Alabama School of Fine Arts

Birmingham, AL

Grade levels: 7th-12th

Curriculum: Ballet, composition, contemporary, hip hop, modern, Pilates

Performance opportunities: Three times per year

Tuition: Free for Alabama residents

Alumni: Shawn Black, Wes Chapman, Elijah Crispen, Marshall Ellis, Kathleen Moore, Brandon Ragland

Auditions: March 5, 2022

Daily schedule: 2–5:30 pm

Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics

Phoenix, AZ

Grade levels: 6-12

Curriculum: Ballet, contemporary, jazz, partnering, pointe, technique

Performance opportunities: Fall and spring concerts, winter showcase, open house

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Eric Klich, Amity Thomas, Alex Trumble

Auditions: Placement auditions are held each spring for the upcoming school year.

Daily schedule: 8am-3:30pm, Monday- Thursday. Fridays, 8am-2pm for tutoring and rehearsals.

Additional opportunities: Master classes, student choreography and solo projects, optional convention and travel opportunities.

Arkansas Arts Academy High School

Rogers, AR

Grade levels: 7-12

Curriculum: African, ballet, choreography, jazz, men’s dance, modern, musical theater, tap

Performance opportunities: Fall and spring concerts, Tea with Clara, American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards, student choreography showcase, Night at the Museum at Crystal Bridges, spring musical. There are three student performing companies that require auditions.

Tuition: Free, open-enrollment public charter school

Alumni: Numerous professional dancers

Auditions: Placement classes in June for the following school year

Daily schedule: Classes available as part of the regular school day as well as opportunities to dance in after-school programs

Additional opportunities: Travel to dance festivals and performances; summer intensives with guest artists

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Dallas, TX

Grade levels: 9-12

Curriculum: Ballet, ballet folklorico, composition/improvisation, dance & media, dance history, dance kinesiology, dance pedagogy, dances of the African diaspora, modern/contemporary, jazz, hip hop, pointe, repertory, tap

Performance opportunities: Evening of Dance (main-stage repertory concert), On Stage at the Montgomery Arts Theater (main-stage repertory concert), Will Dance for Change (student-produced/choreographed concert), senior choreography projects, Hispanic Heritage Festival, African American Heritage Festival, repertory workshop (curricular culminating performance), all-school musical, Creations (collaborative student-work performance), various community-outreach performances/collaborations

Tuition: Free public magnet school

Alumni: Todd Baker, Jared Brown, Antuan Byers, Jonathan Campbell, Montana Dalton, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Jay Franke, Michael Garcia, Austin Goodwin, Ricardo Hartley, Lindsey Harwell, Shadden Hashem, Alysia Johnson, Ausia Jones, Nicholas Kade Cummings, Mason Manning, Bridget L. Moore, Maddie Murphy, Minga Prather, Omar Rivera, Celeste Robbins, Ida Saki, My’kal Stromile, Kaylin Sturtevant, Stephanie Troyak, Zane Unger, Christopher Vo, Joi Ware, McKinley Willis

Auditions: In-person, in Dallas, January 29 and February 5, 2022

Daily schedule: Block schedule with integrated arts and academics; rehearsals after school

Additional opportunities: Performances and master classes with TITAS/Dance Unbound, National High School Dance Festival, college showcase, collaborations with Dallas arts organizations

Cab Calloway School of the Arts

Wilmington, DE

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Cecchetti ballet, contemporary, dance composition and choreography, jazz dance, modern (Horton and Taylor techniques), pointe/variations

Performance opportunities: Fall and winter showcase, student choreography showcase, spring concert

Tuition: Free, public arts magnet school

Alumni: Meagan Helman, Avery McGee, Heather Phillips

Auditions: January; open to Delaware residents

Daily schedule: 7:25 am–2:15 pm, Monday–Friday

Additional opportunities: Master classes with a variety of professional artists, community opportunities

Charter High School of the Arts (CHAMPS)

Van Nuys, CA

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Ballet, composition, contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theater; supplemental classes include hip hop, body conditioning, Latin infusion

Performance opportunities: Winter dance performance, spring dance concert, community performances, student choreography

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Attend top dance programs, universities, conservatories and more, including Bolshoi Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Joffrey Ballet

Auditions: For placement only. Students do not have to choose between CHAMPS and their dance studio; they can do both.

Daily schedule: Three dedicated dance periods

Additional opportunities: Connections with local dance companies and theaters, master classes and workshops, guest choreographers, field trips

Grand Center Arts Academy

St. Louis, MO

Grade levels: 6–12

Curriculum: Students choose a pathway in high school and spend half the day in the art of their choosing. AP, dual-credit and 1818 courses are offered.

Performance opportunities: Robust opportunities for students in all four pathways: visual art, dance, music, theater

Tuition: Free; public charter school

Auditions: A demonstration of art is required.

Daily schedule: Block schedule, 8 am–3:15 pm

Additional opportunities: Student government, chess, ACT prep, sports via our other high school

Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts

Dundas, ON

Grade levels: 3–12

Curriculum: Performing arts and Ontario Ministry of Education elementary and high school curriculum. At the high school level, students choose one of the three streams: academic, ballet (Vaganova method) or theater arts (which includes drama, music and voice). All streams include academic courses. After successful completion of the grades 9–12 curriculum in any of the chosen streams, students will obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Performance opportunities: School drama and musical productions, Nutcracker, spring ballet production, music and dance concerts; local cultural and community events

Tuition: Canadian high school students: $12,500 CAN/Non-Canadian high school students: $16,500 CAN

Alumni: Alexander Christiansen, Caitlin Collingwood, Claudia Gennaccaro, Veronica Higgins, Addison Holley, Kaylee Marko, Olivia Patiakis, Erin Pitt

Auditions: See

Daily schedule: 8:45 am–4:30 pm

Idaho Fine Arts Academy

Eagle, ID

Grade levels: 6–12

Curriculum: A pre-professional dance program with choreography and performance at its heart. Dance majors study dance technique, anatomy, conditioning, history, filmmaking, writing about dance and art criticism.

Performance opportunities: Several times each semester in informal and formal settings in and outside of school. Guest artists each semester create choreography on and with dance majors. Past guest artists include Barbara Angeline, Bradley Beaks, Kay Braden, Nick Cendese, Daniel Charon, Efren Corado Garcia, Caitlin Cullen, Lauren Curley, Dave Eggar, Bill Evans, Laura Halzak, Molly Jorgensen, Mary Lyn Graves, Isabella Machado, Cassie Meador, Amy O’Brien, Daniel Ojeda, Chuck Palmer, Re’Sean Pates, Nathan Powell, Rebecca Rasmussen, Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

Tuition: Free audition-based public arts school of choice

Alumni: Kalie Dow, Alexa Firmage, Hayli Henretty, Amalia Romero

Auditions: Annual; see and watch the audition video (

Daily schedule: 7:30 am–2:35 pm; block schedule with four periods a day, alternating eight classes between A and B days. Students attend 90 minutes of the dance major class five days a week.

Additional opportunities: Three concurrent enrollment courses in dance through Boise State University; junior and senior chapters of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. As a member of the National Dance Education Organization, the Idaho Dance Education Organization and Dance and the Child International USA, IFAA participates in state, national and international events.

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Idyllwild, CA

Grade levels: 9–12, postgrad

Curriculum: A multidisciplinary dance program that offers the ABT curriculum in ballet as well as cutting-edge modern and jazz

Performance opportunities: Spring and winter concerts, student choreography, Youth America Grand Prix, Arts Enterprise Laboratory program, which offers students grants to produce their own dance projects

Tuition: $65,091–$68,432

Alumni: Braulio Alvarez de la Parra, Ricardo Urbina

Auditions: Ballet and/or contemporary dance

Daily schedule: Ballet six times a week, modern/jazz/improvisation five times a week, pointe, pas de deux, men’s class, rehearsals, choreography, dance history, dance conditioning

Additional opportunities: Inland Empire Ballet, master classes, student teaching

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

Chico, CA

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: All ability levels, from never-danced to pre-professional; college and career-prep in styles including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, Polynesian, cultural dance

Performance opportunities: School-wide gala, student-choreography showcases, musical theater, school culture days, community outreach

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Tianna Holly-Haynie, Victoria Monèt Knighten

