2022 Summer Intensive

Eight-Week Program

June 21-August 12, 2022

The Charlottesville Ballet Summer Intensive is an eight-week program designed for dancers ages 8 to adult who seek rigorous technical training and artistic coaching in pursuit of a professional career in dance. Each day begins with a ballet technique class followed by additional classes that may include ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, composition, improvisation, African dance, choreography, and enrichment.  Students will have the option to enroll in 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, or the full 8 weeks and may opt to take the intensive in-person or a shortened online intensive via Zoom. There will be a showcase at the end of each two-week session for in-person students.

Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Hartka provide an environment focused on dancer health and wellness with no rigid physical aesthetic and where all body types are welcome (explore the professional company’s mission and history here). The Summer Intensive faculty, augmented by guest teachers and instructors from the ranks of Charlottesville Ballet’s professional company, offer guidance, encouragement, and a relentless attention to detail.


Full 8 Weeks: June 21 – August 12, 2022
Session 1 | June 21-July 1 (No intensive on Monday, June 20)
Session 2 | July 5-15 (No intensive on Monday, July 4)
Session 3 | July 18-29
Session 4 | August 1-12

Daily Schedule:
Monday-Friday from 10:00AM-3:00PM (in-person),
Approximately 10:00AM-1:00PM (Zoom option)

Summer Intensive Showcases:
-Friday, July 1 at 2:30PM
-Friday, July 15 at 2:30PM
-Friday, July 29 at 2:30PM
-Friday, August 12 at 2:30PM

Each student will be allowed 2 guests to attend the showcase in-person. Additional guests are welcome to watch the showcase via Zoom.


The Charlottesville Ballet Studios
1885 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA


All applicants must audition for the Summer Intensive program. If you cannot attend an in-person open audition, you may submit a video audition (see more information below).
*Due to COVID-19, audition spaces are limited to 18 students per audition time. We may open an additional audition time if all spaces fill. All students are required to wear face masks and must abide by our COVID-19 policies. Please arrive and park for the in-person audition in the back of the building and wait for our staff to escort you into the facility.

An audition fee of $20 will be charged upon registration. 

In-Person Open Audition
Friday, January 14, 2022

CBA Studio 3 | 1885 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
5:00-6:15PM | Ages 8-12
6:30-7:45PM | Ages 13+

In-Person Open Audition
Saturday, February 5, 2022

CBA Studio 3 | 1885 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22901
11:15-12:30PM | Ages 8-12
12:45-2:00PM | Ages 13+

*In-person audition enrollment is closed at this time.


Video submissions will be accepted for students unable to make an in-person open audition.

*Please note: due to the large number of in-person auditioning students, in-person intensive spaces will be limited. In-person spaces cannot be guaranteed and will be filled based on the of order that we receive acceptances. Please submit your video as soon as possible.

Registration is required before submitting your video (see link below). An audition fee of $20 will be charged upon registration. After completing your registration, please compose a short video including the following exercises:

Barre: Pliés, Tendus, Dégagé, Rond de Jambe, Adage, and Grand Battement

Center: Adage, Pirouette, Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro (Pointe if applicable)

*Please note that no DVD’s will be accepted. All applicants should email [email protected] with a link or attachment to your video footage.

*Video auditions are closed at this time.


Once a student has successfully auditioned, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 (in-person intensive) or $200 (Zoom intensive option) is due upon acceptance into the Summer Intensive in order to hold his or her place in the program.  The deposit will be automatically charged to the credit card on file.   The remaining Summer Intensive tuition is due in full on June 1, 2022.

*Please note that students opting to enroll in two weeks of the intensive must attend two consecutive weeks (you may choose from Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, or Session 4). Students opting to enroll in four weeks may choose any two sessions. Students opting to enroll in six weeks may choose any three sessions.

In-person Session Tuition:

Session 1 | June 21-July 1 (No intensive on Monday, June 20)$612
Session 2 | July 5-15 (No intensive on Monday, July 4)$612
Session 3 | July 18-29$680
Session 4 | August 1-12 $680

Virtual Session Tuition:

If you prefer to take classes online instead of in-person, we are offering a Zoom option for the first two classes per day only. These classes will run from approximately 10:00AM-1:00PM with a short break between the two classes. Zoom students will take class along with the in-person students and will be given personalized feedback. The fees for this partial day intensive are as follows:

Session 1 | June 21-July 1 (No intensive on Monday, June 20)$306
Session 2 | July 5-15 (No intensive on Monday, July 4)$306
Session 3 | July 18-29$340
Session 4 | August 1-12 $340

Multi-Session Discount

For students taking multiple sessions (in-person and/or virtual), receive 15% OFF each additional session of equal or lesser value.


What age group should I audition with if I am one age at the audition and a different age when the Summer Intensive begins?
Please audition with the group that is your age at the time of the audition. We will place students into groups based on ability levels for the actual Summer Intensive.

Are photos/resumes required for Summer Intensive auditions?
No photos or resumes are needed. The only required paperwork is the online audition enrollment form prior to attending.

What should I wear to the audition?
Female students should wear a leotard (any color) and skin-toned or pink tights, and ballet shoes. Please also bring pointe shoes if you are currently taking pointe. Male students should wear tight fitting dance attire and ballet shoes.

What should I expect during the audition?
Auditioning students will take a ballet technique class and all students will participate in the full class. There are no eliminations during the audition.

When can I expect to hear results from the audition?
In-person auditioning students should receive an email by the end of February with whether or not they have been accepted for the Summer Intensive. Video auditioning students will receive an email with results as soon as possible upon completing and submitting all video requirements. All accepted students will not learn their specific intensive groups until closer to the Summer Intensive when we will have a better idea of Covid-19 guidelines for the summer and have completed all auditions for the Summer Intensive.  

Is housing available?
Unfortunately, housing is not provided for the intensive.

Is financial aid available for the Summer Intensive?
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Charlottesville Ballet is dedicated to providing dance training to students and families from all financial backgrounds. Financial assistance for tuition to Charlottesville Ballet Academy is available for all families that qualify for assistance. This includes Summer Intensive tuition. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please click this link to submit an application: Financial Aid Application

If accepted into the Summer Intensive, what should I wear?
Female students should wear any color leotard. Tights and ballet skirts are optional. Students may bring shorts to put on if desired for non-ballet genres. Male students should wear tight fitting dance attire. Please bring all dance shoes. Specific schedules indicating dance genres for each group will be distributed closer to the intensive.

What are your COVID-19 policies?
As the pandemic evolves we are continually updating our policies. Please review the latest updates at this link: Policies

If you have any additional questions or would like further information about the Summer Intensive, please email [email protected].