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Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive 2017








       Young Dancer Workshop      

June 19-July 21, 2017

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photoraphy

All sessions are now closed for registration for the 2017 Summer Intensive 

Guest Faculty: John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow, Daniel Baudendistal, Faith Madison

“It’s a pleasure to watch young students train with such focus and determination for their futures. Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive nurtures students beyond the classroom into budding professionals”
– Gil Boggs, Artistic Director of Colorado Ballet

Two Week Session - June 19 to July 1, Three Week Session - July 3 to July 21, Five Week Session - June 19 to July 21

Ages 11-21 on pointe
At Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance 
1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Under the direction of Valerie Madonia, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company and into other companies worldwide. With internationally renowned master teachers and our own highly regarded school faculty, our program offers classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay ©,  and dance history. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

  • Dance in one of eight studios housed in our state-of-the-art studios in the heart of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe.
  • Two, three, and five week sessions are offered to accommodate summer schedules: Two weeks from June 19 to July 1; Three weeks from July 3 to July 21; Five weeks from June 19 to July 21.  Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the Program must attend the three or five week session. Students who are housing with us should arrive the day before their session starts. 
  • Students will be considered for our year-long Pre-professional division as well as the opportunity to join Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. Those students wishing to be considered for either program must attend the three or five week session. 
  • Physical therapy is available to students from the company’s in-house providers.
  • Students must be 11 by the start of the Summer Intensive to audition and must be on pointe by the time of the audition.
  • Admission is by audition only, the Academy gives first preference to students who audition in person.
  • Our highly experienced teaching faculty includes former dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet as well as current Colorado Ballet professionals. We are dedicated to providing superior training to our students in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography


Auditions are now closed.  Students must be on pointe by the time of the audition and be 11 by the time of the start of the intensive. We welcome auditions both in person and via video. Audition fees are $30 if paid in advance, $35 if paid at the time of the audition, and $45 if auditioning by video.

Video auditions can be submitted at  The video for an individual or class should include the following:

Barre Work one side

  • plies
  • battements tendus
  • rond de jambe a terre
  • grand adagio 
  • battements

Center floor work

  • adagio
  • pirouette combination
  • petit allegro
  • grand allegro

Pointe work

  • echappés
  • pique in arabesque
  • pirouettes en pointe
  • waltz combination

The video should not exceed 15 minutes in length.

* Please wear only leotards (white t-shirt for men), tights and appropriate shoes in the video


Summer Intensive Students reside on the University of Denver’s beautiful campus. They enjoy the scenic surroundings of Denver while participating in activities including the Denver Art Museum, a Colorado Rockies major league baseball game, a performance at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Botanic Gardens or Denver Zoo. Students are chaperoned at all times by experienced adult counselors familiar with the challenges of being away from home and the rigors of summer dance training.

Watch a video about the Summer Intensive:

Anatomy in Clay Centers

Guest Instructors

Daniel Baudendistal has trained with Jonathan Watts, Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation, Roger Tully in London, and David Howard in New York. He danced with American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has been featured with the BBC of London and appears in the documentary film “Ballet Russes.” He was televised in Russia dancing with Ekaterina Maximova at the Kremlin Palace, as well as appearing with Gala Des Etoiles in Montreal. He is noted for his partnering skills and dramatic roles. 

Mr. Baudendistel was awarded First Prize at the Saint Sauveur International Choreographic Competition. He has choreographed ballets for the ABT Studio Company, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and ABT Summer Intensive Programs. He has also directed and choreographed for the Hiroshima Opera Company.   In addition to this he performs with the Ballet Arizona and has been featured in Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.

As a teacher he has worked with students at the ABT Summer Intensive in New York, The Joffrey Ballet, and continues to coach dancers privately around the world. He is noted for his knowledge of kinetic principles, music theory, and understanding of the classical form as it relates to the dance. He was Professor of dance at the New School University Eugene Lang College in New York City. He takes great pride in his extensive dance collection.

John Gardner was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he began his ballet training with Gwen Ashton. He subsequently trained at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School summer program in 1977, and was invited to join the second company thereafter.   

In 1978 Mr. Gardner joined the main company of American Ballet Theatre, and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner’s diverse repertoire included many Soloist and Principal roles, represented an extensive range of styles, and afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the master choreographers of the twentieth century, including Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, and Twyla Tharp. 

In 1991 Mr. Gardner was invited to dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He danced with the company for five years, and worked closely with many acclaimed modern dance choreographers, most notably Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and David Gordan. Mr. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with White Oak Dance Project, and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. He returned to American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 1996, and continued to perform with the company until 2002. 

After retiring from the stage Mr. Gardner began to pursue a career as a teacher and coach. He taught the graded level program at Ballet Academy East in New York City for three years. During this time he also taught at various dance studios around the city, including Broadway Dance, where he had the privilege of working as a substitute teacher for the Master Teacher David Howard upon his request. Mr. Gardner has enjoyed his development as a teacher, coach, ballet master, and choreographer over the years, and has worked extensively at both the professional and student levels. He is a sanctioned repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, and also stages the ballets of Agnes DeMille and Benjamin Millepied. He has been invited to work in these many capacities for ballet companies and schools around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Washington Ballet. Mr. Gardner is married to fellow dancer and repetiteur Amanda McKerrow.

