Summer Intensive 2022 - Ballet Hawaii
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Summer Intensive 2022

Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive 2022 | July 10th – 31st


Join Ballet Hawaii for three exhilarating weeks of dedication, development, and delight beginning July 10-31, 2022. The annual summer intensive offers three levels of training: Advanced, Intermediate, and Young Dancers.


Advanced & Intermediate Levels

  • Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with rehearsals until 6:30 pm.
  • Classes include ballet technique, pointe, character, modern, jazz, hula, and body conditioning.
  • The third week will be Tech and Performance week.  Students experience the preparation and rehearsals needed to perform with professional dancers from nationally renowned dance companies in a professional quality production.

Young Dancers Level

  • This program is designed for students aged 7-10 years who are at the pre-pointe level and have been taking ballet technique classes 2+ times per week.
  • Classes meet Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:15 pm with rehearsals until 6:30 pm.
  • Classes include ballet technique, character, modern, jazz, musical theatre, hula, and body conditioning.
  • The third week will be Tech & Performance week and provides students with the experience of preparing and rehearsing a high-caliber show with professional dancers from nationally renowned dance companies.

All Levels

  • All levels may have the opportunity to participate in a performance at the culmination of training (venue to be announced).  This summer’s performance will be announced in January 2022.
  • Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive draws students from throughout the state, across the mainland, and internationally.
  • The Ballet Hawaii studios are located at 735 Iwilei Road on the 2nd floor in the former Pomaka’i Ballrooms.
  • Orientation for the Summer Intensive will be Sunday, July 10, 2022.  A basic schedule for the first two weeks will be given on this day.
  • Rehearsal schedules will be given after the first day of classes during orientation.

Tuition (3-week program)

Tuition for 3-WeeksApply by Feb 1
Commit by Feb 15
Apply by Mar 1
Commit by Mar 15
Apply after Mar 1
Commit after Mar 15
Full-day (Currently Enrolled Ballet Hawaii Students)$1,800$2,000$2,200
Full-day (Non Ballet Hawaii Students)$2,000$2,200$2,400
Half-day (Currently Enrolled Ballet Hawaii Students)$1,000$1,150$1,300
Half-day (Non Ballet Hawaii Students)$1,150$1,300$1,450
  • Current Ballet Hawaii students must be enrolled and attending classes during the Summer Session to qualify for Summer Intensive.
  • Visiting students must be actively dancing to qualify for Summer Intensive. A letter of confirmation is needed from their current ballet teacher.
  • Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to hold your place ($200 for the half-day Young Dancers program).
  • The final tuition payment is due May 1, 2022.
  • Deposit and tuition may be paid online once you have been accepted through our secure system.
  • An additional Production Fee will be charged according to your role if cast in the Summer Intensive production.


  • Student housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student and their parents/guardians.


Native New Yorker, John Selya trained at the School of American Ballet from 1980-1988. In his final year, he received the Mae L. Wien award for outstanding promise. John was then invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre, where he performed and created works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp, and Mark Morris, Tetley, Kudelka, and Kylian as well as the classical repertoire.


In addition to making a name for himself as a dancer, John choreographed three works for the company: Moondance, Disposition and Don’t Panic. Since that acclaimed first work, Mr. Selya has gone on to create choreography for A.B.T., Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and the School of American Ballet.


Following his departure from A.B.T., John created and performed the central role of Eddie in Twyla Tharp’s Tony-winning Broadway show, “Movin’ Out.” His performance earned him a Tony nomination for best actor in a musical, an Astaire award for outstanding dancing on a Broadway stage and a Theater World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. Since then Mr. Selya has appeared as the Mambo dancer in “Damn Yankees”, Scranton Slim in “Guys and Dolls” and Sid in “Come Fly Away.”


Mr. Selya has also acted as director for Twyla Tharp, staging productions of “Come Fly Away” and “Nine Sinatra Songs” and “Sinatra Suite.”


In addition to appearing on stage, John also has appeared on screen in the movies “Everyone Says I Love You”, “Across the Universe” and “Romance and Cigarettes.


In 2008 Mr. Selya was named “artist-in-residence” at the Joyce SoHo where he created two works: “La Voix Humaine” and “Tweaker.”


Mr. Selya continues to perform on stages across the globe as a member of Twyla Tharp Dance. He also is slated to stage Ms. Tharp’s works for Pacific Northwest Ballet in the fall of 2017.


Recently, Mr. Selya was awarded a fellowship with NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts where he continues to create and develop new choreography.


