What is the process for auditioning for Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Program?
You can preregister to audition at one of the 19 cities on the international audition tour. Please refer to the Summer Audition Tour page for dates, times, and locations. Preregistration is strongly encouraged but not required. You may also register the day-of the audition at the audition site.
Can I audition at more than one site?
No, students are only allowed to audition one time during the audition tour.
Can I preregister online? Can I register to audition in-person?
Yes, pre-registration ($35) is strongly encouraged and available on our website. Pre-registration will only be available up to the Tuesday before the scheduled audition. Students are also allowed to register in-person ($40) at the audition.
*Cash only accepted at all audition locations.
What paperwork should I bring to the audition?
- Headshot photograph (any photo size)
- Full body photograph in first arabesque (any photo size) for students ages 11+ only
- Completed audition registration form (all students must complete paper form)
- Receipt from preregistration or $40 cash for day-of registrants
All of the age groups begin at age 12 at audition locations other than Houston. What if I am younger than 12 years old?
If you will be 12 by the time the program begins, you may attend the audition at one of the sites other than Houston. Please note Houston Ballet Academy cannot be responsible for housing students under 12 years of age at the time of the program. Students aged 7 - 11 will have their own audition times in Houston only. Auditioning 11 year old students in Houston must audition with the 10 - 11 year old age group. Please refer to the Audition Tour page for more details.
What if I am not able to attend any of the auditions listed?
A live audition is preferred over a video audition. Students not able to attend a scheduled audition are allowed to submit a video audition through our online portal between January 4 - February 12, 2019.
Note: We cannot guarantee that videos will be reviewed before the submission deadline or within two weeks of submission. All results will be conveyed by March 1.
I have been accepted into the program. What should I do now?
If you are accepted into the program, you must register and pay the first installment within two weeks to reserve your spot. Registration instructions will be outlined in your acceptance email.
Please be advised: Students must register within two weeks of their acceptance notification. Once you have been accepted, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis only. Once classes have filled, we will no longer be able to accept additional registrants. Students and parents should expect communication from the Academy staff to increase after the Audition Tour is complete.
What if my birthday is close to the audition or summer program dates? Which age group should I attend?
Attend your age group corresponding to your age on the day of the audition. If you will be 12 by the time the program begins, you may attend the audition for ages 12+ at one of the sites other than Houston. Students aged 7 - 11 will have their own audition times in Houston only. Auditioning 11 year old students in Houston must audition with the 10-11 year old age group. Please refer to the Audition Tour page for more details.
What are the age limits?
The age limit for living in the University of St. Thomas (UST) dormitory is 17 years. Please note Houston Ballet Academy cannot be responsible for housing students under 12 years of age at the time of the program.
What can I expect during the audition?
The audition class will consist of barre, center, pointe for the women if applicable, and men's allegro for the men.
Who will be adjudicating my audition?
Houston Ballet Academy artistic staff members.
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. Do not call Houston Ballet Academy as results will be conveyed by e-mail only.
Can I request a deadline extension and hold my spot for longer?
Registration for the summer program is a first come, first serve basis. Students must register within two weeks of their acceptance notification. Students wishing to attend the program that have missed their program registration deadline may be placed on a waiting list.
Registration deposits are non-refundable. Students who pay their deposit and then withdraw from the program will not be able to receive a refund.
What are the dates of the program?
Please visit the Summer Programs page.
May I attend a 3-week program instead of a six week program?
Beginning summer 2019, we are no longer offering a 3-week program. All students attending in levels 5-8 are required to attend the 6-week program. Partial attendance of any session is not allowed.
Is it possible to arrive late for the start of the program or not attend all weeks?
Partial attendance of any session is not allowed. If you have an academic conflict, you may submit an official letter to Houston Ballet Academy from your school specifying the last day required to attend classes. Late entry is not guaranteed, and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Students arriving late will not receive prorated tuition or housing.
I am an international student. Do I need a visa or special documentation to attend the summer program?
International students attending the summer program and professional program are required to obtain an i20 and/or M1 visa. Please contact the Academy at HBAcademy@houstonballet.org for more details.
What are the approxmiate costs for the program?
Please visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Payments can be made in 4 installments, with a minimum of 25% due in the first installment. All tuition and housing fees must be paid by May 15. All tuition, housing payments, and student activity fees are non-refundable. Students who withdraw before the start of the program for any reason will forfeit all payments made to Houston Ballet. Houston Ballet Academy recommends each student purchase tuition insurance at Aplusplans.com or through CampDoc.
Is housing provided during the program?
Housing is available for students in Levels 5 - 8 between the ages of 12 - 17 for three or six weeks at the Guinan Hall dormitory at the University of St. Thomas (UST). The University of St. Thomas dormitory fee includes breakfast and dinner daily. The Center for Dance dormitory is available by invitation only from the artistic staff for students ages 14 - 16. The Center for Dance dormitory does not have a cafeteria.
Are there any other costs or fees aside from tuition and room and board?
All students must pay a $35 registration fee. For all students there are optional fees associated Sunday activities, pilates/body conditioning sessions, and weekday lunches. Specific optional activity fee information will be included in your registration information.
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 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 funds are limited, and considered on a first-come first-served basis. You may not apply for financial aid prior to receiving an acceptance letter. However, we encourage interested parents to apply as soon as possible once they are notified of their child's acceptance as application processing may take up to 2 weeks. You must notify the academy of your financial aid submission and pay the deposit to reserve your child's registration.
What is a typical day like?
Classes for level 5 - 8 students usually begin at 9:00am. Students are usually in class each day until 6:00pm Monday - Friday and until 3:00pm on Saturdays. Students may have classes in ballet technique, pas de deux, classical variations and repertory, including modern, character, jazz, pantomime, musical theater, and social dancing. Classes in dancer health and well-being are also offered. Pilates/body conditioning sessions are also offered to students for an additional cost.
Can I be considered for the Pre-Professional and Professional Fall/Spring semesters during the summer program?
Students in Levels 5-8 will have the opportunity to audition for the Pre-Professional and Professional Program during the summer program. Students attending lower school summer programs and students in summer Level 5 that are interested in training at the Academy during the year should audition at one of our Pre-professional/Professional auditions in May or August.
Please refer to the Summer Program Curriculum page for more information.
Students and parents should expect communication from the Academy staff to increase after the Audition Tour is complete. Phone calls will not be returned during the audition tour.