2018 Summer Intensive

June 25 – July 28

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 28 for dancers participating in Sessions A&B.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the 2018 Summer Intensive Repertory Performances!

Session A (5 weeks)

June 25 – July 28
Option for levels 1-4
2018 Tuition Cost: $2,350

Session B (4 weeks)

July 2 – July 28
Option for levels 1 & 2
2018 Tuition Cost: $2,240

Session C (3 weeks)

June 25 – July 14
Option for level 1 only
2018 Tuition Cost: $1,995


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.



• Ballet
• Pointe (required)
• Pas de Deux (Levels 3 & 4)
• Male & Female Variations
• Men’s Technique Classes
• Modern
• Jazz
• Yoga
• Contemporary Ballet
• Character
• Charlotte Ballet Company Repertoire
• Faculty Lectures

Please note that previous pointe training is required for Summer Intensive acceptance.



Dancers must audition in part of Charlotte Ballet’s 2018 National Audition Tour or submit a video audition for admission into the 2018 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 2018 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 9, 2018, 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 28, 2018.

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 24, 2018 for Sessions A & C; July 1, 2018 for Session B) and move out the Sunday after their session ends (July 29, 2018 for Sessions A & B; July 15, 2018 for Session C).


Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan

Session A (5 weeks)

June 24 – July 29
2018 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $2,850

Session B (4 weeks)

July 1 – July 29
2018 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $2,450

Session C (3 weeks)

June 24 – July 15
2018 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $1,975

Olivier Pardina Confirmed Summer Intensive Week Three Guest Faculty!


A native of France, Olivier Pardina was born to be a dancer.

Raised in a very artistic family, he is exposed to the world of dance and classical music at a very young age. His father was a well-known Ballet Teacher, Choreographer, and Artistic Director and his mother, a celebrated Opera Singer. At age 10, inspired by his father, he begins his training under his watchful eyes before moving to Paris to continue his studies with the Master Teachers of the Paris Opera. At age sixteen, he is promoted to Principal Dancer with the Nice Opera House (France); four years later he is offered a contract by celebrated choreographer Maurice Bejart after winning the first prize in a National Ballet Competition.

As a Principal Dancer, Pardina performs with various prominent European Ballet Companies and tours extensively as a guest artist and as ambassador of the French culture. He performs around the world the leading roles of the Grand Ballets of the repertory and contemporary pieces. He is chosen by renowned choreographers to perform their work; amongst so many others, Birgit Cullberg in the Ballet “Miss Julie” alternating with Rudolf Nuryev’s and Hans Van Manen in the Ballets “Songs without words”, “Five Tangos” and “Septet Extra”… During a tribute to French choreographers, he is chosen by Serge Lifar to perform his production of “Suite en Blanc” and by Marcia Haydee to perform a filmed production of Serge Lifar’s “Phedra”. Invited by the RAI, the Italian TV channel, he performs in a film production of “Romeo and Juliet” with the Roma Opera House and he is selected by Moses Pendleton, creator of the Momix and Pilobolus Dance companies to perform his world premier creation of the role “Pulcinella”.

While performing with the Ballet Theatre Français, Pardina is chosen by Rudolf Nureyev as his alternate for several international tours, notably at the Coven Garden in London in the role of “Petrouchka” where Pardina received a standing ovation. As a recipient of the teaching degree awarded by the French government, he is called upon by Rosella Hightower to evaluate the level of the National Conservatory of Dance and he is later appointed as Artistic director and Principal Teacher of the school of the Nice Opera Ballet.

In 1991, after years of performing on stage, Pardina moves to Florida and dedicates his full time to nurturing the next generation of dancers as a full time faculty at the Harid Conservatory.
Under his well-versed and accomplished coaching, his students have won major prizes at the renowned Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Youth America Grand Prix in New York and California Dance Classics to name a few. Many of his students are now Principal Dancers with renowned Ballet Companies (American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet…)

As a guest teacher, he has taught at the Rock School in Philadelphia, the Orlando Ballet School, the San Francisco Ballet School, the National RDA in Phoenix… and he is regularly invited in South America particularly in Brazil and Mexico. He was invited by the American Ballet Theatre, the Teatro de Rio de Janeiro and the Cordoba Ballet Company (Argentina) to teach the company.
From 2013 to 2017, Olivier Pardina was Principal Teacher of the Pre-Professional division of the Miami City Ballet School.

