Ballet Hawaii | Summer Intensive 2020
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Summer Intensive 2020

July 20 – August 9, 2020


Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive 2020 is three exhilarating weeks of dedication, development, and dancing with Ballet Hawaii faculty and guest teachers from July 20 to August 9. The Intensive offers training in various levels including Advanced, Intermediate-Pointe, Intermediate, and Young Dancer. Participants of the Intensive have the unique opportunity to perform with guest artists from mainland companies as a unique, culminating event of the summer.



About the Program


Advanced & Intermediate: ​

  • The Advanced and Intermediate levels meet from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, character, modern, jazz, and body conditioning. For those students involved in the end-of-session production, rehearsals may be held anytime from 3:15-6:15pm.
  • Students may be asked to dance on Saturdays. A warm-up class is held from 12:00-1:00pm with rehearsals scheduled from 1:00-6:00pm.


Young Dancer: ​

  • This program is designed for students ages 7-10 years old who have been taking ballet technique classes at least two times per week. Classes meet from 12:00-3:15pm Monday through Friday. Classes include ballet technique, body conditioning, hula, jazz, and modern. For those students involved in the end-of-session production, rehearsals may be held anytime from 3:15-6:15pm.
  • Young Dancer students may be asked to rehearse on Saturdays anytime from 1:00-6:00pm.


*For all levels, the final third week of the Summer Intensive is Tech & Performance week. Rehearsal schedules will change and class schedules may be different than the first two weeks.



Auditions & Applications


All students must submit an application form. Click here to download the 2020 Application

Click here to download a Japanese translated application


1. Audition Requirements:

a. For students ​not ​ currently enrolled in Ballet Hawaii, please submit a headshot and photo in first arabesque with a DVD audition, your application, and $30.00 application fee. (Checks made out to “Ballet Hawaii”) DVDs should be no longer than 10 minutes with basic barre and centerwork. Please include adagio, pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, petit and grand allegros. Female dancers with pointe experience should wear pointe shoes for the center combinations. The video is non-returnable unless a self-addressed and stamped mailer is provided.

b. All students ​not ​ currently enrolled in Ballet Hawaii must be actively dancing to qualify for Summer Intensive. A letter of confirmation is required from his/her current ballet teacher.

c. Current Ballet Hawaii students do ​not ​need to submit a DVD.

d. Current Ballet Hawaii students must be enrolled in the Summer Session to qualify for Summer Intensive.


2. Visitors

For students visiting Hawaii who wish to audition for the Summer Intensive in person, please contact the Artistic Director to schedule an audition at Ballet Hawaii. All live auditions must be complete by ​February 1​, 2020​.





Summer Intensive Tuition Information


*For ALL levels, final tuition payment is due May 1, 2020.*

Payments may be paid online once the student is accepted.


An additional Production Fee is charged according to the student’s role in the Summer Intensive production.





Ballet Hawaii does not provide housing for visiting students. Families will need to make their own arrangements.



The Ballet Hawaii Summer Experience



Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive program offers students the unique opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty and guest artists and dance alongside professional dancers from mainland companies in a whirlwind three weeks. Very few summer programs provide such up-close-and-personal professional experiences in such a beautiful, tropical setting.


Past summer productions have included the following:

  • 2019 – Artistic Director emeritus of Atlanta Ballet, Robert Barnett’s Reflections
  • 2018 – Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet, Devon Carney’s ​The Sleeping Beauty
  • 2015 & 2012 – Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, Septime Webre’s ​Alice (in Wonderland)
  • 2014 – Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, Septime Webre’s ​Peter Pan
  • 2013 – Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, Septime Webre’s ​Cinderella
  • Other productions have included Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan’s ​Cinderella, ​ Carolina Ballet’s ​Romeo and Juliet, Giselle ​ with New York City Ballet, and ​Serenade ​ staged by Robert Barnett.


And have featured guest artists from…

American Ballet Theatre

New York City Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Kansas City Ballet

Carolina Ballet

Washington Ballet

Eugene Ballet



Summer Intensive 2020 Master Teachers


Master Teachers for 202o will include:  Robert Barnett, Maiqui Manosa, Timour Bourtasenkov, Danielle Tolmie, Mark Tucker, Regina Ahlgren, Micki Kolberg, Marcie Munnerlyn, and Kumu Kaliko. More Master Teachers will be announced.  Stay tuned!

2018 Sleeping Beauty

Photos courtesy of Joe Marquez, The Smoking Camera

Outstanding Faculty
& Guest Artists

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 Summer Intensive.


Very few summer intensive programs provide students the opportunity to perform onstage 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. This past summer 2019, Ballet Hawaii presented Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director emeritus Robert Barnett’s Reflections. Mr. Barnett’s auto biography On Stage At The Ballet also made its debut this summer.


In 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 puppetwork 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.

2015 Alice (In Wonderland)