SUMMER 2022 INTENSIVES

Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Summer 2022 Intensives include a Ballet Intensive program, taking place June 27-July 29, and a Contemporary Intensive program, taking place July18-29. In both programs, students participate in daily classes with our renowned faculty and enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes exposure to GRB Company dancers and guest faculty. We welcome you to explore our audition tour dates below and to learn more about each program.

SENIOR INTENSIVE

June 27 – July 29, 2022
Ages 12-22 (audition required)

In the Summer 2022 Senior Ballet Intensive, students will enjoy studying with guests and Grand Rapids Ballet School faculty, refining their skills in technique and artistry. Students receive training in ballet, contemporary, pointe, repertoire, and variations. Students also gain valuable tools through specialized classes in Progressing Ballet Technique®, jazz, cardio training, and more.

Students will have the opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of the summer. This opportunity is open to everyone who at a minimum attends the last two weeks of classes.

SENIOR BALLET INTENSIVE | DATES & TUITION

Senior Program dancers may select to attend between 1 and 5 weeks of the Intensive. To participate in the Summer Showcase performance, dancers must enroll for at least Weeks 4 & 5.

WEEKLY PROGRAM DATES:

  • – Week 1, June 27 – July 1
  • – Week 2, July 5 – July 8*
  • – Week 3, July 11 – July 15
  • – Week 4, July 18 – July 22
  • – Week 5, July 25 – July 29

TUITION:

  • – 1 Week, $425
  • – 2 Weeks, $800
  • – 3 Weeks, $1,200
  • – 4 Weeks, $1,600
  • – 5 Weeks, $1,700

*Please note, Senior Intensive classes will NOT be held on Monday, July 4th, due to the holiday. The tuition cost to attend Week 2 only will be discounted by $85 as a result.

Online registration is now closed – please click here to contact the Summer Programs Office to enroll in a 2022 Intensive Program.

SENIOR BALLET INTENSIVE | A DAY IN THE LIFE

Senior Ballet Intensive students will take four to five classes per day Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm including Technique, Pointe, Mens, Variations, Contemporary, Jazz, Repertoire, Turns/Jumps, Conditioning/Stretch, and Progressing Ballet Technique.

  • – 10-11:30 a.m.: Ballet Technique
  • –  11:40 a.m. -12:55 p.m.: Contemporary
  • – 12:55-1:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • – 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Pointe / Mens
  • – 2:40-4:00 p. m.: Repertoire

JUNIOR INTENSIVE

June 27 – July 29, 2022
Ages 9-13 (no audition required)

The Summer 2022 Junior Ballet Intensive is a comprehensive program created especially with the aspiring young dancer in mind. Presented in a nurturing and encouraging environment, students will receive individual attention and custom instruction in order to improve their technical skills, in both ballet and contemporary styles of dance.

Students will have the opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of the summer. This opportunity is open to everyone who at a minimum attends the last two weeks of classes.

JUNIOR BALLET INTENSIVE | DATES & TUITION

Junior Program dancers may select to attend between 1 and 5 weeks of the Intensive. To participate in the Summer Showcase performance, dancers must enroll for at least Weeks 4 & 5.

WEEKLY PROGRAM DATES:

  • – Week 1, June 27 – July 1
  • – Week 2, July 5 – July 8* – CLOSED for 1:30 – 4:30pm Program
  • – Week 3, July 11 – July 15 – CLOSED for 1:30 – 4:30pm Program
  • – Week 4, July 18 – July 22
  • – Week 5, July 25 – July 29

TUITION:

  • – 1 Week, $225
  • – 2 Weeks, $420
  • – 3 Weeks, $630
  • – 4 Weeks, $840
  • – 5 Weeks, $900

*Please note, Junior Intensive classes will NOT be held on Monday, July 4th, due to the holiday. The tuition cost to attend Week 2 only will be discounted by $45 as a result.

Online registration is now closed – please click here to contact the Summer Programs Office to enroll in a 2022 Intensive Program.

JUNIOR BALLET INTENSIVE | A DAY IN THE LIFE

Junior Ballet Intensive students will take two to three classes per day Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. OR 1:30-4:30 p.m. including Technique, Contemporary, Turns/Jumps, Stretch, Conditioning, Jazz, and Repertoire.

  • – 9:30-11:00 a.m. OR 1:30-3:00 p.m.: Ballet Technique
  • – 11:00-11:15 a.m. OR 3:00-3:15 p.m.: Snack Break
  • – 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m  OR 3:15-4:30 p.m.: Contemporary

SUMMER 2022 INTENSIVE AUDITIONS

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS

Thank you for your interest in Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Summer 2022 Intensives! Our in-person audition tour window has closed, but if you are interested in auditioning in person during a regularly scheduled GRBS class, please contact the school office via email at summerintensive@grballet.com or give us a call at 616-454-4771 to arrange details.

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • • Headshot (can be a school photo) and full body photo in first arabesque position emailed to School Director Attila Mosolygo at the same time you complete your registration
  • • Video (submitted via the video submission form) of at least five minutes but not longer than 8 containing the following elements (only one side needs to be shown of each combination, and the frame of the video should show your full body throughout):
    • Barre work: pliés, tendu from 5th, degagé, rond de jambe a terre, adagio, grand battement
    • Center work: adagio, pirouette combination with pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, petite allegro including jetés, assemblés, sissonnes, etc.
    • Ladies pointe work: two pointe combinations showing both sides that include échappés, retirés, single/double pirouettes
    • Men: two combinations showing entrechat quatre or entrechat six and single/double tours en l’air

SUMMER 2022 | HEALTH & SAFETY

The health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff remain among the highest priority of Grand Rapids Ballet School (GRBS). Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, GRBS will continue following the guidance of the CDC, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Kent County Health Department for the 2022 Intensives. More details about our current policies can be viewed here.

HOUSING

Due to COVID-19 health regulations, and for the safety of our students and staff, we are unable to provide supervised housing for the 2022 Summer Intensive. Information regarding discounted rates for reservations with local hotels will be available soon!

SUMMER 2022 CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE JULY 18-29, 2022

2022 Contemporary Intensive
July 18 – July 29
Ages 14 – 20

Expand your growing dance skills beyond traditional ballet with classes in contemporary technique, improvisation, contemporary repertoire, conditioning, and PBT® in addition to ballet technique. This truly unique workshop-style intensive encourages group participation in an intimate learning setting.

To audition in person, dancers will need to attend a master class at one of the locations scheduled for our 2022 Audition Tour.  All Master Class Auditions are 90 minutes and include a ballet technique warm-up with contemporary classwork to follow. Female students are not required to audition en pointe.

Please bring a physical copy of the following to your Master Class Audition:

  • • A headshot photograph

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for a Master Class Audition requires payment of a non-refundable $25 fee. This can be paid using any major credit card by completing the pre-registration form online.

Registration will also be available in-person on the day of your class beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time; exact cash or check only for in-person registration.

CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE | DATES & TUITION

Contemporary program dancers may select to attend between 1 and 2 weeks of the Intensive. To participate in the Summer Showcase performance, dancers must enroll in the last week at a minimum.
PROGRAM DATES:
  • – Week 1: July 18 – 22
  • – Week 2: July 25 – 29
TUITION:
  • – 1 Week, $400
  • – 2 Weeks, $760

Online registration is now closed – please click here to contact the Summer Programs Office to enroll in a 2022 Intensive Program.

CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE | A DAY IN THE LIFE

Contemporary Intensive students will take four classes per day Monday-Friday from 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. including Contemporary and Ballet Technique, Contemporary Repertoire,  Conditioning/Stretch, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Improvisation.

  • – 2-3:15 p.m.: Ballet Technique class
  • – 3:25-4:45 p.m.: Contemporary Technique class
  • – 4:45-5:15 p.m.: Dinner break
  • – 5:15-6:35 p.m.: Repertoire
  • – 6:40-7:30 p.m.: Conditioning

CONTEMPORARY INTENSIVE | GUEST FACULTY

Meredith Dincolo - photo by Chloe Hamilton

Photo by Chloe Hamilton

Meredith Dincolo | Contemporary (July 18-22)

