Summer Programs


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Summer Intensive Program

June 22-July 25, 2020

The summer intensive program at Richmond Ballet is designed for young men and women (ages 12 – 22) 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 deepen and expand their expertise. Faculty members are from School of Richmond Ballet and Richmond Ballet’s 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.

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Summer Classes: Not all levels participate in every class

Ballet: School of Richmond Ballet offers five intensive course levels for serious ballet students, ages 13 and up. The curriculum includes daily technique classes, augmented by subjects designed to develop a well-rounded dancer at each level of training. Courses are taught by internationally known faculty at Richmond Ballet’s state-of-the-art Canal Street studios in downtown Richmond.

Pointe: Pointe technique for all female students

Men’s Classes: Ballet technique for intermediate and advanced students

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

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

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

Jazz: Contemporary trends from Los Angeles and New York merged with traditional jazz dance styles

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, Choreography, Acting and Mime. Also video tapes of ballets from the classical and contemporary repertory are shown regularly

Performance: All five-week intensive course students are eligible to participate in a workshop performance at the end of the session

Tuition Rates – Full Five-Week Session

A Course – $2,054

B Course – $2,054

C Course – $1,952

D Course – $1,745

E Course – $1,642

F Course – $1,045

Housing – Full Five-Week Session

Out-of-town students will have chaperoned accommodations at a nearby hotel with three meals a day and laundry service provided.

Housing cost – TBD


Program participants benefit from the extensive experience of an internationally known faculty from the School of Richmond Ballet combined with an exciting roster of guest teachers. With degrees and performance/choreography credits from around the world, plus in-depth experience in dance instruction, our faculty offers students the highest level of professionalism.

The School of Richmond Ballet Summer Faculty

  • Igor Antonov
  • Malcolm Burn
  • Anne Sidney Hetherington
  • Starr Foster
  • Jasmine Grace
  • Rebecca Hodal
  • Judy Jacob
  • Jerri Kumery
  • Susan Israel Massey
  • Tara Penick
  • Thomas Ragland
  • Melanie Richards
  • Katherine Smothers
  • Judith Steel
  • Cecile Tuzii