BALLET INTENSIVE SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer 2017: July 10 through 28 (3 weeks)
with INTERNATIONAL FACULTY and SPECIAL GUESTS
Anna-Marie Holmes, Former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet and
Program Director, Jacob’s Pillow, New York
Allen Kaeja, Co-Artistic Director, Kaeja d’Dance, Toronto
(additional guest instructors to be announced)
Juniors (5– 11 years) • Elementary (11 – 13 years) • Intermediate & Seniors (13 years+)
July 10 - 14 Juniors & Intermediate/Seniors
July 7 - 21 Elementary & Intermediate/Seniors
July 24 - 28 Elementary & Intermediate/Seniors
Auditions may be required for Intermediate Advanced placement.
Train with the professionals
Located at the beautiful studios and company headquarters of international professional touring company, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, the Summer Ballet Intensive is led by an international faculty.
The program offers the serious ballet student an intensive, high level of instruction that includes 4 - 6 hours of class and choreography daily, Monday through Friday.
Each level consists of a minimum of three classes per day (depending upon placement), supplemented by enrichment classes as scheduled. The daily curriculum includes: classical ballet technique, variations, pointe, character dance, duet class and choreography. Boys’ technique classes are available, including individual coaching.
Enrichment classes are in jazz, modern (Martha Graham technique), classical character, and core conditioning classes. In addition there will be a limited number of professional development lectures, including topics such as injury prevention, wellness, and nutrition.
•Junior Intensive (8 – 11 yrs.) will have 4 hours of class per day, including 1 hour enrichment classes each day.
•Intermediate Advanced Intensive (11 – 13 yrs.) will have 5 hours of instruction per day including pointe class.
•Senior Intensive (13 yrs and up) students will have 6 hours per day including additional technique and pointe class.
Class level placement and qualification for pointe classes is entirely the decision of the Artistic Staff. Class placement may require an audtion.
Juniors (8 – 11 yrs.): 1 year of dance training
Intermediate Advanced (11 – 13 yrs.): 2+ years of training
Seniors (13+ yrs.): 4+ years of dance training
Please see the registration form for additional information. A limited number of billeting opportunities for out-of-town students is available.
Auditions can be made by video or in person.
Email your video link to
In person, arrange an appointment either by email centre@atlanticballet or by phone at 506-383-5951 extension 101.
Video auditions must include:
Bar - plié, battement tendu, adagio, grand battement;
Centre - small adagio, pirouettes, small jump, grand jeté (not mandatory for juniors);
Or classical variation.
Deadline is May 1, 2015.
July 20 – 31: Ballet Intensive
Juniors, Intermediate Advanced, & Seniors
This program offers the serious ballet student an intensive, high level of instruction that includes 4 - 6 hours of class daily, Monday through Friday. The curriculum includes daily classical ballet technique, variations, pointe, character dance, duet class and choreography, as well as enrichment classes in jazz, Pilates, and Gyrokinesis, and professional development lectures. Boys’ technique classes are available, including individual coaching.
July 13 – 17: Advanced Ballet Intensive
Intermediate Advanced & Seniors
First week will be dedicated to the Intermediate Advanced and Seniors only. Students enrolled for this week must also be enrolled for the Ballet Intensive weeks. There will be 4 - 6 hours of class daily, Monday through Friday. The curriculum includes daily classical ballet technique, variations, pointe, character dance, duet class and choreography, as well as enrichment classes in jazz, Pilates, and Gyrokinesis specifically designed for the more experienced student.
ANNA-MARIE HOLMES, Former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet and Program Director, Jacob’s Pillow, New York.
Artistic director, choreographer, master teacher, and celebrated ballerina, Anna-Marie Holmes is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary. Former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet and Program Director, Jacob’s Pillow, New York, she was the first North American invited to perform with the Kirov Ballet in Russia, and also appeared with leading classical companies in Canada, England, Germany, Netherlands, and others. Her stagings of the Russian classic ballets are in the repertoires of leading ballet companies worldwide, and she is a master coach of principals and soloists in companies such as American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet. Holmes is a recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and an Emmy Award for her staging of Le Corsaire for American Ballet Theatre's PBS Great Performances.
ALLEN KAEJA, Co-Artistic Director, Kaeja d’Dance, Kaeja Elevations, Partnering and Contemporary Dance Teacher.
Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized, award winning choreographer and filmmaker. Invited in 1981 by the Ontario Olympic Wrestling Federation, to compete for “the team,” he chose dance as his career instead. He’s created over 120 stage works, written two books and directed/choreographed for 26 films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with his wife Karen and co-founder of the CanAsian Dance Festival and fFIDA. He teaches master workshops in Kaeja Elevations worldwide and his works have been presented in festivals around the globe. Over the years, Allen has received dozens of national and international commissions, including Norway, Sweden, UK, India, USA, and Mexico. His Norwegian commission, Jericho, has been touring Scandinavia for three years. Allen was the International Guest Choreographer and judge for Mexico’s Canal22: OperaPrima and just completed being local mentor and performer for HipHop’s Open Art Surgery with internationally renowned JonziD.
Kaeja d’Dance will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015 with: two mainstage concerts – March is with their Company and November a duet concert with only Karen/Allen; Porch View Dances among other events.
Allen and Karen received Canada's inaugural national 2012 Canadian Dance Assembly 'I Love Dance' Community Award, were finalists for the 2013 inaugural TD Diversity Award (with Manifesto/Unity), CDA I Love Dance Innovation Award and the finalist for NOW magazine’s 2011 Best Local Choreographers. They were also honoured with the Globe & Mail’s “most moving choreography of 2012, exploring the very essence of what makes us human”.
Artistic Director of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Igor is a prolific choreographer – having created eleven full-length ballets and 48 short works in just over 12 years. His creative work catapulted the Company he co-founded in 2001, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, onto the international stage. His works created for the company tour regularly throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Igor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pedagogy of ballet, dance and, choreography from the Kiev National University of the Arts. His extensive professional career has taken him across Europe and South America.
Principal and Faculty Head
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Yullia has worked throughout Europe as a professional ballet dancer. Her extensive contemporary, classical and character dance repertoire included: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, Sacred Spring, Pushkin, Casanova, Carmina Burana, Carmen, Four Seasons, Giselle, and Rasputin, in which she had leading and solo roles.
Yuliia now dedicates her time to teaching and youth development. She has been a ballet teacher and choreographer at ballet schools and instructor and artistic consultant for rhythmic gymnastics groups in Europe and Canada.
Faculty - Instructors
ELDIYAR DANIYAROV Ballet
Kyrgyzstan native Eldiyar has a degree in Teaching and Choreography from the National Academy of Art. Before joining Atlantic Ballet Theatre in 2012 he was a principal dancer with several companies including the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.
YURIKO DIYANOVA Ballet
Yuriko left a career as a classical soloist in Japan to join Atlantic Ballet Theatre in 2003. A prizewinner at several ballet competitions, she has an extensive classical repertoire which includes principal and soloist roles.