Summer Course in NYC
SAB’s highly acclaimed introduction to the School’s curriculum, faculty, and residential program has been a core offering since 1938. Over the past eight decades, thousands of talented students between the ages of 12 and 18 have first experienced the School through the five-week Summer Course, with hundreds going on to distinguished professional dance careers at top companies around the world. The Summer Course is a critical access point for those interested in future year-round training at SAB as all summer students are evaluated as candidates for the September-June Winter Term.
Admission to the Summer Course is highly selective. All students must attend an in-person audition at one of our U.S. audition sites with the exception of those currently living outside the continental US (who may submit video applications).
Those accepted will train for five weeks with SAB’s year round faculty and guest teachers from New York City Ballet, some of whom trained with and danced for the legendary teacher and choreographer George Balanchine at New York City Ballet. Summer students learn the key principals of the ballet aesthetic refined by Balanchine, which is strongly rooted in Russian classicism and emphasizes precision, control, expansiveness, speed, and musicality.
SAB’s onsite Residence Hall, professional Student Life staff and extensive activities program further set Summer Course apart from any other summer intensive offered in the United States. Students live, train, and dine in SAB’s headquarters at the world famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts under twenty-four hour security and supervision by trained student life professionals. An elevator is the only form of transportation needed. Chaperoned outings in the evenings and on weekends provide opportunities to see the highest standards of dance, (exhibited at performances by the New York City Ballet, ABT, and other major companies), Broadway musicals, museums, baseball games, and historic landmarks, among other activities.