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Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

Late and incomplete applications cannot be accepted.  Please apply early as space is limited.

Application Fee: $6

Audition Date and Location

Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566

Audition Times

Audition classes will be scheduled based on the total number of applicants. Classes will be 75-90 minutes long and will be held in a Kennedy Center rehearsal room. Notifications of audition times will be sent to all applicants after Wednesday, September 13, once all applications have been received and processed. Applicant preferences for audition times will be honored when possible but are not guaranteed; requests for specific audition times will be considered in the order applications are received. Students should plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time.  Only auditioning students are permitted into the auditioning area.

Students will be notified of audition results as soon as possible following the audition.

Eligibility Requirements

Students should be prepared to show proof of age and grade level at the audition.

  • Male and female advanced students ages 14-18
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school
  • Advanced level with at least five years of ballet training (four years on pointe for female dancers)

Series Participation

"It is an amazing opportunity to be taught by incredible people from around the world."
– Ballet Class Series student

Program participants consist of finalists and alternates. Finalists attend all ballet master classes. Alternates are guaranteed to be assigned to at least four master classes and will be invited to additional classes if space permits. Both finalists and alternates may attend working rehearsals and contemporary dance master classes.

Accepted students are expected to attend all ballet master classes to which they are assigned. Finalists must commit to participating in all classes in the 2017-2018 season. Alternates must commit to attending all classes to which they are assigned. Working rehearsals and contemporary dance master classes are optional. Please check with your ballet school and other schedules to be sure you will be able to attend classes if selected. Please contact us with questions or concerns.

Absence Policy

Attendance at assigned ballet master classes is required. In the case of an unavoidable absence, notification must be provided 48 hours in advance to allow the space to be offered to an alternate. Absences with less notification will be considered unexcused. Two unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the series. No refunds will be given.

Program Fees

  • $90 for Finalists
  • $45 for Alternates

This fee includes attendance at master classes and working rehearsals. All payments must be received prior to the first class. Contemporary dance classes (optional) require an additional fee of $13 per class.

Need-based financial aid is available. Please contact with any inquiries.

Class Times

Master classes are held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Students are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class in order to check in and be escorted to the class location.

Dates and times are subject to change.

Where Are They Now?

Participants in the Ballet Class Series have danced with premiere companies locally and around the world, including The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet II, and others.


Please contact or call 202-416-8846.

"Suzanne Farrell is always a wonderful teacher because her classes are so difficult, and she is immensely knowledgeable."
– Ballet Class Series student

"This experience really opened up my vision of my future and where I may possibly end up in 10 years."
– Ballet Class Series student