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

We will be holding live-streamed classes through Zoom until we all can return to school. Levels 1 and 2 classes are taught by the BAE faculty. Levels 3-10 take combined BAE/CPYB classes, taught by both the BAE and CPYB faculty. Currently enrolled families will automatically receive weekly schedules. 

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. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Enrollment in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition.

In-Person Auditions at BAE
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 $25.00 audition fee will be processed. Please fill out the audition application by following the link below.

2020 Summer Programs Auditions
Updated 2020 Summer Audition Information
Junior Summer Course: In place of auditions we are now accepting photos and applications. Click here for program and audition details.
August Intensive: We are now accepting video auditions. Please click on the “Video Auditions” button below for details.

2020-2021 Full Year Audition Dates
Wednesday, August 26
Monday, September 21

In-Person Audition Application

Video Auditions:

Please follow the video audition instructions included on the application. If you are filming the video at home and need to omit anything for safety reasons, the faculty will understand. If we should need to see additional exercises, we will let you know. The video audition fee of $25 has been waived through August 15th.

Video Audition Application

Click below to view the Pre-Professional Division Schedule.
Please note that the Monday 2:15 PM, Thursday 1:45 PM, and Friday 1:45 PM classes for Levels 6 and up are considered optional classes.

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September 17, 2019 – June 14, 2020


Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 9
Columbus Day: Monday, October 14
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 28 – Sunday, December 1
Winter Break: Monday, December 23 – Sunday, January 5
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 17
Spring Break: Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 29
Easter: Sunday, April 12
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25


Favorite Color Leotard Week: November 4 – 10 and March 2 – 8
Students may wear their favorite solid color leotard to class.

Visitors’ Week: December 9 – 15 and May 11 – 17
Level 1 parents are invited to observe their children’s classes. Please note that cameras are not allowed.


Choreographic Showing: November 24, Ailey Studios

2020 Winter Performance: February 6-8, Ailey Citigroup Theater

40th Anniversary Gala: February 8, Ailey Studios

2020 Spring Performance: May 29-31, Kaye Playhouse

BAE Choreographic Workshop Encore: June 7, Ailey Studios

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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 International Student Application.

International Student Information


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September 17, 2019 – June 14, 2020

Full Year, One Payment 
Level 1$3900
Level 2$5300
Level 3$7300
Level 4$8300
Level 5$9000
Level 6-9$10600
International Students$13400


Full Year, Two Payments 
Level 1$2150
Level 2$2850
Level 3$3900
Level 4$4400
Level 5$4750
Level 6-9$5550
International Students$6950

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 6, 2020.

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

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

Lexicon Academics

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 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 11-13, 2019

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, Students already accepted into Levels 1 and 2 may also register online:

Register for Jump Start

“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.”