Exploring Ballet With Suzanne Farrell:
A Three-Week Summer Ballet Intensive for Young Dancers
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has developed a teaching partnership with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell and invites you to audition for the national summer ballet training program, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. This three-week intensive ballet course taught by Suzanne Farrell will be presented July 29 - August 17, 2013, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A limited number of students will be accepted into this program.
To participate in this program, students must complete and submit the application materials by the deadline and attend an audition class at one of the sites. Video auditions will only be accepted from those students who live more than 150 miles from an audition site. See video auditions section of this form for requirements. Students will receive confirmation notification of their audition site before the audition class.
Those selected to participate in the summer program will be notified by February 13, 2013.
Male and female students ages 14-18 (age during the duration of the program, July 29 - August 17, 2013)
Intermediate and advanced levels
At least five years of ballet training (four years on pointe for females)
Audition Dates and Sites:
- Friday, January 4
- Saturday, January 5
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Meet in the Hall of States - Family Theater Lobby
- Sunday, January 6
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
New York City, NY
- Saturday, January 12
- Sunday, January 13
The Ailey Studios at The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street
- Friday, January 18
2345 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA
- Saturday, January 19
Los Angeles Ballet
11755 Exposition Boulevard
- Monday, January 21
501 W. 3rd Street Campus
- Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17
Tallahassee auditions take place in conjunction with Florida State University's Workshop for Young Dancers. Audition dates & times will be determined by your age and the workshop schedule. Once you select Tallahassee as your audition city, EBSF staff will contact you to confirm an audition date & time.
To Apply and Participate in an Audition Class:
- 1. Complete the online application and pay the $25 non-refundable application fee by December 21, 2012 OR download the application and mail it in along with the $25 non-refundable application fee (payable by check to The Kennedy Center). Mail-in applications must be postmarked by the deadline.
- Attend audition class of your choice. Space is limited. (Audition classes are taught by Suzanne Farrell.)
- Arrive 45 minutes prior to the audition dressed for the class and have ready to show or submit:
- Copy of birth certificate, ID, or other official documentation of age
- 2 Current photos (may be snapshots): (1) headshot and (2) a full-length shot in arabesque wearing practice clothes and on pointe.
To Audition By Video:
- If you live more than 150 miles from all audition sites, you may submit a video for consideration. By December 21, 2012, you must:
- Complete the online application and pay the non-refundable $25 application fee
- Upload your video
- Upload 2 current photos (may be snapshots): (1) a headshot and (2) a full-length shot in arabesque wearing practice clothes and on pointe.
- The video must have been shot within the last 6 months. Videos will only be considered if the student is the only featured dancer and is dressed in practice clothes. Female dancers should wear pointe shoes in the video (no ballet slippers). Video must be 20-30 minutes in length and should be performed as an abbreviated class. It is NOT necessary to repeat barre on right and left side. While filming, make sure that entire length of your body can be seen on film at all times.
- The video should include the following variations, choreographed solely by the applicant:
- 2 petit allegro (small jump combination)
- 2 grande allegro (large jump combination)
- 2 turn combinations in center
- 1 across the floor combination, traveling en diagonale, that includes a traveling turn combination
The three-week intensive ballet course will be held Monday, July 27 -Saturday, August 17, 2013. Twelve classes will be held weekly, Monday through Saturday. All classes will be taught by Suzanne Farrell and will take place in rehearsal rooms at the Kennedy Center. Supervised accommodation will be provided at a resident hotel located within walking distance of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Students accepted into the program must commit to participating in the entire three-week program. No one will be permitted to begin the program after Monday, July 27 or permitted to leave the program before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.
Tuition: $1100 includes 12 classes per week and selected activities designed to enhance and extend the student's study of ballet. Note: All students, including commuter students, are required to participate in all program activities.
Housing: $1,400 includes accommodations (students will be housed in doubles or triples), supervision, and selected activities.
Students notified of their acceptance must send a nonrefundable payment of $550 by March 15, 2013. Students who will be housed by the program must also send an additional nonrefundable housing deposit of $250 by March 15, 2013. The balance for tuition and housing (if applicable) will be due by June 17, 2013.
Limited need-based financial aid may be available for qualified applicants. Financial aid applications must be received by January 23, 2013. Students selected to participate in the summer program will be notified of any financial aid awards in their acceptance letter.
2013 Audition Poster:
Call the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811 or visit the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell website at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/farrell/
Please note: audition sites will not have audition information. Please contact the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811.
Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell is an initiative of the Kennedy Center Education Department and is made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Education.