Summer Intensive Program


Contact Susan Collet
804-344-0906 x228

Summer Intensive Program

July 6-August 7, 2020 (new dates)


We have been working diligently on plans for our 2020 Summer Intensive. The City of Richmond is just entering Phase 1 today of the Governor’s plan to reopen the Commonwealth. Prior to this, we were not able to proceed with any projections about our summer training other than to say that we would make decisions by the end of the month. As we enter Phase 1 today, delayed by two weeks from the surrounding counties, we are creating safe protocols with our RB medical task force for re-entering our Richmond Ballet studios. We are planning two scenarios for this summer’s training – one in person and one that would be virtual. As previously announced, our Summer Intensive has been moved back by two weeks. It is now scheduled from July 6th until August 7th (Monday through Friday – no Saturdays).

Our SRB Summer Intensive will not look like the Intensives in the past, BUT we are very excited to offer training in person. The plans for training at Richmond Ballet will involve placing students into cohorts of 15 or less. Students will remain with the same group throughout the five week session. Students will enter & exit the building with staggered class schedules and will not change studios during the day. Students will not have use of the lockers and no lunch break will be scheduled. Students will be able to have a small snack in their assigned studio between classes. Families will have to comply with temperature checks, medical questionnaires, and social distancing. Only students will be allowed to enter our building. The studios have been marked into grids to space students safely in each studio.

June 15th is our new deadline for registration of students who would like to join this summer for an in-person Summer Intensive. Please see the attached for new times and pricing. Enrollment is limited as we can only accept students up to the number safely allowed in each studio.  Students who were currently registered for our Summer Intensive will be given priority. After June 15th, if there are available slots remaining, we will open registration to students on the wait list.

All of the safety protocols are being produced in a document by our RB medical task force and will be sent Friday, June 5th along with directions for registration. We have also crafted a Virtual training option which can be implemented by those students who cannot come to the building.

The Summer Intensive Program at Richmond Ballet is designed for young people who love dance and are committed to developing their ballet technique. The variety of classes offered – in ballet as well as associated dance techniques – encourages program participants to advance and expand their training. Faculty for the Intensive are from the School of Richmond Ballet and the Richmond Ballet professional company. Guest faculty also contribute in specialized areas of expertise. Previous program participants have gone on to professional careers with Richmond Ballet as well as other ballet companies throughout the country.

For more information about auditioning please click here.

Summer Classes: Not all levels participate in every class

Ballet: School of Richmond Ballet offers six intensive course levels for serious ballet students ages 11 and up. The curriculum includes daily ballet technique classes, augmented by subjects designed to develop a well-rounded dancer at each level of training.

Pointe: Pointe technique for all female students levels A-F

Men’s Classes: Separate ballet technique classes for intermediate and advanced male students

Variations: Instruction in selected variations from the classical and contemporary repertory for intermediate and advanced female and male students

Pas de Deux: Partnering technique for advanced female and intermediate and advanced male students

Character Dance: Instruction in traditional national dance forms such as mazurka, polonaise, czardas, and waltz, which are used extensively in classical ballet

Jazz and Theatre Dance: Contemporary trends from Los Angeles, New York, and traditional dance styles from American musical theatre classics

Modern: Exploration of the movement capabilities of the body through dance elements of space, rhythm, and dynamics found in established modern dance choreography

Enrichment Programs: A variety of dance-related subjects such as Dance History, Injury Prevention, Nutrition, and the crossover of associated art forms such as Music for Dancers, Acting, and Mime