Summer Session: Auditions

For students age 12-18 with intermediate, advanced, or pre-professional experience.

San Francisco Ballet School’s Summer Session provides a great opportunity to deepen your dance skills and to push yourself to the next level of your professional development. Attending Summer Session is also a pre-requisite for to admission to our school year program. If you would like to attend a Summer Session program you must audition first. Below is information about our local auditions and national tour as well as the criteria for submitting a video audition.

Auditions are open to male and female students, ages 14-18, who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training.

National Tour

A National Audition Tour is held every year to give students from all across the country the opportunity to audition so we can find the very best our country has to offer. This year we’ll visit ten cities in the United States.

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Video Auditions

We offer the option to submit a video audition to students who are 14–18 years old and live 250 miles or more from one of our audition cities. Alternately, if you are 12–13, live 250 miles or more away from one of our audition cities, and can arrange for housing in the San Francisco area, you’re eligible to submit a video audition as well.

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International Students

San Francisco Ballet School welcomes and is authorized under Federal law to enroll international students. There are extra considerations for international students when enrolling to our School including visa and health insurance requirements, housing availability, and the option to submit a video audition.

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Current Students

Students who are currently enrolled in Levels 4 through 8 are invited to enroll for the Summer Session without auditioning.

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Audition Registration

Early Registration: Students may register online for the audition location of their choice beginning December 1, 2016.  In order to complete your registration, you will need to upload a photo and proof of your date of age (see details below) and pay the $35 audition fee. Please print your confirmation page and bring this with you to the audition as proof of your early registration. 

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 a $40 audition fee (cash only, no checks or credit cards will be accepted). 

Required Items for Submission

Photo: Headshots are used to confirm the student's identity during the audition and to recall a student after the audition has ended. Please submit a current photo that clearly shows the student from the shoulders up.  Preferably, long hair should be pulled back away from the face. If registering online, please do not submit a scan of a passport photo page; the max file size is 1MB (PDF only); please ensure the photo is of high enough resolution to be identifiable. If registering in person, please submit a small photo, either passport or wallet sized no larger than 2" x 2". Dancing photos are not accepted.

Proof of Age: All students must provide proof of their date of birth. If registering online, please upload a scan of a birth certificate or passport photo page. The maximum file size is 1MB; please ensure the scan is a high enough resolution that it is legible.  If registering in person, please bring either an original or a photocopy of your birth certificate or passport photo page. 

Audition Fee: If registering online, the audition fee is $35 and must be paid by credit card. If registering in person on the day of the audition, the audition fee is $40, cash only. Check and credit cards will not be accepted.

Audition Age Groups

Students should audition within their age group based on their age at the time of the audition.

-Students who are not yet 14 years old by the time of their audition, but will turn 14 by June 12, 2017 are still welcome to audition at any location on the National Audition Tour.
-Students who are not yet 12 years old by the time of their audition, but will turn 12 by June 12, 2017 are welcome to audition in San Francisco or by Online Video Audition ONLY.

Audition Result Notification

Applicants who register online will receive priority audition result notification.
Audition results will be emailed within two weeks of each audition.
 

DATE & LOCATION
Age Group
Registration & Results


Chicago, IL
Friday, January 6

The Joffrey Ballet
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312 739 0120 
Map

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 3:00pm
Audition Time 4:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 5:00pm
Audition Time 6:00pm

Register


Early registration ends
Monday, Jan 2, 2017
at 5 pm


San Francisco, CA*
Sunday, January 8

San Francisco Ballet School
455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415 865 6700
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 11:00am
Audition Time 12:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 1
Sign-In Time 12:30pm
Audition Time 1:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 2
Sign-In Time 2:00pm
Audition Time 3:00pm

Girls & Boys 12-13 Group 1
Sign-In 3:30pm
Audition Time 4:30pm

Girls & Boys 12-13 Group 2
Sign-In Time 4:45pm
Audition Time 5:45pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017
at 5 pm


Seattle, WA
Sunday, January 8

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206 441 2435
Map

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 10:00am
Audition Time 11:00am

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 1
Sign-In Time 11:30am
Audition Time 12:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 2
Sign-In Time 12:45pm
Audition Time 1:45pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017
at 5 pm

Washington, DC Metro Area
Saturday, January 14

Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301 608 2232
Map

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 3:00pm
Audition Time 4:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 4:30pm
Audition Time 5:30pm

Register


Early registration ends
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
at 5 pm

New York, NY
Monday, January 16

School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
(165 West 65th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 769 6600
Map
 

All Boys
Sign-In Time 12:00pm
Audition Time 1:00pm

Girls 16-18
Sign-In Time 1:30pm
Audition Time 2:30pm

Girls 14-15 Group 1
Sign-In Time 3:30pm
Audition Time 4:30pm

Girls 14-15 Group 2
Sign-In Time 4:45pm
Audition Time 5:45pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
at 5 pm

Boca Raton, FL
Friday, January 20

The Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561 997 2677
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
 Sign-In Time 5:30pm
Audition Time 6:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 7:00pm
Audition Time 8:00pm

Register


Early registration ends
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
at 5 pm

Atlanta, GA
Saturday, January 21

Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Boulevard NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404 873 3303
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 3:00pm
Audition Time 4:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 4:30pm
Audition Time 5:30pm

Register


Early registration ends
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
at 5 pm

Irvine, CA
Sunday, January 22

Maple Conservatory of Dance
1824 Kaiser Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949 660 9930
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 12:00pm
Audition Time 1:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 1
Sign-In Time 1:30pm
Audition Time 2:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 2
Sign-In Time 2:45pm
Audition Time 3:45pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
at 5 pm

