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.


Entry to Central School of Ballet is by direct application and audition. Applications for September 2018 are now open and the application form is 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, Japan and New York City, USA. 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.

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 audition dates please see table below.

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 Samantha Ryan, Senior School Manager.

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.

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.

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 (Overseas Auditions Tab)For further information please contact The Wells (Overseas Auditions Tab)
9th December 2017LondonCentral School of BalletMonday 4th December 2017
Dance Day 10th February 2018 LeedsNorthern BalletMonday 5th February 2018
Audition 11th February 2018LeedsNorthern BalletMonday 5th February 2018
11th February 2018New York City, USAThe Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for DanceMonday 5th February 2018
18th February 2018LondonCentral School of BalletMonday 12th February 2018

Final Audition

Final auditions will be held on Sunday 25th March, with orthopaedic assessments on Saturday 24th March in London at Central School of Ballet.

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

To be the first to know the latest news from Central, make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook. Our Twitter names are @csbschool and @balletcentral, and our Facebook page is Central School of Ballet.

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