ounded in legendary Carnegie Hall in 1937, Ballet Arts is the oldest privately-owned professional dance school in New York City history! Now located in the landmark New York City Center building on 56th Street (since 1982), Ballet Arts is situated in the heart of the New York Arts District, steps away from Broadway, Lincoln Center, and the Carnegie Hall concert stages. Ballet Arts Center for Dance is steeped in almost a century of American dance theater history. Come be a part of it!
For over 83 years, our school has provided a home to some of the finest teachers in America. The studio has been a place of creation for a number of famous ballets (including Agnes de Mille's RODEO), and a place of rehearsal and practice for many of America's renowned dancers and choreographers, many of whom go on to professional stage careers in the Ballet, on Broadway, and in film and television.
Ballet Arts grand salon studio is the largest privately-operated dance studio in New York City, with a friendly, intimate atmosphere unlike any other.
Starting in 1953, Ballet Arts has been authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students as part of it's F-1 visa program. Classes in all styles and for all levels are offered as part of the study program.
If you are interested in becoming a Ballet Arts F-1 Student, more information is below:
As a future F-1 student, you need an I-20 form from Ballet Arts.
Send everything to the below address:
* The student must demonstrate that they have enough funds to cover a year tuition & living expenses. The documentation may also come from a family member or acquaintance with a letter of support stating the amount of money available for the support of the student.
Do not make any travel plans at this time.
When you receive your I-20 form from Ballet Arts, sign where it is marked.
To process your F-1 student visa, you will need to make an appointment online at your local US Embassy in your country. Prior to your appointment, you are required to pay the following fees:
You must bring the following with you to the interview:
Should your F-1 Student Visa be denied at the embassy, your tuition payment will be refunded. The registration fee is non-refundable.
F-1 Student Visa is approved you are now officially a student of Ballet
Arts and are ready to travel to the Big
all papers with you in your carry-on luggage when coming to study in New
After your arrival, you must report to Ballet Arts within 3 days. Please bring all documents you submitted at the immigration at the airport. You must also bring your local contact information at this time.
If you have
any more questions feel free to contact us by telephone or e-mail.
This is your home away from home.
Ballet Arts is authorized under Federal Law to enroll F-1 foreign students.
If you are interested in transferring to Ballet Arts please call or e-mail for an appointment with Marissa Pisano.
Please bring the following items to the appointment:
If you have previously changed your status to F-1 visa, please bring your approval notice.
For additional options we offer please inquire within.
If these regulations are not met, strict disciplinary action may be taken, which may include possible expulsion from Ballet Arts. This will result in the student being out of status, and will be reported to the Department of Homeland Security.
Employment for International Students:
F-1 Visa students are not generally eligible to work while they are studying full-time in the United States. Employment of any kind is a violation of status. Below are the exceptions to that regulation:
Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT):
F-1 students who completed the BA Open Certificate Program may be eligible to apply for OPT.
To qualify for Post-Completion OPT, the student must have studied at Ballet Arts for minimum of consecutive 4 years and have maintained excellent standing in the Program. Sessions must be consecutive with absolutely no breaks in between unless the student takes a leave of absence outside the United States. Students must have spent the last twelve (12) consecutive months (without breaks) before the OPT application within the US to qualify for Post-Completion OPT. Travel during OPT is not advised as Immigration may terminate a student’s OPT if proper documentation is not provided at the port of re-entry. Student must provide Immigration with documentation of employment that includes the student’s name, identification, dates of employment, dates of vacation, date of return, dates of future performances, projects, or work, and the nature of the student’s employment. This documentation must be on company letterhead.
** Student Regulations are subject to change.