Steps Conservatory

Photo: E. Patino, Faculty in Performance,
choreography Chet Walker

The Steps Conservatory requires a commitment of 2 years (4 consecutive semesters – 18 weeks each) and is open for enrollment beginning in either the fall or spring. Students must be at an intermediate or advanced level and have minimally completed their high school education by the time the semester begins. If you are still in high school please visit Steps Youth Programs.

Whether you are auditioning onsite or through a video, a complete application must be submitted through the website, Acceptd. Acceptd Application Instructions:

  1. Select Steps Conservatory under programs
  2. Choose either Domestic/International and either live/video audition
  3. If live audition through class observation, use calendar to request audition date. Please note: Class fee(s) must be paid in addition to the application fee. {class auditions suspended until further notice}
  4. If live through Steps onsite audition / zoom audition, a completed application must be submitted before the audition date.
  5. Requirements for video audition include:
    • Technique section: Demonstrate plies, tendus, adagio, pirouettes, petit, and grand allegro on both sides.
    • Artistry section: Solo in your preferred style; no more than 3 minutes
    • Vocal video: 16-32 bars if applicable or “Happy Birthday” if you’re a beginner/have no experience singing

Click here to submit application form through Acceptd

Consideration is based on merit and need. Those requesting financial aid will be asked to present financial documentation.

All students are expected to have health insurance for the duration of study. Enrolling in Steps’ group health plan is available for international students upon request.

Notification of acceptance, via Acceptd messaging portal, will occur within two weeks of receiving your completed application/audition. All students will attend orientation, and if necessary, placement classes per the discretion of the Program Director.

Students must have a working knowledge of the English language as course work is taught in English. Proof of sufficient funding for school tuition and living expenses must be included in application. This documentation is for Steps and the embassy in which you will obtain your M-1 student visa.
All documents must be in English and proof of support shown in US dollars in the amount greater or equal to $27,000 per year:

  • Official Bank Statement or Letter – on bank letterhead and includes balance equal to or in excess of the tuition and living expenses required.
    • If funds are not in applicant’s name, an affidavit of support from the sponsor is required stating their ability and intention to provide support
  • Official Proof of Income or Employment of Family Member – letter from a family member proving employment and ability to provide for full tuition and living expenses.
  • Affidavit of Support or Official Award Letter – Sponsor or awarding institution must submit a letter naming the individual being sponsored, the amount and duration of support, and specify if the funds are renewable on an annual basis. If the award or sponsor is not covering the total cost of tuition, fees and living expenses, additional financial documentation must be included.