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Audition Information

Summer Programs Audition Information

The National Audition Tour is a dancer’s opportunity to audition for all ABT Summer Programs including Summer Intensives, the Collegiate Summer Intensive, and Young Dancer Summer Workshops. Auditions are open to all male and female students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training.

Participation in ABT Summer Programs is by audition and acceptance only. Dancers may audition at one of the sites on our National Audition Tour or submit a video application. Notification letters will be emailed within 10 business days following each audition.

Students may only audition once each year. Auditioning at any site will allow you to be considered for all Summer Intensive Programs and merit-based scholarships.

Age Requirements

Young Dancer Summer Workshop:

  • Applicants must be 9 to 11 years old by the start date of the program, or 12-year-olds at the beginning pointe level.
  • 12-year-olds applicants that will turn 13 during the program are not eligible to attend the Young Dancer Summer Workshop.

Summer Intensives:

  • Applicants must be at least 11 years old by their audition date and no older than 20 on June 24, 2019.
  • Age requirements vary by site.

Collegiate Summer Intensive:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Applicants over the age of 18 will be considered for the New York and Collegiate Intensives only.
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Live Auditions

If you are attending one of the audition locations on the National Audition Tour, please submit the following at the audition:

  • One photograph showing first arabesque on pointe or demi-pointe in center. Photo should be taken with a clear background (preferably in a ballet studio). Female students should wear tights and a black leotard.  Male students should wear a fitted white tee shirt and black or grey tights.
  • One informal headshot. Photo should be taken with a clear background and hair should be in a bun. Photographs will not be returned.
  • The $40.00 audition fee in cash, check, or money order (checks may be made payable to American Ballet Theatre).

Students are to abide by the following dress code for their audition:

  • Girls must wear full-length pink tights, black leotards, and ballet slippers. Bring pointe shoes for the last twenty minutes of class.
  • Boys must wear white t-shirts, full-length black tights, and ballet slippers.

Please note: if an audition must be canceled, you should be prepared to send a video audition promptly. Please see below for Video Audition details. Video auditions that replace a canceled audition site must be submitted by the Final Video Submission Deadline of February 15, 2019.

National Audition Tour
sites and schedule
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Video Auditions

You may submit a video audition for the ABT Summer Intensives. To submit a video application, follow the guidelines listed here.

  • Video auditions must be submitted via our Student Portal. The portal will be available beginning November 15, 2018.
  • An audition fee will be required to complete your video audition (credit card only).
  • Video auditions will be accepted beginning Thursday, November 15, 2018. The final deadline for video auditions is February 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Video audition results will be emailed by the above notification date.

Please note that variations and performance footage are not required for video auditions. Submission of such material may negatively affect a student’s chance of acceptance. Please click below to view video guidelines and requirements prior to submission.

Video Submission Dates:
Application Fee:
Video Audition Deadline:
Notification Date:
Priority
November 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019
$45
January 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
January 18, 2019
Final
January 2, 2019 - February 15, 2019
$55
February 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
March 1, 2019

Audition Results & Dates

Notification letters will be emailed within 10 business days following each audition. Please look over the schedule below so that you can be prepared to make your decision about enrollment. Each audition weekend has a deposit deadline to secure enrollment.

Your spot in the Summer Intensive program will only be held until the non-refundable tuition deposit deadline date. Please see below for tuition deposit deadlines based on the respective audition dates.

If you audition on this date:
Your deposit must be posted online by this date, 11:59pm EST:
January 5-6
January 28, 2019
January 12-13
February 4, 2019
January 19-21
February 11, 2019
January 25-27
February 18, 2019
February 2-3
February 25, 2019
February 9-10
March 4, 2019
Video Auditions
Priority Video Audition Submissions (January 1)
February 11, 2019
Final Video Audition Submissions (February 15)
March 15, 2019

2019 National Audition Tour

Find the full National Audition Tour Schedule in the table below.

Important Audition Details

Young Dancer Summer Workshop (YDSW)Dancers exclusively interested in YDSW should audition at starred sites (*) only. This includes students ages 9 to 11, and 12-year-olds at the beginning pointe level.

YDSW & Summer Intensives: Dancers ages 11 and 12 who wish to be considered for both YDSW and the Summer Intensives are required to attend the Summer Intensive audition class for ages 11 and up.

Dancers who are auditioning in New York and would like to be considered for both YDSW and the Summer Intensives may audition on January 6 or February 3.

ABT Collegiate Summer IntensiveDancers interested in the ABT Collegiate Summer Intensive may audition at any of the audition sites with their age group.

