FAQ

Audition Process

How do I audition?
How do I complete the advance online registration? And how do I know my required audition materials have been received?
Do I need to register online in advance in order to attend an audition?
What materials do I need to bring with me to the audition?
How early do I need to arrive before the audition?
What is the structure of the audition?
What do I wear to the audition?
How do I find out if I have been accepted?
How many students are accepted into the program?
Can I join the program in the Spring Semester or defer my offer for a year?
Can I join the program for just one year?

Tuition & Paperwork

What is the tuition for the 2017-2018 year?
Once I’ve been accepted, how do I reserve my place in the program?
How do I pay the deposit and tuition installments? What is the discount if I pay-in-full by August 1st?
What if I miss the deadline to complete registration?
How do I know if you have received my registration deposit and required forms?
If I decide not to attend the LINES Ballet Training Program but have already paid my deposit, can I get a refund?

Scholarships

How do I apply for a scholarship?
How does the Training Program determine scholarship awards?
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?
When will I be notified about scholarship awards?
Do I have to reapply for scholarships for the Spring Semester?
What responsibilities come with being awarded a scholarship?
What if I cannot fulfill the requirements of the Work Exchange Program?

Structure of the Training Program

What are the dates of the program?
What is the weekly schedule?
What is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®?
Will we have the opportunity to take class with Alonzo King?
Is there a performance at the end of the semester?
Will the performances be recorded?
How do my parents and friends purchase tickets?

Housing & Student Life

Does the Training Program provide student housing?
How can I find a roommate?
How do students travel to the studio each day?
What are student activities on the weekends?

Accessing your online ACTIVE account

I am having problems accessing my account.



Audition Process

How do I audition?
There are three ways to audition for the Training Program
1) In San Francisco. Advance registration is required. Call or email Program Coordinator, Jackie Goneconti, and schedule a date to take class with the current Training Program students, when in session, Monday through Friday. You must schedule at least a week in advance. Plan to have several options for audition dates to ensure availability. Once your date is scheduled you will complete your online registration by creating an ACTIVE account, making payment and logging into your account to upload the required audition materials, by the day prior to your audition date. Audition season is November 28, 2016 - March 31, 2017
2) On the National Audition Tour. Come to one of the selected cities where Training Program Director, Karah Abiog, is scheduled to visit. Advance online registration is HIGHLY recommended and you'll receive a $10 audition fee discount. You will complete your online registration and log into your account to upload the required audition materials, due the day prior to your audition date. Day-of registration is permitted, please come with all required materials.
3) By video. You will complete your online registration by creating an ACTIVE account, make payment and log into your account to upload the required audition materials, including your video footage link. We welcome footage on YouTube, Vimeo, or DropBox. Make sure your video is listed as published or public, not private. Deadline to submit is the same as our last in-person audition date, March 31, 2017.

How do I complete the advance online registration? And how do I know my required audition materials have been received?
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), Dance Resume (Word/pdf), Letter of Intent (Word/pdf), link to video footage.
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 training-program@linesballet.org or call 415-863-3040 ext 244. We will delete the file and then you can re-upload.
A letter of recommendation from your endorser should be sent directly from the teacher to the Training Program via training-program@linesballet.org or mailed to Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ATTN: Training Program, 26 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. *Please note: recommendations are for the sole use of auditors and will not be shared with the auditionee.

Do I need to register online in advance 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 the audition.

What materials do I need to bring with me to the audition tour class?
If you have not registered online in advance (highly recommended), you will need arrive one hour early to complete your registration form and payment, as well as turn in your completed required audition materials: 4x6 headshot, dance resume, letter of intent and sealed letter of recommendation from your endorser. Be prepared to pay the $45 audition fee by debit/credit card only. You will be sent an email invite to access your audition account via ACTIVE. Here is where you will need to submit your video link. Please note all applicants will need to submit a two-minute improvisational/contemporary solo, regardless of method of audition.

