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Frequently asked questions relating to the Professional Ballet Program, Auditions and Fees.

Entry into Canada’s National Ballet School’s Professional Program is by audition. The audition is a two stage process. Each fall/winter, artistic staff travel across the country auditioning students – Stage 1. Students invited to participate in Stage 2 are invited to attend the School’s Summer School, in July.

Students may submit a DVD audition if they are unable to attend an audition in the Tour/Phase 1.
During Summer School, students are assessed on their suitability for NBS' classical ballet program. Academic test results and interpersonal skills are also taken into account. Approximately 50 auditioning students will be invited to join the full-time Professional Ballet Program in September each year, while full-time students are assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they continue to respond positively to the program's broader challenges.

Students entering academic Grade 5 in September 2017 who thrive at the 2017 Introductory Summer School will be encouraged to audition for Summer School 2018.

This initial Summer School experience is designed to help students settle comfortably and confidently into the two stage audition process the following year.
Students begin their training and academic schooling in Grade 6. 
Fees vary depending on whether the student lives in residence or is a day student, and whether they are a Canadian citizen or an international student. Financial information can be found on the Fees and Financial Info page.
While not technically auditioning, full-time students are assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they continue to respond positively to the program's broader challenges. Students who meet the School's standards are invited to return for the following year.
Yes, you may re-audition on the next National Audition Tour.

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