Summer Intensive 2023
DATES: August 14 to 18 from 9 AM to 5 PM
For Ballet Virginia Upper School Students or by invitation. New students must send in a photo in first arabesque on pointe or take a placement class prior to registration.
“Ballet Virginia truly prepared me for a career as a professional dancer. They taught me so many things pertaining to ballet and basic life lessons. The program forced me to develop a great work ethic and a focus on self-discipline that has helped me become the dancer I am today.”
— Kellen Hornbuckle, Houston Ballet Corps de Ballet
This ballet training program will be led by Ballet Virginia faculty and professional company dancers. Students will train from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. Classes include technique, pointe, conditioning and repertoire which will allow students to gain strength and confidence in the classroom and on the stage.
Ballet Virginia Summer Intensive is for advanced dancers who:
- Want to expand their training experience
Diversity and adaptability are an important part of learning to dance in preparation for the classical to contemporary spectrum of today’s performing arts organizations. Students will learn to adapt to a variety of styles and teachers. Morning classes begin with conditioning, ballet technique, pointe and variations. Afternoon classes will include modern, jazz, and choreography.
- Are dedicated to growth in a positive environment
Students who come to Ballet Virginia’s summer intensive have already committed a large portion of their lives to dance. Individualized instruction will allow students to absorb insights from caring and passionate teachers who have had extensive professional dance careers.
- Are seeking a professional dance career
Students will be given the opportunity to train and dance in a professional environment. By working with Ballet Virginia faculty, students will strengthen their technique and artistry.
If you are new to Ballet Virginia, please send a photo in first arabesque en pointe to firstname.lastname@example.org along with information on your dance training.
Contact Ballet Virginia at email@example.com for information on housing options for out-of-town students.
The program will culminate with a performance.
Ballet Virginia Intensive students will have the opportunity to take classes from Ballet Virginia artistic staff and company dancers, including Suzanne Lownsbury, Janina Michalski and Lydia Roberts Coco.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will I be notified of my acceptance? (for new students)
Upon receiving your photo in first arabesque en pointe, a BV staff member will contact you.
Is there a dress code for the Summer Dance Intensive?
Yes, there is a dress code. Girls should wear appropriate flesh tone or pink full-length tights and solid color leotards with pink or flesh tone ballet or pointe shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirts, black tights, and black or white shoes with white socks. White bullet skirts for pointe and variations are acceptable.