2020 Summer Intensive

Three Week Program

July 20 – August 7, 2020 

Strengthen your technique and explore your full potential in Charlottesville Ballet’s supportive environment!

The Charlottesville Ballet Summer Intensive is a three week program designed for dancers ages 10 – 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 classes in pointe, variations, partnering, contemporary, jazz, modern dance, or enrichment.

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 visit 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.


July 20 – August 7, 2020 

Daily Schedule:
Monday-Friday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Summer Intensive Showcase: Friday, August 7 at 2:00PM


The Charlottesville Ballet Studios
1885 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA


Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00PM

All applicants must audition for the Summer Intensive program. If you cannot attend our open audition, you may submit a video audition (see more information below).

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

All accepted students must confirm their acceptance by June 15, 2020.


Tuition for the three week program: $1,295

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 July 15, 2020.


Full Three Weeks$1,295
Two Weeks$950
Individual Weeks$495

*Charlottesville Ballet encourages students to attend the full three week program, but will also allow students to attend one or two week sessions of the program.  Tuition for the one week program is $495. Tuition for participating in two weeks of the program is $950. Please note that anyone not attending all three weeks of the program will not be eligible to participate in the showcase (regardless of which two weeks are attended).

Online Option

If you prefer to take classes online instead of in-person, we are offering a Zoom option for the first 2 classes per day only. These classes will run from approximately 10AM-1PM with a short break between the two classes. The Zoom students will take class along with the in-person students and follow the in-person teacher, but we will also provide an additional Zoom teacher that will give our Zoom students individualized feedback and corrections during the classes. The fees for this partial day intensive are as follows:

  • Zoom Option for the Full 3 Weeks: $518.00
  • Zoom Option for 2 Weeks: $380.00
  • Zoom Option for 1 Week: $198.00

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


Video submissions will be accepted for students unable to make the in-person open audition. Videos must be submitted no later than April 15, 2020. Registration is required before submitting your video (see below). An audition fee of $20 will be charged upon 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 video footage.