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 Pre-Professional Division combines comprehensive ballet training with professional-caliber performance opportunities to prepare students for success in the dance world. BAE’s proven syllabus creates technically strong, artistically expressive dancers who adapt easily to the broad range of styles required of today’s professionals. Applications are now being accepted.

View the BAE 2021 Digital Scrapbook here, including highlights from the past school year and video performances.

In Person auditions for the 2021-2022 school year have passed. We are still accepting video auditions. BAE has a rolling admissions policy, provided there is space in the level to which you are accepted. 

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.

Video Audition Application

Ballet Academy East 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, pas de deux, men’s class, stretch and strengthening, modern, hip hop, character, contemporary, and performance opportunities.

BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

School Year
September 20, 2021 – June 12, 2022

School Holiday Closings
Italian Heritage/Indigenous People’s Day: Monday, October 11
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 25-Sunday, November 28
Winter Break: Monday, December 20-Sunday, January 2
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 17
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 21
Spring Break: Monday, March 14-Sunday, March 27
Easter: Sunday, April 17
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30

Please click on the button to view the 2021-2022 dress code requirements for the Pre-Professional Division.

View Dress Code


Capezio Uptown Store
For hours and questions please contact 92nd@capezio.com or 212-348-7210

Visit Capezio online for all your dance wear needs.

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 full and partial tuition and housing scholarships to male dancers who have been accepted to the Pre-Professional Division. Housing is available for male dancers between the ages of 17-19. To be considered for the BAE Male Dancer Program and to apply for a scholarship submit your video audition today!

To submit a video audition, click here.

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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Housing: BAE is fortunate to have a number of housing options. Our top four are listed below. We are also happy to share that BAE has male dancer housing available through Found Study. Male dancers who would like to apply for housing should first go through BAE’s audition process. Once accepted into the Program, you may apply for housing by contacting us at info@baenyc.com.

  • The 92Y Residence  located just one block from the school, with 24-hour security, a large gym and pool. The Residence is part of the 92nd Street Y and is a home to many students from colleges and arts schools in the area.
  • Found Study offers beautiful, fully furnished dorms with private bathrooms and full kitchens, with a nearby Upper East Side location.
  • Student Housing Associates, has furnished dorms with a number of convenient NYC locations.
  • St. Mary’s Residence is another excellent option (female students only), located a short distance from BAE.

Academics: 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

2021-2022 School Year Tuition

Full Year, One PaymentFull Year, Two Payments*
Level 1$3,900$4,300
Level 2$5,300$5,700
Level 3$7,300$7,800
Level 4$8,300$8,800
Level 5$9,000$9,500
Level 6-9$10,600$11,100
International Students$13,400

* If you are making two payments, half the tuition will be due upon registration and the second half will be put through on January 10, 2022.

Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, extended families and community. Please click on the link below to view our Health and Safety protocols. This document will be continuous updated as new information becomes available. 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

Vaccine Mandate:
As of September 20, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for everyone, 12 years of age or above, including students, faculty, pianists, and staff, as well as parents, caregivers and visitors planning to enter BAE.

As of March 1, 2022, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all students in Pre-Professional Division Levels 1-10.

Students and Staff: Please provide proof of vaccination by clicking here. Students turning 12 during the 2021-2022 school year must be fully vaccinated within 60 days of their birthday.

Visitors over age Twelve: You must show either your Excelsior Pass or vaccine card to the Front Desk Staff each time you come to BAE.

Medical exemptions to BAE’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be considered but are not guaranteed. Please email kaileigh@baenyc.com if you wish to begin the Exemption Request Process.  We will be requiring weekly testing for anyone who has a medical or religious exemption from the COVID vaccine mandate. There may be additional health and safety requirements that are not applicable to fully vaccinated individuals.

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

“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.”