2019 Summer Intensive

June 24 – July 27

Summer Intensive Program
Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive is recognized for its strong training, diverse classes, rigorous schedule and supportive faculty. At Charlotte Ballet, dancers are encouraged to refine their strength in classical ballet technique and explore new movement. Training six days a week, dancers ages 11-22 work with renowned resident and guest teachers, including Artistic Director Hope Muir, who are invested in each dancer’s growth. The Summer Intensive concludes with the Summer Repertory Performances on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

Session A (5 weeks)

June 24 – July 27
Option for levels 1-4
2019 Tuition Cost: $2,550
2019 Dormitory Housing & Meal Plan Cost: $3,000

Session B (4 weeks)

July 1 – July 27
Option for levels 1 & 2
2019 Tuition Cost: $2,390
2019 Dormitory Housing & Meal Plan Cost: $2,800


Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

Charlotte Ballet proudly welcomes our Summer Intensive students to our beautiful facility, the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance. Finished in June 2010, the Center has six studios, three overlooking uptown Charlotte, a costume shop, administrative offices, and meeting spaces. With Summer Intensive enrollment exceeding expectations, the new Center allows us to invite more students to train with our renowned faculty, guest faculty, and company members.



  • Ballet
  • Pointe (required)
  • Pas de Deux (Leves 3 & 4)
  • Male & Female Variations
  • Men’s Technique
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Character
  • Yoga
  • Conditioning
  • Faculty Lectures

Please note that previous pointe training is required for Summer Intensive acceptance.



Dancers must audition in part of Charlotte Ballet’s 2019 National Audition Tour or submit a video audition for admission into the 2019 Summer Intensive. Dancers will be notified via email two to three weeks after their audition whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Charlotte Ballet welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. Click here to learn more about Charlotte Ballet’s 2019 National Audition Tour and how to submit a video audition.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email with online registration instructions. Online registration is the only way to secure a spot in Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Space is limited and we fill spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dancers are therefore encouraged to complete the online registration with first payment well before the registration deadline of March 8, 2019, to secure their spot.

The Academy uses the Summer Intensive as a time to evaluate dancers for acceptance into our year-round training programs at the Trainee and Senior Trainee levels within the Pre-Professional Division. Dancers who wish to be considered for these programs are required to attend our Summer Intensive. Click here for information about year-round training at Charlotte Ballet.


Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

All merit based scholarships are awarded to the dancer at the time of acceptance via email. Scholarships based off of both merit and financial need require a separate Financial Aid Application. After the dancer has auditioned and has been accepted into the Summer Intensive, please contact Ruth Gibbs via EMAIL to receive this application. Please note no Financial Aid Applications will be sent to dancers or parents past February 22, 2019.

Exceptional students ages 18 and older may be invited to submit an application for a Chaperone position at our dormitory housing. Student Chaperones receive room and board at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte dormitory at no cost. Chaperones are to support the Residential Staff with daily responsibilities, including but not limited to monitoring dancers while at the dormitory, planning evening and weekend activities at UNC Charlotte, taking daily attendance and accompanying groups on evening and weekend excursions. Chaperone positions are limited, by invitation only, and are not guaranteed to all those that apply.


Summer Repertory Performance Information

When: Two performances will take place on July 27 at 2:30 and 7 PM. All dancers will perform in both shows.

Where: Performances will take place at the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance (701 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202). Complimentary parking is available behind the Center for Dance in a fenced gravel lot accessed from 10th Street, as well as overflow across the street as marked by special event signs.

Tickets: Tickets will go on sale at in June 2019

Performance DVD: Professional performance DVDs are available for advance purchase for $50 each with 2019 Summer Intensive registration.


