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 Academy Main school Audition  
Frequently Asked Questions 

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Houston Ballet Academy. Please refer to the following information regarding auditions for admission consideration:

Who can audition?

Students ages 7 and up are required to audition for admission into the Main School Year-Round Program, levels 1-8, and for Houston Ballet II (HBII).

We also have recreational, non-audition classes for dancers ages 4 and up. Please refer to the Pre-School, Open Class, and Adult Class Program links on the Houston Ballet website for more information.

When and where are auditions?

Year Round Auditions are held in the Houston Ballet Center for Dance building:

Houston Ballet Center for Dance
601 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 523-6300
(Cross section of Smith and Preston, behind the Wortham Theater downtown)
Directions to Center for Dance

Street parking is available in the immediate vicinity. For more parking information please check the Houston Ballet's Wortham Center Parking Page.

For audition date and times, please refer to the Academy's Main School page.

How do I preregister?

  1. Create a new username and password here.

  2. After new users create their login, log in here and click on Registration Forms on the left side of the screen.

  3. Select desired month of audition.

  4. You will be required to submit a $35 credit card payment through this form.

  5. In addition to preregistering online, you will need to complete, print and bring this audition registration form to the audition. Hard copies will be available at the audition.

  6. Bring two photos of yourself (any size): a headshot and a full body photograph of you in first arabesque.

What if I didn't preregister? May I still audition?

  1.  If you did not preregister online, you will need to complete an audition registration form. Hard copies will be available at the audition.
  2. Audition Fee: $35 for preregistered students, $40 on-site. Cash only for the on-site audition fee.
  3. Bring two photos of yourself (any size): a headshot and a full body photograph of you in first arabesque.  

What should I wear to auditions?

Women should attend auditions in a solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and have their pointe shoes readily available.  Men should wear a solid color form fitting t-shirt, black tights, and ballet shoes.

What should I expect?

The audition class will consist of barre, center, pointe for the women, and men's work for male applicants.

When and how will I be notified of audition results?

Audition results will be emailed approximately one week after each audition, but no later than 2 weeks.  Please do not call Houston Ballet Academy as results will be conveyed by email only

I have been accepted into the program.  What should I do now?

If you are accepted into the program, directions as how to proceed will be relayed via email communication with parents and students. Registration forms have to be completed electronically and payment can be submitted online or by mail.

I have not been accepted into the program.  Can I get feedback from the Artistic Staff?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, Houston Ballet cannot give feedback on why a student was not accepted into our Academy program. 

What if I am not able to attend any of the auditions listed?

Foreign students not able to attend a scheduled audition are allowed to submit a DVD audition.  Please download the DVD/Video Audition Form and submit it with your audition materials. Only youtube links and DVDs will be accepted.  The deadline for all DVD/Video auditions is as follows:

  • For Fall 2016: August 6, 2016
  • For Spring 2017: December 3, 2016
  • For Houston Ballet II: March 1, 2016
  • For Summer Program: January 31, 2016

Although we welcome video auditions, we highly encourage students to try to make one of our scheduled auditions if at all possible.