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Frequently Asked Questions

Audition Preparation

How do I register for auditions? Is pre-registration required to attend the auditions?

All auditions for 2021 Summer Training Programs will take place online via Zoom. Advance registration is required for all auditions.  The audition fee for students is $30 USD. Please note that all audition times are listed in the Eastern Time Zone (EST). To pre-register, please visit Audition Information.

If a prospective student has a birthday before the start of the summer intensives, which audition class should he/she attend?

Students should audition with their age group at the time of audition even if they will have a birthday before the summer.

What requirements are there for the audition picture?

There are no photo requirements for the 2021 Virtual Audition Tour. Photos will not be accepted.

How much experience on pointe should a dancer have before attending an audition?

It is best for students ages thirteen and older 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 and complete the pointe exercises in flat shoes.

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.

Can I only audition for an in-person program?

When you audition, you are being considered for all Virtual Summer Intensive sessions. Those who are accepted and choose to register for Virtual Summer Intensive program will have priority to register for an in-person program if possible.

Can I schedule an individual audition in New York?

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.

How will I know if my Virtual Audition Registration or Video Audition has been received?

ABT will send you a confirmation email upon the receipt of your Virtual Audition Registration or Video Audition. Registration for Virtual Auditions take place via Mindbody. Once you make an account and register for an audition, you will receive an email confirmation. Zoom information will be sent the day of your audition.

How can I audition for the ABT Studio Company?

Students may not audition for the ABT Studio Company on the 2021 Virtual Audition Tour. Please visit the ABT Studio Company page for the most up to date information on ABT Studio Company Auditions.

Can an audition on the National Audition Tour be used as an audition for the ABT JKO School?

The National Audition Tour serves primarily to admit students to the ABT Summer Intensive Program.  Students may not audition for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on the 2021 Virtual Audition Tour.    Please visit the ABT JKO School page for the most up to date information on the ABT JKO School Auditions.

Audition Day

What are the auditions like?

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.  Students should plan to join the Zoom meeting ten minutes prior to the start of their audition class.

Is there a dress code for the auditions?

Yes. Girls should wear solid colored leotards, full-length tights in the color which is closest to natural skin tone, ballet slippers and should bring pointe shoes if applicable for the last twenty minutes of class. Boys should wear white t-shirts, black full-length tights, and ballet slippers.

What do you look for in the auditions?

We evaluate dancers on the level of their classical ballet technique, with special attention to adagio, jumps, turns, and pointe work. We also assess dancers on their retention of combinations, stamina, musicality, work ethic, attitude, and potential.

What if I can’t make it to a scheduled audition?

You can submit a video audition. Video auditions must be completed via the online portal which will open on January 1, 2021. All video auditions are due by March 1, 2021. Please click here for further details on how to send a Video Audition.

Does ABT close their auditions?

Yes.  Advance registration is required for the 2021 Virtual Audition Tour.  Classes will close upon reaching capacity or four days prior to the audition.  Audition classes will be limited to 40 dancers. Each audition class must have at least 10 dancers. If a class does not have the minimum required dancers, you may be asked to reschedule.

Audition Results

How soon will I find out the results of my audition?

The audition results are sent via email to the primary email address listed within 10 business days after the audition date. If you do not receive your results via email within two weeks of your audition date, please contact the Summer Intensive staff at [email protected].

When will I receive the results from my video audition?

All results from the video audition submissions will be sent by March 19, 2021.

Will I be accepted to a specific program?

Accepted students will be able to register for any of the Virtual Summer Intensive sessions for your age group. If we add live programs at a later date, those registered for a Virtual Summer Intensive program will have priority to register and/or switch to a live program.

Students will be placed in levels based on their audition performance and age.

Do you give out audition results over the phone?

No, we do not give out audition results over the phone. An email will be sent to the primary email address provided on the audition registration card when results are available.

Can ABT provide specific feedback from the audition classes?

Unfortunately, ABT is unable to provide specific training feedback from the audition classes. Generally, students who are not accepted to one of ABT’s programs should continue to work on overall strength, technique and pointe work. We encourage prospective students to continue working hard to achieve their goals and we hope to see them in the future.

When are the waiting list applicants being notified? What are the chances of a position becoming available for a program?

ABT uses a general waitlist and there is no rank system. Students on our waiting list will be notified based on their audition scores. We are unable to disclose audition scores.

We will begin contacting students on the waiting list during the first week of March until the beginning of May. We will notify you via email which of our programs have spaces available. At that time, you will receive more information on how to enroll in the program.

Program Information

Does ABT offer financial aid?

ABT awards a limited number of full and partial scholarships to the 2021 Summer Training Programs. Scholarship decisions are made based on merit at the time of the audition. 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.

How do I make a tuition payment?

Details on when to make tuition payments can be found on the Audition Information page of 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.

Will the virtual classes be interactive? Will they be pre-recorded?

Classes will be interactive!  They will be taught in real-time on Zoom and students will have the opportunity to receive corrections and ask questions.

What is the daily schedule like for the virtual program?

The daily schedule will consist of a body conditioning class, adjunct or lecture class, and a ballet technique class .  Classes will be held from approximately 12:00pm-4:30pm ET.

Will students receive feedback and corrections?

Absolutely!  It is important that the student is fully visible during the class and able to hear corrections during an exercise.  The faculty will enlarge the screens during combinations to get the best view of each student.

Who are the faculty?

Classes will be taught by ABT Summer Intensive faculty along with ABT Artistic Staff and dancers including Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre), Cynthia Harvey (Artistic Director of the JKO School) and Sascha Radetsky (Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company).

Click here to view our complete faculty list.

Will there be pointe work/men’s work?

Pointe work and men’s technique/strength training will be included at the end of the technique classes and in select adjunct classes.

Will all students be in one class?

No.  Students will be placed in levels for all Virtual Summer Training Programs.  Students will be placed based on their audition performance and age.  Class sizes will be limited.

Will there be a placement class?

There will not be a placement class.  Students will be placed based on their audition performance and age.  Artistic Faculty will notify a student via email if they feel the student should change levels.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Girls should wear solid colored leotards, full-length tights in the color which is closest to natural skin tone and ballet slippers.  Hair should be in a ballet style.   Boys should wear solid colored t-shirts, full-length tights, and ballet slippers.

Is it safe to train at home?

Our faculty work with ABT’s physical therapists to ensure that classes are appropriate while also maximizing the training potential.  All students will have an injury prevention lecture at the start of the program which will include helpful tips.  We want students to be as ready as possible once we are able to return to the studio!