American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School Announces Enrollment for the 2017-18 Year Plus Final Sunday Intensives in 2017

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced that auditions for new students wishing to attend the 2017 2018 American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School will be held on Saturday, May 6 (ages 8 13) and May 13 (ages 14 18). Classes begin on September 5, 2017. Priority registration for currently enrolled students begins May 29. Registration for new students begins June 12. Children ages 3 8 with no prior experience do not need to audition. New student placement for children ages 8 and above with prior ballet experience will be determined by audition. The ABT Gillespie School is adding Level 6 for the 2017 2018 school year. Those classes are for highly advanced dancers preparing for professional careers and college and conservatory programs. This fall, the ABT Gillespie School will extend its pre-professional levels by accepting students up to age 18 and the faculty is growing with the addition of three new instructors; two who hail from ABT.

The audition schedule is as follows:

For ages 8 - 13
Saturday, May 6, 2017
3:30 p.m. Check-in
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Audition Class

For ages 14 - 18
Saturday, May 13, 2017
3:30 p.m. Check-in
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Audition Class

In addition, the ABT Gillespie School is pleased to announce the remaining dates for this year's Sunday Intensives. The classes will be held April 30 and May 21. ABT Sunday Intensives are for Intermediate to advanced students ages 12 18. Intensives include a variety of classes, such as technique, ABT repertory, pointe work, men’s class, partnering, character, body conditioning, modern and jazz.

For more information about the ABT William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, to enroll in classes or other programs or to learn more about the scholarship program, visit, call (714) 556-2122 ext. 4100 or e-mail

2017 2018 Enrollment

Registration: May 29 June 11 (currently enrolled students); June 12 (new students)

Pre-primary, Primary, Level 1: Placement determined by age. Levels 2 6: Placement determined by audition.

New student placement: Children ages 8 and above with prior ballet experience will be determined by audition.

Auditions: Ages 8-13 - May 6 at 3:30 p.m.; ages 14-18 - May 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Students should bring a headshot and a first arabesque photo to the audition. Photos should be either 4x6 or 5x7 and do not need to be professionally taken. There is a $35 audition fee payable via cash, check or credit card.

Auditions include a full technique assessment: barre, center and across the floor. Girls should have their hair in a neat bun and wear full-length pink tights, pink ballet slippers, a solid color leotard and bring their pointe shoes if applicable. Boys should wear a white leotard or shirt, black tights, leggings or shorts and ballet slippers.

2017 2018 School Year

Classes begin: September 5, 2017 34-week program

Tuition: Starts at $1,300

Remaining 2017 Sunday Intensives

April 30 and May 21
Tuition: $125 per Intensive
Classes times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break

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April 30:

Gabrielle Brown, ABT Soloist
Leslie Carothers, Joffrey Ballet Principal Christine Baltes, Classical Jazz
Rachel Berman, Paul Taylor Principal 

May 21:

Kenneth Easter, ABT Company Member

Lorin Johnson, ABT Company Member

Carla Stallings, ABT Soloist 

The May 21st Intensive will feature partnering; all male dancers ages 14 21 are invited to a complimentary men’s class followed by partnering and variations class. 

Segerstrom Center - American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School  - Photo by Samantha Kofford