Elementary School Auditions
Each year, Ballet Tech auditions approximately 30,000 children at 200 public elementary schools across NYC for its Introduction to Ballet Program. No prior dance training is required to audition. At the audition, children are led through a simple series of movements such as bending their knees, seated forward bends, and skipping. While evaluating each child’s potential to excel in classical dance, Ballet Tech’s audition staff looks for an innate joy for movement as well as flexibility, musicality, and coordination.
Public Elementary School Principals and Administrators: Are you interested in BT visiting your school? An audition is easy to set up—you choose the day and the space, we take care of everything else. It’s not time-consuming for you, your staff, or the students, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for a lot of children who might not otherwise get the chance to explore dance. Register your school for an audition by calling us at 212-777-7710.
Parents: your child’s elementary school’s participation in Ballet Tech’s auditions and Introduction to Ballet Program is at the discretion of your principal – so please speak with him/her if you would like your school to participate. If your elementary school does not participate, then your child can audition directly for Ballet Tech at one of our Open Auditions.
Introduction to Ballet Program
(Due to COVID-19 Ballet Tech’s Introduction to Ballet Program is temporarily suspended. We look forward to resuming the program when it is deemed safe to do so.)
Each school year, Ballet Tech visits public elementary schools across NYC and auditions students at their schools for The Introduction to Ballet Program. In a typical school year, Ballet Tech visits approximately 200 schools and auditions 30,000 students. No prior dance training is required to audition — children are led through a simple series of movements that evaluates each child’s potential to excel in classical dance, including flexibility, musicality, coordination, and an innate joy for movement.
Approximately 500 of the 30,000 children who audition each year then participate in The Introduction to Ballet Program. With cooperation from the Department of Education, students are bused from their elementary schools one morning a week for six weeks to Ballet Tech’s studios at 890 Broadway in Manhattan. Children showing the greatest aptitude are invited to return for a second 6-week session.
The Introduction to Ballet classes introduce students to the fundamentals of ballet, including basic steps, ballet vocabulary, class structure, discipline, and appropriate dance attire (which Ballet Tech provides).