Applications have closed for the 2019 season.

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Admission and Scholarships


CHQ welcomes applications from talented students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious background. Admission is by audition only and students must enroll in the entire duration of the program. Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made before March 1, and no decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee is paid. Two to three weeks after the audition, admission results will be sent to the email address on the student's application.


Students may apply for scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of student’s talent, years of study and financial need. In 2016, the Chautauqua Institution awarded direct scholarship aid to 60%
of the students in the School of Dance. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the online financial
aid form.


Photo: Tanja Kuic

2019 Audition Tour

Please check the CHQ Schools Facebook page for last minute changes or cancellations due to inclement weather
Bloomington, IN
January 26 (Saturday)
Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington, IN 47405
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
4–5:30 p.m. 
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19):                          5:30–7 p.m.
Boston, MA
January 21 (Monday)
Boston Ballet 
19 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
3:30-5 p.m.
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19):                              5
–6:30 p.m.                                            
Buffalo (Williamsville), NY
January 19 (Saturday)
American Academy of Ballet
479 West Klein Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221
Young Dancer Workshop (ages 7-8): 1-2 p.m. (ages 9-10): 2-3 p.m.
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11-14):          3:30-5 p.m.
Apprentice & Festival (ages 15-19): 5-6:30 p.m. 

New York, NY
February 3 (Sunday)
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19): 

12:30-2 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
February 2 (Saturday)
The School of Pennsylvania Ballet
323 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
4:30-6 p.m. 
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19): 

6-7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA
February 10 (Sunday) *date changed due to weather
Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh
4100 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
11–12:30 p.m.
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19): 

12:30–2 p.m.

Tampa, FL
January 12 (Saturday)
Patel Conservatory/Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14): 
10-11:30 a.m.
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19): 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winston-Salem, NC
January 27 (Sunday)
1533 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Workshop 1 or 2 (ages 11–14):
4-5:30 p.m.
Apprentice & Festival 
(ages 15–19): 
5:30-7 p.m.


“Chautauqua is an intimate program where you develop close relationships with incredible, world class teachers and the talented dancers you're surrounded by. You have the opportunity to explore different styles of dance and perform diverse repertoire for a wonderful, engaged audience. It's a unique experience that you can't find at any other summer intensive.”


– Alexandra Heier, Pennsylvania Ballet :: Apprentice Dancer 2013 & 2012


“Studying ballet at Chautauqua was one of the most rewarding experiences. There is something invaluable about working with the finest teachers from around the world. The opportunities provided for me at Chautauqua have prepared me to continue to grow as a dancer.”


– Gabriela Schiefer, Boston Ballet II :: 2014 Apprentice Dancer