Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Dance Audition Requirements  

Welcome to Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill. All dancers seeking admission to our program need to complete a dance audition as part of the application process. Please read the instructions carefully! 


Your Pre-Audition 

When applying to Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill, you need to first complete a pre-audition video. The file must be uploaded using Slideroom. After we review your submission, we will determine if you are invited for an in-person audition. Your audition video should be recent (within five months of submission) and must include the following components. Your video should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Preparing your Ballet Audition Video 

Prior to beginning your barre work, please introduce yourself briefly by saying your name, age and where you are from. Make sure to complete all exercises listed below. 

  • Complete barre (only one side necessary)

  • Center floor work:

    • Adagio

    • Pirouette combination

    • Small jump combination

    • Grand allegro

    • Men- Grand Tour

  • Pointe work (if applicable)

    • Echappés

    • Relevés in arabesque

    • Pirouettes on pointe

    • Diagonal turning combination


Your in-person audition

The live audition will take place on our campus in Natick, Massachusetts on February 22, 2020. If you are invited to the live audition, we will provide you with information about upcoming auditions dates along with a link to pre-register. 

Audition dress code

  • Female students: black leotard, tights closest to your skin tone or what you are most comfortable in, pointe shoes

  • Male students: black or gray tights and a white shirt or leotard

  • Skirts, leg warmers, and warm-ups are not permitted

  • Hair must be pulled back neatly and securely off the neck


What happens next?

After your live audition and once your application for admission is complete, you will receive an admission decision on March 10.  You should continue to complete your application for admission by the January 15 deadline. If your family is applying for financial aid, you will also meet the February 1 financial aid deadline. If you have specific questions about your application, please be in touch with the Admission Office at 508-650-5020.  We are happy to help!