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Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions
AUDITION

How do I audition? 
Here are four ways to audition for the Training Program, once you have registered. 

How do I register for an audition?
Registration can be completed here. If you do not have an ACTIVE login, follow instructions to set one up, complete the registration form, and make audition fee payment.  You will receive an email confirmation outlining the next steps for uploading required materials – Headshot, Dance Resume, Letter of Intent, Link to Contemporary Solo, and Letter of Recommendation.

Do I need to register online in order to attend an audition? 
Yes, it is highly recommended.  However, you will not be turned away if you come prepared with ALL required materials to register at one of our audition tour locations. 

What is the structure of the audition? 
The audition consists of a ballet class, repertoire and improvisation. Pointe work is not required. Plan to arrive an hour early. 

What do I wear to the audition? 
Wear form-fitting dance/athletic wear and style your hair neatly away from your face and neck.  Students typically wear a leotard with tights and/or shorts with no restriction on color or style. Ballet slippers are required for class. 

How do I find out if I have been accepted? 
Results of the audition are sent via email on a rolling basis. Candidates should expect to receive notification of their acceptance status within 2-4 weeks of their audition date. 

Note: If you have not received an email within 4 weeks, please make sure to check all email addresses affiliated with your account and the junk mail folder of each. If you have still not received notification, then email training-program@linesballet.org. 

How many students are accepted into the program? 
Our maximum enrollment is 40 students. 

Can I join the program for just one year? 
Completing only one year is discouraged for serious professionally minded dance students. The curriculum is designed specifically to be a two-year, educational experience. 

However, we DO permit international students to attend only one year of the program via a J-1 cultural exchange visa.

PROGRAM

What are the dates of the program? 
September 8th, 2020 – May 30th, 2021
Fall Semester:  September 8th – December 13th, 2020
Spring Semester:  January 11th  – May 30th, 2021

What is the weekly schedule? 
Students have classes and rehearsals Monday through Friday, 35-40 hours per week.  Each day starts at 9am with ballet class or GYROTONIC®, followed by a variety of other classes, including modern, contemporary, improvisation, composition, choreography, LINES repertoire, pointe, partnering, Alexander technique, yoga, anatomy, critical perspectives of dance and/or rehearsals.

What are GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®? 
Expert trainers in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® work directly with students to help them understand and care for their bodies. Visit San Francisco GYROTONIC® for more information. 

Do students ever work with artists outside of the LINES Ballet | Training Program faculty?
Yes! The Training Program invites several prominent artists and choreographers in the field to teach classes, lead workshops, and create work on our students each semester. Recent and upcoming guest artists to hold workshops and choreographic processes specifically for the Training Program include: Sidra Bell, Gregory Dolbashian, Alex Ketley, Alice Klock, Chuck Wilt, Gioconda Barbuto, and Robert Moses, among others. 

Will we have the opportunity to take class with Alonzo King? 
All Training Program students have the privilege to experience Alonzo King in an intensive workshop-style setting each semester, as his schedule permits. 

Are there performance opportunities? 
Students participate in Showcase Performances at the culmination of each semester in notable San Francisco theaters and in informal Student Choreography Showcases in both the fall and spring. In addition, several outdoor and collaborative performance opportunities arise throughout the year.

Is the Training Program a “feeder” for Alonzo King LINES Ballet?
Although a select few Training Program students have entered into the Company over the years, the Training Program is designed to nurture and develop the potential within our students to pursue and be successful in both the professional dance world and other professional paths.

I might need to have a job while in San Francisco. Can I do that while simultaneously participating in the Training Program?
Yes. Some students hold part-time jobs during Training Program off-hours. You will need good time management skills to balance your schedule and self-care. The program is rigorous and performance rehearsals vary on short notice, so we recommend seeking out an employer who is understanding of student/artist responsibilities. Ultimately, your commitment to the program must come first.

I would like to continue my academic pursuits while participating in the Training Program. Are there opportunities to take college courses in addition to program classes?
It is possible to take community college/online courses during Training Program off-hours. You will need good time management skills to balance your schedule and self-care, and ultimately your commitment to the program must come first.

TUITION & REGISTRATION

What is the tuition for the 2020-2021 year? 
Tuition for the 2020-2021 Training Program is $10,050. This can be paid in full or in nine monthly installments beginning June 15th.

 Once I’ve been accepted, how do I reserve my place in the program? 
Upon acceptance, students will receive an extensive email detailing how to register, pay deposit, submit required forms, and apply for scholarship. To reserve your place, you must complete the registration form on the student portal, submit the enrollment agreement and Physician’s Release Form, and finally pay the non-refundable $1,005 deposit by the date indicated in your acceptance email. 

How do I pay the deposit and tuition installments? 
The preferred method of payment is by debit/credit card through the online ACTIVE account. Personal checks are also accepted. Payments can be made here.

What if I miss the deadline to complete registration? 
Your place in the program cannot be guaranteed. Those under consideration for the Training Program will be put on a waiting list and added to the session roster if space still remains after the registration deadline. 

How do I know if you have received my registration and deposit? 
You will always receive an email confirming receipt of the document(s). We are automatically notified of your registration once completed. Please do not call to check if you materials have been received; we will contact you. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Does the Training Program offer scholarships? 
Yes. The Training Program awards scholarships based on BOTH financial need and artistic merit. Scholarship funds are limited and dependent on the generous contributions we receive from individual donors.  

How do I apply for a scholarship? 
Upon acceptance, students will receive an email detailing guidelines and required materials to apply for a scholarship.  Application must be complete for eligibility.

I am a dancer over the age of 18 and financially independent from my parents/guardians. Do I include my information or my parent’s in the scholarship application? 
If you are responsible for supporting yourself, you need to provide your own financial information and tax returns. If you and your parent/guardian share responsibility, please submit both and attach a letter explaining your specific circumstances. 

 When will I be notified about scholarship awards? 
Applicants will be notified of our award decisions by May 15th, leaving enough time before registration and deposit are due June 1st

What responsibilities come with being awarded a scholarship? 
Those awarded scholarships are expected to attend and participate fully in the Training Program and the Work Exchange Program in partnership with the LINES Dance Center’s facilities. Basic tasks and responsibilities will be assigned at the start of the Fall Semester. 

HOUSING

Does the Training Program provide student housing? 
The Training Program does not provide housing. However, we do provide recommendations and support. Many students find rooms and/or apartments across the Bay Area and choose to live together. Enrolled students have access to private Google and Facebook Groups to connect with classmates. 

How can I find a roommate? 
Once enrolled, you will be invited to join a Google Group and Facebook Group with the entire student body of the program and can connect with other classmates.

How do students travel to the studio each day? 
The LINES Dance Center, home to the Training Program, is located just off of the Civic Center BART/Muni station and many bus lines. Many of our students bike or walk if they live in close proximity.   

Photo Credit: Alonzo King LINES Ballet I Training Program I © Alabastro Photography