Central School Of Ballet

How To Apply

Central School of Ballet seeks to recruit students with exceptional talent and offers places based on an applicant's aptitude for training and potential for a career in professional dance.


Applications for 2019/20 are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 will open in October 2019.

Entry to Central School of Ballet is by direct application and audition.

In line with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and its affiliates, Central School of Ballet is committed to widening participation and encourages applications from students regardless of their background. Central will support those with learning difficulties and disabilities to enable them to access the audition and course.


Central currently auditions applicants in London, Glasgow, Leeds and Japan. Candidates are invited to attend a preliminary audition, where they are then shortlisted and further invited to a final audition, which usually takes place towards the end of March. The audition class will consist of a Ballet class, Pointe work for the ladies and either a Contemporary class or a workshop with a renowned choreographer.

Audition dates for September 2020 entry

Preliminary auditions:

Sunday 17 November 2019: Glasgow - The Dance School of Scotland

Sunday 8 December 2019: London – Central School of Ballet

Sunday 9 February 2020: London - Central School of Ballet

Sunday 16 February 2020: Leeds – Northern Ballet

Final Audition

Sunday 22 March 2020: London - Central School of Ballet

We recommend that those intending to audition for Central attend a Central Dance Day. These are days made up of a series of taster classes in contemporary and ballet for students ages 12-16, led by Central Senior School tutors. They are designed to encourage and inspire student's current dance training and serve as a taste of life at Central. For further information and to apply click here.

For further information on auditioning from outside the UK and the EU head to the Overseas Auditions Tab

Private Audition

Where an applicant is unable to attend a formal audition they may be invited to attend a class or private audition. Class and Private audition queries should be directed to Josephine Alsinger, Senior School Manager.

Remote Audition

As with students from the UK, in exceptional circumstances students may be able to audition through submitting a DVD application.

Applicants who live outside of the UK/ EU are invited to submit a DVD application demonstrating they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria is specified in the Senior School application form.

Audition Fee

Standard audition fee - £50.00

DVD audition fee - £50.00

Private audition fee - £60.00

The audition fee is non-refundable and subject to increase prior to the commencement of the annual application process. Any changes to the audition fee will be advertised above.

Due to the high number of applications that we receive, Central School of Ballet is unable to provide individual feedback.

An applicant cannot appeal a decision reached by the audition panel.

Further details on Centrals Admissions Procedures and other policies can be found on the Policies and Procedures page

Audition Fee Waiver

Applicants who meet the criteria as set out by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama may be eligible to apply for an Audition Fee waiver. For further information please see the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website.

Admission Policies

All policies relating to Senior School admissions are available from our Policies and Procedures page here. Please also see below for for the following:

Terms and Conditions 2018-19

Tuition Fee Policy 2018-19

Central School of Ballet is committed to protecting your personal information.Our Privacy Policy is availablehere

If you wish to lodge a complaint or appeal concerning an admissions decision, please see the School’s Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy below:


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