Salt Lake City Summer Intensive

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about the program

June 20-July 29, 2016

This intensive, pre-professional ballet training program is designed for serious students ages 12-26, who desire individualized instruction.

The Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive guides students in their ballet technical skills as well as other dance forms that compliment a ballet artist. Unique to the program is the ability for advanced dancers to be considered as candidates for Ballet West’s Professional Trainee Division. This year, the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive will be the exclusive venue for students to be considered for our Professional Training Division. The program is held at various Ballet West locations and offers unparalleled training by a distinguished staff of Ballet West Academy Instructors, Ballet West Artistic Staff (featuring Artistic Director Adam Sklute), Ballet West dancers and well-known in-state and out-of-state guest teachers. In addition, dorm students enjoy an array of fun weekend activities ranging from swimming to shopping to sightseeing. Our reputation for excellence is reflected in the large number of students who apply and are accepted each year.

For more information please call 801-869-6912 or email

how to apply

Summer intensive students must register and audition to be part of the program. Class placement is based on the technical needs of each student and is determined by the faculty. Any adjustments to class placement will be given during the first week of  the program. 

  • Please register for the audition of your choice by clicking on this link
    Results will be emailed within 7 (seven) days of the completion of each audition to students who successfully completed an online registration. Correspondence will be emailed to the primary contact email reported on the registration from.
  • You may register in person at the audition location
    by filling out the application form provided by Summer Intensive Staff and paying the $40 non-refundable application fee (in exact change, cash only). Any persons not filling out the registration form online, may have a longer wait for results.
  • Students should email copies of the following poses to Each email should include the student full name and audition site. Please email these photos at least 72 hours prior to the dancers scheduled audition day.
    • First arabesque (ladies en pointe)
    • Head shot (ladies hair in a bun)

Please attend the audition time for your current age at the time of your audition. You may audition with 12 year olds if you will be 12 years old by June 1.

Click here to view/print the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive 2016 Poster

Click here for audition tour dates 2015-2016

Cary, NC 
December 27, 2015

International Ballet Academy

201 Davis Grove Circle, Suite 104
Cary, NC 27519

Ages 12 and above        
12:00-1:00 pm – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-14         
1:00-2:30 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older  
2:30-4:00 pm- Audition  

Chicago, IL
January 2, 2016 *PLEASE NOTE DATE                    

Joffery Tower 

10 East Randolph Street
Chicago IL 60601 

Ages 12 and above        
1:00-2:00 pm – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-14         
2:00-3:30 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older  
3:30-5:00 pm- Audition  

Washington, DC 
January 3, 2016 *PLEASE NOTE DATE

Washington School of Ballet

3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Ages 12 and above        
1:00-2:00 pm – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-14         
2:00-3:30 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older  
3:30-5:00 pm- Audition  

Atlanta, GA
January 8, 2016                    

Atlanta Ballet

1695 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta GA 30318 

Ages 12 and above        
5:15-6:15 pm – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-14         
6:15-7:45 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older  
7:45-9:15 pm- Audition  

Orlando, FL 
January 9, 2016

Orlando Ballet

415 East Princeton 
Orlando, Florida 32803 

Ages 12 and above         
2:30-3:30 pm – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-14         
3:30-5:00 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older        
5:00-6:30 pm- Audition

New York City, NY     
January 10, 2016      

The Ailey Studios

The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Ages 12 and above         
9:00-10:00 am – Registration/check-in

Ages 12-15         
10:00-11:30 am- Audition

Ages 16-older        
11:30 am-1:00 pm- Audition

Houston, TX               
January 10, 2016

Payne Academy of Performing Arts

9391 Grogans Mill Road 
Spring TX 77380 

Ages 12-14
12:00-12:30 pm – Registration
12:30-2:00 pm- Audition     

Ages 15-older
1:45-2:15 pm – Registration
2:15-3:45 pm- Audition


Missoula, MT
January 12, 2016                    

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre

University of Montana
Performing Arts/Radio TV Center (PAR/TV Building) Room 035
701 S 6th St
Missoula, MT 59801

