Apply to the Dance Academy

Stella Stulik in Tendu with Piano
The Dance Academy is part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, which also includes Youth Dance programs. Led by Dean Silas Farley, the Dance Academy is a rigorous pre-professional ballet training program that both honors the great traditions of classical ballet and embraces the new and contemporary.

Students learn masterworks and deepen their understanding of the great tradition of this art form. They also collaborate with the choreographers of today and develop their own creative voices. Our holistic artistic education shapes dancers as thinkers, artists, and performers as they experience life in the cultural heart of a global city.

The small class size allows for each dancer to develop in their own way, through mentorship and personalized guidance that nurtures their unique gifts and prepares them to join any dance company around the world.

Attending the Colburn Dance Academy requires a high level of commitment and passion. We require applicants to have already studied ballet for a minimum of four years. We train students age 13–19 in the summer and students age 14–19 for the year-round program. Female dancers should be able to exhibit excellent pointe work. Our curriculum is both ballet-focused and includes other dance forms to shape our dancers as well-rounded artists.

Auditions for Summer 2022 and 2022–23 Year-Round Training

In all audition formats listed below, students can audition for both:

Colburn Dance Academy year-round training for the 2022–23 school year (Sept 2022–June 2023) and Colburn Summer Ballet Intensive (June 13–25, 2022).

Audition Dates

At Colburn (Los Angeles)
Saturdays, January 22, February 19, and March 19, 2022 at 6 pm PT

At School of American Ballet (New York City)
Saturday, April 9 at 4 pm ET

Virtually
Saturdays, January 22, February 19, and March 19, 2022 at 4 pm PT

 
Prospective students must preregister to participate in an in-person or virtual audition.

Preregistration for the Saturday, January 22 audition closes on ​Friday, January 21 at 11:59 pm PT.
Preregistration for the Saturday, February 19 audition closes on Friday, ​February 18 at 11:59 pm PT.
Preregistration for the Saturday, March 19 audition closes on ​Friday, March 18 at 11:59 pm PT.
Preregistration for the Saturday, April 9 audition closes on ​Friday, April 8 at 11:59 pm PT.

Preregister for Auditions

Audition Process

At the in-person audition, Dance Academy artistic staff will give and observe a full ballet technique class. The class is taught in the Balanchine style and will run between 90 minutes and two hours.

Ladies will take the full class in pointe shoes and are expected to demonstrate strong and articulate pointe work with proper placement throughout the class along with accomplished double pirouettes both en dehors and en dedans as well as clear petit allegro and grand allegro. Single leg or repetitive turns such as piqué turns on diagonal, fouetté or arabesque turns may be required. (Class will be modified for online virtual teaching.)

Gentlemen are expected to demonstrate strong and correct placement throughout the class along with secure double to triple pirouettes both en dedans and en dehors as well as clear petit allegro, strong and confident grand allegro with double tour en l’air, and à la seconde turns. (Class will be modified for online virtual teaching.)

At Colburn (Los Angeles)

200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 6 pm Pacific Time
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 6 pm Pacific Time
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 6 pm Pacific Time

At School of American Ballet (New York City)

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 4 pm Eastern Time

In the virtual audition, Dance Academy artistic staff will give and observe a full ballet technique class and an improvisation exercise. The class will be taught by Dean Silas Farley and will run 90 minutes.

Students should arrange to take the virtual audition from a studio where they can participate fully in the class.

Ladies will take the full class in pointe shoes and are expected to demonstrate strong and articulate pointe work with proper placement throughout the class along with accomplished double pirouettes both en dehors and en dedans as well as clear petit allegro and grand allegro. Single leg or repetitive turns such as piqué turns on diagonal, fouetté or arabesque turns may be required. (Class will be modified for online virtual teaching.)

Gentlemen are expected to demonstrate strong and correct placement throughout the class along with secure double to triple pirouettes both en dedans and en dehors as well as clear petit allegro, strong and confident grand allegro with double tour en l’air, and à la seconde turns. (Class will be modified for online virtual teaching.)

Virtual Audition Dates

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 4 pm Pacific Time (7 pm Eastern Time)
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 4 pm Pacific Time (7 pm Eastern Time)
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 4 pm Pacific Time (7 pm Eastern Time)

Video auditions for the 2022 Colburn Summer Ballet Intensive will be accepted from Monday, December 13, 2021 until Saturday, May 1, 2022.

Video auditions for the 2022–23 Colburn Dance Academy will be accepted from Monday, December 13, 2021 until Monday, August 15, 2022.

Please note that students are encouraged to send in their videos as early as possible to be considered for the limited number of spots in both the 2022 Colburn Summer Ballet Intensive and 2022–23 Colburn Dance Academy year-round training.

Videos should be uploaded to a privacy-enabled video sharing service including YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox or other similar platforms, and emailed to dance@colburnschool.edu. Videos should include the following content with a preferred limit of 15 minutes in length.

In the event you are unable to provide a video that includes any of the following required class elements, please submit your most recent performance video or any other video content that demonstrates ballet technique.

Video Audition Requirements

All students must include the following:

  • Barre – the following combinations to one side:
  • Plié
  • Tendu
  • Rond de Jambe
  • Adagio
  • Grand Battement
  • Center floor work

Women must include the following, performed en pointe:

  • Adagio
  • Échappé
  • Relevé in arabesque
  • Pirouettes both en dehors and en dedans
  • Diagonal turning combination
  • Petit allegro
  • Grand allegro

Men must include the following:

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes both en dehors and en dedans
  • Diagonal turning combination
  • Petit allegro
  • Grand allegro
  • Double tour en l’air (may be part of grand allegro)
  • À la seconde turns

Video Audition Dress Code

  • Women: black leotard, pink or skin tone tights, pointe shoes
  • Men: black tights and white t-shirt

Academics

Colburn offers excellent access to academics on-campus through Oak Crest Academy, a third-party private school. The academic program requires a separate and additional tuition, but is not a requirement of the Dance Academy.

However, students must attend an academic school to meet their state-mandated academic education requirements. Dance Academy classes, which are scheduled for the early part of the day, typically interfere with traditional high school hours, so students must consider alternative academic programs if Oak Crest is determined to not be an option.

Residences

Contact Gavin Kelley at gkelley@colburnschool.edu or 213-621-1085 to inquire about residential availability.