For young boys who are interested in studying ballet, here’s an opportunity that cannot be missed! Ballet Academy East (BAE), known for training young ballet dancers to become professionals, will hold auditions to offer a full-year scholarship to boys. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 4:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Ballet Academy East, 1651 Third Ave. Eight, full-year tuition scholarships will be awarded.

Darla Hoover, associate artistic director of the Pre-Professional Division at BAE, says, “We are thrilled to announce the new Boys’ Scholarship Program, which will give talented boys, who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, the chance to be part of BAE’s Pre-Professional Division.” Hoover continues, “BAE has achieved consistent success in producing technically strong, expressive dancers with a unique syllabus, an extraordinary faculty and incredible performance opportunities. BAE continues to offer students the absolute best training in a healthy and nurturing environment, and the creation of this new program allows us to include more male students.”

Some alumni include Chase Finlay, New York City Ballet, principal dancer; Ariel Rose, Miami City Ballet; Trevor Felixbrod, Alabama Ballet; Ian Bethany, Ballet Austin; Kendall Britt, Ballet Memphis; Alexander Castillo, soloist; Christopher McDaniel, Los Angeles Ballet; and Devon Carbone, Bavarian State Ballet II, among others.

Students of BAE are guided under the tutelage of faculty members that include Hoover, Charles Askegard, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Cynthia Birdwell, Olga Dvorovenko, Peter Frame, Jenna Lavin, Joseph Malbrough, Tara Mora, Francis Patrelle, Elizabeth Walker and Cheryl Yeager. The curriculum includes technique classes, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men’s weight training, modern and character. Performing opportunities include two annual productions: the Studio Showing in February and the Spring Performance in May. The director and founder of Ballet Academy East is Julia Dubno.

A girls’ auditions will also take place on the same day, but dancers will be separated into groups upon arrival.

To apply to attend an audition, visit, click on “Pre-Professional Division” and follow the online instructions; call 212-410-9140; or send an email to For more information, visit