Community Youth Scholarship Program

CYS Scholarship Audition for 2022/2023!

Wednesday, May 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

In-person audition at PBT Studios in the Strip District, 2900 Liberty Ave., 15201

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School invites children ages 5 – 13 (by September 1, 2022) to audition for the opportunity to receive a full scholarship for the 2022/2023 school year (classes begin in September 2022). PBT will award up to five full scholarships. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for scholarship funds (see PBT Income Level Eligibility below).

For ages 5 – 9 no previous dance experience is required. Students will audition from 6 – 6:50 p.m.

Ages 5 – 9 Register Here!

For ages 10 – 13 two years of dance experience is required – any style. Students will audition from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Ages 10 – 13 Register Here!

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests are not required to attend the audition. Mask wearing will be optional and supported for guests and dancers. PBT will provide masks for all who wish to wear them on the premises.


Who is the audition for? Children ages 5 to 13 years old. 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
  • for students 10 – 13 years of age, two years of dance experience is required (any style)

How do I determine if my child is eligible/demonstrates financial need?

For your child to be eligible for the scholarship, your family must be eligible for one of the programs listed below or must meet 135% of the income level eligibility for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. 

PBT Income Level Eligibility (USDA Guidelines plus 35%)

Household Size Income Limit
2 $45,800
3 $57,500
4 $69,300
5 $81,000
6 $92,900
7 $104,700
8 $117,000

Caregivers must provide proof of income eligibility prior to the audition. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • 2021 federal income tax return (pages 1 and 2 only)


  • Confirmation of eligibility for one of the following:
    • Section 8 Housing
    • CHIP
    • WIC
    • Foster Care
    • SNAP
    • Medical Assistance from PA
    • Cash Assistance from PA
    • Assistance from LIHEAP 1 or 2
    • Refugee/Immigrant Assistance
    • Participant in Homeless/Domestic Violence program/s.
    • Current unemployment eligibility
    • Eligibility for free and reduced price meals at your child’s school (does not apply to Pittsburgh Public Schools)

Where will the audition be held? In-person at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Parking is available in a lot adjacent to the building and in a lot across from the building on Liberty Ave.

When should I arrive for the audition? Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before your student’s audition. Check-in will take place at the student’s car or at the portico outside the building. Children will be escorted into the building by PBT staff. Unfortunately latecomers will not be admitted to the audition.

What will the audition be like? The audition is a basic dance class taught by experienced PBT staff and faculty members. Students do not need to prepare dances for the audition.

What should my student wear to the audition? Fitted clothing is best, such as a leotard and tights, or shorts / opaque leggings and a t-shirt. Socks or dance slippers are recommended (no shoes or bare feet). Hair should be pulled up and away from the face. Please note that children will not be able to change clothes/shoes inside the building. Please ensure children are dressed and ready upon arrival.

What are students allowed to bring into the building? Children are asked to bring nothing with them into the audition; bottled water is permitted.

How many students will receive a scholarship? We will award five full scholarships for the 2022/2023 school year.

When will we learn the results of the audition? Families will be notified three weeks after the audition. We will contact you whether or not your child receives a scholarship.

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Make a Difference

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is committed to increasing equity, access and opportunity in the art of ballet. We strive to make PBT, PBT School and the art form more widely accessible to talented students and their families throughout the Pittsburgh region. 

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 13 – a pivotal stage to begin ballet training. PBT has awarded 68 scholarships to young dancers since the program’s inception.

This program is made possible by an endowment fund from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, among others, and by many individual donors who value the power of dance to enrich the lives of children. If you’re inspired to support this important cause, please visit us at the link below to make a difference today.