San Francisco Ballet School Trainees. (© Erik Tomasson)




The audition is run like a ballet class, starting at the barre with exercises from plies to grand battements. Then everyone moves to the center for a variety of combinations from adage to grand allegro. Prospective students should work their hardest and show that they are listening to and applying the teacher's instructions and corrections.

Girls should wear pink ballet shoes, pink tights, and any solid colored leotard. Students 16–18 should expect to wear pointe shoes for the entirety of the class. Students ages 12–15 should bring pointe shoes as they may be asked to put them on at the end of class.

Boys should wear black or white, shoes, tights, and a fitted shirt.

All warm-up clothing needs to be removed before the class begins, and only pointe shoes and a water bottle may be taken to the audition studio.


Specific information regarding auditions for 2021 Summer Session will be made available in late 2020. Please check back for updated information.

Admission to SF Ballet School Summer Session is by audition only. Prospective students audition in groups based on age. Those accepted are placed in either Program 1 or 2 based on their technical ability.


Students must be age 12–18 by June 1, 2020 to audition for 2020 Summer Session. Students should audition with the age group based on their age as of June 1, 2020.

Each National Audition Tour site has varied age requirements. Please check the National Audition Tour page for detailed information on age requirements for each location. 12 and 13 year olds are only eligible to audition in certain cities. If you can not attend an audition in a city with a 12 or 13 year old age group, please audition via video.


Online Registration: Students may register online for the audition location of their choice beginning December 2, 2019. Students who register online will receive their audition result by email in advance of the day-of registrants, approximately one week following the audition.

Day-of Registration: Students who do not register online may register in-person on the day of the audition. Students must bring a photo and proof of age (see details below) and the $50 audition fee in cash. Day-of registrants will receive their audition result two weeks following the audition.


Photo: Please submit a current ballet headshot or portrait style photo that clearly shows the student from the shoulders up. If registering online, you will upload a photo into your application. If registering in-person, please bring a small photo, no larger that 2” x 3”.

Proof of Age: All students must provide a document proving their age and date of birth. This should be a government issued document – birth certificate, passport photo page, identification card. If registering online, please upload a high-resolution scan. If registering in-person, please bring the original document or a photocopy.

Audition Fee: The audition fee is $50 for those who register online or in-person. Online registration requires payment by credit card. If registering in-person, the fee must be paid in cash. Checks and credit cards will not be accepted at audition site.

Freed of London is the 2020 Summer Session National Audition Tour Sponsor