Summer Intensive FAQ

Francisco Estevez

What steps is CBA Summer Intensive taking in regards to COVID-19?

As the situation and spread of coronavirus develops, we will keep Colorado Ballet Academy families informed regarding classes, performances and Summer Intensive (SI). CBA is in close contact with housing vendors for Summer Intensive and will reach out to SI families if needed.

Colorado Ballet Academy (CBA) will continue to conduct classes and events as scheduled, but if your child or you are sick, please stay home. CBA is taking preventive measures, such as wiping down barres at the beginning of each class and all shared surfaces, door handles, etc. at the end of each day. Please encourage your students to take extra precaution in preventing the spread of germs, such as washing hands often.

How are students chosen for Summer Intensive?

Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students are assessed based on their technique, overall ability, physical attributes, strength, focus, attitude and previous classical ballet training, as well as the ability to receive and apply correction.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

For in-person auditions, results will be communicated via email within two weeks.

For video auditions, results will be communicated via email within four weeks.

Students who are accepted will be asked to respond by the deadline provided in the acceptance letter. Registration fee, as well as tuition and housing deposits are due upon acceptance. Those who do not register by their deadline will be placed on a waitlist. Due to the number of auditions, no feedback will be provided.

Are there different levels within the program? How and when does level placement happen?

Level placement is determined during the placement class that occurs on the first official day of each session. Students are not placed in any level prior to the placement day. CBA Summer Intensive has four levels.

Is it possible to attend a portion of one session?

Partial sessions are not allowed.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

A limited number of scholarships are available and awarded on a case by case basis during the time of audition. We are unable to offer financial aid for our summer programs.

What is the refund policy?

Tuition Refund Policy
Deposit of $300 and registration fees are non-refundable. Any tuition refund, (not including deposit or fees) will only be processed before April 30, 2020. Tuition refund requests received after April 30, 2020 will be considered by CBA on an individual basis, but no refund is guaranteed.

Housing Refund Policy
Deposit of $300 and registration fees are non-refundable. Any housing withdrawal after April 30, 2020 is not subject to any refund.

To withdraw, please email Academy Admin at to receive a withdrawal form. Upon receipt, any decisions regarding refunds and credits will take 2-4 weeks of processing time.

Can parents observe classes? Will there be a performance at the end of the session?

For students attending the two and five week sessions, parents can observe classes on Friday, July 3. There is no performance for the two week session.

Those students attending the three and five week sessions will have a performance on Saturday, July 25.

What is the dress code for Summer Intensive?

Women: black leotard, pink tights, footless pink or black tights for modern class, pink ballet slippers pointe shoes, black character shoes, black character skirt

Men: white t-shirt, black tights, black jazz pants, black or white ballet slippers with socks, jazz shoes

What is a daily schedule like?

Hours are 9:30-5:00pm Monday – Friday, 10:00-2:00 Saturdays. A typical day includes 4-6 hours of dance with supplemental lectures and focused trainings. 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©.

When can I check in to the dorms? Can I check in early?

Two Week & Five Week Sessions
June 21, 2020 after 3:00pm More information will be provided upon acceptance.

Three Week Session
July 5, 2020 after 3:00pm. More information will be provided upon acceptance.

Can I request to room with a specific person? How are roommates assigned?

Prior to arrival, all residential students fill out a form indicating living habits, allergies and preferences. Students may request a roommate on this form, but requests are not guaranteed. Our chaperones pair students based on age, gender and mutual roommate requests.

Is airport transportation available?

Yes, airport transportation may be arranged. There will be a place to fill this out on the registration form. Please contact your airline regarding policies for unaccompanied minors, if applicable. Additional charges apply and may increase depending on arrival/departure of flight and/or special circumstances.

May I leave the dorm on my own or to attend a family function?

All students staying at the dorms, regardless of age, are required to be escorted to and from the dorms and any activities. Lights out will be strictly enforced by program staff. Permission to leave campus must be arranged by your parent and assigned chaperone and is handled on a case by case basis. No late arrivals to the dorms will be allowed past lights out.

May I stay part-time in the dorms or overnight with a friend who is staying in the dorms?

Due to housing reservations, we are only able to offer the dorms on a full-time basis for the duration of the summer intensive session chosen. No guests or visitors will be permitted in the dorms for the safety of our students.

How do residential students commute between University of Denver and Colorado Ballet studios?

Students receive a transportation pass to commute via RTD Light Rail. Students are escorted to and from the dorms by chaperones.

Are Summer Intensive students eligible for Colorado Ballet Academy’s year round program?

Students who meet appropriate age requirements will be eligible to register for Levels 5-7. Those wishing to be a part of Pre-Professional Division will also be assessed but must meet the age requirement 14-20 as of August 17, 2020. Acceptance into the Pre-Professional Division is by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for PPD, please indicate this on your registration form.

Are Summer Intensive students considered for Colorado Ballet Studio Company positions?

Eligible students attending Summer Intensive are assessed for Colorado Ballet Studio Company and Pre-Professional Division based on availability in both divisions.

Is Summer Intensive required to apply for the Pre-Professional Division and/or Colorado Ballet Studio Company positions?

Attendance of Summer Intensive is not required in order to apply for Pre-Professional Division or Studio Company; however, students interested in these positions are encouraged to attend SI.

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