Princeton Ballet School Celebrates 30 Years of Summer Intensive Program Through July 29
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of Princeton Ballet School’s international Summer Intensive Program.
The five-week program, one of the oldestof its kind in the U.S., will take place from June 27-July 29.
The program’s faculty and facilities provide dancers from around the world with professional-level ballet training.
Students were selected during last winter's auditions in the U.S., Paris and Rome. Students will come from the U.S., France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Israel, live at Princeton Univeristy and attend class six days a week at the Princeton Ballet School’s studios.
The school's director, Mary Pat Robertson, and American Repertory Ballet Company Director Douglas Martin will conduct the program alongside the school's permanent and guest faculty, including Kyra Nichols (former principal ballerina with New York City Ballet and current Princeton Ballet School teacher), Kathleen Moore (former principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and current American Repertory Ballet teacher), Katie Glasner (former dancer with Twyla Tharp and associate professor of dance at Barnard College) and Mary Barton and Maria Youskevitch, senior faculty members and ballet mistresses of American Repertory Ballet Workshop.
Special guests will include Princeton Ballet School alum Michael Mindlin, currently dancing in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia.
The Summer Intensive will culminate with a performance on July 29 at the McCarter Theatre Center’s Berlind Theater. The performance will include student choreography orchestrated by Katie Glasner, as well as choreography by Mary Barton and Janell Byrne. The performance will also feature an excerpt from Don Quixote as re-staged by Maria Youskevitch and work by American Repertory Ballet Director Douglas Martin.
“Summer Intensive is one of my favorite moments of our year,” Robertson said. “It’s so gratifying to see such talented young dancers, whom I have found and gathered here from all over, being so enthusiastic about new ideas and new friends. These concepts and friendships with teachers and peers will last them throughout the coming year, as they return to their home studios and countries.”
Princeton Ballet School also runs two programs for younger dancers- Summer Intensive Intermediates for 11-14 year old dancers in Cranbury and Summer Intensives Juniors at Princeton University.