Summer Intensive Program

Photo by Francisco Estevez

2020 Summer Intensive Program

Directed by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

event June 22-July 25
Ages 11 – 20 Audition Only (on pointe)

Students participating in our Summer Intensive are assessed for Colorado Ballet Studio Company and Pre-Professional Division.

Under the direction of Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive designed for dancers from intermediate through pre-professional levels. With internationally renowned master teachers and members of CBA’s own accomplished faculty, the program strives to maintain an atmosphere of creative freedom for every student and a safe place to test boundaries while learning new ways to push beyond them. The Summer Intensive curriculum consists of level specific classes in ballet technique, pointe, men’s conditioning and technique, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, yoga, and Pilates. Lecture classes will include injury prevention, nutrition, dance history, music for dance and Anatomy in Clay©.

  • Dance in one of eight studios housed in our state-of-the-art building in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive. The Armstrong Center for Dance is home to Colorado Ballet.
  • Two, three, and five week sessions are offered to accommodate summer schedules. Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the program must attend the three or five week session. Students attending the two week session will have a parent observation day at the conclusion of their session.
  • Summer Intensive students will be considered for CBA's year-long Pre-Professional Division and Colorado Ballet Studio Company.
  • Physical therapy is available to students from Colorado Ballet’s in-house providers.
  • Suite-style housing is available on the beautiful University of Denver campus.
  • Weekly activities outside the studio provide a well-rounded and positive cultural experience.

Pre-Professional students by Francisco Estevez
Photo by Francisco Estevez


"It is very important to us that the students leave with a sense of accomplishment. We feel this is best achieved by placing a high value on their overall progress, and by focusing on the fact that any improvement, no matter how incidental it may seem, is understood for its importance to their continuing development. It is our belief that it is the attention given to the smallest details that provide the greatest results over time."
Amanda McKerrow & John Gardner, Directors, CBA Summer Intensive



“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, Colorado Ballet


Amanda McKerrow & John Gardner by Rosalie O’Connor

2020 Audition Dates Coming Soon

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