Summer Housing at UNC Charlotte

Out-of-town dancers are housed in the Dormitory Housing on the beautiful 1,000-acre, wooded campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Professional residential staff includes a Residential Director and a Resident Advisor(s) who supervise and monitor dancers at the dorms. Student Chaperones assist the professional residential staff. Transportation is provided daily from UNC Charlotte to the Charlotte Ballet studios. Dancers have the opportunity to participate in excursions to points of interest in the Charlotte area. Scheduled activities on campus are available in the evenings and on weekends.

Dancers move in the Sunday before their session begins (June 23, 2019 for Session A; June 30, 2019 for Session B) and move out the Sunday after their session ends on July 28, 2019.

The Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Includes:

• Accommodations from Sunday check-in through scheduled Sunday check-out
• Meal plan including three meals a day, each day, with box lunches prepared Monday through Saturday that are delivered to the Charlotte Ballet studios. (The meal plan is mandatory for all UNC Charlotte residents. Special dietary requests will be accommodated. Meal plan begins with dinner the Sunday of check-in and ends with breakfast on the scheduled Sunday check-out.)
• UNCC security and residential staff supervision

Dancers are typically housed in dorms that have suite-style accommodations. The exact dormitory assignment for the 2019 Summer Intensive has yet to made. A typical suite consists of 2 bedroom units, 2 dancers in each, that share a private bathroom and small den with a couch. Charlotte Ballet and UNC Charlotte are not responsible for lost or stolen items. All rooms are air-conditioned and have window blinds. Each bedroom contains a desk, a twin XL bed, a closet, and a dresser for each dancer. There are lounges on each floor with a television and full kitchen available for dancers’ use. Dancers are responsible for emptying their own trash and for cleaning their rooms. Professional cleaning staff will clean and sanitize the bathrooms each week. Room changes will not be permitted after check-in. No guests are allowed to spend the night in the suites.

Session A (5 weeks)

June 23 – July 28
2019 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $3,000

Session B (4 weeks)

June 30 – July 28
2019 Dormitory Housing with Meal Plan Cost: $2,800

2019 Summer Intensive Faculty

This list is constantly being updated…keep checking back for additional names!

Audrey Baran
Laszlo Berdo
Bianca Bonner
Emily Bowen
Jamie Dee Clifton
Amelia Sturt-Dilley
Katarina Dimitrijevic
Heather Ferguson
Loren Fletcher
Sophie Folts
Ruth Gibbs
Kim Jones
Hernan Justo
Anita Pacylowski-Justo
Kati Mayo
Ben Kubie
Kyle Shawell
Alyce Vallejo
Alissa Waller

Guest Faculty

Hope Muir: Ms. Muir became artistic director of Charlotte Ballet in 2017. Born in Toronto, Hope was a founding member of Peter Schaufuss’s London Festival Ballet School. Upon graduation she joined the company (now English National Ballet), and in 1994 Hope joined Rambert Dance Company with the appointment of Christopher Bruce CBE and danced a wide variety of repertoire from prolific choreographers, including Ek, Kylian, Naharin, Tharp, Tetley, de Frutos, Cunningham and over a dozen Bruce works. After ten years with the award-winning RDC, she moved to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and expanded her repertoire to include Forsythe, Duato and Lubovitch.

Silas Farley: Silas Farley is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He started ballet, jazz, and tap training with Sal and Barbara Messina in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was 7 years old. At the age of 9, he was accepted into the boys’ scholarship class of North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance, where his teachers were NYCB alumni Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. At the age of 14, Mr. Farley attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), and was then invited to enroll as a full-time student. A choreographer since age 11, Mr. Farley created ballets for SAB’s 2010 and 2011 Student Choreography Workshops, as well as a work for the 2012 summer session of the New York Choreographic Institute, and a pièce d’occasion for the SAB 2013 Winter Ball. In 2012 he was one of two advanced SAB students selected for a student teaching pilot program at SAB. In August 2012, Mr. Farley became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013.

