1651 Third Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-9140

Located in the heart of New York, BAE has five spacious, air-conditioned studios with sprung floors, mirrors, sound systems, and pianos, which are available for rental. The versatile spaces at BAE are ideal for your next reception, fundraiser, corporate event, meeting, private party, photo shoot, or rehearsal.

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Training for professional careers in ballet

For aspiring dancers ages 7 to 19

Ballet Academy East’s comprehensive ballet training combined with professional-caliber performance opportunities prepare students for success in the dance world. BAE is celebrated for producing technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who are sought after for their professionalism and ability to easily adapt to the broad range of styles demanded of today’s dance professionals. BAE alumni are dancing on stages all over the world.

Under the guidance of Artistic Director Darla Hoover, the school’s acclaimed faculty teach students using BAE’s proven syllabus. Students also have the exceptional opportunity to learn from in-demand guest artists from across New York City and around the world.

The year-round curriculum includes technique, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men’s classes, modern, and character. All classes feature live musical accompaniment. BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs.

Enrollment in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition. In-person auditions are held at BAE in May, August, and early September for the upcoming school year. Video auditions are permitted in some cases.


2018-2019 School Year Audition Dates

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019


Students may be considered for admission into the Pre-Professional Division throughout the school year, based upon availability. Scholarships and financial aid are available for those who qualify.


All potential students must fill out the audition application, and will receive an e-mail response within one week of submission. If the applicant is invited to audition, a fee of $25.00 will be processed. Please fill out the audition application by following the link below.

Audition Application Form


Video Auditions: Video auditions are accepted in some cases. Please note that the faculty might still require an in-person audition.

Video Audition Application

School Year Dates

September 18, 2018* – June 16, 2019

*This will be a shortened day due to Yom Kippur.


School Closings

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 19
Columbus Day: Monday, October 8
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 22 – Sunday, November 25
Winter Break: Monday, December 24 – Sunday, January 6
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 18
Spring Break: Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 31
Easter: Sunday, April 21
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27



Favorite Color Leotard Week: November 5 – 11 and March 4 – 10
Students may wear their favorite solid color leotard to class.

Visitors’ Week: December 10 – 16 and May 13 – 19
Level 1 parents are invited to observe their children’s classes. Please note that cameras are not allowed.

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Visit the Capezio Store on our premises for all your dancewear needs. The store telephone number is (212) 348-7210.

Online: Get 20% off with promo code NYCBAS20

Ballet Academy East’s Men’s Program fuels men’s passion for dance. The program delivers focused training, performance opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring to help young men achieve success in the dance world. The BAE curriculum combines men’s technique, variations, pas de deux, and strength training to cultivate refined, versatile and powerful dancers. Male dancers from around the world share their passion for dance and create friendships that last a lifetime. Ballet Academy East is accredited by the Federal Government to accept foreign students.


BAE Male Scholarship Program

Ballet Academy East offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships and housing stipends to male dancers accepted into its Pre-Professional Division. Admission to the Male Dancer Program is based upon audition. To be considered for the BAE Male Dancer Program, sign up online for the next audition or submit a video audition.

Auditions are open to boys entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall, with no previous ballet experience required. To register for upcoming auditions, please contact Nancy Sebouhian.

Ballet Academy East is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. To apply for admission please send your audition video along with the completed Foreign Student Application.

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September 18, 2018 – June 16, 2019

Full Year, One Payment 
Level 1$3700
Level 2$5100
Level 3$7100
Level 4$8100
Level 5$8800
Level 6-9$10400
International Students$13200


Full Year, Two Payments 
Level 1$2050
Level 2$2750
Level 3$3800
Level 4$4300
Level 5$4650
Level 6-9$5450
International Students$6850

Level 1 tuition includes two technique classes per week plus the stretch classes. Additional classes may be added. Levels 2 and up include unlimited classes within their level and any level below.

If paying for the full year in two payments, please note that your second payment will be set to auto-pay on January 7, 2019.

BAE student housing is available at the de Hirsch Residence, which is located one block from the school. For students 18 years and older, St. Mary’s Residence is another option a short distance from BAE.

BAE has a fully appointed apartment located near the school, which houses a small number of male students. This housing is in high demand, and availability goes very quickly. Inquiries should be sent to

Once you are accepted to the program, we will assist you in securing your housing. Academics for out of town students: Students are expected to make their own arrangements for continuing their academic studies while at BAE. Programs that we recommend are:

Professional Children’s School
Dwight Global

For more detailed information, please refer to the BAE Student Handbook.


BAE Student Handbook


Conduct: Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times. This includes: no talking during class, no inappropriate talk in the dressing rooms, and treating fellow students and teachers with kindness and respect. BAE maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying.

Promptness: Students arriving more than 5 minutes after their class has begun will be asked to sit and observe the class. If a student is late, they should wait at the door of the studio until the teacher invites them in.

Absences and Make-up Policy: Students should always call the school and notify the front desk staff if they will be absent and are required to make up all missed classes. Absences may be made up in a class of their level or below. If a student is not keeping up with the Pre-Professional Division attendance requirements, they will be directed to the Enrichment program, where the attendance requirements are more flexible. Students are not required to make up classes for school holidays.

Adult Classes: Students in levels 6 and up may take adult classes at no additional charge during school holidays, with the exception of summer. These classes do not count toward your attendance.

Performance Participation: Students must maintain their attendance and keep up with the technical requirements within their level,  in order to be eligible to perform in the Winter and Spring Performances. If students are falling behind or missing classes they will not be invited to perform.

Weather alerts: In case of inclement weather, students should call the school to check for possible schedule changes.

Valuables: Personal items should be locked up or brought into class. BAE is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

The 2019 Summer Course dates are June 24 – August 16.


2019 Summer Course Audition Dates

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Admission is by audition only.
Current BAE students are not required to audition. Call 212-410-9140 or email to register.

The Ballet Academy East Jump Start Program gives Pre-Professional Division students entering levels 1 and 2 the opportunity to transition smoothly and seamlessly into their new level. Taught by members of the distinguished BAE faculty, Jump Start classes – including ballet technique, stretching, and character dance – are a great head start for aspiring young dancers.

Program Dates: Wednesday through Friday, September 12-14, 2018

Level 1: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Level 2: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuition: $180
To register for Jump Start, contact us at 212-410-9140 or

“Performing in BAE productions gave me the opportunity to take my skills to the next level in highly produced productions. It was also such a thrill to dance in front of a live audience in New York City.”