The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie is now taking audition appointment reservations for the 2023-2024 academic year. Auditions for incoming third-grade students will take place on April 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and April 23 from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Incoming fourth-grade students will audition on April 22 from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Appointment reservations are required and must be made by 2 p.m. on April 20 for all auditions.
All auditions will take place at the NFB studios, the Sybil Lebherz Center for Dance Education, located at 310 Perry Avenue SE in Fort Walton Beach. Parents will be allowed to wait in the lobby, where representatives of the NFB will be available to discuss this unique program. Results will be mailed after the completion of all auditions, along with orientation details.
Prospective Académie students and their parents are encouraged to attend a tour event at the NFB studios scheduled for April 18 and 20 at 10:15 a.m. and April 19 at 6 p.m. For all requirements, the audition reservation form and additional details, please call Joy Elpedes at (850) 664-7787 or visit www.NFBallet.org/Auditions. Spanish translations of all related materials are also available on our website.
Celebrating more than 20 years of excellence, the NFB Académie is a free, integrated arts and academic program for third through eighth-grade boys and girls who demonstrate the potential to excel in dance. Certified Okaloosa County school teachers ensure that educational training is rigorous. In addition to their regular academic classes, students selected for the program will have concentrated daily instruction in ballet and weekly instruction in art, music, and French. The NFB Académie is a nationally acclaimed program and has been recognized as an A+ school since its inception.