San Francisco Ballet School Trainees. (© Erik Tomasson)



SUMMER SESSION Frequently Asked Questions

All students who attend the National Audition Tour auditions will be notified of results by email 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 by the end of February.

Students who are accepted will be asked to respond within two weeks of the date they receive their acceptance letter. When registering, families will be asked to pay the registration fee and tuition and housing deposits to hold their student’s spot in the program. Those who do not respond by their deadline will be put on a waitlist.

Students who meet the age requirements for admission may audition through the online video application website, SlideRoom. Please visit our Online Video Audition page.

SF Ballet School does not accept and will not view any auditions by DVD, VHS, YouTube, or any other online video sharing website.

Although it is preferable to see a student in person, there is no disadvantage to auditioning by video. Videos afford a student undivided attention from the Director and can assist in a student being considered no matter where they live.

Students ages 12–18 may audition for the Summer Session. Students will be placed in either Program 1 or Program 2 based on their level of technical achievement. In general, Program 1 includes students ages 12–16 and Program 2 includes students ages 15–18.

Housing Age Requirements

Based on your audition, SF Ballet School Director Patrick Armand 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 SF Ballet School year-round Levels 7 and 8).

No. Enrolled students must attend the entire program, from start to finish. Students may not arrive late, leave early, or miss classes during the program. The Summer Session is an intensive program and requires full participation.

SF Ballet School recognizes that some academic schools may 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.

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 Fisherman’s Wharf, a SF Giants baseball game, and Golden Gate Park. Chaperones also arrange smaller outings to other unique San Francisco attractions.