This Ballet Summer Program Emphasizes Artistry Over Technique

“Julie Kent was my first ballet crush,” Harry Warshaw admits with a shy smile. The curly-haired 17-year-old has just learned a variation from Swan Lake. “I remember watching Center Stage when I was about 10 or 11 just to see her.” Now he is taking technique class with the former American Ballet Theatre star and […]

The Summer That Shaped Me: 5 Dancers Share Their Intensive Stories

While some dancers return year after year to the same beloved summer intensive, others travel the globe seeking novel ways of moving. Aspiring dancers can find myriad possibilities for their summer months, and with so many choices, such varied costs and so much competition, summer study can be tough to navigate. Dance Magazine asked five […]

The Summer Intensive Where Students Become a Choreographer's Muse

It’s the second week of Miami City Ballet School’s Choreographic Intensive, and the students stand in a light-drenched studio watching as choreographer Durante Verzola sets a pas de trois. “Don’t be afraid to look at the ceiling—look that high,” Verzola shows one student as she holds an arabesque. “That gives so much more dimension to […]

Should You Try a New Ballet Technique at Your Summer Intensive?

Before spending a summer at Los Angeles Ballet School, Lillian Glasscock had never learned a Balanchine variation. “The stylistic differences, like preparing for a pirouette with a straight back leg, were at first very challenging,” says Glasscock, 17. “But it soon got easier.” Los Angeles Ballet company members were in class daily, motivating and inspiring […]

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