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School of Ballet

School of Ballet Application Process

The 2021 NYSSSA School of Ballet will be hosted virtually through Zoom. It will begin on 6/28 and last approximately one month.


To audition for the School of Ballet, students should complete the application form and return it. 


Please submit a video reel (not to exceed 10 minutes) via YouTube or Vimeo including the following movements:

Barre work – one side only

  • Tendus in fifth
  • Jetes in fifth
  • Ron de jambe
  • Fondu
  • Grand Battement

Center Work

  • Tendu with pirouette
  • Short adagio
  • Waltz with pirouette
  • Grand allegro

Please upload the video to Youtube or Vimeo and send us the link via email ( . Make sure to clearly identify the student at the beginning and end of the video. 

Please include with your audition submission 2 photos:

  1. A headshot, no larger than 4" x 6", clear enough for facial identification(does not need to be a professional headshot), and
  2. A full body arabesque photo, preferably on pointe for ladies. 

Please include student's name in body of the E-mail and submit your photos by E-mail to: NYSSSA@NYSED.GOV


Eligibility: Students must be full-time New York State residents and currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12 (proof of residency may be requested).

Format: 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.

Evaluation: Auditions will be conducted by Artistic Directors Daniel Ulbricht and Amanda Edge. ​Adjudicators will evaluate and rate your performance on the basis of their observations during the audition session. 

Notification: You will be notified by email about the outcome of your audition after all auditions have been concluded.  Please do not call the NYSSSA office for results- NYSSSA will not release audition results prior to the conclusion of all School of Ballet Auditions.

Special Notes: Please note, in order to provide equal sized audition classes so that all students may be appropriately seen by Artistic Faculty, students may be requested to audition in another audition class.

Audition Dates

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Tuition and Financial Aid

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSSA will not be charging tuition for 2021 virtual programs.