Auditions: Held solely for performance opportunities

Daily schedule: 8:30 am–3:30 pm, Monday–Friday

Additional opportunities: Extracurricular dance clubs (Ulu Polynesian, tap ensemble, CI Hip Hop Dance Team), connections with local dance companies, instruction from community professionals

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen, MI

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Ballet focus with additional courses in contemporary styles

Performance opportunities: Two fully produced ballet performances from classic repertoire; showcase performances

Tuition: Grades 9–11: $68,900; grade 12–postgraduate: $73,500; day program: $39,000

Alumni: Janet Eilber, artistic director, Martha Graham Dance Company

Auditions: Upload video to application or audition on campus during open-house events

Daily schedule: 8:30 am–6 pm

Additional opportunities: Tours, collaborative projects, guest artists

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Houston, TX

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Ballet, character, composition, folk dance, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap,

Performance opportunities: Fall/spring repertory dance concerts, senior dance recital, dance showcase I & II

Tuition: Public school

Auditions: Required

Alumni: Kacie Boblitt, JoDee Engle, Roderick George, Laura Gutierrez, Courtney D. Jones, Allysen Hooks, Robbie Moore, Zach Tang, Mario Zambrano

Auditions: See

Daily schedule: Three hours of dance a day, 15 hours per week

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

Bethlehem, PA

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Classical ballet, composition, conditioning, dance history, improvisation, jazz, modern, performance, pointe, rehearsal

Performance opportunities: Dance Soup (student choreographed), Young Choreographers in Concert (senior choreographed), Dance Quilt (faculty choreographed), various community performances

Tuition: Public charter school

Alumni: Sophia Blasco, Sarah Haarmann, Cody Krause, Jesse Sani, Corinne Shearer

Auditions: Held annually at the school

Daily schedule: 7:40 am–3 pm, Monday–Friday; artistic classes for half the day, core academics for half the day

Additional opportunities: Locally and nationally known guest choreographers, numerous master classes, Regional and National High School Dance Festivals. Historically, a high percentage of dance majors have received scholarships to top college dance programs.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Austin, TX

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Applied anatomy and kinesiology, ballet, dance history, hip hop, improvisation/composition/choreography, jazz (classic, contemporary, Latin, Afro-), Laban Movement Analysis, Language of Dance, modern, social dance (vernacular and partner), tap, world dance forms

Performance opportunities: Two faculty-directed productions, student-directed productions, various festivals and other opportunities

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Have studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, New York University, Penn State, Long Island University–Post, Point Park, Sam Houston State University, Shenandoah University, Texas Christian University, University of Arizona, University of Texas–Austin, Western Michigan University

Auditions: Every winter

Daily schedule: Varies depending on level

Additional opportunities: National and Regional High School Dance Festivals; National Honors Society for Dance Arts and graduating with honors; performances at professionally produced events in the Austin area.

New Mexico School for the Arts [cid:35326]

Santa Fe, NM

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Contemporary, modern (Horton), neoclassical ballet

Performance opportunities: Winter dance, student choreography showcase, senior projects

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Terrance Matthews, Hugo Pizano

Auditions: Held annually in Santa Fe

Daily schedule: 2–5 pm, Monday–Friday

Additional opportunities: Connections with local dance companies, like Dancing Earth, and other professional guest artists

New World School of the Arts

Miami, FL

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Afro-Caribbean, ballet, jazz, modern (Horton, Taylor, Graham)

Performance opportunities: Numerous

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Robert Battle, Gaby Diaz, Melissa Fernandez, Jacoby Pruitt, Justin Rapaport, Kelly Robotham, Chris Rudd, Yusha Sorzano

Auditions: February 5 and February 12, 2022

Daily schedule: Academics: 7:30 am–1 pm; dance classes: 1:10–3:45 pm; rehearsals: 4 pm and later

Additional opportunities: Performances at NWSA and elsewhere; choreographing

Performing Institute of Minnesota (PiM) Arts High School

Eden Prairie, MN

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Areas of concentration: theater, musical theater, vocal music, instrumental music, dance, visual art, media art

Performance opportunities: Fall and spring shows in theater and dance, quarterly vocal and instrumental concerts, quarterly gallery presentations, monthly student variety show

