Application Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Male or female advanced students ages 14-18
  • At least five years of ballet training
    (four years on pointe for female dancers)
  • Must be a student currently enrolled in high school

To Apply

Send your completed application and $6 application fee, postmarked on or before Friday, September 11, 2015 to:

Education/Ballet Class Series
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Please apply early as space is limited.

Late Applications Cannot Be Accepted.

Audition schedules will be finalized once all applications have been received. You will receive notification of your audition time after September 16, 2015. Requested audition times will be honored when possible but are not guaranteed.

Audition Date and Location

Saturday, September 19, 2015
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20566

The audition will be held in a rehearsal room. Plan to arrive in the Hall of States (north entrance) at least 30 minutes prior to your assigned audition time dressed for the audition.

Please bring proof of age to the audition.

Series Participation

If selected, the series fee ($90 for finalists; $45 for alternates) must be received prior to the first class.

Finalists must commit to participating in all ballet master classes in the 2015-2016 season. Alternates are guaranteed attendance in at least four of the ballet classes.

All accepted students are expected to attend all ballet master classes to which they are assigned. Working rehearsals and contemporary dance master classes are optional. Please check with your ballet school and your other schedules to be sure you will be able to attend classes if selected.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes to which they are assigned. In the case of an unavoidable absence, notice must be given at least 48 hours prior to a class to allow the slot 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.

Where Are They Now?

We are pleased to announce that recent participants from area ballet schools are now dancing with premiere companies around the world.

  • Giselle MacDonald has joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
  • Megan Amanda Ehrlich has joined the San Francisco Ballet.
  • Alexandra Farber has joined the Houston Ballet II.
  • Ryan Nussear has joined the Nashville Ballet.
  • Beila Ungar has joined The Royal Danish Ballet.


Call the Kennedy Center Education Division at (202) 416-8846.


Funding for the Ballet Class Series is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund.