San Francisco Ballet School Trainees. (© Erik Tomasson)




Students must audition with the appropriate age group based on their age as of July 1, 2023.


Online registration opens on November 1. There is a capacity limitation at each audition location, so please register early to ensure your spot. To complete your registration, you will need to upload a photo and proof of age (see details below) and pay the $50 audition fee. Students will receive their audition results by email approximately one week following the audition. There are no refunds of registration fees however if a student is sick on the day of the audition and can provide a doctor’s note, you will be invited to apply by video and your registration fee will be applied towards the video application fee.

On the day of your audition, you may arrive one hour prior to the start of your class to receive your audition number.

Day-of Registration: Due to capacity limitations, we do not expect to be able to accommodate day-of registrations. Please register online in advance.


Photo: A photo is used to confirm the student’s identity during the audition and to recall a student after the audition has ended. Please submit a current photo that clearly shows the student from the shoulders up. Long hair should be pulled back away from the face. Please do not submit a scan of a passport photo page. Please ensure the photo is of high enough resolution to be identifiable.

Proof of Age: All students must provide proof of their date of birth. When registering online, you will be required to upload a scan of a birth certificate or passport photo page.

Audition Fee: The audition fee is $50 and must be paid by credit card online.


The audition will run just like a ballet class, starting at the barre with exercises from plies to grand battements. Then everyone moves to the center for a variety of combinations from adage to grand allegro.  Work your hardest and show that you are listening to and applying the teacher’s instructions and corrections. Please remove all warm-ups before the class begins

Females should wear a solid-colored leotard and either pink ballet shoes with pink tights or flesh-toned ballet shoes and tights. Students 16-18 should expect to wear pointe shoes for the entirety of the class. All girls 12–15 who have begun pointe work should bring pointe shoes to the audition.

Males, please wear black, white, or grey, shoes, tights, and a fitted shirt.


Please check our Facebook page before your audition for any changes that may need to be made due to weather.


Registration opens November 1.

Pre-registration closes the Wednesday before each audition date. You may collect your audition number one hour prior to the start of your class time.

Please contact registrar@sfballet.org with any questions.

Date Location Group Time(s) Ages
Saturday, January 7 Orlando Ballet 12–1:30 PM Ages 15–18
600 N. Lake Formosa Drive 1:30–3 PM Ages 12–14
Orlando, FL 32803
Sunday, January 8 San Francisco Ballet School 10–11:30 AM Ages 16–18
455 Franklin Street 11:30 AM–1 PM Ages 14–15
San Francisco, CA  94102 1:30–3:00 PM Ages 12–13
Saturday, January 14 The Washington Ballet 2:30–4 PM Ages 16–18
3515 Wisconsin Ave NW 4–5:30 PM Ages 12–15
Washington, DC 20016
Saturday, January 14 Atlanta Ballet 2–3:30 PM Ages 15–18
1695 Marietta Blvd NW 3:30–5 PM Ages 12–14
Atlanta, GA 80818
Sunday, January 15 Houston Ballet 12–1:30 PM Ages 15–18
  Margaret Alkek Williams Center for Dance 1:30–3 PM Ages 12–14
601 Preston
Houston, TX 77002
Monday, January 16 School of American Ballet 10–11:30 AM Ages 15–18
70 Lincoln Center Plaza 11:30 AM–1 PM Ages 15–18
(165 West 65th Street) 1:30–2:45 PM Ages 12–14
New York, NY  10023
Monday, January 16 The Joffrey Ballet 12–1:30 PM Ages 15–18
Joffrey Tower 1:30–3 PM Ages 12–14
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL  60601
Saturday, January 21 Ballet Arizona 10:30–11:45 AM Ages 15–18
2835 E Washington St. 11:45–1:00 PM Ages 12–14
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Saturday, January 21 Southland Ballet Academy 2–3:30 PM Ages 15–18
9527 Garfield Avenue 3:30–5 PM Ages 12–14
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Sunday, January 22 Pacific Northwest Ballet 12–1:15 PM Ages 16–18
301 Mercer Street 1:15–2:30 PM Ages 14–15
Seattle, WA  98109 2:30–3:45 PM Ages 12–13
Sunday, January 22 Westside School of Ballet 2:45–4:00 PM Ages 16–18
1709 Stewart Street 4:00–5:15 PM Ages 14–15
Santa Monica, CA  90404 5:15–6:30 PM Ages 12–13
Sunday, February 12 San Francisco Ballet School 11:30–1 PM Ages 16–18
455 Franklin Street 1:30–3:00 PM Ages 14–15
San Francisco, CA  94102 3–4:30 PM Ages 12–13