Admissions Process

Our admissions procedure consists of five components:

  • an application package;

And for those who pass the preliminary review:

  • an arts audition for students in grades 5 and up;
  • a parental meeting conducted by member(s) of the admissions staff;
  • an official copy of transcripts or report cards from the applicant’s previous school(s), if applicable; and/or
  • administration of a series of subject specific placement tests.

Admissions Package

A completed application package includes:

  • A completed application form;
  • Payment to cover the application fee in the amount of $40 (domestic) or $80 (international) — waived for the current year;
  • An official copy of transcripts or report cards for all previous primary/secondary level studies;
  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate and passport biographic data page;
  • A copy of the child’s immunization records;
  • At least one recommendation letter from a teacher;
  • At least two recent photographs of the applicant, in a digital format (full-length frontal and full-length back);
  • At least two recent photographs of the applicant performing splits and a bridge in dance attire or other form-fitting clothing (for dance students); and
  • A video of a music performance by the applicant (for music students).

Applications must be completed in English. If any records are in a language other than English, applicants should have the records translated into English and certified. If school records are not available, applicants must request a letter certifying the year(s) of school attended.

Application packages may be submitted electronically at, by email (send to:, or by mailing the package to:

c/o Admissions
Fei Tian Academy of the Arts
140 Galley Hill Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729

For inquiries about admissions, please call the Office of Admissions and Records at 845-754-4226 or send an email to

Submitted applications are processed by the Office of Admissions and Records and forwarded to the appropriate department for evaluation. Admission and placement are based on a thorough evaluation using information from the application form, previous transcripts, recommendation, and an audition to be scheduled by the appropriate department.


After passing the initial screening based on the completed application package, applicants and their parents or legal guardians will be scheduled for a live audition or interview. Fei Tian auditions dance and music students beginning with grade 5.

Audition Procedure for Dance

The Fei Tian dance audition focuses on a combination of dance styles and techniques. The dance audition takes approximately one hour. Students will be expected to perform movement combinations under the instruction of the audition panel. Students do not need to prepare a solo, and previous training is not required to be considered for the Beginner-level class. Applicants will be evaluated on their potential for a career in dance, physique and body alignment, coordination and flexibility, rhythmic accuracy, and ability to reproduce movement combinations.

Audition Procedure for Music

The Fei Tian music audition focuses on a combination of solo performance, scales, and sight-reading. The music audition takes approximately half an hour. Applicants will be expected to perform from memory one solo (except for piano as noted below) from the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic periods. Students should bring the scores to the audition. Piano accompaniment is optional, but applicants can make an advance request to the school for an accompanist. Students should be familiar with all clefs in common use for their instrument. Students will be asked to sight-read a selected excerpt of the audition panel’s choosing.

Piano applicants are expected to play by memory two or three solos from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. They should also prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios, for at least two octaves, hands together. In addition, they will be asked to sight-read two selections of the panel’s choosing.

Trial Period of Enrollment

All new students are required to participate in a trial period of enrollment for a specified duration.