Ages 12 and above        
1:30-2:30 pm – Registration/check-in (Dennison Theatre)

Ages 17-older  
3:30-4:45 pm- Audition  

Ages 12-16         
5:00-6:15 pm- Audition

Salt Lake City, UT       
January 16, 2016

Ballet West

Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Ages 12-14                      
9:30-10:30 am – Registration/Check-in           
10:30 am – 12:00 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older
11:00 am-12:00 pm – Registration/Check-in           
12:00 – 1:30 pm- Audition

Los Angeles, CA
January 17, 2016   

Orange County Dance Center

16161 Springdale St. 
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 

Ages 12-13
12:00-1:00 pm – Registration
1:00-2:30 pm- Audition      

Ages 14-15          
1:30-2:30 pm – Registration
2:30-4:00 pm- Audition

Ages 16-older
3:00-4:00 pm – Registration
4:00-5:30 pm- Audition  

Scottsdale, AZ     
January 17, 2016 

Master Ballet Academy

7625 East Redfield Road #200 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Ages 12 and above          
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Registration/check-in                                         
1:00 – 3:00 pm- Audition

Seattle, WA 
January 22, 2016 

Pacific Northwest Ballet

301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Ages 12 and above          
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Registration/check-in
7:30 – 9:00 pm- Audition

San Francisco, CA     
January 24, 2016 

San Francisco Ballet

455 Franklin street
San Francisco CA 94102

Ages 12 and above          
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Registration/check-in
7:30 – 9:30 pm- Audition                       

Dallas, TX
January 24, 2016

Ballet Academy of Texas

145 Fitness Court 
Coppell, TX 750193

Ages 12-14                      
5:00-5:30 pm – Registration/Check-in           
5:30- 7:00 pm- Audition

Ages 15-older
7:00-7:30 pm – Registration/Check-in           
7:30 – 9:00 pm- Audition

*Some printed materials may have had the incorrect audition dates for certain cities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

**All audition times, dates and locations subject to change

Click here for Video Audition Information

Video auditions will be accepted from January 1, 2016 through February 1, 2016.

Video auditions are welcome. Video auditions must be received by February 1st. Video auditions received after February 1st will still be reviewed for acceptance.

To submit a video students should upload their video to YouTube or Vimeo and email a link to view. Please grant access to to view your private video (if applicable).

Audition videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length and must include:

  • tendu (in the center)
  • grand adagio
  • pirouettes (en dehors, en dedans, traveling)
  • petit allegro
  • allegro (i.e. assemble ballonne, ballotte)
  • grand allegro
  • pointe work for all ladies (i.e. echappe, continuous releves in arabesque, pirouettes; en dehors and en dedans, bourrees)
  • a short variation of choice (students age 15+)
  • Pointe work should include plenty of material to be able to judge technical ability. This is the area where most video submissions come up short.
  • barre work is not requested

Please register online prior to your submission and include your contact information within your email containing your link to view your submission.

Results will be emailed within 21 days of receipt of the video and registration. Correspondence will be emailed to the primary contact email reported on the registration from.

tuition information


Early Bird Tuition Rate

(January 1-March 1, 2016)

Regular Tuition Rate

(March 2-April 1, 2016)

Late Tuition Rate

(April 2-May 1, 2016)

Summer Intensive (6 Weeks)
June 20-July 29, 2016
$2,500 $2, 750 $3,000

Please note our refund policy below.   A $500 deposit toward tuition is due within 14 days of acceptance notification to secure a dancers place in the program.  All deposits and fees are non-refundable.

student resources

Housing & Meal Plan information

Housing for the summer session will be arranged through Ballet West. Housing rates include a meal plan.



Full 6-week Session:   $2,650

                Deposit due 
within 14 days of acceptance notification
due by April 1, 2016
Housing Due
Housing (6 Weeks)
June 19-July 30, 2016
$250 $2,400 $2,650

Housing arrangements must be secured with a non-refundable deposit of $250 within 14 (Fourteen) days of email acceptance. 
Full payment must be made no later than April 1st, 2016. Housing accommodations can not be guaranteed after this date.

