New York Junior Session Overview


Monday, June 24 - Saturday, June 29, 2019


SAB's headquarters at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023


The New York Junior Session is designed for serious ballet students between the ages of 10 and 12.   Students must be no younger than 10* and no older than 12 as of July 31, 2019.

*Nine year olds who will turn 10 by July 31 are eligible to enroll in the Young Dancer Series.

Note: All students meeting the age requirements are permitted to apply to both Young Dancer Series programs, and those who are 12 as of July 31, 2019, may also apply to the 5-week Summer Course in NYC.


In-person Auditions
Admission to the New York Junior Session is by audition only.  Students who will be younger than 12 by July 31, 2019, should audition at one of the designated "Young Dancer" Audition Tour locations or at SAB in New York City on specific dates in January.  Students who will be 12 by July 31, 2019, may audition at any of SAB's tour locations.  Click here for more information about in-person auditions for the Young Dancer Series.

Twelve year olds may audition at any of SAB's tour locations.

Video Auditions
Video Auditions may be submitted by students who are unable to attend in-person auditions.

US-based students: click here for more information on Video Auditions for the Young Dancer Series.
International students: click here for Video application instructions

Admission Criteria

At the time of the January auditions, students 10 or younger (including 9 year olds who will be 10 by July 31, 2019) are expected to have completed a minimum of 1-1/2 years of training. Eleven year olds should have completed a minimum of 2 years of training (including introductory pointe work), and 12 year olds should be training at the intermediate level.


The aesthetic of George Balanchine, which emphasizes speed, musicality, control and precision guides SAB’s instruction. Classes in Ballet Technique, Variations and Pointe will be offered at the NYC Junior Session.  In addition to a daily co-ed technique class, male students will also have a daily boys-only class focusing on turns, jumps and upper body strength.  The curriculum also includes Pilates mat classes, Nutrition and Physical Therapy seminars and cultural enrichment programs.


Members of SAB’s permanent faculty as well as guest teachers from New York City Ballet will comprise the faculty of the New York Junior Session.


Housing and transportation will not be provided for students attending the NYC Junior Session. The program is designed for local-area students or for those who are able to arrange temporary accommodations within commuting distance of SAB. 


Classes will be held Monday, June 24, through Saturday, June 29, with each level attending two ballet classes, seminars and workshops, between 10:30am and 4pm. Parents should drop students off at the School beginning at 10 am and pick students up at 4 pm.


Students should bring a bag lunch daily for the entirety of the NY Junior Session. Students will not be permitted to leave the premises during the lunch period to purchase food and/or drink. All students must eat at the time designated for their class level on the daily schedule. SAB staff will supervise students during their lunch hours and all students will dine in the designated SAB studios. Parents are not permitted to visit the School during lunch hours. 

Please note that the Rose Building’s cafeteria will be undergoing a renovation during the 2019 NY Junior Session and will not be accessible to students or parents. Due to this facility change, it is very important that students arrive each day with a bag lunch and any snacks they might need throughout the day. The School will not be able to refrigerate any bag lunches.