School of Ballet
July 3- 30, 2016
Skidmore College &
National Museum of Dance

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2016 School of Ballet Auditions

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Auditions have concluded for the 2016 School of Ballet.


Artistic Directors

Above: Artistic Advisor Jenifer Ringer and Artistic Director Daniel Ulbricht, New York City Ballet Prinicipal Dancers

NYSSSA Students

Above: Students of the 2013 School of Ballet


Combining an artistic staff of some of the world's greatest dancers with a glorious setting, the New York State Summer School of Ballet offers 60 of New York State's most gifted young dancers an unforgettable dance experience, and your talent could ensure that you will be one of them next summer.

The school operates during the month of July, when the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the New York City Ballet (NYCB), and other prominent ballet companies make Saratoga Springs a dance paradise. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed NYCB Principal Dancers Jenifer Ringer (Artistic Advisor) and Daniel Ulbricht and former NYCB Dancer Amanda Edge, you will work every day with members of the NYCB and other prominent ballet companies and will attend performances at the beautiful Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  The School of Ballet provides not only intensive, professional ballet training for you, but also presents informative lectures on dance and the opportunity to work with some of the greatest dancers in the world.

Classes are held at the Studios of the National Museum of Dance and feature live accompaniment.  In addition to the permanent staff, guest artists from NYCB and other visiting companies teach classes as a regular part of the program. Students receive intensive ballet technique instruction as well as pointe, character, jazz, variations, and pas de deux classes.. In addition, a physical therapy program focuses on the needs of developing dancers.

Amar Ramasar Teaches Ballet

Above: NYSSSA Alumni and NYCB Principal Dancer Amar Ramasar is a frequent Guest Artist with the School of Ballet.

Application Process

Eligibility: Students must be Full Time New York State Residents (proof of residency may be requested) currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12. Students currently in grades 6 and 7 may audition for the School of Ballet only. 

Auditions will be conducted by Artistic Directors Daniel Ulbricht and Amanda Edge.  Each audition will consist of a 20-minute to one hour period of classroom work. Please bring leotards, tights, and ballet slippers to the audition. Girls should also bring pointe shoes. Adjudicators will evaluate and rate your performance on the basis of their observations during the audition session. Applications should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your audition date. Pre-Registration is STRONGLY encouraged to ensure your space at your preferred audition location. It is not guaranteed that all audition sites will be able to accept walk-in applicants.

Visit our Audition Page for more information about the NYSSSA School of Ballet Audition Process.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The School of Ballet will hold its annual four-week program from July 3-30, 2016. Total cost of tuition, room, and board will be $2,200.

NYSSSA's summer programs are open to all New York State students enrolled in any public or private school who qualify through the audition process. Tuition, room, and board costs should not discourage any talented young artist from auditioning.

We want any talented young artist who is accepted through our audition process, regardless of his or her ability to pay for the summer program, to be able to attend, so tuition assistance is available. Tuition assistance forms are mailed to students after the audition process. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.

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