ABT Studio Company: Dancers who wish to audition for the ABT Studio Company should attend the audition for their age group in New York (January 6 or February 3) or San Francisco (January 27). The ABT Studio Company is open to dancers ages 16-20. Please bring a resume, headshot and first arabesque photo.

Registration Details

Students can pre-register for auditions online by clicking below . Students who pre-register will be guaranteed a spot at the registered time and are eligible for a reduced audition fee of $35.00. Pre-registration will open Monday, November 1, 2018. The deadline to pre-register is Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

If you have not pre-registered, in-person registration begins one hour prior to the audition class for your age group. Additional classes will be held if there is overflow from an earlier class.

Pre-register to secure your spot now!

National Audition Tour Schedule

DATE
LOCATION
TIME
AGE
Saturday, January 5
New York, NY (YDSW Only)
American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
10:00am
11:30pm
1:00pm
9*
10*
11-12*
Saturday, January 5
Phoenix, AZ
The School of Ballet Arizona
2835 East Washington Street
visit website
10:00am
12:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, January 6
New York, NY
American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
10:00am
1:00pm
4:00pm
11-13
14-15
16 & up+
Sunday, January 6
Denver, CO
Colorado Ballet Academy
1075 Santa Fe Drive
visit website
10:30am
12:30pm
11-14
15 & up
Saturday, January 12
OR
Sunday, January 13
Long Beach, CA
Cal. State Univ. Long Beach,
Dance Dept.
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
visit website
**The same schedule will be held both dates. Students may audition Saturday or Sunday.
10:00am
11:00am
2:00pm
4:00pm
9-12*
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Saturday, January 19
Austin, TX
UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Winship Drama Building
23st St. and San Jacinto
visit website
10:00am
11:00am
1:00pm
9-12*
11-14
15 & up
Saturday, January 19
Tampa, FL
University of South Florida; School of Theatre & Dance
The Dance Building- 3825 USF Holly Drive West
visit website
10:00am
11:00am
1:00pm
9-12*
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, January 20
Miami, FL
Miami City Ballet
2200 Liberty Avenue
visit website
9:30am
11:30am
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, January 20
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Ballet Academy of Texas, Coppell
145 Fitness Court
visit website
10:00am
11:00am
1:30pm
3:30pm
9-12*
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Monday, January 21
Houston, TX
Houston Ballet
601 Preston St.
visit website
12:00pm
1:00pm
3:00pm
9-12*
11-14
15 & up
Monday, January 21
Orlando, FL
Orlando Ballet School
415 East Princeton Street
visit website
4:30pm
6:30pm
11-14
15 & up
Monday, January 21
Winston-Salem, NC
University of NC School of the Arts
1533 S. Main St.
visit website
1:00pm
3:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Friday, January 25
Birmingham, AL
Alabama School of Fine Arts
1800 Rev Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
visit website
3:00pm
5:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Saturday, January 26
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
10745 Linkwood Ct.
visit website
3:00pm
5:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Saturday, January 26
Portland, OR
Oregon Ballet Theatre
0720 SW Bancroft Street
visit website
3:00pm
5:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, January 27
Boston, MA
Boston Ballet School
19 Clarendon St.
visit website
10:00am
11:00am
1:00pm
3:00pm
9-12*
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Sunday, January 27
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin St.
visit website
10:00am
12:00pm
2:30pm
4:30pm
11-12
13
14-15
16 & up+
Sunday, January 27
Seattle, WA
Pacific Northwest Ballet School
301 Mercer Street
visit website
2:00pm
4:00pm
6:00pm
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Saturday, February 2
Columbus, OH
Ballet Met
322 Mt. Vernon Ave.
visit website
4:30pm
6:30pm
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, February 3
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave.
visit website
3:00pm
5:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, February 3
New York, NY
American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
10:00am
1:00pm
4:00pm
11-13
14-15
16 & up+
Saturday, February 9
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive, Performing Arts Center, Room 1600
visit website
10:00am
12:00pm
11-14
15 & up
Saturday, February 9
Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Ballet
323 N. Broad Street
visit website
3:00pm
4:00pm
6:00pm
9-12*
11-14
15 & up
Sunday, February 10
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd. NW
visit website
9:00am
11:00am
1:00pm
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Sunday, February 10
Chicago, IL
Joffrey Ballet
10 E. Randolph St.
visit website
10:00am
12:00pm
2:00pm
11-13
14-15
16 & up
Sunday, February 10
Washington, DC
The Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Ave NW
visit website
11:00am
12:00pm
4:00pm
6:00pm
9-12*
11-13
14-15
16 & up

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