Boston Ballet - Leonid Yakobson's Pas de Quatre. Photo by . Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

The International Dance School Directors’ Committee to Standardise Audition Procedures (“C-SAP”) has created a standard set of guidelines for pre-selection for auditions.

Over 20 international ballet companies alongside professional ballet schools endorse guidelines for pre-selection for auditions, including: Boston BalletAmerican Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Finnish National BalletMiami City BalletNational Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet,The Australian Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet SchoolThe Royal Ballet School and many more!

In response to concerns over varied and conflicting audition requirements being requested of graduating students, Artistic Directors of a number of professional dance schools sought to explore the possibility of creating a standard set of guidelines for pre-selection for auditions.

With this goal in mind, they created C-SAP. In consultation with companies, this committee created guidelines to address the needs of students and companies.

These guidelines, now known as the International Audition Pre-Selection Guidelines or IAP Guidelines, have been endorsed by over twenty international professional ballet companies, as well as a growing number of professional ballet schools.

Organisations endorsing the IAP Guidelines agree to use them for their pre-selection process and to publish them on their websites.

Boston Ballet – Patrick Yocum and María Álvarez Photo by Rachel Neville Photography

The IAP Guidelines stipulate the following for an audition: video, curriculum vitae, headshot, and dance photos.

The video content is defined and includes restrictions on technical editing, length of various parts of the video, footwear, and attire.

The guidelines also set out the order in which the various parts of the video are to appear. By standardising the contents of an application for pre-selection for an audition, the graduating student is able to make one video that will serve for all applications to endorsing companies and professional schools’ post-graduation programs. 

Learn more about the IAP Guidelines.

The committee would like to encourage other organisations to add their names to the list of organisations that have endorsed this initiative and can do so by contacting any of the members of the committee.