Housing payments DO NOT include a transit pass. Please purchase a transit pass for your student through the Utah Transit Authority.

Check-in will take place on Sunday, June 19, 2016.  Final check-out must take place by 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

No refunds will be given for early departure without medical documentation.

Injury Care

Students will have access to Ballet West’s personal Athletic Trainer throughout the program.  All students attending the program are required to pay a $35 injury care and prevention fee.  This fee is due by March 1, 2016.

Refund Policy

Tuition (less $500 deposit) is refundable prior to April 1, 2016. Tuition is non-refundable after April 1, 2016. Please keep in mind that the study of dance, especially ballet, comes with the risk of injury. Those students who suffer a major and debilitating injury preventing any dancing after full payment of fees but prior to June 1, 2016 may submit a letter of explanation from a licensed physician; at that time, Ballet West Academy will consider a refund of partial tuition. All requests for refunds must be in writing to . All refunds will be issued after July 31, 2016.

All fees and deposits are non-refundable.

Housing deposits and payments are non-refundable.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Ballet West and Ballet West Academy Staff and Faculty may determine that some students potential and technique warrant a merit scholarship at the time of audition. These scholarships offers will be included in acceptance notifications.

A limited amount of financial aid is available for the summer program. Awards will be based on potential and financial need. Room and board is not covered by financial aid.  In order to apply for financial aid students must have been accepted into the program as well as secured their place in the program by paying the $500.00 deposit to Ballet West.  

Financial aid eligibility applications must be submitted through School and Student Services by NAIS at  There is a fee associated with this service.  All applicants must successfully complete the application process, including submission of required supporting documentation before they can be considered for aid.  Supporting documents should include uploaded copies of most recent tax documents, as well as letters from both the parent and the student explaining why need is being sought.  Fee waivers are not available and should not be requested.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The system will not prompt you to submit the required documents please be proactive about uploading the proper information.

All financial aid applications and supporting documents must be submitted by March 1, 2016 to be considered for financial aid to be applied to the 2016 Summer Intensive.  Please do not request consideration for aid after this date.

Summer Program Orientation

There will be an orientation meeting for the program held in downtown Salt Lake on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM. All students are expected to attend the orientation meeting. At the orientation meeting students  will receive information regarding classes, extracurricular activities, and other information. Parents are encouraged to come. Dancers will meet some of our faculty and have an opportunity to ask questions and meet their fellow students.

Map & Directions

A map of the campus is available at . A search for Heritage Center will show where the main dorm facilities are. The UTA TRAX line will take dancers from the dorms to downtown Salt Lake City studios.


2016 Faculty

Guest Faculty

  • Jacqueline Akhmedova
  • Karin Averty
  • Cameron Basden
  • René Daveluy
  • Olaf Hoefer
  • Leslie Larson
  • Mdm. Peff Modelski
  • Monique Meunier
  • Bridget Payne
  • Jim Payne
  • Nadia Pavlenko
  • Stephanie Saland
  • Lisa Slagle

Ballet West Artistic Staff

  • Adam Sklute – Ballet West Artistic Director
  • Pamela Robinson – Ballet West Principal Ballet Mistress
  • Jane Wood – Ballet West Ballet Mistress
  • Bruce Caldwell – Ballet West Ballet Master
  • Calvin Kittten – Director of Ballet West II 
  • Peggy Dolkas – Associate Director of Ballet West II 
  • Heather Thackeray – Assistant to the Artistic Director

Ballet West Academy

  • Peter LeBreton Merz – Academy Director
  • Heather Fryxell – Principal Faculty
  • Jeff Rogers – Principal Faculty
  • Cati Snarr – Principal Faculty
  • Cynthia Ridler
  • Nikki Bybee
  • Natalie Desch
  • Lisa Hoyt

Ballet West Company Members

  • Katlyn Addison
  • Kimberly Ballard
  • Tyler Gum
  • Chelsea Keefer
  • Christopher Sellars

