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.
Note to Parents of Incoming Level 1 Students: There will be a meeting for parents of new Level 1 students at BAE on Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-7:30 PM. Darla Hoover, Jenna Lavin and Julia Dubno will share important information regarding Level 1 of the Pre-Professional Division and will be on hand to answer your questions. Children are not required to attend, but are more than welcome.
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.
2019-2020 School Year Audition Dates
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.
Video Auditions: Video auditions are accepted. Please note that the faculty might still require an in-person audition.
School Year Dates
September 17, 2019 – June 14, 2020
Level 1 Parent Information Meeting: Thursday, September 19th, 6:30-7:30 PM
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.
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.
September 17, 2019 – June 14, 2020
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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 email@example.com.
Students are expected to make their own arrangements for continuing their academic studies while at BAE. Programs that we recommend are:
For more detailed information, please refer to the 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 BAE Junior Summer Course inspires talented young dancers, ages 7-13, to reach their next level of achievement.
Dates: July 1 – August 15, 2019
Current BAE Pre-Professional Division students are not required to audition. Call 212-410-9140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Admission for new students is by audition. Since the audition dates have passed we recommend that you audition by video. Click here for the video audition instructions and application.
Any solid-color leotard with pink tights for ballet class and any solid-color leotard with footless tights for modern class. Skirts, sweatpants, leg warmers, and multi-strap or rhinestone-studded leotards are not permitted.
Black or white tee shirt with black tights for ballet class and any color tee shirt with footless tights for modern class.
Visit the Capezio Store on our premises for all your dancewear needs. The store telephone number is (212) 348-7210.
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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
To register for Jump Start, contact us at 212-410-9140, email@example.com. Students already accepted into Levels 1 and 2 may also register online: