Summer Intensive Program

Photo by Francisco Estevez

2019 Summer Intensive Program | June 17 – July 20

Directed by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

Ages 11 – 21 By 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 the Academy’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, as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, dance history, music for dance and Anatomy in Clay©.

  • Dance in one of our eight state-of-the-art studios housed in our building in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Art District. The Armstrong Center for Dance, Colorado Ballet's home.
  • 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 the Academy'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, air-conditioned housing is available on the beautiful University of Denver campus.
  • Weekly activities outside the studio provide a well-rounded and positive cultural experience.




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

2019 Audition Dates

* In these locations the audition class taught by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner will double as a Master Class for those students who do not wish to audition for Colorado Ballet Academy. Please register in person day of the audition.

*JANUARY 5
Alabama Ballet
2726 1st Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35433
Registration: 11:00am-12:00pm
Audition: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Register

JANUARY 13
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14
Registration: 9:30am-10:30am
Audition: 10:30am-12:00pm
Ages 15-21
Registration: 11:30pm-12:30pm
Audition: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Register

JANUARY 19
The Ailey Studios
The Jones Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Registration: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Audition: 5:00pm-6:45pm
Register

JANUARY 20
Pennsylvania Ballet
323 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Audition: 3:00pm-4:45pm
Register

JANUARY 26
Hubbard Street Dance
Lou Conte Dance Studio
1147 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
Registration: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Audition: 4:00pm-5:45pm
Register

*JANUARY 27
Dance Conservatory of Maryland
701 Whitaker Mill Rd
Joppa, MD 21085
Registration: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Audition: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Register

FEBRUARY 9
Westside School of Ballet
1709 Stewart St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Registration: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Audition: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Register

FEBRUARY 10
Ballet Academy of Texas
145 Fitness Ct
Coppell, TX 75019
Registration: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Audition: 1:00pm-2:45pm
Register

FEBRUARY 10
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
Registration: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Audition: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Register

FEBRUARY 17
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14
Registration: 9:00am-10:00am
Audition: 10:00am-11:45am
Ages 15-21
Registration: 11:15am-12:15pm
Audition: 12:15pm-2:00pm
Register

FEBRUARY 23
New Mexico Dance Academy
10410 Comanche Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Registration: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Audition: 2:00pm-3:45pm
Register

MARCH 10
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14
Registration: 9:00am-10:00am
Audition: 10:00am-11:45am
Ages 15-21
Registration: 11:15am-12:15pm
Audition: 12:15pm-2:00pm
Register

MARCH 17
Bozeman Dance Academy
346 Gallatin Park Dr
Bozeman, MT 59715
Registration: 1:30pm-2:00pm
Audition: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Register



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