Ends on September 8, 2017

$6.00 USD
The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes presented by teachers from nationally and internationally recognized ballet companies performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission to the series is by audition only.

Applications must be received by Friday, September 8, 2017.


Master Classes: The focus of this program is master classes led by teachers from the major ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center each season.  Finalists attend all ballet master classes; alternates are guaranteed attendance in at least four of the ballet master classes. These classes are typically taught by company members such as ballet masters/mistresses, principal or soloist dancers, company teachers, and, occasionally, artistic directors; instructors are determined by each company.  All classes with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet are taught by Ms. Farrell.

Working Rehearsals (optional): Students will also have the opportunity to attend working rehearsals for performances by select ballet and dance companies at the Kennedy Center.  

Contemporary Dance Master Classes (optional, for an additional fee; limited availability):  In addition to the required ballet master classes, students are invited to attend contemporary dance master classes led by company members from companies performing at the Kennedy Center this season.  These classes are designed for adult intermediate to advanced dancers in the general public; a small, limited number of spaces are reserved for Ballet Class Series students.


Application Deadline:  
Friday, September 8, 2017

Application Fee:
$6 payable via credit or debit card
While debit and credit card payments are strongly preferred, we are able to accept other payment methods.  Please contact akday@kennedy-center.org as needed.

Additional Information:
Because we receive federal support for our arts education programs, it is important that we gather information about all the people we serve. To that end, applicants are also asked to complete a very brief survey located athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCSapp.  Your application will be considered complete once both this application form and the survey have been submitted.  Please note that the information gathered in this survey will not be seen by the audition panelists and will not be a consideration in audition decisions.  Data will only be reviewed in aggregate and will not be associated with an individual applicant other than to confirm that the survey has been received.  Please only complete the survey once.

Audition Date and Location:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC  20566

Audition Times:
Audition classes will be scheduled based on the total number of applicants.  Classes will be 75-90 minutes long.  Notifications of audition times will be sent to all applicants after Wednesday, September 13, once all applications have been received and processed.  Applicant preferences for audition times will be honored when possible but are not guaranteed. Students should plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time.

Eligibility Requirements
Students should be prepared to show proof of age and grade level at the audition.
  • Male and female advanced students ages 14-18
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school
  • Advanced level with at least five years of ballet training (four years on pointe for female dancers)


Program participants consist of finalists and alternates.  Finalists attend all ballet master classes.  Alternates are guaranteed to be assigned to at least four master classes, and will be invited to additional classes if space permits.  Both finalists and alternates may attend working rehearsals and request space in contemporary dance master classes.

Accepted students are expected to attend all ballet master classes to which they are assigned.  Finalists must commit to participating in all classes in the 2017-2018 season.  Alternates must commit to attending all classes to which they are assigned.  Working rehearsals and contemporary dance master classes are optional.  Please check with your ballet school and other schedules to be sure you will be able to attend classes if selected.

Program Fees:
$90 for Finalists
$45 for Alternates
This fee includes attendance at master classes and working rehearsals.  All payments must be received prior to the first class.
Contemporary dance classes (optional) require an additional fee of $13 per class.
Need-based financial aid may be available.  Please contact akday@kennedy-center.org with any inquiries.

Class Times:
Master classes are held from 4-5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Students are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class in order to check in and be escorted to the class location.

Program Schedule:
The program schedule can be accessed at www.kennedy-center.org/balletseries.  Dates and times are subject to change.

Absence Policy:
Attendance at assigned ballet master classes is required. In the case of an unavoidable absence, notification must be provided 48 hours in advance to allow the space to be offered to an alternate. Absences with less notification will be considered unexcused. Two unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the series. No refunds will be given.

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