Anita Intrieri:

Caleb Mitchell: Caleb Mitchell was born in Detroit, Michigan where he started his ballet training at 16. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mitchell joined the Houston Ballet. During his tenure, Mitchell performed many featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Christopher Bruce, Ronald Hynd, Lila York, Natalie Weir, Julia Adams, Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welch and others. He was awarded a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship at the University Of California-Irvine, where he received his MFA in Dance. Mitchell’s choreographic and teaching engagements include creations for University of California-Irvine, METdance, Ballet 5:8, Vivid Ballet, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soliel: Elvis, Texas Ballet Theater Professional Division, Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive, The Masterworks Festival, Houston Ballet 2, and others. Mitchel has served as a Professor of Dance at Belhaven University, Santa Monica College and currently at Florida State University.

Gerard Ebitz: Gerard Ebitz was trained at the Miami Conservatory, the School of American Ballet, and the National Ballet School in Toronto. He danced professionally with New York City Ballet, Zurich Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Miami City Ballet; as a founding member. As a teacher & choreographer, Ebitz has created work for the Carlisle Project, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Santa Fe Dance Foundation, and Tsoying Performing Arts High School. He has also served as Artistic Director for Ballet Randolph. Ebitz has received many awards for his work including recognition by The National Choreographic Plan, the Florida Individual Choreographic Fellowship and the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. He is currently on faculty at the Miami City Ballet School, University of Miami Theatre Department and New World School of the Arts.

Olivier Pardina: A native of France, Olivier Pardina was born to be a dancer. At age 10, inspired by his father, he begins his training under his watchful eyes before moving to Paris to continue his studies with the Master Teachers of the Paris Opera. At age sixteen, he is promoted to Principal Dancer with the Nice Opera House (France); four years later he is offered a contract by celebrated choreographer Maurice Bejart after winning the first prize in a National Ballet Competition. Pardina has taught at the Rock School in Philadelphia, the Orlando Ballet School, the San Francisco Ballet School, the National RDA in Phoenix and he is regularly invited in South America particularly in Brazil and Mexico. He was invited by the American Ballet Theatre, the Teatro de Rio de Janeiro and the Cordoba Ballet Company (Argentina) to teach the company. From 2013 to 2017, Olivier Pardina was Principal Teacher of the Pre-Professional division of the Miami City Ballet School.

Alana Isiguen: Alana Isiguen earned her BFA in Dance from New York University and MFA from the University of California Irvine. She received her formative training at the North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. Under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, she was trained in the Balanchine style performing various works including The Four Temperaments, Valse Fantaisie, and Raymonda Variations among others. She continued studying privately with Rebecca Wiley at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance who mentored her in dance pedagogy, staging classical works and rehearsal direction. Alana furthered her studies at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria, and with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has presented her choreography at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and is a PMA-certified Pilates teacher. Her performance credits include works by Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris and William Forsythe. Alana currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

2018 Summer Intensive Faculty:

Audrey Baran
Laszlo Berdo
Bianca Bonner
Emily Bowen
Jamie Clifton
Katarina Dimitrijevic
Heather Ferguson
Loren Fletcher
Ruth Gibbs
Traci Gilchrest
Alessandra James
Hernan Justo
James Kopecky
Ben Kubie
Kati Mayo
Caleb Mitchell
Hope Muir
Anita Pacylowski-Justo
Olivia Pardina
Heather Waldon
Alissa Waller


Summer Intensive 2019 – Week 1 Class Schedule

*Weekly schedules are subject to change. Changes will be made to master copies posted at the Center for Dance only.



Please come prepared with the correct attire and supplies for all classes as listed below. No sweat clothes or legwarmers are allowed in any dance class. No jewelry, except stud earrings, is allowed for classes or rehearsals. Hair must be securely fastened in a bun or French twist for classes and rehearsals.

