From what I can tell (this is just from visiting, I'm auditioning the 4th!), Syracuse definitely looks for potential and is very good at finding it. When I visited last month I was lucky enough to peek in on a Ballet IV class for a minute where my tour guide pointed out one of the boys. It turned out that his audition for Syracuse was the FIRST time he'd ever been in a dance class-like setting. Well apparently he was quite good because he had just gotten back from going on tour with Cats. How's that for potential!