How early do I need to arrive before the audition?
If you have not registered online in advance (highly recommended), plan on arriving at least one hour early.
If you completed advance online registration, arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the audition to check-in, get your audition number and warm-up.

What is the structure of the audition?
The audition consists of a ballet class. Pointe shoes are not a requirement for women but are always good to bring.

What do I wear to the audition?
There is no dress code for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, however you must wear form-fitting dance or athletic wear and style your hair neatly away from your face and neck. Students typically wear a leotard with tights and/or shorts but there is 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 four 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 contact the Training Program Coordinator (training-program@linesballet.org). Please include the student’s full name, audition location and the primary email provided at registration within the email.

How many students are accepted into the program?
Our maximum enrollment is 36 students.

Can I join the program in the Spring Semester or defer my offer for a year?
We stress that our students start with us in the Fall Semester and benefit from the full two-year structure of the program. Unfortunately, we do not allow deferments because we cannot guarantee your place in the following year. However, we strongly encourage you to re-audition!

Can I join the program for just one year?
The LINES Ballet Training Program is designed as a two-year educational experience therefore completing only one year is discouraged for serious professionally-minded dance students.
The exception is for international students. Because the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program is not yet an accredited educational institution, we cannot provide two-year student visas for International students. Therefore we allow International students the opportunity to attend one year of the program as a cultural exchange.

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Tuition & Paperwork

What is the tuition for the 2017-2018 year?
Tuition for the 2017-2018 Training Program is $10,050. This includes the $1,005 deposit due June 1st to secure your position in the program. The remaining balance of $9,045 can be paid in full or in nine monthly installments due on the 15th of every month.

Once I’ve been accepted, how do I reserve my place in the program?
Upon acceptance, students will receive a detailed email on how to register, pay deposit, submit required forms and apply for scholarship. To reserve your place, you must complete the registration form in your ACTIVE account, 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? What is the discount if I pay-in-full by August 1st?
-The preferred method of payment is by debit/credit card through your online ACTIVE account here. For reference, your ACTIVE account link is always available in the Current Students section of our website. You can choose automatic bill-pay or make manual payments by the installment deadlines; the 15th of each month. Personal checks made on a monthly basis are also accepted.
-If you pay-in-full by August 1st, you will receive a $250 discount off the full year tuition. Please see the discount code in your acceptance emails. For any issues, please contact training-program@linesballet.org.

What if I miss the deadline to complete registration?
It is extremely important that you complete registration and submit the deposit by the deadline otherwise your place in the program cannot be guaranteed. Those being considered for the Training Program will be put on a waiting list and added to the session roster if space still remains.

How do I know if you have received my registration deposit and required forms via ACTIVE?
You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your deposit. The Training Program Coordinator is also automatically notified of your registration once completed. You will login to submit your required forms, your signed Physician’s Release Form and others. Your account will display that your forms have been Received. Please do not call to check if you materials have been received, we will contact you.

If I decide not to attend the LINES Ballet Training Program but have already paid my deposit, can I get a refund?
The Training Program has a non-refundable deposit of $1,005.
Refunds requested under special circumstances are pro-rated below, by a percentage of payments made to date, less the non-refundable deposit.
-Prior to start of the program until three weeks into classes 75%
-Four to Eight weeks into year 50%
-After Eighth week 0%
*Note for Scholarship Applicants: If you have submitted a scholarship application to TADS by the due date, you are eligible for a refund of the deposit, less a $50 processing fee, on or before the program registration due date.
Click here to read our Refund Policy.

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Scholarships

How do I apply for a scholarship?
Upon acceptance into the Training Program, students are eligible to apply for scholarship. AKLB Training Program utilizes a professional and secure service, TADS, to evaluate scholarship applications. Scholarships are determined by need and merit combined. TADS will request estimated tax year information, prior year taxes, circumstantial letter, as well as supplemental documentation, to be considered. Submission deadline to TADS is May 1st and notifications happen on May 15th. These guidelines and required materials are available in your ACTIVE account, however you will be submitting all application materials directly through TADS. Login here via TADS to begin. Please call TADS at 1.800.477.8237 for any questions related to your application and TADS account. You can contact training-program@linesballet.org with outstanding questions or call 415-863-3040 ext. 244.

