More than 200 young dancers from 21 states will spend up to five weeks in Columbus this summer for BalletMet’s exclusive 2015 Summer Intensive.
The BalletMet Academy, among the nation’s largest studios associated with a professional Company, conducted a nationwide audition tour earlier this year and selected talented dance students from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and beyond.
BalletMet offers two distinct Summer Intensive programs. The two-week Junior Intensive, June 15 – 26, is designed for serious ballet students, ages 8-11. This program gives aspiring young dancers the opportunity to develop age-appropriate technique and artistry with BalletMet’s expert faculty.
The five-week Senior Intensive, June 29 – July 31, is designed for advanced students, age 12 and older, who demonstrate high-level ability and are poised to enter a full-time training program, traineeship or professional Company. Participants study and train with BalletMet’s artistic staff and academy faculty, living the daily routine of a professional dancer, while studying and rehearsing Company repertoire. The Senior Intensive culminates in a staged performance at BalletMet’s 225-seat Performance Space.
Summer Intensive participants take classes a minimum of five days each week. In addition to ballet technique, pointe and repertoire classes, they will study other disciplines including modern, jazz, flamenco and character, along with enrichment courses in dance history, dancer wellness, music, yoga and acting.
Boys participating in the Intensives will also take specific classes tailored to male dancers, including state combat.
“BalletMet’s Summer Intensives are a great opportunity for students to improve their technique in a short period of time,” said BalletMet Dance Academy Director Timothy Lynch. “Our Intensive students are exposed to many different dance styles, making them more versatile as a dancer.”