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Auditions and Admission

Acceptance to the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is by audition only. A student can audition for the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in one of the following ways:

1.) Open Audition

The ABT JKO School will be holding one open audition this spring.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Times: Ages 12 - 14Registration: 12noon
Audition Class: 1:00pm
Ages 15 - 18 Registration: 2:00pm
Audition Class: 3:00pm
Location:ABT's Studios at 890 Broadway
(between 19th and 20th Streets)

Cost: $40 (cash, credit card or check made payable to "American Ballet Theatre")
Dress Code:GirlsBlack leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers and pointe shoes
BoysWhite t-shirt or leotard, black tights, black shoes
Bring:Photograph in first arabesque and headshot

2.) Video Audition

Students who are unable to attend the open audition may apply for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School by video application. Video auditions that do not follow the guidelines below will be considered incomplete, and will be ineligible for consideration.

  1. Video audition applications must include the following items:
    • Completed Video Application – the application will also outline all required exercises.
    • 10-15 minute video of class footage. Please note that variations and performance footage are not required for video auditions.
    • one letter of recommendation from a current ballet instructor
    • a photograph in first arabesque
    • an informal headshot or school photo
    • $45.00 US audition fee – Audition fee can be paid via checks/ money orders or credit card. Checks/ money orders should be made payable to American Ballet Theatre. Credit card payments should be submitted via the following credit card authorization form.

  2. Video auditions should sent either via email to jkoschool@abt.org or via mail to the following address:

    American Ballet Theatre
    Attn: ABT JKO School - Auditions
    890 Broadway, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10003

  3. Video auditions will be accepted beginning February 15, 2018. The deadline for video auditions is March 15, 2018.

  4. Video audition results will be emailed in mid-April.

3.) Summer Intensive
Open Auditions on ABT’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour and Video Applications for the Summer Intensive cannot be used for entrance to the ABT JKO School. Students who have enrolled and are attending the ABT Summer Intensives can be evaluated for admission during the course of the various programs, pending the submission of a parental consent form. Those students auditioning at the Summer Intensive sites will be notified of audition results following the completion of their respective programs.


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