Summer Intensive

July 2 – August 3, 2018
Ages 7 & Above (Levels 1-7)
Auditions required for ages 7 and above

Levels 1-2:
5 Days a Week
Tuition $1,775

Levels 3-8:
6 Days a Week
Tuition $2,600

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 of all ability levels (ages 7 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, and PBII Ballet Master Eddy Tovar, in addition to the school’s esteemed roster of permanent faculty and renowned guest instructors.

A national audition tour for students is conducted January through March. Acceptance to the summer intensive is competitive, and only the most proficient students are invited to participate. Select students from the summer intensive may be invited to attend The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full year program.

Read what past Summer Intensive parents have to say


The Audition Tour for Summer Intensive 2018 has 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

Guest Instructors

Amy Aldridge
Former PA Ballet Principal Dancer

Charles Askegard
PA Ballet Ballet Master

Sterling Baca
PA Ballet Principal Dancer

Etienne Diaz
PA Ballet Company Member


Vicente Hernandez
Former Olympic Gymnast

Ana Lourdes Novoa

Mayara Pineiro
PA Ballet Principal Dancer


Guest Instructor

Vicente Hernandez is a former Cuban Olympic gymnast. Upon retiring from the sport, he developed a strengthening and stretching regimen—one that not only became part of the pedagogy for the Cuban National Ballet School but also embodies his remarkable philosophy on how athletes can strengthen and stretch their bodies to increase performance as well as aid in injury prevention.


Guest Instructor

Ana Lourdes Novoa began her training in La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, where she studied for eight years. Upon her graduation in 1976, she was admitted into the National Ballet of Cuba. She was promoted to first soloist in 1982 and then to principal dancer in 1990. Her repertoire included all of the company’s classics, including Giselle in Giselle, Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Swanilda in Copélia, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lisette in La Fille mal Gardée, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Medora in Le Corsaire, among others. Along with the classics, Ms. Novoa performed numerous modern works from Cuban and international choreographers. Her partner for most roles in her professional career was Jose Manuel Carreno.

In 1992, Ms. Novoa joined English National Ballet a principal dancer, performing all her roles alongside partners Jose Manuel Carreno and Carlos Acosta. She later returned to Cuban National Ballet and toured, performing on many renowned stages across the globe. After 22 years, she retired from dancing in 1997 and began teaching at National Ballet of Cuba. Her teaching career continued in the U.S., having not only taught advanced classes at Dance Center in New Jersey, but also instructing Tony Award-winner Kiril Kulish for his leading role in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Ms. Bovoa currently teaches at JZT Dance in Weehawken, NJ, as well as for the pre-professional ballet division at Ballet Hispanico in New York City.


Auditions are open to all male and female students (ages 7 and above) for the level suiting their skill, background, and degree of training. Students unable to attend the national audition tour may submit a video audition or arrange for an in-person evaluation by contacting Joanne Smith at or 215.587.6942. Select students from the summer intensive may be invited to attend the School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s full-year program.

Applicants will receive result notification within two weeks of their audition. 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, 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 and will be given priority enrollment over students from the national audition tour. While enrollment in the summer course is not mandatory, we strongly encourage all current students to do so. Registration forms will be emailed mid-January and due back no later than February 17, 2018.  Late registrants will be placed on a waitlist until the completion of the national audition tour and accepted only when and if space is available.

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


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

Summer Intensive housing includes air-conditioned rooms, a full meal plan, and coin-op laundry facilities. As well, a number of weekend activities are offered to complete a fun and exhilarating summer experience. Additional information on summer housing will be provided to students upon admittance into the program.

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