FAQ

Program Updates

What is new this year?

Audition Process

What is the audition process?
Can I register in person?
What is the structure of the audition?

Structure of the Summer Program

When should I plan my travel?
What are placement classes?
What kind of level system do you use?
Am I required to I attend the full program?
How long is each program?
What is the general weekly schedule?
What is GYROTONIC®?
Will we have the opportunity to take class with Alonzo King?
Is there a performance at the end of the session?

Housing

Is housing provided?

Scholarships

Does the Summer Program offer scholarships?
Can I apply for a scholarship?

Other

I can't attend the full program. What other options are there?
Can you tell me more about LINES Ballet's Training Program and/or BFA Program?



Program Updates

What is new this year?

  • Pre-Professional Program, previously Session Two, is designed for the aspiring dance professional and has been expanded to invite dancers ages 16 to 25.
  • Advanced Program, previously Session One, supports high-school aged, advanced contemporary ballet dancer. The youngest age is now 13.
  • NEW - Junior Program: This new one-week program supports and nurtures our younger dancers from 11 to 15.

In order to better accommodate student academic calendars, our program dates have shifted.

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Audition Process

What is the audition process?
Online registration can be completed here for all auditions. You will create an ACTIVE account, complete the registration form, make payment ($35 advance online audition fee/ $45 day-of audition fee/ $45 video audition fee) then login to submit your required audition materials: 4x6 Headshot (jpeg/png, no larger than 5MBs), Dance Resume (Word/pdf), Letter of Intent (Word/pdf), link to video footage (if video audition).
Forms will be marked as "Received" if you have successfully uploaded them. No need to call and confirm, we will contact you for any outstanding forms. If you accidentally uploaded the wrong forms or wish to update a form already uploaded, you will need to contact us at summer-program@linesballet.org or call 415-863-3040 ext 248. We will delete the file and then you can re-upload.

Can I register in person?
If you miss the advance online registration deadline, you may register at the live audition. Arrive one hour early to register and be prepared to pay $45 (credit card only). Go to the Audition Registration page for more information about what you’ll need.

What is the structure of the audition?
The Audition consists of an abbreviated ballet class, Repertoire, and concludes with an improvisational component. Please come ready to dance. Although pointe work is generally not requested, ladies should bring pointe shoes. Go to the Audition page for more information.

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Structure of the Summer Program

When should I plan my travel?
Students should arrive in San Francisco one day before the first date listed for the program and depart one day after the program ends. Advanced housing students must arrive at the dormitory by 4pm the day before the program starts (Sunday). Please see the About Page for program dates.

We are not able to greet students at the airports. BART trains, airport transport companies (such as Super Shuttle) and cabs can easily transport students to where they are staying.

What are placement classes?
In our four-week programs, the first three days of the program are dedicated to placing students in the most appropriate groups to fit their needs as a budding artist. This process is at the sole discretion of the Program Director and LINES Ballet Summer Program faculty.

What kind of level system do you use?
The Summer Program places students in groups rather than a specific level. A student's placement is about much more than the technical level. Demonstrated maturity, work ethic, and the overall chemistry of a group help us determine placement.

Am I required to I attend the full program?
Yes. All students are required to attend the full session. Under no circumstances are students permitted to arrive late or leave early. Doing this greatly disrupts the program, and the quality of the students overall experience and growth during the program.

Please check your calendars closely before committing to our Summer Program. Academic, dance, family or other commitments that conflict with the dates of our programs will not be accommodated.

How long is each program?
The Pre-Professional and Advanced programs are four weeks long. The Junior program is one week.

What is the general weekly schedule?

  • Pre-Professional and Advanced Programs: Students dance a minimum of 40 hours a week over a 6-day period (Monday - Friday 9a - 6p, with a half day on Sunday), culminating in an evening Showcase Performance at a premiere San Francisco landmark theater. Curriculum includes: Ballet, Pointe, Men’s Class, Contemporary Partnering, Improvisation, Modern, LINES Ballet Repertoire, Choreography, World dance and GYROTONIC®.

  • Junior Program: Students dance a minimum of 32 hours, Monday - Friday from 10a - 5p. Curriculum includes: Ballet, LINES Repertory, Improvisation, Modern, Alexander Technique, Yoga and Mentoring. An informal showing will be presented on the final day.

What is GYROTONIC®?
San Francisco GYROTONIC® is located on the premises and has the most extensive array of GYROTONIC® equipment in the Bay Area. Under master trainer Debra Rose, the expert staff provides GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® training, complementing the curriculum and teaching students how to understand and care for their bodies. For more information visit San Francisco GYROTONIC®.

Will we have the opportunity to take class with Alonzo King?
When Alonzo King's schedule permits, students in the four-week programs will have the privilege of training with him in a workshop-style setting.

Is there a performance at the end of the programs?
The Pre-Professional and Advanced programs culminate in an evening Showcase Performance at a premiere San Francisco landmark theater.
There is an informal showing on the last day of the Junior Program.

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Housing

Is housing available?
Housing is available for Advanced Program students only. While it is an option that many choose, it is not a requirement to live in the dormitories. Some students commute from home, or find other accommodations in San Francisco.

Chaperoned housing for Advanced Program students is available at San Francisco State University (SFSU), located near Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean and in close proximity to the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall. Breakfast and dinner is included. Each room is equipped with a MICROFRIDGE© for easy and convenient storage of snacks and daily lunch items. Students will use San Francisco’s Muni Metro for travel to and from Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Move-in and out dates and information will be provided upon invitation.

Housing is not provided for students in the Pre-Professional and Junior Programs. However, we do offer a well-researched list of options, all of which have been used by former Summer Program students and come well recommended. An updated housing list will be available by January 31 of each year. We encourage independent research as well.

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Scholarships

Does the Summer Program offer scholarships?
Yes. The Summer Program offers scholarships based on the need of the family and the student’s artistic potential combined. Scholarship funds are limited and dependent upon the generous contributions we receive each year.

Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes. The Summer Program offers scholarships based on the need of the family and the student’s artistic potential combined. Scholarship funds are limited and dependent upon the generous contributions we receive each year. Interested students are required to attend a live audition to be considered. More information about how to apply will be available upon acceptance to the program.

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Other

I can't attend the full program. What other options are there?
LINES Ballet offers a variety of alternatives if you are not able to attend the Summer Program. If you are a teen, please visit our Teens @LINES programming. LINES Dance Center also offers adult open classes.

Can you tell me more about LINES Ballet's Training Program and/or BFA Program?
The Summer Program is an excellent opportunity to get to know the LINES core faculty and to garner an understanding of the overall philosophy the Education Programs offer. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the Program Directors during the Summer Program sessions. Please visit the Training Program and BFA Program’s webpages for more information about each unique program.

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