Can I audition by DVD or videotape?
We prefer students attend one of our scheduled Zoom auditions (see below for Summer Course Audition information). DVD/video auditions will be accepted from students who cannot attend a scheduled audition. DVD/video submissions will be reviewed after all Summer Course Zoom Auditions conclude, and only if space is available in the program at that time. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via DVD/video. For more information, please contact the school at email@example.com.
When will I find out the results of the audition?
Audition results will be e-mailed by January 30th for auditions scheduled through January 17, then within 2-weeks following each remaining scheduled audition. No critique of the audition will be given.
Is there a maximum age to audition?
Students must be between 12–18 years old for Summer Course and no older than 18 years at the time of audition. Exceptions can be made in special circumstances at the discretion of Denise Bolstad.
What age group should I audition if I am one age at the audition and a different age when Summer Course begins?
Students should audition in the age group according to their age at the time of the audition. Students who are 11 years old at the time of the audition but will be 12 years old by the first day of Summer Course are eligible to audition in the 12-year-old group.
What should I expect at the audition?
PNB auditions consist of a full technique class, with pointe work in the last 10-15 minutes of class. There are no eliminations during the audition; all students will participate in a full class.
What should I wear at the audition?
Students should wear regular class attire: any leotard color is allowed; tight-fitting dance attire for men; technique shoes; women should bring pointe shoes.
Are photos/resumes required for Summer Course auditions?
No. Beyond the completion of the supplemental audition survey (link provided in audition registration confirmation email), students will not need to provide any additional materials in order to audition.
If I am not accepted to Summer Course, may I audition again?
No. Students are not eligible to audition more than once per year for Summer Course. Students are, however, welcome and encouraged to audition for Summer Course in successive years.
May I request and receive feedback from my audition?
Due to the large volume of students who audition each year, we are unable to provide individual feedback.
What if a student has technical difficulties during the Zoom audition?
If technical difficulties prevent PNB School faculty from getting enough information to confidently determine a student’s proper placement, PNB School will request that the student either participate in another virtual audition or submit a pre-recorded audition video.
Please note, these requests for an alternate audition must come from PNB School, not the student. Even when a student does have minor technical difficulties at points throughout the audition, our faculty/staff may still be able to make an informed decision, as there are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their abilities during a class. Ultimately, our audition adjudicators are determined to make sure that each student has been given a fair audition opportunity.
How do I apply for the year round program?
Summer Course students in Levels VII and VIII who are interested in applying to the 2021-22 Professional Division program must complete and submit an application (to be posted in the spring of 2021) by July 1, 2021.
Students interested in the year round program must either attend the 2021 Summer Course or must have attended a prior PNB Summer Course. All students complete and submit a written application. Students who are not attending the 2021 Summer Course must also submit 3 recent videos, including 10 minutes of classwork, 1 classical variation, and 1 contemporary variation.
Those invited to the year round program will be notified by the end of the Summer Course. We generally advise students 16 or younger not to move to Seattle unless a family member is relocating with them. No housing is available during the school year, and students must make their own arrangements for housing and completion of high school courses. Please email Denise Bolstad if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there scholarships &/or financial aid available?
Pacific Northwest Ballet School determines 98% of its awards at the time of the Summer Course audition. Awards are given for part or full tuition only. Financial aid applications are available for those accepted and in need of assistance. Students must register first to hold a spot in the Summer Course before applying for Financial Aid; once registered, PNB School staff will email the application to the student.