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Summer Intensive FAQs

Summer Intensive Program and Audition Tour
Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the process for auditioning for Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Program?
You can preregister to audition at one of our 16 cities of audition tour. Please refer to the Summer Audition Tour page for dates, times, and locations. Students are only allowed to audition one time during the audition tour.

What if I am not able to attend any of the auditions listed?
We highly encourage students to attend an audition in person.Foreign students and U.S. students students not able to attend a scheduled audition are allowed to submit a DVD audition. Download a DVD Audition Form and submit it with your audition materials. Do not submit DVD auditions any earlier than January 1. 
Note: We cannot guarantee that videos will be reviewed before the submission deadline. Results will be conveyed via email by February 19. 

Can I preregister online? Can I register to audition in-person?
Pre-registration ($35) is strongly encouraged to guarantee an audition slot. Pre-registration will only be available up to the Tuesday before the scheduled audition. Students are allowed to register in-person ($40).

Audition Checklist:

1.) Headshot photograph (any photo size)

2.) Full body photograph in first arabesque (any photo size)

3.) Completed audition registration form  (all students must complete paper form)

4.) Receipt from preregistration or $40 cash for day-of registrants.
Cash only at all audition locations.

I have been accepted into the program. What should I do now?
If you are accepted into the program, you must register and pay the first installment within two weeks to reserve your spot. 
Please be advised: 
Students must register within two weeks of their acceptance notification. Once you have been accepted, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis only. Once classes have filled, we will no longer be able to accept additional registrants. 

All of the age groups begin at age 12. What if I am younger than 12 years old?
Houston Ballet Academy cannot be responsible for housing students under 12 years of age at the time of the program. Students aged 7-11 will have their own audition times in Houston only. Please refer to the Audition Tour page for more details.

What if my birthday is close to the audition or summer program dates? Which age group should I attend?
Attend your age group corresponding to your age at the time of the audition - not the age you will be during the time of the summer program. The age limit for our program is 18 years. The age limit for living in the University of St. Thomas dormitory is 17 years.

What can I expect during the audition?
The audition class will consist of barre, center, pointe for the women, and men's allegro for the men.

Who will be adjudicating my audition?
Houston Ballet Academy artistic staff members.

What should I wear to the audition?
Women should attend class in a solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and have their pointe shoes readily available. Men should wear a solid color leotard or t-shirt, black tights, and black ballet shoes.

How will I be notified of my audition results?
Audition results will be e-mailed approximately one week to two weeks after the audition. Do not call Houston Ballet Academy as results will be conveyed by e-mail only

Can I request a deadline extension and hold my spot for longer?
Registration for the summer program is a first come, first serve basis. Students must register within two weeks of their acceptance notification. Students wishing to attend the program that have missed their program registration deadline may be placed on a waiting list.

Registration deposits are non-refundable. Students who pay their deposit and then withdraw from the program will not be able to receive a refund.

What are the dates of the program?
Please visit the Summer Intensive Program page.

May I attend the 3-week program?
Students placed in level 6-8 are only eligble for the 6-week program. Only students who are placed in level 5 have the choice of attending the entire 6-week program or the 3-week session. Partial attendance of any session is not allowed.  

Is it possible to arrive late for the start of the program or not attend all weeks? 
Partial attendance of any session is not allowed. If you have an academic conflict, you may submit an official letter to Houston Ballet Academy from your school specifying the last day required to attend classes. Late entry is not guaranteed, and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Students arriving late will not receive prorated tuition or housing.
What are the approxmiate costs for the program?

 Please visit the Tuition and Housing page.

Payments can be made in 4 installments, with a minimum of 25% due at the time of registration. All tuition and housing fees must be paid by May 15. All tuition, housing payments, and student activity fees are non-refundable. Students who withdraw before the start of the program for any reason will forfeit all payments made to Houston Ballet. Houston Ballet Academy recommends each student purchase tuition insurance at  https://www.aplusplans.com/

Are there any other costs or fees aside from tuition and room and board?
All students must pay a $35 registration fee. International students are charged a required $100 processing fee  in addition to the registration fee. For all students there are optional fees associated Sunday activities, pilates sessions, and weekday lunches. Specific optional activity fee information will be included in your registration information.

Can I apply for a scholarship or financial aid? 
Houston Ballet Artistic Staff awards a limited number of merit scholarships for the summer program.  Students are considered during the audition process. If a tuition or dorm scholarship is not noted in your child's acceptance letter, this indicates that your child was not awarded a merit-based scholarship.

Parents may complete a financial aid application in order to be considered for financial assistance. Financial aid is allotted based on need. Financial aid funds are limited, and considered on a first-come first-served basis. You may not apply for financial aid prior to receiving an acceptance letter. However, we encourage interested parents to apply as soon as possible once they are notified of their child's acceptance as application processing may take up to 2 weeks. You must notify the academy of your financial aid submission and pay the deposit to reserve your child's registration. 

What is a typical day like?
Classes for level 5-8 students usually begin at 9:00am. Students are usually in class each day until 6:00pm Monday-Friday and until 3:00pm on Saturdays.

Students will have classes in ballet technique, pas de deux, classical variations and repertory, including modern, character, jazz, drama, musical theater, and social dancing. Classes in dancer health and well-being are also offered. Pilates sessions are also offered to students for an additional cost.

Please refer to the Summer Program Curriculum page for more information.

Students and parents should expect communication from the Academy staff to increase after the Audition Tour is complete. 

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please leave a message on Summer Intensive Hotline at 713-874-5477 or email hbacademy@houstonballet.org.