Summer Intensive

June 24 – July 26, 2019
Ages 8-21 (Levels 1-8)
Auditions required

Levels 1-2:
5 Days a Week
2-week tuition $ 888; 3-week tuition $1,276 or 5-week tuition $1,850

Levels 3-6:
6 Days a Week
3-week tuition $1,932 or 5-week tuition $2,800

Levels 7-8:
6 Days a Week
5-week tuition $2,800

Attracting ballet’s best students from across the country and abroad, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual five-week Summer Intensive is for students levels ages 8 to 21. Located in Center City Philadelphia at the Louise Reed Center for Dance, home of Pennsylvania Ballet, the Summer Intensive offers serious-minded ballet students high-caliber ballet instruction, including classical ballet technique, pointe work, partnering, men’s classes, and variations as well as complementary classes in contemporary/modern dance, character, Pilates, and peak performance training. Faculty includes such notables as Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Angel Corella, Assistant Artistic Director Samantha Dunster, Ballet Master Charles Askegard, PBII Ballet Master Eddy Tovar, and School Director James Payne, in addition to an esteemed roster of permanent faculty and renowned guest instructors. The Summer Intensive concludes with an informal performance by five-week program students.

A national audition tour for the Summer Intensive and week-long programs is conducted January through March. Admission is highly competitive and select students may be invited to attend The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full-year Pre-Professional or Trainee Programs.


Auditions for the 2019 Summer Intensive have now ended.

“Cultivating young talent has always been a passion of mine, and I can't wait to see all of the incredible students we have at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet this summer.”

Angel Corella


Auditions are open to all male and female students ages 8-21. Students 12 years of age and older are encouraged to attend any audition on our Summer Intensive nation tour. Students ages 8-11 may only attend the Philadelphia auditions at SPB. All students ages 8-21 that are unable to attend an audition on our tour may submit a video audition by using the video submission link found on our audition date list. Select students from the Summer Intensive may be invited to attend The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full-year Pre-Professional or Trainee Programs.

Applicants will receive result notification via email within two weeks of their audition or video submission date. Once accepted into the Summer Intensive, all students must register within four weeks of their admission date as space is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. When full capacity is reached, the remaining students will be placed on a wait list. Please be sure to register and submit your deposit on time in order to ensure your spot in the program.

Current students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet are not required to audition unless they want to be considered for a scholarship. Current students MUST register prior by February 23rd to secure a spot. Students registering by February 1st will be given priority enrollment over students from the national audition tour.


Pennsylvania Ballet’s summer intensive is unable to provide housing for boys and girls younger than age 12. For students age 12 and older, however, we can provide fully supervised housing at Moore College of Art and Design. Moore College of Art and Design is centrally located in Logan Square, within walking distance of our studios.

Summer Intensive housing includes a full meal plan and coin-op laundry facilities. A number of weekend excursions are offered at an additional charge to complete a fun and exhilarating summer experience. Additional information on summer housing will be provided to students upon admittance into the program.

For more information about auditions and enrollment please contact School Manager, Joanne Smith at or 215.587.6942.

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