whole summer program or can I attend just a few weeks? Can I arrive a few days late? Can I leave early?
Q: How many pairs of pointe shoes should a dancer bring to the summer intensive?
Q: What will I be performing in the final Summer Intensive performance?

 

Audition Preparation:

Q: Is pre-registration required in order to attend the auditions?
A: Pre-registration is recommended but is not required. If you pre-register, then you will know in advance that you are guaranteed a spot at the registered time.
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Q: If a prospective student has a birthday before the start of the summer intensives, which audition class should he/she attend?
A: Students should audition with their age group at the time of audition even if they will have a birthday before the summer. Eleven-year olds who are applying for the Summer Intensive must be eleven-years old at the time of the audition.
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Q: What requirements are there for the audition picture?
A: At the audition you will be required to submit one non-returnable black and white or color photo ranging in size from 4 x 6 to 5x 7 that shows the student’s first arabesque line (on pointe or demi-pointe) clearly in center and one informal headshot (does not need to be professional). Students auditioning for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop may submit a first arabesque photo on flat. Though not required, it is recommended by ABT staff that first arabesque photos are taken in a dance studio.
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Q: How much experience on pointe should a dancer have before attending an audition?

A: It is best for students to have two or three months of experience on pointe at the time of the audition. If the student is not ready to begin pointe work, she may still audition. However, students who attend an ABT Summer Intensive will be expected to participate in pointe classes everyday.
* Twelve-year old students at the pre-pointe or beginner pointe level can be considered for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop and should audition with their own age group. For more information on the YDSW, please click here The Young Dancer Summer Workshop.
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Q: Can I schedule an individual audition in New York?

A: We cannot accommodate the scheduling of individual auditions in New York. If you cannot make it to a scheduled audition, please submit a video audition. Please click here for further details on how to send a Video Audition.
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Q: How can I audition for the ABT Studio Company?

A: Dancers who wish to audition for the ABT Studio Company should attend the audition for their age group in Long Beach (January 11) or New York (February 1). The ABT Studio Company is open to advanced dancers ages 16-20. Please bring a resume, headshot and first arabesque photo.
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Q: How will I know if my Pre-Registration Form or Audition Video has been received?
A: ABT will send you a confirmation email upon the receipt of your Pre-Registration Form. If you are submitting a video audition, you will receive a confirmation email from the Accept’d portal directly.
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Q: Why are there two auditions listed in New York and Long Beach? Which day should I come?
A: We have two days of auditions in New York and Long Beach to accommodate the number of students that audition in these cities. You may pick either day to audition unless you would like to audition for Studio Company. Students who are interested in auditioning for the ABT Studio Company must attend the Sunday, January 11 audition in Long Beach or the Sunday, February 1 audition in New York. The second day is not a call back.
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Q: For which program should my 11- or 12-year old student audition?
A:
  • Only 12-year old students at the beginning pointe level are eligible for the Young Dancer Summer Workshop.
  • 11-year old students interested in the Summer Intensives in Alabama and California must be 11-years old by the date of the audition on the National Audition Tour. They should audition with their age group.
  • If the 11-year old student is interested in the Summer Intensive and the Young Dancer Summer Workshop they should audition with their age group on the National Audition Tour. If the student attends a Young Dancer Summer Workshop audition for ages 9-12, they will not be considered for the Summer Intensives.
  • Students exclusively interested in the Young Dance Summer Workshop should audition with the Young Dancers at starred locations on the National Audition Tour
  • - Students interested in the Young Dancer Summer Workshop must be at least 9-years-old by June 15 for the San Jose location, June 29 for the Orange County location and July 27 for the New York location.
  • Dancers may only attend one Summer Intensive or Young Dancer Summer Workshop audition.
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Q: Can an audition on the National Audition Tour be used as an audition for the ABT JKO School?
A: The National Audition Tour serves to admit students solely to the ABT Summer Intensive Program. Only after a student is accepted to a Summer Intensive Site may they sign up to be reviewed for possible acceptance to the full-time ABT JKO School. Specific audition information will vary by site. Please see the corresponding student handbook in the spring for more information.
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Audition Day:

Q: What are the auditions like?
A: The audition will be a ballet class starting with barre and progressing through center work. The last thirty minutes will be reserved for men’s jumps and pointe work.
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Q: Is there a dress code for the auditions?
A: Yes, there is a dress code. Girls should wear pink full-length tights and black leotards with ballet slippers and should bring pointe shoes if applicable for the last twenty minutes of class. Boys should wear white t-shirts and black full-length tights with ballet slippers.
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Q: What do you look for in the auditions?

A: We evaluate dancers on the basis of the level of their classical ballet technique, with special attention to adagio, jumps, turns, and pointe work. We also assess the dancers on their retention of combinations, stamina, musicality, work ethic, attitude, and potential.
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Q: What if I can’t make it to a scheduled audition?
A: You can submit a video audition. Video auditions must be completed via the Accept’d portal. The deadline for video auditions is January 31, 2015. An audition fee of $40 will be required to complete your video audition (credit card only). Please click here for further details on how to send a Video Audition.
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Audition Results:

Q: How soon will I find out the results of my audition?
A: The audition results are sent via e-mail to the primary email address listed within 10 business days after the audition date. If you do not receive your results via e-mail within two weeks of your audition date, please contact the Summer Intensive staff via email at summerintensive@abt.org.
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Q: When will I receive the results from my video audition?
A: All results from video audition submissions received by January 31, 2015 will be sent by
February 20, 2015.
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Q: How do you decide which program I will be accepted to?