Founding Member, Carolina Ballet

Timour Bourtasenkov began his professional education with the Moldavian Opera House and the Bolshoi Ballet. Upon coming to America he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the New York based Daring Project. In 1998, Mr. Bourtasenkov joined Carolina Ballet as a Principal dancer and founding member of the Company His repertory includes ballets by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanox, Mikhail Fokine, Leonid Massine, Auguste Bounonville, Arthur Saint-Leon, Georg Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, José Limón, Peter Martins, Robert North, Margo Sappington, William Forsyth, Richard Tanner Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon and Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director, Robert Weiss, has created numerous principal roles for him in the company’s extensive repertory.


Mr. Bourtasenkov has choreographed works for Carolina Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, Infinity Ballet and New Jersey Ballet. He has been chosen twice for the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2004, he choreographed using New York City Ballet Dancers and 2006 using Carolina Ballet Dancers. His ballets include Light and Dark, sections of Messiah, Rag House, Elements, Memories, Visions, Intrigue, Dance of the Spirits, Fallen Dreams, Slavonic Dancers, Tango! Tango! Tango!, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Dances for Piano and Violin, Walpurgisnacht and Calderiana.


Mr. Bourtasenkov won the Bronze Medal in the VII Massako Ohyo World Ballet Competition of Osaka, Japan and the V International Competition of Paris, France. He has appeared in two USSR movies, The Long Way and The Magic Star. In 1996, he filmed Little Red Ridinghood for the Sundance Film Festival.


In 2006-2009 he was named Assistant Professor at East Carolina University where he choreographed Listianna, Provocative Monologues and Swan Fake.


During the summer of 2008, he choreographed the dance scene for the independent film Looking for Nick.


Currently he’s on the faculty of American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive and judging/teaching for Youth America Grand Prix.


Principal Dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Lesley Rausch is from Columbus, Ohio. She studied with Shir Lee Wu at Columbus Youth Ballet and also trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Rausch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of the corps de ballet in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2007 and principal in 2011.


Ms. Rausch has performed as a guest artist with Chicago Dancing Festival (Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun), Lafayette Ballet Theatre (Snow pas de deux and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker), Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival (Balcony pas de deux from Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows), and Nevada Ballet Theatre (Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream).


In addition to her performing career, Ms. Rausch has been a guest teacher at Ballet Hawaii, Evergreen City Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, and Punahou Dance School. She also is on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.


Ms. Rausch is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor.


Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

Katherine Williams was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and began her early training with the Hawaii State Ballet. After moving to Maryland with her family, she studied at the Ballet Royale Academy under the direction of Donna Pidel. She was awarded the Youth Grand Prix at the 2003 Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, and was a Top 12 Finalist at the 2005 Finals. In 2003, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet Summer Dance program. From 2004 to 2006, she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives as a National Training Scholar and, in 2006, she attended the Stiefel and Stars Summer Program.


Williams joined the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in the Fall of 2005 and remained there until joining ABT Studio Company in January 2007. Williams became an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in December 2007 and joined the corps de ballet in June 2008. She was promoted to Soloist in September 2018.


Her repertoire with the Company includes Polyhymnia in Apollo, a Shade in La Bayadère, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, the Dryad Queen and a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Myrta, the peasant pas de deux and Moyna in Giselle, the Spanish Dance and one of The Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Fairy of Sincerity in The Sleeping Beauty, the Fairy Violente (Temperament), Princess Florine, Gold Fairy, and Cinderella in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois, a big swan, and the Italian Princess in Swan Lake, Mademoiselle Marianne Chartreuse in Whipped Cream, leading roles in Her Notes and ZigZag, and featured roles in Airs, Company B, Continuo, Deuce Coupe, In the Upper Room, and Jardin aux Lilas.


She created the Queen of Babylon in Of Love and Rage, Ice in The Seasons, leading roles in City of Women, Garden Blue, and New American Romance, and featured roles in AfterEffect, Convivium, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Songs of Bukovina, and A Time There Was.


ABT is grateful to Avery and Andy Barth, in memory of Laima Barth, for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Katherine Williams.


Principal Dancer, Eugene Ballet

Danielle received her early training from Connecticut Dance School and attended the University of Utah where she graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a BS in Business Management. She joined Eugene Ballet Company in 2008 as an apprentice, was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2011, and principal in 2015. During her time with EBC, Danielle has performed numerous lead roles including Aurora, Juliet, Myrtha in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Carmen, The Snow Queen, and Anitra in Peer Gynt. She has also been showcased in various contemporary ballets such as Stephanie Martinez’s Wandering On, Amy Seiwert’s White Noise, Jessica Lang’s Solo in Nine Parts, and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino. Danielle is an instructor for Eugene Ballet Academy and also performs and teaches throughout the northwest. She has had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with Ballet Hawaii in Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and as the Dark Angel and Waltz Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade. Danielle is the proud mom to her son Luca whom she shares with her husband and fellow principal dancer Mark Tucker.


