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Children's Division Open Audition and Trial Classes

Trial Classes

For students ages 3-7 (*includes only 7 year olds who will turn 8 after December 1, 2017)

The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School offers trial classes for students ages 3-7* who are interested in enrolling in our Pre-Primary and Primary classes for the 2017-2018 school year. All Primary Levels of the Children’s Division at the ABT JKO School are open enrollment and no prior experience is required. Placement is based solely on child’s date of birth. ¬†¬†Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All interested students are encouraged to participate in a trial class. Trial classes are not an audition or evaluation of any kind - the School offers them as a way for students and parents to see what the program is like before enrolling.

Open Enrollment Levels:
Pre-Primary (ages 3 & 4) students must turn 3 by September 1, 2017
Primary A (age 5) students who are 5 or will turn 5 by December 1, 2017
Primary B (age 6) students who are 6 or will turn 6 by December 1, 2017
Primary C (age 7) students who are 7 or will turn 7 by December 1, 2017

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: Pre-Primary 9:00am Registration/Check-in
10:00am- 10:45am Trial Class
Primary A10:00am Registration/Check-in
11:00am - 12:00pm Trial Class
Primary B 11:30am Registration/Check-in
12:30pm - 1:30pm Trial Class
Primary C12:30pm Registration/Check-in
1:30pm - 2:30pm Trial Class
Location: ABT Studios at 890 Broadway, 4th Floor
What to Wear: Girls should wear, pink ballet slippers, and a solid color leotard; full-length ballet pink tights are optional.

Boys should wear a white leotard or t-shirt shirt, black tights or shorts, and ballet slippers.
How to Register: Pre-registration will open in mid spring 2017
There is a $5 registration fee for all trial classes.
Pre-registration is required for all trial classes.


Open Auditions

For students ages 7-12 (**includes only 7 year olds who will turn 8 by December 1, 2017)

Auditions are required for students ages 7-12** who are interested in enrolling in Levels 1A through 3 of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children’s Division for the 2017-2018 school year. All interested students must participate in an open audition class. Upon acceptance to the program, students are placed into the appropriate level by the artistic faculty. Students in this age group are expected to have previous ballet training.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: Ages 7-9 10:00am Registration/Check-in
11:00am - 12:15pm Audition Class
Ages 10-12 11:30am Registration/Check-in
12:30pm - 2:00pm Audition Class
Location: ABT Studios at 890 Broadway, 4th Floor
What to Wear: Girls should wear full-length pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a solid color leotard

Boys should wear a white leotard or shirt, black tights or shorts, and ballet slippers.
What to Bring: An informal headshot or school photo. Girls ages 10-12 who are on pointe already should bring their pointe shoes.
How to Register: Pre-registration will open in mid spring 2017
There is a $20 registration fee for all open auditions.



Additional Open Audition Information

Q: Do I need to pre-register?
A: Pre-registration for the open audition is not required but is highly encouraged, as it speeds up the check-in process. 

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). Students in this age group are expected to have previous ballet training and basic ballet vocabulary.

Q. When will I be notified of acceptance?
A. Students who audition for Levels 1A through 3 of the Children’s Division will be notified 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 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 Katherine Currier at the ABT JKO School Hotline at 212-477-3030 ext. 3339.