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Youth auditioning at 2013 Youth Scholarship auditions

2016 Community Youth Scholarship Audition for Children 5 – 8 Years Old 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

2 - 3:30 PM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Information:(412) 454-9105 or csalgado@pittsburghballet.org

Download our audtion flyer here!

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School is auditioning dancers between the ages of 5-8 to receive a full scholarship to study classical ballet during the 2016-2017 school year.

Who is the audition for?

Children ages 5 - 8 years old. While no previous dance experience is necessary, students should have:

  • talent for training in ballet and other dance styles
  • desire, commitment, and discipline to study dance in a training academy
  • ability to get to and from classes on a regular basis


Dancers must be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Parents may be required to provide 2015 tax statements to show proof of eligibility.

Where will the audition be held? 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 from 2 - 3:30 PM.

How do I register my child for the audition?

Contact Director of Education Christina Salgado at csalgado@pittsburghballet.org or 412-454-9105.

Arrival Time?

Check-in begins at 1:15 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The audition begins promptly at 2:00 PM. Please be prompt; unfortunately, latecomers will not be permitted to participate.

What will the audition be like?

The audition will be a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members of the Children’s and Student Divisions. Students DO NOT need to prepare any dances for the audition.

What should my child wear to the audition?

Ballet clothing is preferred: 

  • Girls - leotard, tights, and ballet slippers. Hair should be pulled up and away from the face.
  • Boys - T-shirt, tights, and ballet slippers.

 If you don’t have ballet clothing, that’s OK! Please wear fitted clothing such as a t-shirt, shorts, opaque leggings and socks.

Will parents be allowed to watch the audition?

The audition is for students only. During the audition  a special “Get to know PBT and Ballet” information session will be held for parents and family. Refreshments will be provided.




Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the PBT Education Department launched a youth scholarship program for children ages 5-8 in 2013. Since then we have awarded 29 scholarships to young dancers. We are committed to including everyone from our greater Pittsburgh community and beyond in the positive beauty, discipline, and creativity of dance and strive to make PBT, our School, and our art form accessible to talented and committed students and families! 


In September 2014, PBT was thrilled to become an official partner company with American Ballet Theatre's Project Plié, a comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. Project Plié seeks to combine training and support of ballet students from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide network of partner professional ballet companies who are committed to diversity. In addition, Project Plié includes a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce participants to ballet and identify children for future training. To learn more about Project Pliéclick here

This map shows where our auditioners traveled from for our 2014 audition (the number in parentheses is the number of children who attended from that zip code).  


The PBT School Youth Scholarship program is generously funded by an endowment fund from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Sandy and Bill Lambert, and individual donors who value and appreciate the power of dance to enrich the lives of children.