Meredith Dincolo has been dancing and teaching professionally for the past 28 years, having begun her professional career as a free-lance dancer in Chicago in 1993. In the years following, Ms. Dincolo pursued project work both in Chicago and abroad, and joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a full company member in 1996. During her nearly 14 years with the company, Meredith performed and created works with choreographers and artists from around the world. Between 2000-2004, Meredith danced in Europe with Lyon Opera Ballet (direction, Yorgos Loukos) and Nationaltheater Mannheim (direction, Kevin O’Day) before returning to Hubbard Street in late 2004. Most recently, Meredith performed with Robyn Mineko Williams and Artists in the premiere of Echo Mine, a full evening collaboration with the band Califone at the Harris Theater and Thalia Hall in Chicago. Ms. Dincolo joined the artistic staff of Hubbard Street as a company teacher and guest instructor at Lou Conte Dance Studio in 2009, while still dancing with the main company. From May 2014-May 2017, Meredith developed and directed the Pre-Professional programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, serving as a principal teacher and mentor. She has also taught for companies such as Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Ballett Basel, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Abraham. In.Motion, Jessica Lange Dance, Ballet Preljocaj, Ballett Hagen, GöteborgsOperan Danskompani, and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. At the university level, Meredith has created works with West Virginia University and Marygrove College and has taught master classes at George Mason University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and Florida State University. She has also served as rehearsal assistant to Kyle Abraham and William Forsythe for works with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and has set the work of Alejandro Cerrudo both domestically and internationally. Ms. Dincolo currently teaches on faculty at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, teaching the main company, and was an active member of the Lou Conte Dance Studio faculty from 2014-2020. Meredith is also on faculty at COMMON Conservatory in Chicago, is a founding member of the Chicago Movement Collective, and continues to teach and set works at the professional level in the US and abroad.

Kelsey Paschich | Contemporary (July 25-29)

Kelsey Paschich  is a multi-faceted dance artist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently based in Kalamazoo, MI. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University. Paschich holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico and she holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University. She is 1 of 36 Countertechnique® Certified Teachers globally. Her international performance career spans 20 years and multiple genres. Paschich has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet, DCDC2, Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival, Keshet Dance Company, ARCOS Dance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of project whitewall where she experiments and creates live + digital work that explores humanness, the moving body, and its relationship to technology. Paschich’s multimedia work includes: screendance, dance for film, and choreographic installations. Most recently she has been experimenting and developing work with motion capture technology in collaboration with interactive media specialist, Kevin Abbott. Their digital work has been screened in Istanbul, Lisbon, Ulm, Denver, Michigan, and across the United States. Paschich is the recipient of Distant Digital Dance Maker commission for Tanz mit dem Tiger 2021(Ulm, Germany), Creative Living for Dancers Award 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), the Dancing Lab Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (NCCAkron) 2021, she was also an invited presenter at the Society of Korean Dance Studies International Symposium 2021 (Seoul, Korea), and was the recipient of the National Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship in 2016. Paschich’s choreographic and performative experience continues to inform her pedagogical methodology in providing a progressive and holistic education that cultivates the next generation of artists.

Jasmine Mejia | Jazz (June 27-July 1 & July 18-22)

Jasmine Mejia is a New York City native, choreographer, and teaching artist. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance and Co-Director of H2 Dance Company at Hope College. She received an MFA degree in Dance with a concentration in Pedagogy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and graduated from Long Island High School for the Arts. Jasmine has performed at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center as well as toured the states and performed abroad in Bulgaria, London, and Sweden as a company member of VON HOWARD PROJECT, MADArt Creative, LMproject, and Jamal Jackson Dance Company. She has also worked with artists’ including Stefanie Batten Bland, Ronald K. Brown, Elizabeth Corbett, Leah Cox, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Her choreography has been featured Off-Broadway and across the country at festivals, residencies, and events. Jasmine’s current research is focused on developing her teaching practice and movement method, Rhythmic Motion.

VIDEO AUDITION

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • • Headshot emailed to School Director Attila Mosolygo at the same time you complete your registration
  • • Video (submitted via the video submission form) of at least five minutes but not longer than 8 containing the following elements (only one side needs to be shown of each combination, and the frame of the video should show your full body throughout):
    • ∙ Barre work: pliés, tendu from 5th, degagé, rond de jambe a terre, adagio, grand battement
    • ∙ Center work: adagio, pirouette combination with pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, petite allegro including jetés, assemblés, sissonnes, etc.
    • ∙ Contemporary improvisation or combination: a Contemporary combination, a short excerpt from a Contemporary choreography or improvisation

SUMMER 2022 INTENSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

SUMMER 2022 MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Summer Intensive merit-based scholarships are awarded to prospective Senior Intensive dancers following the audition process, whether in person or through a video submission. Partial, half, and full-tuition scholarships are awarded to students based upon their potential to achieve a professional career in ballet through a visible means of talent and passion in ballet technique and artistry.

SUMMER 2022 FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIPS

Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Summer Financial Aid Scholarship Program aims to provide tuition assistance to young students eager for high-quality dance instruction in a nurturing and encouraging environment, inspiring a love for dance and thorough knowledge of technique. To apply, families will need to provide a completed application form and supporting financial documents.

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