Summer Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Is LINES Ballet holding in-studio Summer Programs?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, LINES Ballet has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Pre-Professional, Advanced, and Junior Summer Programs in San Francisco. We had hoped circumstances would be different, but due the government mandates, it is not optimal to host our program in our LINES Dance Center studios.

Will LINES offer Online Summer Programs?
YES! We are excited to offer another way to submerge into the LINES experience this summer. If we cannot be together in our studios, we will join you in your home!

What are the Online Programs?

  • Pre-Professional | Ages 17 – 25 | June 22 – July 4
  • Advanced | Ages 14 – 17 | July 27 – August 8
  • Junior | Ages 11 – 14 | July 6 – July 10

Like our in-studio program, our Online Summer Programs are rooted in the philosophy of Alonzo King.
For curriculum, faculty, and other details, view our Program Page

Can anyone attend?
Our Online Summer Programs are by audition only. Anyone who was accepted to our in-studio programs this year may attend without auditioning. If you were accepted, but didn’t receive information on how to join, email Linda.

What if I didn’t audition before? Can I audition now?
Yes! FREE Video Auditions are now open for all programs. To view video requirements and to register, see our Audition Page


Linda Lam
Operations Manager
415.863.3040 x248


How do I register for an audition?
Select your preferred audition location here and click on the registration button for that site. Use your ACTIVE login if you have one. If you do not, follow the instructions to set one up, then complete the registration form and make payment. You will receive an email confirmation outlining the next steps, including how to upload your Headshot, Dance Resume, and Letter of Intent.

Can I register in person?
We highly suggest you register online as it will expedite the audition registration and results process. Online registration is open the day of the audition. In person registration is subject to space availability. A reminder that payment is by credit/debit card only. Cash and check will not be accepted.

What is the structure of the audition?
The 2-hour audition consists of an abbreviated ballet class, repertoire, and improvisation.

What is the dress code?
Wear form-fitting dancewear and style hair neatly away from your face. Most students wear a leotard and tights or shorts, but there is no restriction on color or style. Pointe work is not required at the audition.


When should I plan my travel?
Plan your travel to arrive in San Francisco one day before the program starts and depart one day after the program ends.

  • Advanced housing students: Arrive at the dormitory no later than 4pm the day before the program starts.
  • Advanced and Pre-Professional dancers: Do not plan travel the night of the Showcase.
  • We are not able to greet students at the airports. Students can take BART trains or transport companies such as SuperShuttle, LYFT, Uber and taxi cabs.

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, leave during the session, or leave early. Doing this greatly disrupts the program, and the quality of the student’s 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 our program will not be accommodated.

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

How are dancers placed?
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. 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 is the general weekly schedule?

  • Pre-Professional and Advanced Programs: Students dance a minimum of 40 hours a week. This may include additional mandatory weekend classes. More detailed information on the daily schedule will be available upon acceptance. The programs culminate in an evening Showcase Performance at a premiere San Francisco theater.
  • Junior Program: Students dance a minimum of 32 hours, Monday – Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. An informal showing will be presented on the final day.

GYROTONIC® classes are included in the Advanced and Pre-Professional program curriculum. San Francisco GYROTONIC® is located on the premises and has the most extensive array of GYROTONIC® equipment in the Bay Area. Expert trainers work directly with students to help them 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 Artistic Director, Alonzo King in a workshop-style setting.

Is there a performance at the end of the session?

  • Students in the Advanced and Pre-Professional Programs have the unique opportunity to work with choreographers from around the world on the creation of new work. These works will be performed in a Showcase Performance at the end of the session at a theater in San Francisco.
  • The Junior Program culminates with an informal showing open to the public on the last day of the program.


Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. The Summer Program offers scholarships based on both the need of the family and the student’s artistic potential combined. Students seeking scholarship consideration must attend a live audition. More information will be made available upon acceptance.


Is housing available?
Housing is available for our Advanced students only, however students are not required to live in the housing provided. Housing is not available to our Pre-Professional or Junior Program students. Please see our list of Alternative Housing Options.

Advanced Program: Students may stay at San Francisco State University (SFSU) dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is included. Students provide their own lunch. Each room is equipped with a MicroFridge® (dorm-sized refrigerator and microwave). Chaperones will live on-site.

Note on oversight for Advanced housing students: Housing Students must be mature enough to live away from home independently in a city setting, and follow set program and dormitory policies. Chaperones provide oversight at the dormitory ONLY. Chaperones will not travel to and from the LINES Ballet Studio or accompany students on errands and activities away from the dormitory.

More LINES Ballet Programs

I would like to train at LINES but I am not able to attend the full program. Are there any other options for me?
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 at LINES programming. LINES Ballet | Dance Center also offers adult open classes.

I’m also interested in LINES Ballet Training Program and/or BFA Program. Can you tell me more about them?
The Summer Program is an excellent opportunity to get to know LINES Ballet’s core faculty and to garner an understanding of the overall philosophy our Education Programs offer. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Program Directors during the Summer Program sessions.

Please visit our Training Program and BFA Program sections for more information.