Summer Intensive 2023 - Ballet Hawaii
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Summer Intensive 2023

Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive 2023 | July 2nd – 22nd


Join Ballet Hawaii for three exhilarating weeks of dedication, development, and delight beginning July 2-22, 2023. The annual summer intensive offers three levels of training: Advanced, Intermediate, and Young Dancers.

Summer Intensive Program

This program is for Intermediate and Advanced levels. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with rehearsals until 6:30 pm most evenings. Classes are offered in classical ballet technique, pointe, character dance, contemporary, jazz, hula, body conditioning, and more. The final week of the program will include technical and dress rehearsals for the culminating performance.  Students experience the preparation and rehearsals needed to perform with professional dancers from nationally renowned dance companies in a professional quality production. Placement in the Intermediate and Advanced levels is by audition only.

Young Dancers Summer Program

This program is designed for students aged 7-10 years who are at the pre-pointe level and have been consistently training in ballet technique classes for 2+ times per week at a minimum. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:15 pm with rehearsals until 6:30 pm most evenings. Classes are offered in ballet technique, character dance, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, hula, and body conditioning. The final week of the program will include technical and dress rehearsals for the culminating performance.  Students experience the preparation and rehearsals needed to perform with professional dancers from nationally renowned dance companies in a professional quality production.

Performance Opportunity

All levels may have the opportunity to participate in a performance at the culmination of training (venue to be announced). 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 held the Sunday prior to the start of the intensive.  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.


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


  • 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, 2023 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, 2023

Tuition (3-week program)

2023 Summer Intensive Tuition TBA

  • 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 non-refundable tuition payment is due on May 1, 2023.
  • 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.
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)$1,850$2,050$2,250
Full-day (Non Ballet Hawaii Students)$2,050$2,250$2,450
Half-day (Currently Enrolled Ballet Hawaii Students)$1,050$1,200$1,350
Half-day (Non Ballet Hawaii Students)$1,200$1,350$1,500


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

2023 Guest Faculty & Répétiteurs


Maiqui Mañosa joined the Atlanta Ballet in 1980. She advanced to principal dancer where she was recognized for her performances in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Dennis Nahat’s Copella as Swanilda, Midsummer’s Night Dream as Tatania, Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid as the Sweetheart, Lyn Taylor Corbett’s Escape, Fernand Nault’s world renowned Carmina Burana and
La Fille Mal Gardee as Lizette.


Ms. Mañosa received wide acclaim for her interpretation of Tom Pazik’s Romeo and Juliet and his world premiere of Madame Butterfly with the Philippine Ballet Theater in the role of Cio-Cio-San. Pazik created this ballet for Maiqui.


Atlanta Ballet’s Director, Robert Barnett featured Maiqui in several Balanchine, including the Dark Angel in Serenade, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux, Four Temperatments, Allegro Brillante, Concerto Barrocco, Scotch Symphony, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes and Tarantella and Themes & Variations.


Ms. Mañosa was chosen to represent the Philippines in a cultural exchange program with China. Performing with the Central Ballet of China, she was warmly received and widely acclaimed by Chinese audience and critics. Ms. Mañosa was invited to work with the Singapore Dance Theater (SDT) as ballet mistress, where she staged Graham Lustig’s Cinderella and works of the late Choo San Goh. Maiqui also worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Val Caniparoli and John Paul Comelin. She returned to the United States and joined the faculty of Rock School for Dance Education where she became Principal Teacher. She worked at the Rock School for four years and now guest teaches, time permitting.


Currently, Ms. Mañosa stages ballets for Val Caniparoli both in the US and internationally. She has staged Mr. Caniparoli’s works with American Repertory Ballet, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Nevada Ballet
Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater, Texas Ballet Theater and Tulsa Ballet. One of her more memorable experiences was in Moscow coaching Bolshoi Ballet’s ballerina Anastasia Volochkova in Val Caniparoli’s ballet “Lambarena.”


She continues her guest teaching in summer workshops around the country.


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.


Sacramento Ballet

Photo by Tony Nguyen

Born in Portland, OR, Wyatt McConville-McCoy began his ballet training at Oregon Ballet Theatre. In 2017 he joined Boston Ballet II, under the tutelage of Peter Stark, where he performed Harlequinade in Boston Ballet’s At Home Series and alongside the main company in Jerome Robbin’s West Side Story. Two years later he joined Atlanta Ballet II where he had the privilege of performing in ballets such as La Bayadere and in featured roles of The Nutcracker while on tour to the Kennedy Center. Wyatt joined Sacramento Ballet in 2021 where he has graced the stage in roles such Gnome in The Nutcracker, the Men’s Trio in Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, and the featured pas de deux in Isaac Bates-Vineza’s Rumor as well as in Jennifer Archibald’s Soar.


Principal Dancer, Carolina Ballet

Courtney Schenberger began her formal training at age 8, at The Ayako School of Ballet in Okinawa, Japan. At age 10, she continued her training at Ballet Hawaii. While attending she competed at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) San Francisco and won 3rd  place bronze in the Junior Women Classical category. She also competed at the World Ballet Competition where she achieved the 3rd highest score in the Pre-Professional category as well as receiving the Jury’s Award. At age 15, she attended the Washington School of Ballet’s professional training program and then the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Ms. Schenberger has also attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, Ballet West, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms. Schenberger’s featured roles with Carolina Ballet include Lead Couple in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, Cinderella in Robert Weiss’ Cinderella, and August Bournonville’s Flower Festival.


Cleveland Ballet

Image by Luca Sportelli Creations

Emanuel Tavares began studying dance at the age of 14 in his hometown of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil at the Instituto de Dança Goretti Quintela. While focusing on his ballet training, he also studied contemporary and Jazz. He has been celebrated in many dance festivals and has received both national and international scholarships such as Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in New York and IBStage Barcelona in Spain.


Emanuel became a professional dancer in 2016 with Especial Academia de Ballet in São Paulo, Brazil, where he performed principal roles as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Solor in La Bayadere, Ali in Le Corsaire and Jean de Brienne in Raymonda among others Classical and Neoclassic Ballets. At the age of 19, he joined Virginia National Ballet in Virginia, United States and danced with the company from 2017 to 2020. He also has been a guest artist for The Nutcracker throughout the states of Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.


Emanuel joined Cleveland Ballet in 2021, and he has performed as soloist in The Nutcracker as the Nutcracker Prince and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His most recent performance was in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Principal soloist in the new contemporary ballet Symphony of Life created by former dancer and choreographer from Mariinsky Ballet, Ilia Zhivoy with the Cleveland Ballet.


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

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.


Ballet Hawaii Faculty

Elisha began dancing at the age of 3. She joined ‘Iwalani School of Dance at the age of five where she trained in hula, Tahitian, and Māori styles of dance. During this time, she danced for four years and performed for many different events around the island. When she was 13, she joined Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela to broaden her hula technique and learn a more traditional standard of hula. In college, Elisha joined the hula club and performed for two semesters under Kumu Lilinoe Lindsey. She also landed her first professional hula job in college with Malu Productions. She was able to perform for the Diamond Head Luau as well as in the terminals at the Pride of America Cruise Ship for the Norwegian Cruise Line in Waikiki. Now, she enjoys sharing her love of hula with others through teaching.

2023 Performance – Urashima Taro & By George


2022 Performance – Dancing Among the Stars



  • 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.