Classical Ballet Intensive

Classical Ballet Intensive

The Classical Ballet Intensive is a four-week intensive from June 25–July 22, 2023. 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 25–July 22, 2023

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

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.

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


Audition Information

An audition is required for admission into the UNCSA Summer Dance Program, and applicants must be 12 years old by June 25, 2023. Students may audition in person or through video submissions. We encourage you to send video submissions early as space for the intensive is limited.

General Audition Information

In-person auditions will be held at UNCSA on January 28, February 4, and February 11, 2023. In-person auditions will include auditions for Summer Dance and for the 2022-23 academic year.

If you are applying for both the Summer Intensives and for the academic year (high school or college) please contact the Admissions Office.

Registration for on-campus and video auditions will open on December 12, 2022, and close on May 3, 2023.

To register for an on-campus or video audition, please visit the registration page

There is a $40.00 audition fee, which must be paid in full at the time of the audition registration. After registering and paying the audition fee, you may email your videos to

Please include your full name, date of birth, and desired program in the subject and body of the email.

Audition results will be sent via email; if you do not hear from us within two weeks of your audition, please contact program director Ashley Lindsey at to inquire about the results of your audition.

Due to the high volume of audition participation, individual feedback from auditions cannot be given.

Video Audition Requirements

Your video audition should be a single video link (preferred) or file, no more than 10 minutes in length, containing all the elements outlined below. The video frame should show the entire body and not include any dancers other than the applicant. The video must be taken within three months of submission.

Partial applications will not be considered

Applicants must include the following steps in their video:

Barre work (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side needed for each combination)

  • Pliés, tendus, adagio, grand battements

Center Work (maximum 5 minutes):

  • Adagio
  • Pirouette combination with pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans
  • Allegro combinations:
  • Petite allegro
  • Grand allegro (Optional, if you have enough space to execute the combination safely)
  • Men, please include tours en l'air right and left
  • Pointe work (ladies only): échappés, retirés, double pirouettes en-dehors, and en-dedans on pointe