Summer Intensive 2021

DATES: August 16 to 20 from 9 AM to 5 PM


For Ballet Virginia Upper School Students or ages 12 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.  Students will train from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. Classes include technique, 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 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 along with information on  your dance training.


Contact Ballet Virginia at for information on housing options for out-of-town students.


The program will culminate with a performance in our Rehearsal Hall Theatre.


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. Guest teachers from 2020 included Jacquelyn Long (Houston Ballet Soloist and Ballet Virginia Alum), Aaron Robinson (San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer), and Roscoe Sales (Faculty member from Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance and Education).  Guest instructors for Summer 2021 TBD.

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.