In Character

ABT’s Roman Zhurbin has transformed character roles into career-making breakthroughs. People generally enter the rigorous field of ballet with big dreams of one day dancing Romeo or Albrecht or Giselle. But there are dancers who elevate ballet’s “secondary” parts to high art, turning what could be generic appearances into moments of complexity and drama. Or theMore »

Dancing Through the Dog Days

August intensives can help serious ballet students fill the summer gap. Last summer, Tessa Freeman spent five weeks at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s summer intensive, and then put in three more weeks of serious training at Manhattan Youth Ballet’s annual August Intensive in New York City. Freeman, 17, has studied year-round at MYB forMore »

How to Choose the Right Summer Program: A Checklist

Want to try a new summer intensive? How do you find out whether a program will be a good fit if you don’t know anyone who went there? “We tell our students that faculty is a big factor, the ratio of students to teacher is important for quality instruction, and performance opportunities are great butMore »

Coached by Gelsey

 At Gelsey Kirkland’s repertory workshop, students get the kind of attention usually reserved for principal dancers. Gelsey Kirkland walks toward a group of teenage students in the middle of the studio. The dancers are practicing the tricky hops on pointe at the end of Swanilda’s Act III variation from Coppélia. It’s a stressful moment, andMore »

Collaborative Learning

At Hubbard Street’s new intensive in Los Angeles, dancers dig into the choreographic process. “Give it more intensity,” says Robyn Mineko Williams, the choreographer in residence at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s inaugural pre-professional summer intensive at the University of Southern California. The dancer tries her solo again, moving across the floor in wider second-position pliés,More »

Stretch Yourself

New York City Dance Alliance’s summer intensive pushes dancers beyond their comfort zone. When you’re heading into your final training years, there’s a lot of pressure to decide what kind of career you want and perfect that technique, be it Balanchine, Horton or hip hop. So dancers often opt for summer programs with a narrowMore »

Audition Opportunities

Please send audition opportunities to PDX Contemporary Ballet is seeking male and female dancers for their 2017-2018 season. Both in person and online/video submissions are being accepted. Dancers must have strong ballet and contemporary technique. Pointe work is required for females.  All out of state dancers please email BEFORE completing registration! In Person AuditionMore »