San Francisco Ballet School students performing during the 2016 student showcase. (© Chris Hardy)




Is San Francisco Ballet School your first-choice school for training next school year? Are you ready to take charge of your future and commit to making this move? Highly qualified candidates, ages 14–18, can now apply for the school year program and not wait for the summer session to receive your acceptance.

Students ages 14–18 will be considered for the intermediate/advanced levels for the 2021–22 School Year. Students will also enroll in the 2021 Summer Session. Advanced/Pre-Professional students will be considered for the Trainee Program, which will take place August 2021–June 2022.

Who is SF Ballet School looking for?

School Director, Patrick Armand is looking for students who are passionate about the art form and motivated to pursue intense training toward a career in classical ballet.

  • Intermediate and advanced level ballet students who are ready to take the next step in their training toward a professional career in ballet
  • Students who have significantly researched ballet schools and are confident that SF Ballet School is their top choice.


  • Submit a pre-selection video audition by February 28, 2021 via Slideroom for best consideration. Video auditions will be accepted through March but will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • Students will be notified of their pre-selection video audition results within 3 weeks of their audition submission.
  • Pre-selected students will be invited to participate in the next round of auditions. These may be via Zoom or in-person, depending on the COVID-19 protocols in San Francisco at the time.
  • Accepted students will receive notification of their acceptance in April and enroll for the 2021 Summer Session and the 2021–22 School Year in May.

Pre-selection video auditions are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in auditioning for the 2021–22 School Year, please email us at school@sfballet.org

Pre-Selection Video

Please follow the below guidelines when filming your pre-selection video audition. A $20 audition fee will be charged upon submission. Please note, SF Ballet School will only accept electronic online submissions through the video application website, SlideRoom, and will not review DVDs or email submissions that are sent to the School.

Video Audition Guidelines

Virtual Zoom Audition

Pre-selected students will be required to find a studio space for their live virtual audition. Detailed information will be sent to pre-selected students.


Auditions generally take place each spring for the following school year. Please check back here and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.