July 1, 2019 - August 3, 2019
(Residence Hall move-in day is June 30.  Classes begin on Monday, July 1. 
The last day of classes is August 2 and move-out day is August 3.)


The School of American Ballet’s headquarters at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan
Samuel B. and David Rose Buidling
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Who is Eligible

The Summer Course is for serious ballet students between the ages of 12* and 18. Students must be no younger than 12 and no older than 18 as of July 31, 2019.

Note: 12 year olds are eligible for BOTH SAB’s Summer Course in NYC and the Young Dancer Series. 

Click here for more information on the Young Dancer Series.

*The July 31 eligibility date enables 11 year olds who will turn 12 before July 31 to enroll in the Summer Course.



Admission to the Summer Course is by audition only.  SAB holds auditions in approximately 20 cities across the United States in January.  Applicants may also sign up to audition at SAB in New York on specific dates in January.  View the “Auditions” menu for more information. Video applications are accepted only from students living outside the continental United States. (see "International Auditions"). 

Admission Criteria

Study in SAB's Summer Course is for intermediate and advanced students, 12 to 18 years old who are at a stage of technical advancement proportionate to their age and who have the physical qualifications suited to the demands of classical dance. Twelve year olds must already be training on pointe by the time of their Summer Course audition.



SAB's Summer Course curriculum consists of the same varied course offerings as SAB's core Winter Term program including ballet technique, pointe work, variations, partnering, character, ballroom, pilates, weight training for boys and physical therapy & nutrition education. Preparation for a career in classical ballet is the primary focus of summer training.  Click here to learn about SAB’s Summer Course curriculum in greater detail.



Most of SAB’s permanent faculty will lead Summer Course classes.  Guest teachers from New York City Ballet and other professional dance organizations will also participate.  


During the Summer Course, the School operates a residence hall for approximately 200 students that is located in the same building which houses the School's teaching studios, administrative offices and physical therapy room.  Almost all accepted students are offered a space in the residence hall upon acceptance.  Exceptions may apply to applicants who live locally in the NYC area. 

Learn more about the Summer Course residence here.


Classes are held Monday through Saturday between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm, and vary for each class level.