How does the Training Program determine scholarship awards?
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.

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 100% responsible for supporting yourself, you need to provide your own financial information and tax returns. If your parent/guardian primarily supports you, please submit their information and tax returns. If you and your parent/guardian share responsibility, please submit both and attach a letter explaining your 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.

Do I have to reapply for scholarships for the Spring Semester?
All students are welcome to apply scholarships each year.

What responsibilities come with being awarded a scholarship?
If you are awarded a scholarship you 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. All scholarship students are tasked with various responsibilities amounting to roughly 2 hours per week correlated with the awarded amount. Tasks and Responsibilities will be assigned at the start of the Fall Semester.

What if I cannot fulfill the requirements of the Work Exchange Program?
If you cannot commit to these expectations we suggest you do not apply for scholarship. If you have been awarded scholarship and fail to complete your tasks and fulfill the responsibilities expected of you your scholarship award will be revoked and you will be expected to pay tuition in full.

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Structure of the Training Program

What are the dates of the program?
The Training Program year is broken into Fall and Spring semesters. The Fall Semester is generally 15 weeks long and the Spring semester is generally 20 weeks long, totaling 35 weeks. The first day of the 2017-2018 Training Program is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and runs through Friday, December 15, 2017. Spring Semester runs from Monday, January 8 through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

What is the weekly schedule?
Training Program students dance Monday through Friday, roughly from 9am to 5pm, 35-40 hours per week. Morning classes consist of ballet class, pointe or men’s technique class and body conditioning. Afternoons consists of supplemental classes and workshops including partnering, modern, contemporary, improvisation, Horton technique, GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® training, and visiting artist workshops. In preparation for the Showcase or Student Choreography Showcase each semester, afternoons are spent in rehearsals with guest choreographers and faculty or their peers.

What is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®?
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. Click here for more information.

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 week-long, workshop-style setting each semester, when his schedule permits.

Is there a performance at the end of the semester?
Yes, each semester students experience several creative processes with local Bay Area, National and International artists. These new works are performed at the culmination of each semester in a performance venue in San Francisco. In addition to the Showcases, there are informal Student Choreography Showcases each semester where students have the opportunity to present work made on their peers.

Will the performances be recorded?
Yes, DVDs and/or MP4 video files will be available for purchase online at the end of each semester.

How do my parents and friends purchase tickets?
Depending on the venue, tickets can be purchased through the theater’s box-office or online several weeks prior to the performance. The ticket link will be available on our website’s event page.

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Housing & Student Life

Does the Training Program provide student housing?
The Training Program does not provide housing. However, we do provide recommendations and support. Most students find rooms and/or apartments by looking on Craigslist or other search engines and many choose to live together. Enrolled students have access to a private Google Group facilitated by LBTP Staff, a platform to help them find potential roommates and housing.

How can I find a roommate?
Once enrolled, you will be invited to join a Google Group email list and Facebook Group with the entire student body of the program. Through these platforms you can sync up with one of your peers and begin the search.

How do students travel to the studio each day?
The LINES Dance Center, the Training Program facilities, are 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.

What are student activities on the weekends?
Unless it is performance week, students are given Saturday and Sunday to relax and recuperate, though we encourage them to take full advantage of the San Francisco Bay Area and all it has to offer. Upon arrival, students receive a comprehensive handbook with suggested activities, museums, venues and sights to visit.

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Accessing your online ACTIVE account

I am having problems accessing my account.
The link to access your account is here, as well as in many places on our website: the Audition webpage, our Current Students page, our Accepted Student page, and in the ACTIVE audition registration emails and audition acceptance emails. We recommend you bookmark this link. If you are having difficulty accessing your account, you are likely 1) using the wrong link instead of the ACTIVE account login link or 2) Trying to login with the incorrect email address. back to the top