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Summer Intensives

Led by world-renowned visiting Master Teachers, Summer Intensives provide students with more concentrated training over multiple hours, mentorship and networking opportunities. Special sessions might focus on choreography, self-care practices, and career trajectories while promoting health and well-being. These sessions also broaden students’ horizons as they learn from experienced performers with diverse and extensive professional backgrounds.

Levels 5, 6 & 7 Intensives and CityDance culminate with New Ballet’s exciting Summerdance performance.

Current New Ballet students are automatically accepted into Summer Intensives and assigned to a level based on their ability. Fees for Ballet Levels 5-7 are included in students’ annual tuition. Scholarships apply. Tuition is required for students enrolled in Ballet Level 4 and those not currently enrolled with New Ballet. 

Summer Intensives kick-off after Memorial Day! For more information please email us at frontdesk@newballet.org or call (901) 726-9225.

Auditions

Summer Intensive audition opportunities are open to all student dancers in the Mid-South and are scheduled by appointment only. Students applying from outside of New Ballet must audition. Video auditions are accepted. The $25 audition fee will be waived if qualifying for need-based scholarship (on a per case basis).

Levels 6 & 7 Intensives

  • Approximate ages of 14 – 18 with a minimum of six years of ballet training and two plus years on pointe (for those who choose to pursue pointe work).
  • The intensive fee is included in the annual tuition for New Ballet students. Scholarships apply.

This is a rigorous three-week program designed for experienced student dancers, and taught by renowned professionals. Classes include Pilates, ballet, pointe, pas de deux, variations, modern dance, and contemporary. Career and college information workshops support students’ growth as they plan for the future. The intensive culminates with New Ballet’s exciting Summerdance performance. 

Level 5 Intensive & CityDance

Level 5

  • Approximate ages 11 – 13 with a minimum of four years of training.
  • Experience in pointe is not required.
  • The intensive fee is included in the annual tuition for New Ballet students. Scholarships apply.

For this two-week intensive, participants can expect to make considerable progress by participating in rigorous classes in ballet, jumping, turning, and pointe work or jumps for the first part of the day. In the afternoons, this group will combine with CityDance participants and together they will shift to bridge building activities along with challenging classes in West African, Hip-hop, and improvisation genres. Both groups will collaborate to create a new work that will be presented at the Summerdance performance. All students will offer creative input into the final product. 

CityDance

  • Grades 5-7 for New Ballet Pathways’ students in Memphis Shelby County Schools.
  • Free / By invitation only.

For this two week program, invited MSCS students from New Ballet’s Pathway’s programs will participate in a rigorous, and fun day of dance classes spanning several genres. Mornings will consist of classes in styles such as Modern and fundamentals of classical dance technique. The afternoons will be spent in combined classes with the Level 5 intensive participants and will include bridge building sessions, challenging classes in West African and Hip hop genres along with improvisation exercises. Both groups will collaborate to create a new work that will be presented at the Summerdance performance. All students will offer creative input into the final product.

The combination of these intensives has become a cherished milestone for New Ballet dancers. It is the work from which Lil Buck sprang and from which student dancers have come to realize the hard work required of dancers. It’s also a lot of fun!

Ballet Level 4

  • Approximate ages 9 to 11 with a minimum of two years of training.
  • Optional for New Ballet students, the intensive fee is not included in the annual tuition.
  • Limited, need-based scholarships available. 

A one-week introduction to intensives for younger dancers seeking to explore multiple genres while building on the work achieved thus far in the studio or school training. Daily study provides a platform for quick improvement and preparation for future levels and challenges! Pointe work is not included at this level. Students will showcase their work at the end of the intensive in a studio performance for friends and family.