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Studio Experience

Supported by a large faculty and staff, participants in Summer Dance Program holistically develop as dancers, artists, and students. See below for information on key elements that go into a student’s training.

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Classical Ballet Training

First and foremost, Summer Dance Program is designed to develop each student’s ballet technique. With the guidance of our expert faculty, students will learn how to improve upon their balance and strength in small and subtle – yet hugely impactful – ways. This level of focus and discipline lays a strong foundation for students, upon which more sophisticated elements – including artistry and musicality – can then be built with greater success.
Classical ballet training includes:

  • 2-hour technique class, daily 
  • 1-hour pointe/men’s/variations class, daily 
  • 1.5-hour partnering class, weekly (select levels only )
  • Longer-term work on group repertoire
  • Conditioning/strength training

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Supplemental Curriculum

Beyond a focus on classical ballet training, Summer Dance Program also encourages students to expand their understanding of the dance world. As the ballet industry itself continues to broaden and expand, so must dancers. As such, while specific offerings may vary for each level, students can likely expect to have many of the following “supplemental” classes each week:

  • Character
  • Chinese Fan Dance
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz/Musical Theater
  • Modern
  • Salsa
  • Enrichment Classes


Summer Dance Program brings together year-round faculty from Boston Ballet School, professional dancers from Boston Ballet, and guest artists from around the country to share their expertise with students. Some of the faculty that students can expect to see include:

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet
Tamara King, Associate Director of Boston Ballet School
Joan Boada, Associate Director of Boston Ballet II
Ivaylo Alexiev, Assistant Principal of Boston Ballet School


Boston Ballet School Faculty

Melanie Atkins Corina Gill Eyla Jeschke
Naoko Brown Pavel Gurevich Cynthia Lucas
Igor Burlak Rie Ichikawa Alla Nikitina
Carrie Euker Jaqui Strong


Guest Faculty

José Carreño Michelle Gifford Pendu Malik
Noah Gelber Jennifer Grace Levi Marsman


Studio Assignments

Each student will be assigned to one of our two state-of-the-art studios – located in Boston’s South End and Newton, Massachusetts – based on age. Dividing by age guarantees that students will work most closely with the faculty members best suited for their level of physical development and experience. While each studio will have its core faculty, we strive to integrate many of our teachers across both locations in order to create an equitable experience for all students. 

Ladies ages 12-14 (when the program begins) will train at our Newton Studio, and ladies ages 16-18 will train at our Boston Studio. 15-year-old ladies will be assigned to a studio later in the spring, once enrollment has settled, so that students can be divided in a way that guarantees equitable class sizes at both locations. 

The same age split outlined above will primarily be used for men as well, though exceptions may be made to account for the smaller population of men enrolled in the program. Additionally, some men will train at both locations over the course of the week, to ensure Partnering classes are available to all eligible ladies. 


Physical Therapy

Tuition includes access to on-site Physical Therapy for injuries sustained during the program. Physical Therapy is available at both the Boston and Newton Studios and is open to all students.

Should a student’s injuries require medical attention beyond our on-site Physical Therapy, appointments will be arranged with our partners at the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital. All appointments will be arranged by Boston Ballet School, and residential students will be accompanied by residential staff.


Student Safety

Boston Ballet School is committed to providing a rigorous intensive that has been designed with safety and wellbeing at top of mind. Additionally, as a recreational camp for children, we must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. In the interest of student safety and wellbeing, these regulations guide minimum standards for camp policies and procedures.

See page 17 of our Program Guidebook for a better understanding of some of the ways Summer Dance Program puts student safety and wellbeing into practice, and learn more about MA camp regulations.


To learn more about what you can expect, review our PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK, visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page or email SDP@BOSTONBALLET.ORG.



Summer Dance Program must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.