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Audition Tour

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BLOOMINGTON, IN • Sunday, January 26 
Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington, IN 47405
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 3–4:30 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 4:30–6 p.m.

BOSTON, MA • Sunday, January 19
Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon St , Boston, MA 02116
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 4:30–6 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 6–7:30 p.m.

BUFFALO, NY • Saturday, January 11
American Academy of Ballet
479 West Klein Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
Young Dancer Workshop (ages 7-10): 1–3 p.m.
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 3:30–5 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 5–6:30 p.m.

NEW YORK, NY • Monday, January 20
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 5–6:30 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 6:30–8 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA, PA • Saturday, January 18
The Rock School
1101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 2:30–4 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 4–5:30 p.m.

PITTSBURGH, PA • Sunday, January 12
Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh
4100 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 2–3:30 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 3:30–5 p.m.

TAMPA, FL • Saturday, February 1
Patel Conservatory/Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 1–2:30 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 2:30–4 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC • Saturday, January 25
The Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 2–3:30 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 3:30–5 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC • Sunday, February 2
1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Workshop I/II (ages 11-14): 12:30–2 p.m.
Festival/Apprentice (ages 15-19): 2–3:30 p.m.


About the Audition

About the Audition



On-site registration begins one hour prior to the audition class.

Advance registration is available online at chautauqua.slideroom.com. Upon receipt of the online application you will receive an email confirmation from the Schools office with additional audition information. Online applications are accepted until 3 days prior to the audition date. Once an audition location is closed to online registration, you may apply and pay on-site the day of the audition with cash or check. Application fees are non-refundable.

To be considered for a scholarship, please complete the financial aid section of the online application or request a form to complete during the on-site registration. Scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions.


Audition Class

Auditions are in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class. Girls and boys audition together. Girls will have pointe work, boys will have battu and air turns at the end of class. There will also be a short contemporary ballet component. Individual audition critiques are not provided at any point during or after the audition.

Dancers will typically receive audition results via email two or three weeks after their audition. Admission and scholarship decisions are made at the same time.

Age Groups

Workshop I and II audition times are for students between the ages of 11 and 14. Students interested in consideration for the Mini-Intensive Weekend should also audition with this group at any of our live audition sites. Young Dancer Workshop (ages 7-10) will have a live audition class at the Buffalo location only.

Apprentice and Festival audition times are for students 15–19. If you are 14 at the time of the audition, but will be 15 by the time the program begins you should audition with the second group.


Dress Code

There is no dress code for the audition class, however, dancers should dress as they would for any ballet class. Solid leotard, tights, hair off of the face, etc. Men should be in tights and a T-shirt. No baggy or loose clothes, including skirts. Dancers should bring their pointe shoes.

Photo Requirements

All students must provide two photos at the audition; one in first arabesque position and one in battement tendu a la seconde a terre en face. A standard 3x5 or 4×6 photo is preferred and does not have to be professional. You do not need to upload these photos to your online application if you are attending a live audition – please only bring them with you to the audition site.

Photos: Tanja Kuic

“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