New York Junior Session Overview


Monday, June 25 - Saturday, June 30, 2018


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


The NYC 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, 2018.

*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, 2018, may also apply to the 5-week Summer Course in NYC.


In-person Auditions

Admission to the NYC Junior Session is by audition only.  Students who will not be 12 by July 31, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018) 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 dancers from New York City Ballet will comprise the faculty of the NYC 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 25, through Saturday, June 30, 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.


An optional meal plan including daily lunch in the onsite SAB-Juilliard Café may be purchased at the time of enrollment.  A la carte purchases may also be made.