Principal Dancer, Eugene Ballet

Mark Tucker is honored to be taking part in his twelfth season with Eugene Ballet. Mark began his training in his home state of Hawaii. As well as continuing his training in Miami, Houston, and Washington DC, Mark attended The North Carolina School of the Arts where he graduated high school and obtained a BFA in Classical Ballet with a minor in Modern Dance. Mark joined Eugene Ballet in 2008 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2015. Mark has defined his career as a strong partner and has had the opportunity to be a part of the creation of some of Toni Pimble’s more modern ballet’s including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon and “I Want You” in Pimble’s All You Need is Love. Over the course of his career, Mr. Tucker has had the opportunity to dance an expanding range of roles with choreographers and directors both internationally and from across the country. Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland, Mauricio Wainrot’s Anne Frank, Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, Salvatore Aiello’s Journey, Head Wrangler in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, Heather Maloy’s Stranger, as well as works by Jessica Lang, Amy Seiwert, Stephanie Martinez, Devon Carney, Victoria Morgan, Stanton Welch, and EB’s Suzanne Haag to name a few. In 2017, as a guest artist with Ballet Hawaii, he was featured as Waltz Boy in George Balanchine’s Serenade.

Mark began dancing lead roles with EBC in 2012 as the head male in Rite of Spring with, now, Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Martin. He has been featured as the lead male in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and more recently premiered the role of Fear in resident choreographer Suzanne Haag’s Firebird. He also enjoys bringing characters to life onstage in roles such as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, and the sultan in Scheherazade. In 2015 Mark starred alongside his wife, EBC Principal Dancer Danielle Tolmie, in Pimble’s Carmen. “Dancing the role of Don Jose across from my wife was one of the most memorable and powerful moments I have ever experienced on stage.” In the 2021-2022 season Mr. Tucker looks forward to being apart of Toni Pimble’s world premiere of Taming of the Shrew and celebrating his son Luca’s second birthday.
Follow him and Danielle on Instagram @markdani8688


Ballet Hawaii Faculty

Micki was born in Pusan City, South Korea and adopted by American parents. She grew up in upstate New York where she began her ballet studies with the Ithaca Ballet. She attended and is a graduate of The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. Micki began her pre-professional career in Ballet Austin’s trainee program. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky and Ballet Black in London, England. While in the UK, she performed as a guest artist in Wales with Swansea Ballet Russe’s Swan Lake. In 2007 Micki moved to Honolulu, HI where she guested and danced with Ballet Hawaii and Onium Ballet Project.


Micki is an experienced registered 200 hour yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Educator, and formerly certified Foundation I, Level I GYROTONIC(R) instructor. She has taught ballet classes for over twenty years. Micki was the dance director at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, HI from 2008-2016 where she developed and led the dance program for students in grades 7-12. She currently teaches with Ballet Hawaii.


Ballet Hawaii Faculty

Jenny Riley-Doyle began her ballet training at the age of 10 at her hometown theater in Nordhausen (formerly part of East Germany). Under the direction of Monika Honti, Jenny performed in a number of professional ballet productions, including Coppelia, Sheherazade, and Esmeralda at the Theater Nordhausen. Jenny attended college in Kaiserslautern, studying business administration, all the while continuing her dance training at several studios, including the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.


At the age of 20, Jenny began teaching pre-ballet and beginning ballet students at the Fairy Tale Dance Studio in Ramstein, Germany. Her marriage to an American brought her to California, where she trained at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, the San Francisco Dance Center, and the Dance Network in Fairfield.


Jenny was certified as a Ballet Master with Dance Masters of America, Inc at the age of 24 and continued her teaching for the Dance Network until moving back to Germany in 2003. She taught ballet, pilates, and yoga at several studios and fitness centers in Germany until 2010 when she opened her own studio for Dance, Yoga, & Pilates in Kaiserslautern – “Grace Studio”. The studio was run successfully for 8 years and gave Jenny the opportunity to work with more than 80 dance and yoga teachers.


In 2018, Jenny sold Grace Studio and relocated with her husband and family to Hawaii. She started a ballet program on Hickam Air Force Base that grew from 20 to 200 students in just a few weeks. In addition to her dance training, Jenny is also certified in Vinyasa yoga, Prenatal yoga, Bosu, Pilates with props, PIYO technique, Nutrition Fundamentals and more. Jenny joined the faculty at Ballet Hawaii in July 2019 and currently teaches creative dance, pre-ballet, ballet 3, and ballet 5. She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of Ballet Hawaii.


Ballet Hawaii Faculty

Christine Kaminski began her training at Harbor Ballet Theatre in Port Jefferson, NY. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She danced principal roles in the University’s productions of Ondine, Paquita, and La Bayadere. Christine then danced as a soloist with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre for four years, where she was featured in Dracula, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Saerpil, and The Wizard of Oz. In 2006, she moved to Newport, RI, where she danced for Island Moving Company for 12 seasons. Christine danced leading roles in IMC’s productions of The Nutcracker, Dracula, and Peter Pan, and had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of choreographers. In addition to dancing, Christine was the Director of Education for five years. She developed and implemented curriculum for various school programs, and directed IMC’s Junior Company. Christine has recently relocated to Honolulu with her husband and is looking forward to working with the students at both Ballet Hawaii locations.