Tuition: Free public charter school

Alumni: Several

Auditions: None; arts placement for level but not for entry

Daily schedule: Block schedule, four blocks in a day, 83 minutes in a block

Pittsburgh CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts Magnet)- Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh, PA

Grade levels: 6–12

Curriculum: Under the direction of James Washington Manning: ballet, jazz, modern (Horton and Graham). Master classes in various styles with renowned teachers and choreographers

Performance opportunities: Fall, winter and spring dance concerts, Celebrating Black Dance, Regional High School Dance Festival, The International Association of Blacks in Dance, local and national events

Tuition: Public magnet school, audition-based

Alumni: Kyle Abraham, Kelsey Bartman, Chrisala Brown, Ira Cambric, Erik Cavanaugh, Quela Clancy, Casey Fenton, Jamuir Garland, James Gilmer, Brett Halyak, Kaylin Horgan, Rebekah Kuczma, Aj Libert, Billy Porter, Joy Marie Thompson – SUNY Purchase Grad, Sleep No More- NYC, Interpretations Classic Photos Art Exhibit – August Wilson Center, Kyle Abraham – World Renowned choreographer and dancer, artistic director – A.I.M

Auditions: January–February (winter 2022)

Daily schedule: Middle school students: two and a half hours, five days a week; high school students: three hours, five days a week

Additional opportunities: National Honors Society for Dance Arts, Gene Kelly Award–winning all-school musicals

Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts

New York, NY

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: A small high school which offers a full academic program and comprehensive theater arts classes for students who aspire to work in the theater arts field or behind the scenes.

Curriculum includes acting, music, musical theater dance, technical theater, theater arts. Performance opportunities: Multiple times throughout the year in at least one of our many school productions, including one main-stage play, one main-stage musical, winter and spring arts festivals, assembly performances, student-produced talent shows, New Play Festival, freshman class productions, monologue competitions and senior distinction projects. Students routinely have performance opportunities outside of school and on Broadway stages.

Tuition: Free, public school for NYC residents

Alumni: Dante Criclow, Aneesa “Young Nees” Folds, Reyna Guerra, Genesis Parades, Babou Senneh

Auditions: See website

Daily schedule: 9 am–3 pm and later

Additional opportunities: Interdisciplinary arts partnerships with world-class arts institutions throughout the city provide experiences, resources and opportunities that are beyond the scope of daily class work. Students meet working artists, see a wide range of professional productions, write and publish their own work, participate in performance competitions that award scholarships, and much more. Current partnerships include Roundabout Theatre Company, Wendy Wasserstein Project, Town Hall, Statement Arts college prep, NYC Summer Arts Institute, Young Dancemakers Company, Paul Taylor training program, LeAp OnStage, August Wilson Monologue Competition, Red Bull Theater, Martha Graham scholarship training program, College Now

The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts

San Diego, CA

Grade levels: 6–12

Curriculum: Ballet (American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum); choreography and composition; classical partnering; college and career preparation; dance history; modern (Graham, Horton, Limón); Pilates; pointe; Progressing Ballet Technique. Master classes in diverse dance genres and styles from professional guest artists

Performance opportunities: Performance juries with live adjudication panels, two annual dance concerts (one middle school, one high school) featuring faculty and guest-artist choreography, annual showcase, choreography showcase, senior exhibition, Regional and National High School Dance Festival, community events and bookings

Tuition: Free

Alumni: Have been accepted to collegiate programs (including Juilliard, Fordham, Boston Conservatory, Butler, Chapman, University of the Arts, Point Park) and have studied with the San Francisco Ballet School, Royal Ballet of London, School of American Ballet, The Rock School, Ballet West, Orlando Ballet and others. Our dancers have performed in companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions, Atlanta Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Auditions: Held annually; for more information visit:

Daily schedule: 8:35 am–3:25 pm, Monday–Friday

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

Grade levels: 9–12

Curriculum: Classical ballet, contemporary dance

Performance opportunities: Yes

Tuition: In-state: free; out-of-state: $13,978

Alumni: Camille A. Brown, Blaine Hoven, Claire Kretzschmar, Juel D. Lane, Mari Meade, Gillian Murphy, Anthony Santos

Auditions: January 29, February 5, February 12, 2022

Daily schedule: TBD

Additional opportunities: TBD