2023 Summer Intensive

Eight-Week Program

June 20-August 11, 2023

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. There will be a showcase at the end of each two-week session.

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 20 – August 11, 2023
Session 1 | June 20-30 (No intensive on Monday, June 19)
Session 2 | July 5-14 (No intensive on Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4)
Session 3 | July 17-28
Session 4 | July 31-August 11

Daily Schedule:
Monday-Friday from 10:00AM-3:00PM

Summer Intensive Showcases:
-Friday, June 30 at 2:30PM
-Friday, July 14 at 2:30PM
-Friday, July 28 at 2:30PM
-Friday, August 11 at 2:30PM


Charlottesville Ballet Studios
Downtown Location at the IX Art Park
949 Second Street SE, Suite #404 
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: 434.227.7592


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).

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

In-Person Open Audition
Sunday, February 5, 2023

CBA’s Downtown Location | Studio B
949 Second Street SE, Suite #404 
Charlottesville, VA 22902

11:45AM-12:30PM | Ages 8-12
12:45-1:30PM | Ages 13+

In-Person Open Audition
Sunday, February 26, 2023
CBA’s Downtown Location | Studio B
949 Second Street SE, Suite #404 
Charlottesville, VA 22902

11:45AM-12:30PM | Ages 8-12
12:45-1:30PM | Ages 13+

Click on a button below to register.


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, spaces for the intensive will be limited. Please submit your video as soon as possible — preferably by February 26, 2023. Videos may be considered after this date if there are still spaces available in the intensive.

Registration is required before submitting your video (click on button 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.


Once a student has successfully auditioned, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 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, 2023.

*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.

Session Tuition:

Session 1 | June 20-30 (No intensive on Monday, June 19)$612
Session 2 | July 5-14 (No intensive on Monday, July 3, & Tuesday, July 4)$544
Session 3 | July 17-28$680
Session 4 | July 31-August 11$680

Multi-Session Discount

For students taking multiple sessions, 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?
Please wear a leotard (any color) and skin-toned or pink tights, or tight fitting dance attire. Please bring ballet shoes and pointe shoes if you are currently taking pointe. Hair should be pulled back off of the neck.

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 March 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 and daily class schedules until closer to 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?
Students should wear any color leotard or tight fitting dance attire. Tights and ballet skirts are optional. Students may bring shorts to put on if desired for non-ballet genres. Please bring all dance shoes. Specific class schedules indicating dance genres for each group will be distributed closer to the intensive.

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