Ballet Hawaii Faculty

Jennifer Gage recently moved to Oahu from Virginia, but it’s Chicago she called home where she taught for over 20 years at many schools, including her own studio, NorthSide Dance Theater. As a young dancer, her classical training was with Ballet Tennessee directors Anna and Barry Van-Cura. She also attended intensives on scholarship with Joffrey Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and Governor’s School in TN. At 18 she moved to Chicago on full scholarship with the Joel Hall Dancers, later becoming a company member, teacher, rehearsal assistant, and ballet mistress. With a 30 year professional career, she danced with over 15 companies with styles ranging from classical ballet to jazz and hip-hop.


In 2002 Jennifer created her own not-for-profit company, Alliance Dance Company. Over the 13 years they were active, the company grew from a single show to a full season with 3 shows, school performances, touring, invitation to perform at special events, festivals, and even creating their own curated dance festival, Kaleidoscope. Ms. Gage has created over 100 choreographed pieces, 26 productions, and 17 full-length story works, including Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Nutcracker, Snow Spectacular, A Journey, Fighting for a Dream, and the still requested Cats After 9 Lives. She has set acts from Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake as well as choreography for Miss Saigon and Cinderella.


As an instructor, Jennifer is a firm believer in Age Appropriate/Level Appropriate and enjoys creating a positive and constructive environment with all levels of dance and life.


Claudia Kalikolehuaiukaomānoa Pizzino

Kumu Kaliko was born in New York City but her formative years were spent in Europe and Canada. In 1972, she graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She has been a Pan American World Airways flight attendant and a United Airlines purser and has lived in Honolulu for the past forty years. Her introduction to ballet at the age of five in Stockholm, Sweden sparked a passion for dance that has continued to the present day. In 2003, she began studying hula `auwana and hula kahiko with Kumu Edward Kalāhiki at Nā Punahele o Hāluakaiamoana. She accomplished the three major trials of hula kahiko. Hula ūniki as Kumu Hula Papa Kukui November, 2014. Permission to teach hula `auwana class was granted by Kumu Kalāhiki, Nā Punahele o Hāluakaiamoana, 2015.


  • All students must complete our online application form and submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.
  • Application and required attachments (headshot, photo, and videos) are due by February 1, 2022 to avoid incurring additional tuition fees.


  • For those who are not currently Ballet Hawaii students, please submit a headshot and a photo in 1st arabesque along with a link to a video audition with your application. The video should be no longer than 10 minutes of basic barre and center work.  Please include adagio, pirouettes en dedans and en dehors, and petite and grand allegro
    • Female dancers who are already training en pointe should wear pointe shoes for the center combinations. (Current Ballet Hawaii students do not need to audition. No video is necessary)
  • Visiting dancers who wish to audition for Summer Intensive may arrange an audition time with our Artistic Director, Pamela Taylor Tongg, during any week of the current session. All live auditions must be completed by February 1, 2022
  • Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive program offers students a pre-professional experience with outstanding faculty. Students have the opportunity to work with exceptional guest artists who come to participate as teachers and performers in Ballet Hawaii’s summer production. Auditions for the performances are held during the first week of the Summer Intensive.
  • Very few summer intensive programs provide students the opportunity to perform on stage with professional dancers. Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive program draws dancers from around the state, the mainland, and other countries.  The summer production is a chance for students to showcase their hard work. In Summer 2018, Ballet Hawaii presented Kansas City Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Artistic Director, Devon Carney.  Dancers from Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Eugene Ballet shared the stage with students of the Summer Intensive program.
  • In 2015 and 2012, Ballet Hawaii presented Alice (in Wonderland), which showcased innovative choreography by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, with music by Matthew Pierce.  Design included spectacular costumes by Liz Vandal, amazing sets by James Kronzer, and puppet work by Eric Van Wyk and Flying by Foy.
  • In August 2014, Ballet Hawaii was delighted to share Septime Webre’s Peter Pan with a musical score by Carmen DeLeone and guest artists from Washington Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Eugene Ballet
  • In August 2013, Ballet Hawaii concluded the Summer Intensive program with Cinderella, choreographed by Septime Webre. Guest artists from Washington Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Eugene Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre graced the stage in principal roles alongside students of Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive.
  • Past productions have also included Cinderella with Cincinnati Ballet staged by Victoria Morgan, Romeo and Juliet with Carolina Ballet, Giselle with New York City Ballet, and Serenade staged by Robert Barnett, Artistic Director emeritus of Atlanta Ballet.