Summer Intensive Program
Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive program is recognized for its diverse classes, strong training, supportive faculty and beautiful studios. At Charlotte Ballet, dancers are encouraged to go beyond their technical training, explore new movement, and further expand their versatility as dancers. Training six days a week, dancers ages 11-22 work with renowned resident and guest teachers who are invested in each dancer’s artistic growth. The Summer Intensive concludes with the Summer Repertory Performances on Saturday, July 29 for dancers participating in Sessions A&B.
June 26 – July 29
Option for levels 1-4
2017 Tuition Cost: $2,310
Session B (4 weeks)
July 3 – July 29
Option for levels 1 & 2
2017 Tuition Cost: $2,220
Session C (3 weeks)
June 26 – July 15
Option for level 1 only
2017 Tuition Cost: $1,980
Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
Charlotte Ballet proudly welcomes our Summer Intensive students to our beautiful facility, the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance. Finished in June 2010, the Center has six studios, three overlooking uptown Charlotte, a costume shop, administrative offices, and meeting spaces. With Summer Intensive enrollment exceeding expectations, the new Center allows us to invite more students to train with our renowned faculty, guest faculty, and company members.
• Pointe (required)
• Pas de Deux (Levels 3 & 4)
• Male & Female Variations
• Men’s Technique Classes
• Contemporary Ballet
• Charlotte Ballet Company Repertoire • Composition • Faculty Lectures
Please note that previous pointe training is required for Summer Intensive acceptance.
Dancers must audition in part of Charlotte Ballet’s 2017 National Audition Tour or submit a video audition for admission into the 2017 Summer Intensive. Dancers will be notified via email two to three weeks after their audition whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Charlotte Ballet welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. Click here to learn more about Charlotte Ballet’s 2017 National Audition Tour and how to submit a video audition.
If you are accepted into the program, you will receive the Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive Registration Packet via email attachment at the time of acceptance. Registration is the only way to secure a spot in Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Space is limited and we fill spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dancers are therefore encouraged to submit the registration forms with first payment well before the registration deadline, March 12, 2016, to secure their spot.
The Academy uses the Summer Intensive as a time to evaluate dancers for acceptance into our year-round training programs at the Conservatory, Trainee and Apprentice levels within the Pre-Professional Division. Dancers who wish to be considered for these programs are highly advised to attend our Summer Intensive. Click here for information about year-round training at Charlotte Ballet.
Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid
All merit based scholarships are awarded to the dancer at the time of acceptance via email. Scholarships based off of both merit and financial need require a separate Financial Aid Application. After the dancer has auditioned and has been accepted into the Summer Intensive, please contact Ruth Gibbs via EMAIL to receive this application. Please note no Financial Aid Applications will be sent to dancers or parents past February 27, 2017.
Exceptional students ages 18 and older may be invited to submit an application for a Chaperone position at our dormitory housing. Student Chaperones receive room and board at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte dormitory at no cost. Chaperones are to support the Residential Staff with daily responsibilities, including but not limited to monitoring dancers while at the dormitory, planning evening and weekend activities at UNC Charlotte, taking daily attendance and accompanying groups on evening and weekend excursions. Chaperone positions are limited, by invitation only, and are not guaranteed to all those that apply.
Summer Housing at UNC Charlotte
Supervised housing is available on the beautiful 1,000 acre campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Each day, students are shuttled from UNC Charlotte to the Center for Dance. Students may also participate in weekly chaperoned excursions around the Charlotte area.
Dancers move in the Sunday before their session begins (June 25, 2017 for Sessions A & C; July 2, 2017 for Session B) and move out the Sunday after their session ends (July 30, 2017 for Sessions A & B; July 16, 2017 for Session C).
Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan
Session A (5 weeks)
June 25 – July 30
2017 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $2,800
Session B (4 weeks)
July 2 – July 30
2017 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $2,400
Session C (3 weeks)
June 25 – July 16
2017 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $1,900
Summer Intensive 2017 Faculty to be announced Spring 2017
Guest Faculty for 2016 Summer Intensive to include Valentina Kozlova
Born in Moscow, Ms. Kozlova was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School. She was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet Company in 1973 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1975. In 1979, she defected to the United States while on tour with the Bolshoi. Her quest for artistic freedom and growth led her to seek a career that would offer new roles by western contemporary choreographers as well as the classics. She was immediately in demand as a guest artist internationally. She made her Broadway debut in the leading role for the revival of “On Your Toes”, learning the part from its original creators: George Abbott and George Balanchine.
Her performance led Balanchine to invite her to become a Principal Dancer with his New York City Ballet in 1983. She accepted and performed with the company until 1995, dancing the classics along with the leading roles of works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Eliot Feld and Richard Tanner. In 2003, Ms. Kozlova opened her own dance school, Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York, a professional school that provides students who have the talent, determination and ability to receive the quality of training needed to pursue professional careers. She founded Dance Conservatory Performance Project, a venue to provide public performances for her dancers.
