Community Youth Scholarship Program

PBT created the Youth Scholarship program to make the company, school – and art of ballet – accessible to students and families throughout the greater Pittsburgh community.

Established in 2013 by PBT School and the PBT Education team, this annual program works to expose children to dance at an early age by providing need-based scholarships for young students with talent and drive. Scholarships focus on students from ages 5 to 8 – a pivotal stage to begin ballet training. PBT has awarded 44 full and partial scholarships to young dancers since the program’s inception.

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2019 Community Youth Scholarship Audition for the 2019 – 2020 School Year

Thank you to all students and families who attended our audition on June 2nd! We had fun dancing with you!

The date of our next audition will be announced on this page in the spring of 2019.


Each year, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School auditions dancers between the ages of 5 to 8 to receive a full scholarship to study classical ballet during the school year.

Who is the audition for?

Children ages 5 – 8 years old. While no previous dance experience is necessary, students should have:

  • talent for training in ballet and other dance styles
  • desire, commitment, and discipline to study dance in a training academy
  • ability to get to and from classes on a regular basis

How do I determine if my child is eligible?

Dancers must be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. The 2018 guidelines can be found at this link. Parents are required to provide 2017 tax statements or other documentation to show proof of income eligibility. Please see the registration form at the link above for additional acceptable documentation.

Where will the audition be held?

Byham Center for Dance at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

What will the audition be like?

The audition will be a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members of the Children’s and Student Divisions. Students do not need to prepare any dances for the audition.

Will parents be allowed to watch the audition?

The audition is for students only. During the audition a “Get to Know PBT and Ballet” information session will be held for parents and family. Light refreshments will be provided.

How many students will receive a scholarship?

We will award five full scholarships for the 2019 – 20 school year.

When will we learn the results of the audition?

Families will be notified two weeks after the audition. We will contact you whether your child receives a scholarship or not.

For more information:

412-454-9109 or