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Prospective Students

Attending the Colburn Dance Academy requires a high level of commitment and passion. We require applicants—between the ages 14 and 19—to have already studied ballet for a minimum of four years. Female dancers should be able to exhibit excellent pointe work; although our curriculum that is ballet-based, students should to be prepared to explore different dance forms.

Register to Audition



Admittance for the Colburn Dance Academy is a competitive process, and auditions are mandatory. Auditions are held in the spring in New York and Los Angeles. individuals who are unable to attend an in-person audition may submit video auditions.

Locations, Dates, and Times

New York City, January 20, 3 pm
At the School of American Ballet

Los Angeles, February 4, 2 pm
At the Colburn School

Contact Gavin Kelley at, 213-621-1085 for more information about auditioning.

Register to audition today!


A year’s tuition is $6,500. Financial aid and scholarships are available. A limited number of scholarships is granted; please contact Gavin Kelley at or 213-621-1085 for more information.


Students must attend another 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 we recommend students consider alternative academic programs, such as online schools and classes.


There is a limited number of on-campus residence spots available to Colburn Dance Academy students. Decisions are made on a case-by case basis. Rooming costs $10,000, not including meal options. Financial aid for residence is available.

For more information, contact Gavin Kelley at or 213-621-1085.