Summer Intensive

June 22 – July 24, 2020
Ages 8-21 (Levels 1-8)
Auditions required

Levels 1-2:
5 Days a Week (12:00-3:30 PM 17.5 hours per week)
2-week tuition $ 852; 3-week tuition $1,225 or 5-week tuition $1,775

Level 3:
5 Days a Week (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; 24+ hours per week)
2-week tuition $ 1,150; 3-week tuition $1,660 or 5-week tuition $2,400

Levels 4-6:
6 Days a Week (30+ hours per week)
3-week tuition $2,000 or 5-week tuition $2,900

Levels 7-8:
6 Days a Week (30+ hours per week)
5-week tuition $2,900

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 Director 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 February. Admission is highly competitive and select students may be invited to attend The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full-year Professional Programs.


Auditions for the 2020 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 12-21 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 Professional Programs.

Applicants will receive result notification via email within one week of their audition. Video audition notifications will begin in February. Once accepted into the Summer Intensive, all students must register within two weeks of their notification date.  Students attending the full 5 weeks have registration priority.  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.  Notification of level placement will be given out during the week of December 8th. Current students enrolling for the full 5 week program will be guaranteed a spot if registered by January 22, 2020. Students registering after January 22nd will be enrolled on a first come first served basis.

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


For students age 12 and older, fully supervised air-conditioned housing is available at Drexel University’s Race Hall.  Drexel is located in University City.  Unfortunately, we cannot house students under the age of 12.

Summer Intensive housing is suite style and includes two meals per day and free 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 housing and student life please contact Resident Manager, LA McElreath at or 445.544.8435.

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