A: The audition qualifies dancers for consideration in all Summer Intensive locations. We ask students to consider carefully which programs they are most likely to attend and rank them in order of preference on their registration card. We take this ranking into consideration along with which site we feel best matches each student’s age and ability. This means that we cannot guarantee a student’s placement in the program based on his/her first choice or geographic preference.
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Q: Do you give out audition results over the phone?
A: No, we do not give out audition results over the phone. An email will be sent to the email address provided at the audition when results are available.
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Q: Can ABT provide specific feedback from the audition classes?
A: Unfortunately, ABT is unable to provide specific training feedback from the audition classes. We only have a short time to observe each dancer and cannot compile a complete assessment during the audition. Generally, students who are not accepted to one of ABT’s programs should continue to work on overall strength, technique and pointe work. ABT encourages prospective students to continue working hard to achieve their goals in hopes to see them in the future.
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Q: When are waiting list applicants notified? What are the chances of a position becoming available to the summer intensive?

A: Our waitlist is a general waitlist. We do not use a rank system however we will call students based on their audition scores. As a matter of policy, we are unable to disclose audition scores.

We will begin contacting students on the wait list during the first week of March through the beginning of June. When we contact you, we will notify you which of our sites have spaces available. We will do our best to notify you, either by email or phone, as soon as a spot opens up. At that time, you will receive more information on how to enroll in the program.
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Program Info:

Q: Does ABT offer financial aid?
A:
ABT does have a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the 2015 Summer Training Programs. Scholarship decisions are made based on merit. All students are taken into consideration, so it is not necessary to apply. ABT will notify students who are awarded scholarships at the time of acceptance. We also encourage our students to explore alternate funding possibilities for their summer training. Several students have had success in finding local or corporate sponsors.
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Q: How do I make a tuition payment?
A:
In accordance with our rolling admissions, details on when to make tuition payments can be found in the Admissions & Enrollment page on the ABT website. Secure online tuition payments can be made using major credit cards through the online student site. Details will be emailed to accepted students.
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Q: What is the daily schedule like at an ABT Summer Intensive?
A: Though some lecture and elective offerings may vary by site, the daily structure and curriculum of all Summer Intensive programs is identical.
  • Students will be in class or rehearsal from approximately 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Some programs include electives or lectures on Saturdays.
  • On the first day of the program there will be a placement class to determine student levels.
  • All levels will have technique and pointe or pas de deux everyday.
  • Other class offerings may include: Variations, Modern, Character, Jazz, Musical Theater, Yoga, Pilates, Music, Acting, Mime, Nutrition, Meet the Artist, Injury Prevention and Dance History.
  • Dancers will have rehearsals on occasional evenings.
  • All students will have the opportunity to participate in a final performance showcasing selections from ABT's repertoire created during the program. The final performance is on the last day of the program and is usually scheduled for the early afternoon.
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Q: What kind of housing is provided at each program?
A: Housing costs are not included in the tuition payment made to ABT; there is an additional room and board fee made to the institution in which the student will be living. Please read below for housing information on each program. For more information on each site, including tuition and housing costs, click here Summer Intensive Sites.
  • New York: No supervised housing is provided. ABT maintains a list of resources to help dancers find short-term housing. Click here to view our Housing Resource List.
  • North Carolina: Housing and three meals a day are provided by the dorms at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Those who choose not to stay in the dorms will be charged a commuter fee, and should pay for meal cards separately if need be.
  • Alabama: Housing and three meals a day are provided by the dorms at the University of Alabama. A commuter fee will apply to all students not residing in the dorm.
  • Texas: Housing and three meals a day are provided by the University of Texas at Austin. A commuter fee will apply to all students not residing in the dorm.
  • California: Housing and three meals a day are provided by the dorms at the University of California at Irvine. A day student fee will apply to those students not residing in the dorms. Day students can also purchase a meal card to use on campus.
  • Collegiate: See New York Intensive.
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop NY: See New York Intensive.
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop, San Jose: No supervised housing is provided.
  • Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Orange County: No supervised housing is provided.
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Q: Do I have to attend the whole summer program or can I attend just a few weeks? Can I arrive a few days late? Can I leave early?
A: In order to receive the full benefit of the intensive summer training everyone must attend the program in its entirety. As a policy, there are no exceptions to this rule.
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Q: How many pairs of pointe shoes should a dancer bring to the summer intensive?

A: The number of pointe shoes needed for the Summer Intensive depends on the strength of the dancer’s feet, the brand of shoe, and humidity. Dancers will be on pointe everyday in very humid weather. Therefore, we suggest that each dancer brings approximately one pair of shoes per week. Dancers are encouraged to take care of their shoes and use hardeners when necessary to lengthen the life of their pointe shoes.
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Q: What will I be performing in the Summer Intensive Final Performance?

A: As of Summer 2015, the Summer Intensive Final Performance will exclusively showcase ABT Repertory. ABT Summer Intensives will now use the class time previously set aside for new choreography as a means of adding supplementary technique classes, further emphasizing classical ballet technique. All program locations will continue to consist of at least four classes per day.
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