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June 18-29  |   Ages 18+

An immersive, career-building program that places rising professional dancers in an intimate studio experience with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff.

Artists in today’s dance world must be more than just technicians. Beyond demonstrating skilled technique, dancers are frequently expected to contribute thoughtfully to a choreographic process, transition seamlessly between varied styles of repertoire, and possess strong partnering ability. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors, or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. ChoreoLaB hones both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program, which shapes hirable, competitive in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers.

During the intimate two-week studio experience, participants will:

Note that Ballet Hispánico is unable to provide housing for ChoreoLaB students.


Admission to ChoreoLaB is by audition only. 

NYC ChoreoLaB Auditions:
Audition by scheduling an appointment to take Company Class by May 15, 2018. Please follow the steps listed below to confirm your appointment:

  • Click the “Register” button below. You will be redirected to the Company Class schedule.
  • Next, you will be prompted to create a MINDBODY account. Choose a date that works best for you and register for the class. Please note that there are limited classes throughout January, February, March and April. (*A MINDBODY account is required to use this system).
  • Once registered, email School of Dance Associate Joshua Winzeler at to confirm your appointment, submit your completed audition form (download HERE), resume, and headshot.  Appointments must be confirmed 48 hours in advance. Only dancers with confirmed appointments will be evaluated.

NYC ChoreoLaB Nuestro Futuro Scholarship Auditions:
Prospective ChoreoLaB students may also audition for Nuestro Futuro Scholarships. Nuestro Futuro Scholarships are merit-based, full tuition scholarships, established by Ballet Hispánico, that support artists who are passionate about their dance training. To be considered, applicants must register for one of the audition dates listed below. To learn more about the Nuestro Futuro Scholarship Program, click here.

All NYC auditions are held at:
Ballet Hispánico 
167 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024

Saturday, January 20, 2018
3:00pm Registration opens
3:30-5:00pm Audition

Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00pm Registration opens
3:30-5:00pm Audition

Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00pm Registration opens
3:30-5:00pm Audition

Please bring the following items to the audition:
1) Completed audition application form (download HERE)
2) $20 nonrefundable audition fee
3) 8x10 Headshot
4) Resume

If you are unable to audition in New York, you may submit a video application by April 21, 2018. Instructions for the video audition may be downloaded HERE 

Download the audition application form and video application instructions


Contact the School of Dance office at 212-362-6710 or email us at


Washington Heights, NY audition date coming soon!

Houston, TX Audition

Date: May 19, 2018

12:00pm Registration
12:30pm - 2:30pm Audition Class 

University of Houston Dance Program
Wortham Theater Building
Entrance 16 on Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77204

What to expect?
Audition will begin with ballet class (pointe shoes optional) followed by Ballet Hispánico repertory and improvisation.

Who is eligible?
Although our Summer Intensive accepts intermediate to advanced students starting at age 9, only dancers 15 and up will be permitted to audition in LA. Dancers 14 and under are encouraged to submit a video audition.
Dancers 18 and up can be considered for both programs and should indicate which programs they are interested in on their audition form.

Required materials?
1) Completed audition form (download HERE)
2) 8x10 headshot
3) Resume 



Audition and register early to save!

Registration begins January 31, 2018. A $300 deposit is required to secure a space.

Tuition for the two-week program is $1,395
Early Bird Special (before May 5, 2018): $1,195

First Week Only*: $800
Early Bird Special (before May 5, 2018): $700
*students are not allowed to only participate in the second week of ChoreoLaB

Additional Fees:
A non-refundable $50 registration fee is required at time of registration. 

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by Saturday, June 2, 2018. Students may not begin the program until payment is received, unless financial arrangements have been made.


Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Financial Aid Scholarship applications are part of the program registration form that will be provided to you upon acceptance. To apply for a Financial Aid Scholarship, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Completed Registration Form
  • 2016 IRS 1040 tax return forms
  • Completed Financial Aid Application Parts I and II

Applications are not considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Questions? Email for assistance.


Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer who has created work on dancers from companies such as Rambert, Northern Ballet, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), ENDanza (Dominican Republic), Verve, Elmhurst School of Dance (Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet) and more, as well as receiving commissions from international dance institutions such as Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Birmingham Hippodrome and the British Council. Carlos founded his company, DeNada Dance Theatre, in 2012, and has created four works for it since. His triple bill for DeNada, Ham and Passion, has had two international tours, playing across the UK, as well as internationally in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2015, Carlos was nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, in the category of Best Emerging Artist, and in 2016, his company received two nominations for the same awards: “Best Independent Company” and “Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)” for dancer Marivi Da Silva’s role in Carlos’ work, Young Man!.

Carlos was a guest choreographer in Northern Ballet’s 2016 Choreographers’ Lab, has taught internationally at leading conservatoires, and is an associate artist at DanceXchange, Birmingham. Current and future projects include TORO: DeNada Dance Theatre’s Beauty and the Bull, a new full-length work for DeNada, and its subsequent 2018 UK national tour; Penguins, a children’s production for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Cahoots Theatre Northern Ireland, a new male duet for internationally renown Malaysian dancer Mavin Khoo. Originally from Gran Canaria, Spain, Carlos began his ballet training at the Choreographic Centre of Las Palmas, under direction of Anatol Yanowsky, and at the Royal Conservatoire for Dance of Madrid, before completing his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.


The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has been choreographing since 2003 following a twelve-year dance career in various contemporary dance companies throughout Europe. She has created works on fifty companies worldwide including Ballet Hispánico, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Göteborg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, BJM-Danse Montréal, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, to name a few.

Annabelle’s works have received numerous awards and accolades throughout Europe and the United States. In her first year as a full-time choreographer, she was described as a “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC Handelsblad). Only seven years later, the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote, "Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry." In 2012, her first full length work, A Streetcar Named Desire, originally created for Scottish Ballet, received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for “Best Classical Choreography” and was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production the following year. Sombrerisimo, a piece commissioned by New York City Center’s “Fall for Dance” for Ballet Hispánico, was included in Dance Magazine’s “Best of 2013”. She also received critical acclaim for her original work, Broken Wings, created on English National Ballet, being listed as one of the best premieres of 2016 by Dance Europe, Pointe Magazine, and The Guardian.

Photo (c) Titus Tiel Groenestege


Mario Alberto Zambrano was a principal dancer for Ballet Frankfurt, Batsheva Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Nederlands Dans Theater. He’s choreographed on Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and numerous universities across the country. Vacillating between writing and dancing, he’s been a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, A Princess Grace Awardee, and an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he completed his first novel Lotería, published by Harper Collins. Lotería was a Barnes and Noble Great New Writer Pick in the fall of 2013 and was hailed as a Best Book of 2013 by Vogue, Booklist, and The Village Voice. He has been awarded dance and literary fellowships from Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, MacDowell Colony, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. Currently, Zambrano is a Lecturer in Theater, Dance, and Media at Harvard University, where he teaches Gaga Movement Language and multi-disciplinary studies, ranging from Dance on Camera and Deconstructing a Novel into a Dance. He’s working on a new memoir and myth titled The Kingdom According, as well as a dance film titled And The Boy, a marriage between literature, film, and modular improvisations.

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