Faith Madison is from Macon, GA and began her training at the Madison Studio of Dance Education. During her training she earned several awards and scholarships for such prestigious programs as the American Academy of Ballet, Youth America Grand Prix, and Joffrey Ballet South Program. During her training she studied privately with Jane Madison, Valerie Madonia, and Nicolas Pacana. She was invited to join Colorado Ballet as a Studio Company member in 2008 and joined the company in 2010. As a company member she performed in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, and Michael Pink's Dracula, as well as Lila York's Celts and Lynn Taylor Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk. While with Colorado Ballet, she had the honor of teaching within the Dance Renaissance program within the Education and Outreach Department, extending the arts scene to the school children of Denver. From 2012-2014, she acted as Ballet Mistress for The Denver Academy of Ballet until moving to Chicago and where she acted as a private instructor and coach, while also working for a private franchise company as a teacher trainer.  A graduate of St. Mary's College of California's LEAP program, Ms. Madison now acts as Associate Director of the Madison Studio of Dance Educations, where she trained as a young dancer in Georgia. This is her second year on faculty for the Colorado Ballet's SIP and Young Dancer Program.

Amanda McKerrow has enjoyed a career as one of America’s acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous other awards, among them the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship and the New York Woman Award for Dance.  

Ms. McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland, where she completed the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. She then spent two years at the Metropolitan Academy of Dance where she studied the acclaimed Vaganova syllabus. She then studied at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day,  where  she danced with the company for two years, touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. 

Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982 under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed Soloist in 1983, and became a Principal Dancer in 1987. Her repertoire included  the leading roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and The Nutcracker. She has received acclaim for her performances in shorter works by Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, and Juri Killian. Ms. McKerrow has created roles in ballets by choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Clark Tippet, Choo San Goh, and James Kudelka. She has also appeared extensively as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world. 

In 2000, after having worked closely with him during his lifetime, Ms. McKerrow began staging the works of Antony Tudor for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. She also stages the ballets of Agnes DeMille and Benjamin Millepied, as well as the full length classics such as, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote. After retiring from performing in 2006, she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, coaching, and staging ballets for professional companies around the world. Among  them, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Colorado Ballet. She is married to fellow dancer and repetiteur, John Gardner. 

Viki Bromberg Psihoyos trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York for eight years before being accepted into his company, The New York City Ballet. She performed in over 70 works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Ruth Page, Peter Martins, Richard Tanner, Frederick Ashton, John Taras and others. Her television appearances included The Cage, Four Temperaments, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, The Merry Widow and Chaconne. She has taught ballet and choreographed for a number of schools in the US and abroad. Psihoyos works with the Balanchine Trust to offer Balanchine Technique Workshops focusing on the master’s unique approach to detail and musicality. She also stages Balanchine works so that students may apply these principles while learning a masterwork in a studio setting. 

Robert Sher-Machherndl, internationally renowned choreographer, a native of Vienna Austria, has been a Principal Dancer, Choreographer, Master-Teacher and Artistic Director. He’s been granted the privilege of the US visa type, alien of extraordinary ability. As Principal Dancer with Dutch National Ballet & Bavarian State Ballet he mastered repertoire from George Balanchine, Sir Fredrick Ashton and John Cranko. He danced leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Nuages, Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Serenade, Symphony in C, Diamonds, Concerto Barocco, Agon, La Valse, Divertimento no. 15, Hammerklavier, Grosse Fuge and Bad Blood. He has collaborated with Rudolf Nureyev, Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Ulysses Dove, Ed Wubbe, Ben Stevenson, Rudi van Dantzig, Maurice Bejart and John Neumeier. Robert has been partner to principal dancer Jolinda Menendez of American Ballet Theater and Evelyn Hart of Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Robert has been a member of Nederlands Dance Theater, Co-Director of Salzburg Ballet and Assistant to Artistic Director Ed Wubbe at Scapino Ballet.Robert is a founder of critically-acclaimed Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet has created over 25 full-evening works danced by renowned principal dancers to include Susan Jaffe ABT, Michele Wiles ABT, Misty Copeland ABT, Minna Tervamaki Finnish National Ballet, Valerie Madonia ABT/Joffrey Ballet and Simone Messmer ABT/San Francisco Ballet.  He has created choreography for Finnish National Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Salzburg Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, Santa Fe Dance Festival, Lines Ballet BFA and Training Program, Ballet Next, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, Kuopio Dance Festival, Peridance, Moving People Dance, American College Dance Festival, Colorado Ballet Training Program and more. He was awarded Dance Person of the Year by The Denver Post, a four-time winner of the New York Ballet Builders Choreography Award, and featured on the MTV Emmy Award winning series MADE.  Lemon Sponge Cake recently received the first dance Public Art Commission from Denver Arts and Venues for White Mirror at Babi Yar Park and Ellie Caulkins Opera House Denver.

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