Classical Ballet Intensive

Classical Ballet Intensive

The Classical Ballet Intensive is a four-week intensive from June 23–July 20, 2024. The Classical Ballet Intensive focuses on cross-disciplinary dance training and fits the needs of serious dance artists at any point in their training. Under the instruction of the renowned School of Dance faculty and distinguished guest artists, students will develop their technical foundation and hone their artistic skills.

Classical Ballet Intensive June 23 - July 20, 2024

Curriculum and Classes

Daily classes will include Classical Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men's Class, Contemporary Technique, Repertory, Yoga, Pilates, and Conditioning. We will also offer Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Ballroom masterclasses throughout the intensive.

Other topics covered in our seminars and Q&A sessions may include:

  • Careers in the Arts
  • Dance History
  • Dancer Wellness
  • Injury Prevention
  • Mental Wellness

Instructions to Audition for Classical Ballet Intensive 2024

Please follow these instructions to register for an UNCSA Summer Dance Intensive audition. Unless otherwise informed by the Summer Dance Team, all interested applicants MUST go through the following process.

  1. Go to the Apply and Audition section of the UNCSA Summer Dance Intensive website
  2. Click on the “Register to Audition Now” button
  3. Select the correct audition method for which you would like to register - please note that registration for live auditions will close the Wednesday before the audition date.
  4. Fill out the audition application and pay the $50 audition fee.
  5. Audition/ submit your video audition materials
    • if submitting a video audition, please follow the instructions listed in the “Recorded Audition Content Requirements” section on the "Apply and Audition" page.
    • if auditioning on campus, please review the “On-Campus Audition Information” section of the "Apply and Audition" page. More information will be sent to registrants a few days before the audition date.
  6. You will receive audition results within two weeks of your audition date/ the date that you submit your audition materials via email. If accepted into an intensive program, you will receive instructions on how to enroll.

Intensive Dress Code

Ballet Technique Class

Dancers may choose whichever option that feels most comfortable for them.

Option A:

  • Black leotard
  • Pink or skin-toned footed/ transition tights
  • Presentable pink or skin-toned ballet slippers with elastics sewn properly on the shoe.

Option B:

  • Form fitting white or black t-shirt or leotard
  • Black footed/ transition tights supported by a belt at the waist and rolled over the belt at the waist
  • Black ballet shoes with elastics sewn properly on the shoe.

Dancers will have the opportunity to wear colored leotards/ shirts on Saturdays and the 4th of July.

Pointe Technique Class

  • Black leotard
  • Pink or skin-toned footed/ transition tights
  • Presentable pink or skin-toned pointe shoes (with sufficient strength to support the foot) with appropriate elastics and ribbons sewn on shoes.

Dancers may need multiple pairs of pointe shoes to last the full four weeks.

Dancers will have the opportunity to wear colored leotards/ shirts on Saturdays and the 4th of July.

Contemporary Technique Class

  • Solid black unitards, black leotards, or form-fitting black t-shirt/tank top and black footless/ stirrup/ transition tights. Unitards and tights must continue below the calf muscle.

    Dancers will have the opportunity to wear colored leotards/ shirts on Saturdays and the 4th of July.

Other Recommended Items to Bring

Items that some students may want to have with the for master classes, rehearsals, the final performance, etc..

  • Jazz shoes
  • Sneakers/ dance sneakers
  • Character or ballroom dance shoes
  • Ballet skirt (solid color or patterned)
  • Warm ups (trash bag pants, leg warmers, long sleeved shirts, solid colored socks, etc.)
  • Kneepads
  • Yoga mat/ yoga blocks
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Basic first aid (Band-Aids, toe tape, etc.)
  • Theraband/ foam roller/ roller stick
  • Hair supplies (bobby pins, hair ties, etc.)
  • Sewing kit
  • Notebook and pen
  • Performance makeup
  • Face masks

Performance Opportunities

The program will conclude with a professionally produced dance concert featuring work by Summer Dance faculty and guest artists. We invite family and friends to join us in supporting the students as they perform new pieces from their repertory classes. This year's performance will be held in one of our on-campus theaters.

During the first week of the intensive, students ages 15 - 18 will have the opportunity to audition and work with one of the five guest Choreographic Institute choreographers. These choreographers have been selected from a national and international search to work with our advanced high school summer students. They are some of the leading dance-makers in the Classical Ballet world.

Students ages 12 - 14 will take repertory classes taught by the School of Dance faculty and guest artists.

All Summer Dance students will perform in the final show.

Sample Schedule*

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness or Conditioning
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Ballet Technique
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pointe, Variation, Men's Class and Pas de Deux
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Contemporary Technique
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Repertory Rehearsal (ages 15 - 18)
Repertory Rehearsal (ages 12 - 14)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop or Ballroom
6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Optional evening masterclass

* Schedule subject to change


Enrollment Information

Only accepted dancers will be invited to enroll in the UNCSA Summer Dance Intensive. Applicants must have completed audition regitration, paid the auditon fee, and participated in the audition (either in person or via video) to receive an admissions decision and instructions on how to enroll.