Former Ballet West Company Members

  • Victoria Bearden
  • Annie Breneman
  • Sharee Lane
  • Kate Linsley
  • Maggie Wright-Tesch

Additional Faculty

  • Ashley Chin-Mark
  • Allison Farnsworth
  • Chloe Holzman
  • Eldon Johnson
  • Brooke Storheim
  • Justine Sheedy-Kramer
  • Megan Adelsberger
  • Tamria Airmet
  • Brad Beakes
  • Misa Oga Hansen


  • Women/Girls:
    Pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, black leotard in style of personal choice. A black chiffon skirt (13 inches) may be used for pointe, variations and repertoire class. Jazz shoes and tight fitting black jazz pants must be worn for jazz classes. Character classes require jazz shoes or hard soled character shoes as well as a long (shin length) black character skirt.
  • Men/Boys:
    Black or gray tights, black or white compression style shirt (i.e. UnderArmour), black ballet slippers or white socks with white ballet slippers, dance belt. Black jazz pants may be worn for jazz classes. Jazz shoes must be worn for jazz and character classes.
  • All Dancers:
    • All Dancers must bring a Yoga/Pilates mat for Conditioning and Yoga classes.
    • Please note that hair for ALL students should be well groomed. Long hair should be secured in place with a bun, french twist or similar forms. Please respect the art form of ballet and do not come to our intensive with extreme hairstyles: i.e. Mohawks, “faux hawks” , funky colors. Hair should be unadorned; no headbands, flowers, ribbons, etc. Jewelry should be limited to stud earrings only. No rings, bracelets, watches, necklaces are allowed in classes.
    • Please do not wear nail polish.
    • For Saturday classes students may wear any color leotard (ladies) or any color compression shirt (men).  The rest of the dress code will remain the same.

Parent Observation

There is not a session end performance. We do however encourage parents to observe their dancers in classes at the end of the intensive. Parents of dancers who live locally are invited to observe classes the Monday and Tuesday of the last week of the program. Parents of dancers who are from out of town are invited to observe classes the Thursday and Friday of the last week of program. Parents and/or legal guardians are the only people invited to watch. Brothers and sisters, extended family and friends should find other activities for these times. Parents should remember to be respectful of the class setting. Parents are encouraged to bring their own comfortable seating if they do not wish to sit on the floor.


For all students, there will be scheduled extra-curricular activities, which you may wish to attend. Students are responsible for paying for all extra-curricular activities. Particularly for students residing in the dormitory, trips will be planned at local points of interest in Salt Lake City.  Further information will be provided at the orientation meeting.

  • Prepaid Activities: 
    There will be several activities for which students can prepay to attend.  These will be on a first paid first served basis.  No refunds will be issued.  More information will be released soon.
  • Spending Money: 
    We anticipate about $300-$450 to be needed for tickets or admissions to additional optional weekend activities for dorm students.  Any money students wish to spend for purchasing souvenirs, etc. is their own responsibility.  Salt Lake City offers a variety of shops, restaurants and other facilities, which students may wish to visit. Please do not come with travelers checks or personal checks.  We suggest students get a plus system debit card linked to a bank account.  That way parents can add money to the account at home and students can retrieve the money from any of the convenient ATM’s on campus and throughout the valley.  If your student will be purchasing food off campus often they will need money for that as well.
  • Casual Wear: 
    Summers in Salt Lake City tend to be quite warm and dry, with temperatures in the 90s.  Evening may be cooler, with temperatures in the 70s.  Students should bring casual summer clothing and several long-sleeved shirts, pants and a light jacket.
  • Security: 
    Campus police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; however we recommend that students always travel in groups of three or more.

Class Schedules

Classes will run Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  All Summer Intensive classes will be held at our Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre (52 W 200 S, SLC, UT).

Dancers will have at least 4 classes per day, Monday through Friday, including two hours of ballet technique, and one hour of pointe/variations. The other classes will include ballet repertory, choreography, modern, jazz, stretch, conditioning, Feldenkrais and seminar. Many levels will have pas de deux while the others will have character.

On Saturday students will have a two hour technique class as well as one more hour of instruction.