Purchase Tickets Subscribe Customer Care
Ticketing&Schedule InsideHoustonBallet SupportUs Academy News&Media Education&Outreach NutcrackerMarket
Summer Intensive FAQs

Summer Intensive Program and Audition Tour
Frequently Asked Questions 

 

AUDITION PROCESS:

What is the process for auditioning for Houston Ballet Academy's 2014 Summer Program?
Admittance into the 2014 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, 2014.  Please do not submit DVD or video auditions any earlier than January 1, 2014. 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 videos will be reviewed before the deadline on February 15, 2014. Please do not call the Academy to inquire about your audition results.  

How can I register to audition in person?
Students have the option to pre-pay as part of their audition registration. Please click here to reserve your spot. Pre-registration will only be available up to the Thursday before the scheduled audition. Otherwise, students may register on-site the day of audition. Note students still need to submit a registration form the day of the audition (found below).

Audition Checklist:
1.) Completed Audition Registration Form 

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

3.) Audition Fee; $35 Pre-registration, $40 On-site.
Cash only method accepted at audition location.
Pre-paid students should bring a print out of payment confirmation email.

All of the age groups begin at age 12. What if I am younger than 12 years old?
Houston Ballet 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 will be 12 years of age before the start of the summer program may audition with the 12-14 year old age group.

Houston students aged 7-11 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, black tights, and black 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 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. 

Can I request a deadline extension and hold my spot for longer?
Students will be given 2 weeks after the day they are notified of their acceptance to register. Spots cannot be held after this time. Students can re-inquire with the registrar after their deadline to see if there is space available in the level they were accepted, or to see if they can be placed on a wait list. Students who have missed their deadline to register will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis based on availibility.

Registration deposits are non-refundable. Students who pay their deposit and then withdraw from the program will not be able to receive a refund.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

What are the dates of the program?
Classes for levels 5-8 begin on Monday, June 16, 2014. The program will conclude on Friday, July 25, 2014.

The first three-week session will be held from June 16 - July 5, 2014.
The second three-week session will be from July 7 - July 25, 2014.

Can I opt for the three-week program only?
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.
*Students placed in level 6-8 are only eligble for the 6-week program.

Is it possible to arrive late for the start of the program? 
Students whose schools let out after the start of our summer program may request late entry. To do so, students may submit an official letter from their school specifying the last day required to attend classes to Houston Ballet Academy. Note late entry is not guaranteed, and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Students arriving late will not be able to get prorated tuition or housing.
 
What are the costs for the program?

Level 

Tuition 

Duration

Level 1

 $   810

Six weeks

 $   405

Three weeks

Level 2

 $  1,140

Six weeks

 

 $  570

Three weeks

Level 3

 $  1,320

Six weeks

 

 $  660 

Three weeks

Level 4

 $  1,560

Six weeks

 

 $  780

Three weeks

Level 5

 $  2,100

Six weeks

 

 $  1,100 

Three weeks

Level 6-8

 $  2,100

Six weeks

Prices are subject to change. Prices above do not include any applicable fees.

Dorm housing for 6 weeks: $2970, includes 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Level 5 students are also eligible for the 3 week housing option for $1545. For more information and for aditional fees please visit Tuition and Housing online.

Payments can be made in 4 installments, with a minimum of 25% due at the time of registration. Please note that all tuition and housing fees must be paid off by June 1, 2014. All tuition, housing payments, and student activity fees are non-refundable. Students who withdraw before the start of the program will forfeit all payments made to Houston Ballet.

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.

Can I apply for a scholarship or financial aid? 
Houston Ballet Artistic Staff awards a limited number of merit scholarships for the summer program.  Students are considered during the audition process. If offered, these scholarships are announced at the time of the student's acceptance. If a tuition or dorm scholarship is not noted in your child's acceptance letter, this indicates that your child was not awarded a merit-based scholarship.

Parents may complete a financial aid application in order to be considered for financial assistance. Financial aid is allotted based on need. Financial aid forms may be requested by contacting the Academy Administrator after the time of acceptance by your child's registration due date. Note financial aid funds are limited, and considered on a first-come first-served basis. We encourage interested parents to apply as soon as possible.

What is a typical day like?
Classes usually begin between 9:00am and 10:00am. Students are usually in class each day until 6:00pm Monday-Friday and until 3:00pm on Saturdays. Schedules may vary day to day allowing for students to have a lighter load of classes one day and more rigorous schedule the next day. Class loads may be lighter the first week of the program to allow for students to adjust to the intensity of classes and reduce the risk of injury.

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. Students and parents should expect communication from the Academy staff to increase after the Audition Tour is complete. March mailings will include activities information, housing details, and more.

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