Audition FAQ

When and how do I register for an audition?

Please refer to our national audition dates/locations to find an audition near you.  As auditions fill up, we strongly encourage you to advance register online, by clicking on the “REGISTER HERE” under your desired location information, and proceeding to enter your information.

Is there a fee to audition?

Yes.  If you advance register online HERE up to 48 hours before your audition, the fee is $35. You are welcome to register on-site for a fee of $40 (space-permitting).  Video Audition fee is $45. All Fees are non-refundable.

If I cannot make it to a live audition, is it possible to send in a video audition?

Yes.  On our auditions page, there is an option to select VIDEO AUDITION for your audition location.  You must formally register for an audition before your video is reviewed.  BBASI accepts video auditions in the form of links (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc), or DVDs.

For instructions on uploading a video audition, please see our auditions page.

Or send a DVD via snail mail to your contact’s attention:

Russian American Foundation
ATTN: Program Contact (see below)
1560 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10036

BBASI NYC: Annie Sundelson (asundelson@russianamericanfoundation.org)

BBASI CT: Tatiana Dobretsova (tdobretsova@russianamericanfoundation.org)

Bolshoi PREP: Maria Kaushansky (mkaushansky@russianamericanfoundation.org)

You will receive an email confirmation once your video audition has been received.

What should I include in my video audition?

Video auditions should be NO LONGER than 10 minutes long reflecting the dancer’s strengths and CURRENT training level. It must be filmed within 3 months of your online audition registration date.  Your video audition’s content will depend on your age and ability.  Please see the VIDEO AUDITION PDF for age specific requirements.

What do I wear and bring to the audition?

  • For dancers registering on-site ONLY: bring a headshot and photo in first arabesque – write your name and age as of 6/24/2019 on the back of each. These do not have to be professionally done, but must fit in a standard 8 x 11” envelope.
  • All female dancers should wear a dark colored leotard and pink tights, while male dancers should wear dark tights/shoes and a white fitted shirt. Female dancers should also bring pointe shoes, if applicable.
  • If you advance registered less than 48 hours before the audition, please bring a print-out or screenshot of your registration confirmation.

If a prospective student has a birthday before the start of the summer intensives, which audition class should he/she attend?

Please be guided by your age as of June 24, 2019 when registering for an audition.

What program should my 9-14 year old audition for? (BBASI Prep or BBASI CT)

There are no differences in the ballet curriculum between the two programs.  Both are identical in the intensity, quality, and integrity of the ballet training, and are taught by Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teachers.   This curriculum is designed by the Dean of the Academy, Ms. Leonova.

However, as BBASI CT offers a residential option, it attracts dancers from all over the country and the world.  As such, the available openings in that program are more competitive.  Additionally, as many participants in the BBASI CT program are returning students who have already been exposed to BBASI’s rigorous training, the pace may be somewhat more intensive.

BBASI Prep was created for families in the tri-state area who are unable to attend the program in Connecticut and/or those who would prefer to spend a summer in NYC and have their own residency option.  This program is also a suitable entry point for strong and serious dancers who have not been substantially exposed to the Bolshoi’s rigorous training.

A significant difference between the two programs is the extracurricular, non-ballet options.  BBASI CT is structured as a comprehensive cultural and summer experience with diverse activities throughout the day.  BBASI Prep is structured strictly as a day program offering only ballet classes, with a possibility for optional Russian language classes at the end of the day.

I am an advanced dancer, but I am younger than 15 years old.  Can I be considered for the resident program in New York City?

Housing regulations in NYC do not allow RAF to accommodate anyone under the age of 15 years old.  Additionally, in keeping with age appropriate training, dancers who will not be 15 years of age during the Summer Intensive are not typically considered for BBASI NY.

What are the auditions like?

BBASI auditions are organized as a ballet technique class, and last an hour to hour and half.  Auditions are divided into age appropriate groups that will include barre and center exercises, and combinations.  If you are comfortable dancing on pointe, there will be an opportunity for you to do so.  Male and Female dancers audition together.   Auditions are NOT taught by teachers from the Academy.

When will I hear my audition results?

Regardless of your result, you will be notified via the email you provided at registration within two weeks of your audition.  Please provide a valid email address that you check regularly on your registration form.  If after two weeks you have still not heard from BBASI, please email your program contact.

Can I get feedback on my audition?

BBASI does not provide individual performance critiques.

Is there a limit to how many times I can audition?

Dancers who desire to re-audition may do so but, will need to re-register for another location.

When will waitlisted dancers be notified?

Dancers put on the waitlist will be notified via the emailed provided at registration ONLY in the event that their status changes.

Program FAQ

Are there any need-based scholarships available for dancers who have been accepted into the Summer Intensive?

Yes, there is a limited amount of financial support available for students. Please refer to the Scholarships page for more details. If you would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship, please send in your Tax Return Forms from the last two years to the attention of the Program Director and include a letter stating the amount of support you are seeking. There is no formal application for need-based scholarships, just the materials mentioned in this paragraph.

Will I be able to choose where I live in New York and be able to select roommates in New York and at the Loomis Chaffee School?

Yes. Registered dancers will receive a Program Manual closer to summer time and will be able to select roommate preferences.

How are placement levels determined for the accepted dancers?

The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow strongly believes in age appropriate training. In keeping with those beliefs, dancers are placed in levels appropriate for their age while taking their current training levels into consideration. Please be advised, all Academy Teachers reserve the right to adjust the levels as they see fit within the first 3 days of the program.

Is there an option for private instruction with the Teachers during the Summer Intensive?

Yes, dancers will be able to request private instruction with the Academy Teachers during the Summer Intensive. More information regarding this will be available in the Program Manual which will be sent out closer to the summer time.

Can I commute to the NYC or the CT program or do I have to live in the housing?

Both the New York City and Connecticut programs allow for dancers to commute to the Summer Intensive. You do not have to sign up for housing if you have other accommodations.

Can I be considered for a merit-based scholarship after I audition?

Please be advised that all of our merit-based scholarships are awarded either through the YAGP competition or a small amount of partial merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of notification. Dancers can only apply for need-based scholarships after they have already auditioned and received their Acceptance Letter. Please see question #3.

How many students are there in each class?

Our class size changes with enrollment every year, however, we keep our classes at about 30 students.

Are there Russian language classes available to the participants in New York?

Free Russian language classes are available to all students enrolled in the BBASI program.

How do I get from the airport to the NYC location or the Loomis Chaffee School?

RAF does not provide transfers from the airport to the program locations. Participants are responsible for their own transportation arrangements. We will provide recommendations on different means of transportation in the Program Manual which will be sent out closer to the summer time.

Are there medical and other forms I need to fill out?

All necessary program forms and details about program location, amenities, and other specifics will be included in the Program Manual which will be sent out closer to summer.