How can I apply for The Ensemble Program?
Simply fill out the application form. You will find all necessary information at “APPLY”
Do you accept non-professional or smartphone filmed videos?
Once I submit my application, when will I receive an answer?
You will receive an answer by the 17th of March the latest if you are selected for the audition in Budapest .
If I am selected for the audition but cannot attend the audition on the 22nd of April, what shall I do?
For those dancers who are not able to travel to Budapest on the given audition date, we can offer an alternative date to attend Ensemble class and have a possibility to meet in person.
If chosen for the Ensemble, when do I need to confirm my participation?
To confirm your participation, be sure to pay the administration fee of 200EUR + VAT upon 2 weeks from receiving your acceptance notification.
Is there a waiting list?
How much is the program fee, does it vary depending on my nationality?
You have two options for the program fee:
Option A: 4100 EUR (incl. VAT) as a single payment for the entire program (payable until August 1st, 2023) + 300 EUR (incl. VAT) non-refundable administration fee.
Option B: 500 EUR (incl. VAT) monthly payment, over a 9 month period + 300 EUR (incl. VAT) non-refundable administration fee.
Your nationality has no effect on the amount of the fee.
If I choose Option A, what is the payment deadline?
August 1st, 2023.
If I choose to pay by Option B, what is the payment schedule?
This option requires advanced, monthly installments. The first installment should be made by August 1st 2023 and the rest 8 monthly after that prior to the 1st date of the month.
Is there an administration fee?
Yes. The non-refundable administration fee of 300 EUR (incl. VAT) will confirm your participation in The Ensemble Program.
Can I get a VAT reduction from the program fee?
Yes, in case you are able to prove your VAT free status either with a VAT number or VAT free tax residency certificate from your country. In this case the invoiceable amount is 27% less.
If I have confirmed my participation by paying the administration fee, but cannot attend the program after all, is the fee refundable?
No. The fee is non-refundable, neither for personal nor professional reasons.
What happens after I have been chosen for The Ensemble program?
You will receive an info package via email regarding the process of confirming your participation (via payable administration fee), program fee payment methods, program schedule and other useful information. From this point on, we will open a dialogue concerning your move to Budapest, and how we can assist in this process.
Does the program provide accommodation during the season?
No, however, we are happy to support you in your search for accommodation. We will also connect you with the other accepted Ensemble members in case you are interested in finding accommodation together.
How are the living expenses in Budapest?
The currency rate for HUF (Hungarian Forint) is around 1 EUR = 390 HUF.
Budapest is a relatively cheap city compared to other big European cities.
Living costs vary between 200EUR – 350EUR /month for a room and 300EUR – 500EUR/month for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment.
You can find other information about living expenses in Budapest on this website:
How can I find accommodation in Budapest?
There are several websites and Facebook groups for finding accommodation.
Again, we are happy to provide assistance in locating the best option for you.
Is there a possibility to work outside of the program? If yes, how can I find information about possible jobs?
As the program schedule is quite intense, running from Monday to Friday between 10am – 5/7pm, we recommend weekend, or occasional jobs only. We can assist you in finding information about possible jobs and options.
Will I be able to travel home or take auditions during the program?
Yes, although we recommend you to coordinate any travel during the scheduled program breaks, like this, you won’t miss out on creation periods. Of course, auditions can be discussed separately and you may be able to travel despite the dates. There are break periods throughout the season, in between creations, as well as a longer Christmas break. See the exact dates for break periods at “TIMELINE”.
Do I need to be fluent in English in order to participate in the program?
Our working language at The Ensemble Program is English. You don’t need to have a degree in English, however a basic level is recommended in order to closely follow the choreographers and teachers. If something is still not understandable, we encourage you to speak up so we can assist you!
Can we access the studios before and after Ensemble hours?
As our studio is in partnership with Workshop Foundation and Sín Arts Centre, who host other artists as well as general dance classes, we have little access to the studio outside of the program hours. It may be possible to use the studio space prior to our morning classes, given that we are usually the first ones to start the day. Mostly, it all depends on the reservation schedule of the studio.
What will I receive at the end of my training?
All Ensemble dancers will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the program, as well as promotional visibility on our website. The Ensemble will get the opportunity to perform and attend workshops at International Dance Week Budapest the following summer.