Thank you for your interest in the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. The Directors consider academic records, the school visit, as well as a student’s artistic talent (for arts programs) when reviewing applications.

We accept applications on an ongoing basis — however, we encourage families to begin the process early as classes offered often depend on numbers enrolled.

Should you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us at (289) 238-9855 or by email.

Application Process

  • Book a visit
  • Meet with the principal and artistic directors
  • Complete the application form
  • Audition (for incoming secondary students — see below under Auditions for more details)
  • Submit the application form with the application fee
  • Attend the orientation session the first day of the school year

Visit The School

During the school year, we hold open house days that coincide with the Hamilton Wentworth District Public and Catholic School Board’s PA Days. Students spend the day participating in and attending all classes at their level.

We will arrange another day for your student to visit us if it is more suitable to your school schedule. Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Please contact us to book your open house or visiting day ahead of time. The student will be given a brief orientation and be introduced to students in their grade level. Parents will be asked to fill out a visiting student form. Students are required to bring a lunch and proper attire for dance class.

Tuition & Fees

*School fees do not include the cost of dance attire, costumes, school supplies and school trips.

Invoice for registration fees and books are to be paid in full before the start of the school year.
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,500 must be paid.
Please note that students who withdraw before the school year is completed will not receive a refund for tuition. Any unpaid fees will be due immediately.

For more information on bursaries, please contact the school office. Bursaries & Scholarships will be applied to the second term of the school year, are contingent on the student attending for the full school year, and are not transferable.

Payment Plan Available

Non-refundable tuition deposit of $2,500.00 upon acceptance

Eight equal monthly payments including 5% interest in post-dated cheques.

Registration Fee$150.00
Returning Student$75.00
Tuition Fee, Grade 3 - 8 (Yearly)$12,500.00
Tuition Fee, Grade 9 - 12 (Yearly)$14,000.00
School UniformTBA
Text Book Materials$300.00
Residence/Home Stay FeeUnder 16: $6,500.00*
16+: $5000.00*
16+: $5,000.00*
Meal Plan (3 times a day, 7 days per week)$5,000.00*
Music Instrument RentalAs Required
Accident Insurance$50.00
Registration Fee$150.00
Returning Student$75.00
Tuition Fee (one credit course, secondary school)$2,500.00
Tuition Fee (one non-credit course, secondary school)$2,000.00
School UniformTBA
Text Book Materials$300.00
Accident Insurance$50.00

Auditions (National & International Students)

Incoming secondary students interested in the Ballet and Theatre Arts Streams must audition.

Students will attend an audition class. Students from outside of the province/country may audition by video submission.

Families of International Students are required to obtain student visas, insurance, copy of passport and report cards (of the previous two years) translated into English. Please see the Information sheet below for details on the audition process.

*The level of a student is determined by the artistic directors & teachers on technical abilities, not necessarily by age, and may change at the discretion of the artistic staff.

Please contact us for the upcoming dates of the in-class auditions.

Audition Requirements – via Audition Class

  • Audition Form
    • To be filled out prior to the audition class. Please bring a photo in a ballet pose.
  • Audition Fee
    • A $35 Canadian fee (non-refundable) to be submitted with the audition form. Cash or certified cheque payable to the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts
  • Ballet Dress Code
    • Ladies – leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, hair in ballet bun.
    • Men – black tights, black/white fitted t-shirt, black/white socks and ballet shoes.
  • Audition Schedule
    • 11:30 AM: Registration
    • 12 noon – 1:30 AM: Ballet class (group audition)

Audition Requirements – via Video Submission

  • DVD auditions should be no longer than 10- 15 minutes and must include an introduction with name, age, years of study and location(s) of study.
  • The DVD should have some barre, center work, pirouettes, allegro, pointe work and variation for the girls. Male students should include tour en l’air and grandes pirouettes. (if applicable)
  • Students must submit an audition form, check for $50 payable to Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts, and a photo in a ballet pose.
International Full-Time
Application Fee$250.00
Tuition Fee, Grade 4 - 8
(Ballet, Music, Vocal, Drama)
Tuition Fee, Grade 9 - 12
(Ballet or Drama)
School Uniform$250
Text Book Materials$300.00
Residence/Home Stay FeeUnder 16: $6,500.00*
16+: $5000.00*
16+: $5,000.00*
Meal Plan (3 times a day, 7 days per week)$5,000.00*
Accident Insurance$50.00