Summer Intensive Dancers Learn and Perform Charlotte Ballet Company Repertoire Including Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
Dwight Rhoden, Charlotte Ballet’s resident choreographer, is a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and current artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” He has performed with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal, as well as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Rhoden has created ballets for many companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Charlotte Ballet, Philadanco, Minneapolis Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet and Zenon Dance Company. Dance Magazine called Rhoden’s work “post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage, picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview.”
2016 Summer Intensive Faculty:
Alessandra Ball James
Traci Gilchrest Kubie
*Weekly schedules are subject to change. Changes will be made to master copies posted at the Center for Dance only.
Please come prepared with the correct attire and supplies for all classes as listed below. No sweat clothes or legwarmers are allowed in any dance class. No jewelry, except stud earrings, is allowed for classes or rehearsals. Hair must be securely fastened in a bun or French twist for classes and rehearsals.
Ballet: Solid-colored leotard, pink tights with feet not rolled up, pink ballet shoes with elastics, pointe shoes with ribbons, no skirts except for variations class, repertory class and rehearsals. Performance needs: Rhinestone earrings, false eyelashes.
Modern: Solid-colored leotard or unitard. No sweatpants.
Character: Levels 1 and 2 only. Solid-colored leotard, pink tights, black character shoes, solid-colored, knee-length character skirt.
Jazz: Solid-colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes.
Ballroom: Dark tan open-toe ballroom shoes (Ex: Capezio Rosa; 2.5 inch heel), short black Latin skirt, solid-colored leotard. Level 1 and Level 2 dancers are welcome to use their black character shoes for Ballroom classes.
Ballet: Solid white, tight-fitting t-shirt tucked in or white leotard, black tights not rolled up, white socks and black ballet shoes. Performance needs: two pairs of white shoes, one pair of black.
Modern: White t-shirt tucked in or solid colored leotard or unitard, black bike shorts or footless black tights.
Character: Levels 1 and 2 only. White t-shirt tucked in, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes.
Jazz: White t-shirt tucked in, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes.
Ballroom: Black dress pants and belt, black ballroom shoes (black jazz shoes will suffice), black socks, white long-sleeved button-up dress shirt, tie (any color).
Summer Intensive Student Testimonials
Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive attracts students from across the nation and world. Here is what some have to say about our program!
“Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive gives students the opportunity to expand their ballet knowledge and make lasting friendships. Charlotte Ballet provides a personalized, nurturing environment with small class sizes and distinguished faculty. Students are truly able to test their limits with classes in a variety of dance styles. Guided by the staff of excellent teachers, students improved not only technique, but also movement quality and choreography retention.”
Kristine Butler Tonawanda, NY Summer Intensive 2013 dancer Charlotte Ballet Apprentice 2013/2014
“At Charlotte Ballet, students have the chance to work with a renowned staff in beautiful studios and are given the opportunity to perform company repertoire. You will receive great training you won’t be able to find anywhere else that gives you a healthy perspective of dance and all a professional career entails. Correct use of technique, injury prevention, and a look into the life of a professional dancer with inspiring lectures by Charlotte Ballet’s Company dancers and teachers – all of these are what make Charlotte Ballet’s summer program unique and one of the best around.”
Alexander McCleery Baton Rouge, LA Summer Intensive 2013 dancer Charlotte Ballet Apprentice 2013/2014
“My three summers at NCDT were all memorable and helped me to grow as a dancer, but the summer of 2007 was the real turning point. I learned my first Balanchine solo which happened to be Patricia McBride’s part in “Who Cares?” Naturally I was terrified to do it justice, but I worked hard and soaked up all the information I could and here I am today learning more of Balanchine’s roles from Patricia herself and loving every minute of it.” – Sarah Hayes Watson
Sarah Hayes Watson attended NCDT Summer Intensive 2005, 2006 and 2007. She joined the NCDT School of Dance Pre-Professional Division for the 2007 – 2008 school year and has been a member of the company since the 2008 – 2009 season. Sarah also enjoyed teaching technique classes at Summer Intensive 2013.
Sarah Hayes Watson
“I loved the attention and personal corrections I received because of the small classes.” – Level IV student
“I loved how much dancing we did each day, and it put me in great shape. The diversity of classes was extremely helpful!” – Level IV student
“I really enjoyed the studios and the professional way that the students were treated.” – Level IV student
“NCDT is a great place to go. It gives you great technical training plus many different varieties of dance and performance opportunities.” – Level II student
“I loved the teachers, classes and the atmosphere. It was very friendly and the studios were amazing.” – Level III student
“NCDT is a really helpful and healthy place to grow as a dancer.” – Level IV student
“Dorm life is fabulous. I’ve made so many new friends, and we have so much fun together.” – Level III student
“The faculty was amazing. They were so encouraging, but they pushed us at the same time.” – Level III student