Central School Of Ballet

How To Apply

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


Entry to Central School of Ballet is by direct application and audition. Applications for September 2018 entry will open in the coming days and will be available to download from this page.

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.

For audition dates please see table below.

Remote Audition

Applicants who live outside of the UK/ EU are invited to submit a DVD application demonstrating they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria can be requested from Samantha Ryan, Senior School Manger.

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 Samantha Ryan, Senior School Manager.

Audition Fee

Standard audition fee - £45.00

DVD audition fee - £45.00

Private audition fee - £55.00

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.

Further details on Centrals Admissions Procedures can be found in the Admissions Policy to the right.

Audition in Japan

For information on applications, workshops and auditions in Japan please click the following link http://event.thewells.co.jp/central2017/.

For further information on student support please refer to The Wells PH

Please direct all inquiries here https://thewells.co.jp/contact

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.

The CDD Audition Fee Waiver Scheme is now live. There is an application form.

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.

Preliminary Auditions

DateLocationVenueApplication Deadline
Dance Day 28th October 2017 GlasgowDance School of ScotlandMonday 23rd October 2017
Audition 29th October 2017GlasgowDance School of ScotlandMonday 23rd October 2017
30th October – 6th November 2017JapanFor further information please contact The Wells (as above)For further information please contact The Wells (as above)
9th December 2017LondonCentral School of BalletMonday 4th December 2017
Dance Day 10th February 2018 LeedsNorthern BalletMonday 5th February 2017
Audition 11th February 2018LeedsNorthern BalletMonday 5th February 2017
18th February 2018LondonCentral School of BalletMonday 12th February 2017

Final Audition

Further information regarding final audition dates will be advertised closer to the time.

Queries regarding application and audition for Central School of Ballet should be directed to auditions@csbschool.co.uk

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