Summer Session FAQs

What can I expect at the audition?

What should I wear to the audition?

What are the age requirements for participation in the Summer Session?

Can I audition by DVD or YouTube?

What are the age requirements for participation in the Summer Session?

Can I come to only part of Summer Session?

What should I do if I am interested in the year-round program?

What is there to do in my free time during Summer Session?

How do I decide which program is best for me?


What can I expect at the audition?

The audition will run just 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. 

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What should I wear to the audition?

Ladies, please wear pink tights and any solid colored leotard. Bring your pointe shoes with you. The teacher will let you know when to put them on. Gentlemen, please wear black or white, shoes, tights, and a fitted shirt. 

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When are applicants notified?

All students who attend the National Audition tour will be notified of audition results within two weeks of their audition. Applicants who register in advance online will receive priority notification. 
Online Video Applicants will be notified of audition results in early March. 

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Can I audition by DVD or YouTube?

Students who meet the age requirements for admission may audition through the online video application website, SlideRoom.  
San Francisco Ballet School does not accept and will not view any auditions mailed or emailed to the School. 

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What are the age requirements for participation in the Summer Session?

Audition Age Requirements: Students ages 14-18 are eligible to audition for the Summer Session.  Students ages 12-13 are eligible to audition for the Summer Session in San Francisco or by Online Video Audition ONLY.  Students will audition in groups based on their age at the time of the audition and are placed in Program 1 or 2.  

-Students who are not yet 14 years old by the time of their audition, but will turn 14 by June 13, 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 13, 2017 are welcome to audition in San Francisco or by Online Video Audition ONLY.

Housing Age Requirements: 
Students must be at least 14 years old by June 13, 2017 to be considered for housing in Program 1. 
Students must be at least 15 years old by July 10, 2017 to be considered for housing in Program 2. 

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Can I come to only part of Summer Session?

No. Enrolled students must attend the complete program. Students may not arrive late, leave early, or miss classes during the program. The summer session is an intensive program and requires full participation. 
SFBS recognizes that some academic schools conflict with the first week of Program 1. Please check your school calendar in advance. Academic commitments will not be accommodated during the summer session.  

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What should I do if I am interested in the year-round program?

Work hard in class and demonstrate a good attitude and mature conduct. Admission to the school year program is by invitation only. Students will be assessed throughout the program, and before the end of the Summer Session, select students will be invited to enroll. Invitations are at the sole discretion of the San Francisco Ballet School.

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What is there to do in my free time during Summer Session?

All students have classes on Saturdays. On Saturday afternoons, students may explore the city in small groups. On Sundays, students can elect to attend chaperoned trips to the Bay Area's most famous and fun tourist and recreation destinations including Water World California, a SF Giants game, and California's Great America. Chaperones also arrange smaller outings to other unique San Francisco attractions.

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How do I decide which program is best for me?

Based on your audition, SF Ballet School's associate director will decide your placement in Program 1 or 2. Program 1 is for intermediate students (equivalent to SF Ballet School year round Levels 4, 5, and 6) and Program 2 is for advanced/pre-professional students (equivalent to to SF Ballet School  year round Levels 7 and 8).

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