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2013 Summer Intensive Program and Audition Tour
Frequently Asked Questions 



What is the process for auditioning for Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy's 2013 Summer Program?
Admittance into the 2013 Summer Program is by audition only, regardless of age. Please refer to the Audition Tour Section for dates, times, and locations.

What if I am not able to attend any of the auditions listed?Audition
Foreign students and U.S. students students not able to attend a scheduled audition are allowed to submit a DVD or Video audition. Please download a DVD/Video Audition Form and submit it with your audition materials. The deadline for all DVD/Video auditions is February 15, 2013.  Please do not submit DVD or video auditions any earlier than January 1, 2013. Although we welcome video auditions, we highly encourage students to try to make one of our scheduled auditions if at all possible.
*Please note: We cannot guarantee that DVDs will be reviewed before the deadline on February 15, 2013.

How can I register to audition in person?
Registration is on-site at the day of auditions. You can download Audition Registration online here, or receive one at the audition location. For reduced wait times and a faster registration process, we ask that applicants bring this application completed to the audition location. In addition they should also bring:

1.) Two photos of student: a headshot and a full body photograph in arabesque (any photo size)

2.) $30 cash only audition fee

3.) Completed Registration Form

4.) Women should bring their pointe shoes

All of the age groups begin at age 12. What if I am younger than 12 years old?
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy cannot be responsible for housing students under 12 years of age at the time of the program. Students who are 11 years of age at the time of the audition but may be 12 during the summer program may audition with the 12-14 year old age group. Houston students aged 8-11 will have their own audition times in Houston only. Please refer to the Audition Tour page for more details.

What if my birthday is close to the audition or summer program dates? Which age group should I attend?
All students must attend their age group corresponding to their age at the time of the audition - not the age they will be during the time of the summer program. The age limit for our program is 19 years.

What can I expect during the audition?
The audition class will consist of barre, center, pointe for the women, and men's allegro for the men.

Who will be adjudicating my audition?
Most auditions will have two Houston Ballet Academy artistic staff members. Please refer to our Audition Tour page for more information about who will be adjudicating each audition city.

What should I wear to the audition?
Women should attend class in a solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and have their pointe shoes readily available. Men should wear a solid color leotard or t-shirt and black tights, and ballet shoes.

How will I be notified of my audition results?
Audition results will be e-mailed approximately one week to two weeks after the audition. Please do not call Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy as results will be conveyed by e-mail only

What if I have a pending deadline with another school and I have not received my audition results?
If students have a conflict with a deadline from another school, they should contact the Academy Registrar at aduarte@houstonballet.org and attach a copy of their acceptance letter from the other school that includes the looming deadline. The Academy staff will do their best to convey the results in a timely manner. 


What are the dates of the program?
Classes for levels 5-8 begin on Monday, June 17, 2013. The program will conclude on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Students who are placed in level 5 have the choice of attending the entire 6-week program or either one of the two 3-week sessions.

The first session will be held from June 17 - July 5, 2013. The second session will be from July 8 - July 26, 2013.
What are the costs for the program?




Level 2

 $   1080

Six weeks


 $    540

Three weeks

Level 3

 $    1320

Six weeks


 $    660

Three weeks

Level 4

 $   1560

Six weeks


 $   780

Three weeks

Level 5

 $   1,960

Six weeks


 $   1,030

Three weeks

Level 6-8

 $   1,960

Six weeks

Prices are subject to change. Prices above do not include registration fee.

Dorm housing for 6 weeks: $2900, includes 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). For more information, or additional fees please visit Tuition and Housing online.

Are there any other costs or fees aside from tuition and room and board?
There are additional fees associated Sunday activities, pilates sessions, and weekday lunches. We do not have specific information on the details of these fees at this time. Participation in the aforementioned is optional.

What is a typical day like?

Students will have classes Monday - Saturday, with Sundays as their off days. Classes begin each day around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. depending on the student's level. The day usually concludes around 5 p.m.; however, the schedule varies daily.

Students will have classes in ballet technique, pas de deux, classical variations and repertory, including modern, character, jazz, drama, musical theater, and social dancing. Classes in dancer health and well-being are also offered. Pilates sessions are also offered to students for an additional cost.

Please refer to the Summer Program Curriculum page for more information.

I have been accepted into the program. What should I do now?
If you are accepted into the program, your spot will be guaranteed for exactly two weeks after e-mail notification.  Registration forms and the required payment can be returned electronically. After two weeks, the space will be no longer guaranteed and registration will be done on a first come, first serve basis after March 1, 2013. Students and parents should expect communication from the Academy staff to increase after the Audition Tour is complete. Directions as how to proceed will be relayed via e-mail communication with parents and students.

Is your question not answered above? Please e-mail us at hbacademy@houstonballet.org.