1651 Third Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-9140

Located in the heart of New York, BAE has five spacious, air-conditioned studios with sprung floors, mirrors, sound systems, and pianos, which are available for rental. The versatile spaces at BAE are ideal for your next reception, fundraiser, corporate event, meeting, private party, photo shoot, or rehearsal.

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Training for professional careers in ballet

For aspiring dancers ages 7 to 19

Ballet Academy East’s comprehensive ballet training combined with professional-caliber performance opportunities prepare students for success in the dance world. BAE 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 Darla Hoover, the school’s acclaimed faculty teach students using BAE’s proven syllabus. Students also have the exceptional opportunity to learn from in-demand guest artists from across New York City and around the world.

The year-round curriculum includes technique, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men’s classes, modern, and character. All classes feature live musical accompaniment. BAE has a commitment to supporting each student holistically and addressing their individual needs.

Enrollment in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition. In-person auditions are held at BAE in May, August, and early September for the upcoming school year. Video auditions are permitted in some cases. The next audition date for the full year program is:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Students may be considered for admission into the Pre-Professional Division throughout the school year, based upon availability. Scholarships and financial aid are available for those who qualify.


All potential students must fill out the audition application, and will receive an e-mail response within one week of submission. If the applicant is invited to audition, a fee of $25.00 will be processed. Please fill out the audition application by following the link below.

Audition Application Form


Video Auditions: Video auditions are accepted in some cases. Please note that the faculty might still require an in-person audition.

Video Audition Application

School Year Dates

September 19 – June 17


School Closings

Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30
Columbus Day: Monday, October 9
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26
Winter Break: Monday, December 18 – Monday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 19
Spring Break: Monday, March 19 – Sunday, April 1
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 26 – Monday, May 28



Favorite Color Leotard Week: November 6 – 12 and March 5 – 11
Students may wear their favorite solid color leotard to class.

Visitors’ Week: December 4 – 10 and May 7 – 13
Level 1 parents are invited to observe their children’s classes. Please note that cameras are not allowed.

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Visit the Capezio Store on our premises for all your dancewear needs. The store telephone number is (212) 348-7210.

In-Store: Buy one pair of select beginner core shoes, get one 50% off (offer ends 9/30)

Online: Get 20% off with promo code NYCBAS20

Ballet Academy East’s Men’s Program fuels men’s passion for dance. The program delivers focused training, performance opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring to help young men achieve success in the dance world. The BAE curriculum combines men’s technique, variations, pas de deux, and strength training 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. Ballet Academy East is accredited by the Federal Government to accept foreign students.


BAE Male Scholarship Program

Ballet Academy East offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships and housing stipends to male dancers accepted into its Pre-Professional Division. Admission to the Male Dancer Program is based upon audition. To be considered for the BAE Male Dancer Program, sign up online for the next audition or submit a video audition.

Auditions are open to boys entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall, with no previous ballet experience required. To register for upcoming auditions, please contact Nancy Sebouhian.

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 Foreign Student Application.

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September 19, 2017 – June 17, 2018

Full Year, One PaymentAs of 7/31
Level 1$3500
Level 2$4900
Level 3$6900
Level 4$7900
Level 5$8600
Level 6-10$10200
International Students$12800


Full Year, Two PaymentsAs of 7/31
Level 1$1950
Level 2$2650
Level 3$3700
Level 4$4200
Level 5$4550
Level 6-10$5350
International Students$6650

Level 1 tuition includes two technique classes per week plus the stretch classes. Additional classes may be added. Levels 2 and up include unlimited classes within their level and any level below.

If paying for the full year in two payments, please note that your second payment will be set to auto-pay on January 1, 2018.

BAE student housing is available at the de Hirsch Residence, which is located one block from the school.

BAE has a fully appointed apartment located near the school, which houses a small number of male students. This housing is in high demand, and availability goes very quickly. Inquiries should be sent to

Once you are accepted to the program, we will assist you in securing your housing. Academics for out of town students: 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

Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times. This includes: no talking during class, no inappropriate talk in the dressing rooms, and treating fellow students and teachers with kindness and respect. BAE maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying.

Students arriving more than 5 minutes after their class has begun will be asked to sit and observe the class. If a student is late, they should wait at the door of the studio until the teacher invites them in.

Students should always call the school and notify the front desk staff if they will be absent.

Pre-Professional Division students are required to make up all missed classes. Absences may be made up in a class of their level or below. If a student is not keeping up with the Pre-Professional Division attendance requirements, they will be directed to the Enrichment program, where the attendance requirements are more flexible.

Students are entitled to make up classes for all holidays except winter and spring breaks.

Students in levels 6-10 are invited to take adult classes at no additional charge during school holidays, with the exception of summer.

In case of inclement weather, students should call the school to check for possible schedule changes.

Personal items should be locked up or brought into class. BAE is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Course Dates: June 25 – August 17, 2018
Closed on Wednesday, July 4th

Class Schedule

Level 1: Mon 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Wed 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Level 2: Mon 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Wed 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Thu 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Level 3: Mon 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm, Tue 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Wed 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm, Thu 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Level 4: Mon 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Technique, 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Pointe, Tue 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Technique, 6:15  pm – 7:15 pm Pointe, Wednesday 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm Technique, Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 Technique, 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Pointe

Registration will begin in January, 2018. Please email us at to be added to the summer mailing list.

Tuition for Full Eight Weeks:
Level 1: $325, Level 2: $570, Level 3: $775, Level 4: $1500

Weekly Tuition Option for Levels 2, 3, 4:
Level 2: $100, Level 3: $140, Level 4: $200

The Ballet Academy East Jump Start program gives Pre-Professional Division students entering levels 1 and 2 the opportunity to transition smoothly and seamlessly into their new level. Taught by members of the distinguished BAE faculty, Jump Start classes – including ballet technique, stretching, and character dance – are a great head start for aspiring young dancers.

Jump Start classes are held during the week of September 11 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuition is $180.

Level 1: Class time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Level 2: Class time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

To register for Jump Start, contact Nancy Sebouhian at 212-410-9140 or

“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.”