Boston, MA
Sunday, January 22

Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617 695 6950
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 1:30pm
Audition Time 2:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 3:00pm
Audition Time 4:00pm

Register


Early registration ends
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
at 5 pm

Santa Monica, CA
Sunday, January 29

Westside School of Ballet
1709 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310 828 2018
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 1:00pm
Audition Time 2:00pm

Girls and Boys 14-15 Group 1
Sign-In Time 2:30pm
Audition Time 3:30pm

Girls & Boys 14-15 Group 2
Sign-In Time 3:45pm
Audition Time 4:45pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
at 5 pm

San Francisco, CA*
Saturday, February 4

San Francisco Ballet School
455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415 865 6700
Map
 

Girls & Boys 16-18
Sign-In Time 12:00pm
Audition Time 1:00pm

Girls & Boys 14-15
Sign-In Time 1:30pm
Audition Time 2:30pm

Girls & Boys 12-13
Sign-In Time 3:00pm
Audition Time 4:00pm

Register


Early registration ends
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017
at 5 pm


* San Francisco is the only location for students ages 12-13 to audition in person.

Overview

Although it is preferable for students to attend a live audition on the National Audition Tour, students may submit an online video audition if they live more than 250 miles away from an audition site for their age group.  Please note, SF Ballet School will only accept electronic online submissions through the video application website, SlideRoom, and will not review DVDs or video tapes that are sent to the School.

The 2017 Video audition fee is $75 and is payable by credit card through SlideRoom.

Go to SlideRoom to begin your application: https://sfballet.slideroom.com

Video auditions will be accepted starting January 7, 2017 through February 4, 2017.

Please see the Online Video Audition Guidelines for more information on how to prepare your video audition.

Technical Issues?
For technical assistance with the SlideRoom website, please contact SlideRoom directly: support@slideroom.com 

San Francisco Ballet School is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. SF Ballet School welcomes international students each year to attend our summer and school year programs. There are extra considerations for international students when enrolling in SF Ballet School. Below are a few items for students to discuss with their parents prior to enrolling.

Admissions

San Francisco Ballet School invites any student, age 15-18, who lives outside of the United States, to audition by online video submission. Please see the Online Video Audition tab for more details. Students will primarily be considered for Program 2; however, select students may be invited to Program 1. Students who wish to be considered for the School Year Program (September–May) must be accepted to and attend one of the Summer Session programs.

International Student Fee

All international students pay the $100 International Student Fee at the time of enrollment.

Travel Visas 

San Francisco Ballet School is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. International students who are invited to enroll in the school year program, will be required to obtain an M-1 student visa in order to attend. The Ballet School's Assistant Administrative Director will provide the student with the I-20 form and guidance on how to apply for the visa. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the M-1 visa. If the student arrives at the beginning of the school year without the proper M-1 Visa, they will be sent home immediately. If the student returns for the school year program, they must apply for a new M-1 Visa.

Health Insurance

Health insurance in the United States is very different from most other countries. Before arriving, international students must purchase health insurance for the duration of their stay.  In many cases, insurance companies will require pre-approval before seeing a doctor for non-emergencies and may require the student to pay costs up front and then submit the receipts for reimbursement. Some doctors will not accept insurance from companies outside the United States. There are many companies that provide international student health insurance or short-term study abroad insurance.

English Language

Students are highly encouraged to learn some English before their arrival. School forms and paperwork will not be provided in other languages and translators will not necessarily be available on a regular basis. Multi-lingual students are often called upon to help with translation when they are available.

Travel

Students must make all of their own travel arrangements. The Ballet School will not provide transportation between the airport and the student housing. Students should be comfortable travelling independently, otherwise we recommend that a parent travels with the student to and from San Francisco. Prior to purchasing a ticket, contact the airline to confirm their rules regarding minors flying independently.

Housing

Summer Session: Students accepted to Program 2 will be invited to reside at SF Ballet School’s summer housing located at San Francisco State University. See the program information page for more information.

School Year: During the school year, SF Ballet School has very limited space at our Student Residence. Space at the Residence is offered by invitation only and most students will have to find their own accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student/family to arrange housing. SF Ballet School will not make alternative housing arrangements for students.

Students who are currently enrolled in SFBS Levels 4 through 8 are invited to enroll for the Summer Session without auditioning.  During the summer, students remain in the level in which they are currently enrolled during the school year. The summer session is not required for current students but is highly encouraged. Please note the start and end dates listed on the Program web pages; students must commit to attend the full program in order to participate.

Registration

Current students are not required to audition and receive priority enrollment before the students who are invited from the National Audition Tour. Space is only guaranteed through the registration deadline. Families will receive registration forms by email mid-December.

Payment

$200 Registration Fee is due March 1, 2017
Tuition in full is due April 1, 2017. Families who wish to set up a payment plan may do so by contacting the Registrar and must be paid in full by April 1.

Summer Session: Program 1

This three week program will provide intermediate students the opportunity to improve skills and gain strength and is designed to give them a deeper understanding of ballet as an art form. The curriculum includes technique, pointe, batterie, and pas de deux classes. Additional classes may include repertoire, character dance, pantomime, and conditioning.

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Summer Session: Program 2

This four week program dedicated to advanced/pre-professional students is designed to explore the demands of a professional career, exposing them to the unique repertory of San Francisco Ballet. The curriculum includes technique, pointe, pas de deux, batterie and repertoire, and may include additional classes such as contemporary dance, acting, and conditioning (minimum of 15 classes weekly).

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Questions?

If you have a question about a particular program or the School please don't hesitate to contact us.

415 865 6700
school@sfballet.org

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The Official Sponsor of San Francisco Ballet School's Summer Session National Audition Tour.