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Children's Division Open Auditions

Auditions are required for Levels 1A and above.

All new students enrolling in Level 1A and above (ages 8-12) must participate in one of the Children's Division open auditions. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be placed by the faculty into the appropriate level of the program. Dancers attending an open audition should bring with them an informal headshot or school photo as well as a $15 audition fee (cash or check only).

Next Open Audition

Date: Spring 2015, exact date TBA
Location: ABT JKO School, 4th Floor


Open Audition FAQs

Q:Where do the open auditions take place?
A: All Children’s Division open auditions will take place at the ABT JKO School, 890 Broadway between 19th and 20th streets at the Lawrence A. Wein Center for Dance and Theatre.

Q: Do I need to pre-register for the audition?
A: No. Pre-registration is not required –all students will be able to register 1 hour prior to the open audition class.

Q. What do I wear to the audition?
A. Girls: Girls should wear full-length pink tights and a solid color leotard with ballet slippers.
Boys: Boys should wear white leotard or t-shirt, black shorts and ballet slippers.

Q: Does it cost anything to audition?
A: Yes. There is a $15 fee to audition for the ABT JKO School Children’s Division. The fee can be paid in cash or check made payable to American Ballet Theatre.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: All dancers should bring with them an informal headshot (does not need to be professional) and the $15 audition fee.

Q: What will be required of me at the open audition?
A:The open audition will include a full technique class (barre, center and across the floor). No pointe work will be required at the time of the audition.

Q. When will I be notified of acceptance?
A. Notification of acceptance or rejection for the Children’s Division will be provided within one week of the open audition via email. Upon acceptance, students will also be informed of their level for the upcoming school year. All results are final.

Q: Can I submit a video audition?
A: No. Students who wish to be considered for the Children’s Division at the ABT JKO School must attend one of the scheduled open auditions at ABT to be seen by the Artistic Faculty.

Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?
A. Email jkochildren@abt.org or call the JKO School Hotline at 212-477-3030 ext. 3339.