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The Young Dancer Summer Workshop
This workshop provides the opportunity for serious young dancers, ages 9-11 and 12 year-olds at the beginning pointe level, to actively flourish in a professional, yet nurturing environment. The outstanding faculty members of ABT will provide unparalleled instruction, while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.

Classes will be held from approximately 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The Young Dancer Summer Workshop will focus on building a solid foundation in ballet technique and educating younger dancers about related topics in the world of dance. Students will begin each day with a ballet technique class, and will continue with pointe or pre-pointe work, boys’ class, character, and choreography. Workshops in nutrition, ballet terminology, dance history, classroom and rehearsal etiquette, and injury prevention will enhance the young dancer’s experience, providing well-rounded education and facilitating future artistic development. Faculty will be announced shortly, please check back for details.

New York, NY
Artistic Coordinator, Melissa Allen Bowman
Dates: July 28 – August 8, 2014
Location: American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-3030 x3416
Tuition: $1200
Ages: 9-12


San Jose, CA
Dates: June 16 – 27, 2014
Location: Ballet San Jose
40 North First Street
(408) 288-2820
Tuition: $1200
Ages: 9-12


Auditions for The Young Dancer Summer Workshop are as follows:
Please note: Dancers ages 9-11 and 12 year olds at the beginning pointe level exclusively interested in The Young Dancer Summer Workshop in New York or San Jose, should audition at one of the sites listed below or via video. Dancers who are 11 years old by their audition date who would like to be considered for the Summer Intensives as well as The Young Dancer Summer Workshop should audition with the 11-13/14 age group on the National Audition Tour. 11 and 12-year-old dancers exclusively interested in the Young Dancer Program should audition only at the sites below.

January 4
Boston, MA
Boston Ballet School
19 Clarendon St.
(617) 695-6950
1:00 pm ages 9-12
January 5
Washington, DC
American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD
1570 E. Jefferson St.
11:00am ages 9-12
January 5
New York, NY
Sunday American Ballet Theatre
890 Broadway, 3rd Fl
(212) 477-3030 x3416
1:00pm age 9; 2:30pm age 10; 4:00pm age 11-12
January 12
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Ballet Academy of Texas, Coppell
145 Fitness Ct.
(972) 745-0199
10:00am ages 9-12
January 19
Chicago, IL
Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Tower
10 E. Randolph St.
10:00am ages 9-12
January 19
San Jose, CA
Ballet San Jose
40 N. First Street
(408) 228-2820 x 223
11:00am ages 9-10; 12:30pm ages 11-12
January 25
Saturday and
January 26
Long Beach, CA
Cal. State Univ. Long Beach, Dance Department
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
(562) 985-2024
10:00am ages 9-12


Auditions are open to all male and female students who have achieved basic levels of ballet training. Applicants for The Young Dancer Summer Workshop (New York) must be at least age nine on July 28, 2014. Applicants for The Young Dancer Summer Workshop (San Jose) must be at least age nine on June 16, 2014. Applicants must pay a $35.00 registration fee in cash or check or money order made payable to ABT, and bring a photograph showing first arabesque in center and an informal headshot (does not need to be professional) in order to register. Girls must wear full-length pink tights, black leotards and ballet slippers. Boys must wear white t-shirts, full-length black tights and ballet slippers.

Note: Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To pre-register for an audition, please download, fill out and mail in the pre-registration form along with a check or money order in the amount of $35. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, December 13, 2013.

To audition by video, please click the button below to visit the Accept'd online portal. Video auditions will be accepted from Monday, December 16, 2013 through Friday, January 31, 2014. Video audition results will be emailed by February 21, 2014.

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