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The tuition-free Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, established in 2009, is a ground-breaking opportunity for selected boys from the Baltimore metropolitan area who have the potential and a strong desire to dance. Each May, June, and September, Peabody Dance holds auditions to select up to 25 exceptional boys — some with no or little previous training. Accepted boys receive tuition-free training in an all-boys dance class, some free dance attire, opportunities to view live performances and take master classes with successful male dancers, and to participate in performances with Peabody Dance.

Recent graduates have entered dance programs at Adelphi University, Point Park University, and the University of the Arts; attended summer dance programs hosted by American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Washington Ballet, among others; and continued their training at AMDA New York, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Colburn Dance Academy, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, and The Washington School of Ballet.

2018-19 Auditions

***Please note the new date and time***

Auditions are set for May 24th from 5:15-6:45pm at the Peabody Institute in Downtown Baltimore.

Check-in for the audition will be at 5:00pm. The audition will take the form of a ballet class that will begin at 5:30pm.

Auditions are open to:

  • Boys age 9-12 with some or no previous training and a strong desire to dance
  • Boys age 13-15 with prior training and a serious wish to improve technique and to take specialized men’s classes

For more information about the program and audition process, please contact: or 667-208-6648.

Paul Wegner

Peabody Dance Faculty