Acceptance to Kirov’s Year-Round, Summer Intensive, or Pre-Professional Program is by audition only. Attendance at our Summer Intensive is strongly encouraged for all students interested in the Year-Round or other Programs, but it is not a prerequisite. All students must audition, regardless of having previously attended our summer program. All students are strongly encouraged to pre-register online; audition results may be delayed for students who register onsite. Please note the video audition fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Video audition – $35
Audition guidelines for all students, regardless of audition type, are as follows:
Females, please wear a black leotard with spaghetti straps and pink tights. Males, please wear a white T-shirt and black/grey tights with white socks. Ballet shoes only (no pointe shoes; white preferred for males).
Bring or email the following three 5” by 7” photos (please wear soft ballet shoes) with your name written on the back of each photo:
- Head shot (hair in a bun for girls)
- First arabesque
- Tendu in à la seconde (ages 10-11 only) or développé in à la seconde (ages 12-19 only)
KAB has 2 means by which a student may audition:
- AUDITION TOUR dates and locations will be posted here. Locations will also be featured in Dance and Pointe Magazine.
- VIDEO Submit a video upload (via YouTube, Vimeo, MediaFire, or other video link) and enter the hyperlink in the audition registration form. Video should be no longer than 10 minutes, with the student’s head and feet showing at all times. The camera must be centered and perpendicular to the barre. Please include photo positions described above in the beginning of video, followed by:
ronds de jambe par terre
ronds de jambe en l’air
medium allegro with entre chat quatre
Center pointe exercises (Ladies only)
pirouettes en dehors and en dedans in 3/4 time
piqué tours from corner to corner
Center (Men only)
pirouettes en dehors and en dedans in 4/4 time
medium allegro with jeté and assemblé battu
Boys please wear white ballet shoes (if possible). Please do not send performance footage or wear costume attire; only audition attire should be worn. If auditioning for the Summer Intensive, you are encouraged to submit by the end of January as space begins to fill during the tour.
If you are auditioning by video, your response will be emailed to you within 2 weeks of submission. Please ensure that the video is not private, as problems viewing the video will delay the process.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but specific information about a dancer’s evaluation will not be released. Kirov Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or national/ethnic origin. The school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Summer Intensive – Invitation Process
Once an audition has been completed, the student’s results (invited, wait-list, or non-acceptance) will be emailed within 3 business days. Invited students will receive an invitation letter via email along with an Enrollment Contract outlining the fees and deadlines. Wait-listed candidates will be e-mailed in mid-February if their status changes. Information as to the likelihood of acceptance cannot be released. Enrollment is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
All students who attend KAB’s Summer Intensive are evaluated for acceptance into the Year-Round or Pre-Professional Programs, if applicable. Some students may be placed on a waiting list. It is also perfectly acceptable for students to attend the Summer Intensive program only for the experience and enjoyment of being a part of Kirov Academy’s dance program. Some students are accepted to the Year-Round Program based on their Summer Intensive audition. These students are notified at the time of receiving their audition results. Scholarship consideration for the year round program is only given to those students who attend the summer program.
KAB’s Year-Round academic program is designed for grades 7 through 12. Students wishing to be invited to the Year-Round Program are typically evaluated during the Summer Intensive. Students chosen to attend the Academy’s Year-Round Program are offered four options of study:
Full Residential: Students in academic grades 7-12 who board at the Academy, combining their academic studies with a dance curriculum that focuses on the pursuit of a classical dance career. 18-year-olds may be permitted to reside at the Academy provided they are still undertaking their senior year of high school and have been granted permission from the Admissions Office.
Commuter with Artistic and Academic: Students who participate in both the academic and artistic courses at the Academy as commuters living with their parent(s) or guardian(s).
Ballet-only Commuter: Open to ages 10 and up, students who participate in the artistic-only program can fulfill their academic studies through home-schooling or other means outside of the Academy.
Pre-Professional: High school graduates who wish to continue their study of classical ballet. This program is designed to attract students wanting to refine all their previous artistic studies in anticipation of entering the professional ballet world in the near future.
Scholarship Policy and Information
The Academy offers a limited number of artistic scholarships for students who meet our artistic criteria. Artistic scholarships are not awarded by application; they are granted at the sole discretion of the Artistic Department and are independent of student/parent requests. Artistic awards are applied to Artistic Tuition only. Students receiving these scholarships for the Summer Intensive must accept by the beginning of February or they will be awarded to other worthy students. Awards are reviewed at the end of each semester during the Year-Round Program to confirm continuation into the following semester.
Costs referred to as “fees” on the Enrollment Contract are required of all students and are not offset by scholarship monies. Some scholarships may be taxable. You may wish to consult your tax advisor.
Award recipients must show continued progress in all disciplines, have exemplary attendance and demonstrate respect for and observance of academy rules and policies. Financial awards may be reduced or withdrawn at any time if a student disregards or is found in violation of any of the above standards. In particular, unexcused absences from any classes and any violation of the code of conduct may be cause for reduction or withdrawal of financial awards.
Please note that Pre-Professional Program courses are not eligible for scholarship.
Registration is required for all audition types. All students are strongly encouraged to pre-register online; audition results may be delayed for students who register onsite. Please note all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees are as follows:
- $35 – Video audition
- $35 – U.S. Audition tour
- $55 – International audition tour