Ballet: Solid-colored leotard, pink or flesh tone tights with feet not rolled up, pink or flesh tone ballet shoes with elastics to match tights in color, pointe shoes with ribbons to match tights in color, no skirts except for variations class, repertory class or rehearsals
Modern: Solid-colored leotard or unitard, form-fitting yoga or athletic pants. No sweatpants
Character: (Levels 1 and 2 only) Solid-colored leotard, pink or flesh tone tights, character shoes, solid-colored knee-length character skirt
Jazz: Solid-colored leotard, black jazz pants/form-fitting yoga or athletic pants, black jazz shoes

Ballet: Solid white, tight-fitting t-shirt tucked in or white leotard, black tights not rolled up, white socks and black ballet shoes
Modern: White t-shirt or solid colored leotard or unitard, black bike shorts or footless black tight, form-fitting yoga or athletic pants. No sweatpants
Character: (Levels 1 and 2 only) White t-shirt tucked in, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes
Jazz: Solid-colored top, black jazz pants/form-fitting yoga or athletic pants, black jazz shoes

Performance Needs: All dancers will need to bring their own stage make-up for the Summer Repertory Performance. Ladies, please bring a skin-colored leotard to wear underneath your costumes and for any quick costume changes. Dancers in Level 3 & 4 will perform in skin-toned shoes/pointe shoes. This request is for both male and female dancers. Bring extra tights and shoes just in case!

All Dancers: Yoga mat

Summer Intensive Student Testimonials

Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive attracts students from across the nation and world. Here is what some have to say about our program!

“Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive gives students the opportunity to expand their ballet knowledge and make lasting friendships. Charlotte Ballet provides a personalized, nurturing environment with small class sizes and distinguished faculty. Students are truly able to test their limits with classes in a variety of dance styles. Guided by the staff of excellent teachers, students improved not only technique, but also movement quality and choreography retention.”

Kristine Butler
Tonawanda, NY

Summer Intensive 2013 dancer
Charlotte Ballet Apprentice 2013/2014

“At Charlotte Ballet, students have the chance to work with a renowned staff in beautiful studios and are given the opportunity to perform company repertoire. You will receive great training you won’t be able to find anywhere else that gives you a healthy perspective of dance and all a professional career entails. Correct use of technique, injury prevention, and a look into the life of a professional dancer with inspiring lectures by Charlotte Ballet’s Company dancers and teachers – all of these are what make Charlotte Ballet’s summer program unique and one of the best around.”

Alexander McCleery
Baton Rouge, LA

Summer Intensive 2013 dancer
Charlotte Ballet Apprentice 2013/2014

“My three summers at NCDT were all memorable and helped me to grow as a dancer, but the summer of 2007 was the real turning point. I learned my first Balanchine solo which happened to be Patricia McBride’s part in “Who Cares?” Naturally I was terrified to do it justice, but I worked hard and soaked up all the information I could and here I am today learning more of Balanchine’s roles from Patricia herself and loving every minute of it.” – Sarah Hayes Watson

Sarah Hayes Watson attended NCDT Summer Intensive 2005, 2006 and 2007. She joined the NCDT School of Dance Pre-Professional Division for the 2007 – 2008 school year and has been a member of the company since the 2008 – 2009 season. Sarah also enjoyed teaching technique classes at Summer Intensive 2013.

Sarah Hayes Watson

“I loved the attention and personal corrections I received because of the small classes.” Level IV student

“I loved how much dancing we did each day, and it put me in great shape. The diversity of classes was extremely helpful!” – Level IV student

“I really enjoyed the studios and the professional way that the students were treated.” – Level IV student

“NCDT is a great place to go. It gives you great technical training plus many different varieties of dance and performance opportunities.” – Level II student

“I loved the teachers, classes and the atmosphere. It was very friendly and the studios were amazing.” – Level III student

“NCDT is a really helpful and healthy place to grow as a dancer.” – Level IV student

“Dorm life is fabulous. I’ve made so many new friends, and we have so much fun together.” – Level III student

“The faculty was amazing. They were so encouraging, but they pushed us at the same time.” – Level III student