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 are excited to announce that the school year will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd, offering both a Hybrid Program, blending in-studio and virtual classes as well as a fully Virtual Program.
The plan for in-studio classes is Safety First! Many protocols will be in place for in-studio classes including reduced class size, a new air purification system, social distancing, masks worn at all times, continuous cleaning and sanitizing, daily health checklist and much more. We ask you to please click on BAE’s Health and Safety Guideline tab to read the full comprehensive safety plan.

We are now accepting video auditions for the 2020-2021 School Year for both the Hybrid and Virtual Programs. Students are accepted throughout the school year provided there is space available. Please see instructions below.

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.

Video Audition Application

Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, extended families and community. If our current plan needs to change in order to put safety first, then we will do so without hesitation and with full measure.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

HealthCheck App:
To keep our BAE community safe, we have partnered with HealthCheck for our daily check-in process at BAE. Everyone will be required to show that they completed their HealthCheck upon entering BAE.

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Ballet Academy East Facilities Code for the App: .U%wLWcS

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 and Principal Jenna Lavin, the school’s acclaimed faculty teach students using BAE’s proven syllabus. The year-round curriculum includes technique, pointe, stretch and strengthening, men’s classes, modern, hip hop and character. BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

2020-2021 School Year
September 22, 2020 – June 20, 2021

School Holiday Closings
Yom Kippur: Monday, September 28
Columbus Day: Monday, October 12
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 26-Sunday, November 29
Winter Break: Monday, December 21-Sunday, January 3
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 18
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 15
Spring Break: Monday, March 15-Sunday, March 28
Easter: Sunday, April 4
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 29-Monday, May 31

For the 2020-2021 school year, we ask that students adhere to the dress code while they are in the studios. At home a relaxed dress code is permitted (no sweats or legwarmers).

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Capezio Uptown Store – Open by appointment only

New Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am – 2:00pm
Closed 30 minutes from lunch, 12pm-12:30pm.

For questions or to setup an appointment please contact 92nd@capezio.com or 212-348-7210

Visit Capezio online for all your dance wear needs.
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 and mentoring to help young men achieve success in the dance world. BAE’s proven syllabus is designed 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.

BAE Male Scholarship Program

Ballet Academy East offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships 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.

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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2020-2021 School Year Tuition

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BAE is fortunate to have the de Hirsch Residence  located just one block from the school. The Residence is part of the 92nd Street Y and is a home to many students from colleges and arts schools in the area. It is a top choice for out of town BAE students.

St. Mary’s Residence is another excellent option (female students only), located a short distance from BAE.

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

Please refer to the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines and to the BAE Student Handbook in order to view our school policies.

BAE Student Handbook

When taking your classes virtually from home, we strongly recommend that you create a space that allows you to mentally and physically get the most from every class while reducing the risk of injury. There are now many online resources for barres and floors. Here are links to home floors and barres that we recommend.




Floor Option #1

Floor Option #2

“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.”