Training for professional careers in ballet

For aspiring dancers ages 7 to 19

Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Professional Division combines comprehensive ballet training with professional-caliber performance opportunities to prepare students for success in the dance world. BAE’s proven syllabus creates technically strong, artistically expressive dancers who adapt easily to the broad range of styles required of today’s professionals. Applications are now being accepted.

A look back at the 2022-2023 school year.
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Video Auditions
All in-person auditions have passed. Video auditions are still being accepted. Please click on the button below for instructions and to complete the video audition application.



Ballet Academy East is celebrated for producing technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who are sought after for their professionalism and ability to easily adapt to the broad range of styles demanded of today’s dance professionals. BAE alumni are dancing on stages all over the world. Under the guidance of Artistic Director, Jenna Lavin and Artistic Advisor, Stacey Calvert, the school’s acclaimed faculty teach students using BAE’s proven syllabus.

Meet the Faculty 

The year-round curriculum includes technique, pointe, pas de deux, men’s class, stretch and strengthening, modern, hip hop, character, contemporary, and performance opportunities.

BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

23-24 School Year
September 18, 2023 – June 9, 2024

2023-2024 Performance Dates
Choreographic Workshop Presentation: November 18, 2023
Winter Performance: February 8-10, 2024
Spring Performance: May 31-June 2, 2024

Special Weeks
Halloween Dress-Up Day: Tuesday, October 31
Favorite Color Leotard Week: Monday, November 13 – Sunday, November 19
Favorite Color Leotard: Monday, April 15 – Sunday, April 21
Spirit Week: May 13-18, 2024

School Holiday Closings
Yom Kippur: Monday, September, 25
Italian Heritage/Indigenous People’s Day: Monday, October 9
Choreographic Workshop: Saturday, November 18
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23-Sunday, November 26
Winter Break: Saturday, December 23-Friday, January 5
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15
Winter Performance: Thursday, February 8-Saturday, February 10
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 19
Spring Break: Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 31
Easter: Sunday, March 31
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27
Spring Performance: Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2

Click here to read the BAE Student Handbook, including the Pre-Professional Division Dress Code.

There is a Yumiko shop located at BAE, which carries a full line of BAE-approved dress code leotards, men’s tights, as well as their full array of leotard options.

For ballet shoes, tights, and more, visit Capezio’s flagship store, located at 1650 Broadway, 2nd floor, at 50th Street to purchase additional dancewear including children’s and ladies’ tights, ballet slippers, Capezio and other leotard brands.

2023-2024 School Year 

Full Year, One PaymentFull Year, Two Payments*
Level 1$4,200$4,600
Level 2$5,600$6,000
Level 3$7,600$8,000
Level 4$8,600$9,000
Level 5$9,400$9,800
Level 6-9$11,000$11,400
International Students$14,000


Ballet Academy East’s Men’s Program fuels men’s passion for dance. The program delivers focused training and mentoring to help young men achieve success in the dance world. BAE’s proven syllabus is designed to cultivate refined, versatile and powerful dancers. Male dancers from around the world share their passion for dance and create friendships that last a lifetime.


BAE Male Scholarship Program

Ballet Academy East offers full and partial tuition and housing scholarships to male dancers who have been accepted to the Pre-Professional Division. Housing is available for male dancers between the ages of 17-19. To be considered for the BAE Male Dancer Program and to apply for a scholarship submit your video audition today!

To submit a video audition, click here.

Ballet Academy East is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

To apply for admission please send your audition video along with the completed International Student Application.

International Student Information

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Housing: BAE is fortunate to have a number of housing options. Our top four are listed below. We are also happy to share that BAE has male dancer housing available through Found Study. Male dancers who would like to apply for housing should first go through BAE’s audition process. Once accepted into the Program, you may apply for housing by contacting us at

  • The 92Y Residence  located just one block from the school, with 24-hour security, a large gym and pool. The Residence is part of the 92nd Street Y and is a home to many students from colleges and arts schools in the area.
  • Found Study offers beautiful, fully furnished dorms with private bathrooms and full kitchens, with a nearby Upper East Side location.
  • Student Housing Associates, has furnished dorms with a number of convenient NYC locations.
  • St. Mary’s Residence is another excellent option (female students only), located a short distance from BAE.

Academics: Students are expected to make their own arrangements for continuing their academic studies while at BAE. Programs that we recommend are:

Professional Children’s School

Dwight Global

Lexicon Academics

Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, extended families and community. Please click on the link below to view our Health and Safety protocols and Vaccine Mandate information. 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

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“Performing in BAE productions gave me the opportunity to take my skills to the next level in highly produced productions. It was also such a thrill to dance in front of a live audience in New York City.”