In 2017, Pardina, in very high demand as a teacher and as a jury member for national and international Ballet competitions, decided to work exclusively as a freelance artist.


Heather Walden Confirmed Summer Intensive Week 1 – 3 Guest Faculty!


Heather Waldon began her dance training at Colorado Ballet School and attended summer programs at Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. At sixteen she joined Boston Ballet 2 and later became a member of Boston Ballet under Bruce Marks. Besides performing classics, Heather performed works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones as well as Balanchine. After seven years with Boston Ballet, Heather joined Hubbard St. Dance Chicago under the direction of Lou Conte. In addition to Tharp’s work, she also performed works by Margo Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, and Lou Conte. She went on to become a freelance dancer in San Fransisco and worked with Robert Moses’ Kin and Arturo Fernandez. Heather moved to NYC where she worked with Molissa Fenly, Liz Gerring Dance and The Sean Curran Company where she was a founding member and rehearsal director. She assisted Sean Curran at the Boston Conservatory, Alvin Ailey Fordham, Barnard, Marymount Manhattan College, as well as the ABT Studio Company. Currently Heather is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University and NYU/Tisch. She teaches ballet, contemporary and composition. She has had the pleasure of teaching ballet and repertory for NYU/Tisch High School Dance Program and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In addition Heather has taught at Connecticut College, Boston Conservatory and Eglevsky Ballet. She also is a teaching artist for Dance For PD (Parkinson’s), a program with The Mark Morris Dance Group.

2018 Summer Intensive Faculty:

Audrey Baran
Laszlo Berdo
Bianca Bonner
Emily Bowen
Jamie Clifton
Katarina Dimitrijevic
Heather Ferguson
Loren Fletcher
Ruth Gibbs
Traci Gilchrest
Alessandra James
Hernan Justo
James Kopecky
Ben Kubie
Kati Mayo
Caleb Mitchell
Hope Muir
Anita Pacylowski-Justo
Olivia Pardina
Heather Waldon
Alissa Waller


Summer Intensive 2018 – Week 1 Class Schedule
Summer Intensive 2018 – Week 2 Class Schedule
Summer Intensive 2018 – Week 3 Class Schedule
Summer Intensive 2018 – Week 4 Class Schedule
Summer Intensive 2018 – Week 5 Class Schedule

*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 or flesh tone tights with feet not rolled up, pink or flesh tone ballet shoes with elastics to match tights in color, pointe shoes with ribbons to match tights in color, no skirts except for variations class, repertory class or rehearsals
Modern: Solid-colored leotard or unitard, form-fitting yoga or athletic pants. No sweatpants
Character: (Levels 1 and 2 only) Solid-colored leotard, pink or flesh tone tights, character shoes, solid-colored knee-length character skirt
Jazz: Solid-colored leotard, black jazz pants/form-fitting yoga or athletic pants, black jazz shoes

Ballet: Solid white, tight-fitting t-shirt tucked in or white leotard, black tights not rolled up, white socks and black ballet shoes
Modern: White t-shirt or solid colored leotard or unitard, black bike shorts or footless black tight, form-fitting yoga or athletic pants. No sweatpants
Character: (Levels 1 and 2 only) White t-shirt tucked in, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes
Jazz: Solid-colored top, black jazz pants/form-fitting yoga or athletic pants, black jazz shoes

Performance Needs: All dancers will need to bring their own stage make-up for the Summer Repertory Performance. Ladies, please bring a skin-colored leotard to wear underneath your costumes and for any quick costume changes. Bring extra tights and shoes just in case!

All Dancers: Yoga mat

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