School of Ballet Summer Intensive provides first-in-class training
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The School of Ballet Arizona welcomes ballet students from the Valley of the Sun and beyond to participate in its annual Summer Intensive program.
Auditions for the children, intermediate, and upper division programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Phoenix at Ballet Arizona’s Center for Dance. Audition times vary depending on the age of the students auditioning, according to a press release.
The upper division program is open to students ages 11 through 20 who are interested in an advanced training experience and will run June 12 – July 21. Interested students may audition virtually with a recorded video submission or attend the in-person audition.
The summer ballet school’s children and intermediate divisions will also be available for students ages 4 through 12 and will take place from June 12 – July 7, 2023.
“The Summer Intensive programs help dancers define their skills and form a community of support all while falling deeper in love with the art of dance,” said Maria Simonetti, director of The School of Ballet Arizona, in a prepared statement. “It is an honor to offer serious and beginner ballet students comprehensive dance training that will not only enrich their lives but will prepare them for a professional career in ballet.”
The School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive offers classes that run five days a week for upper and lower division students. Housing is also available for students 13 and older, the release states.
The Summer Ballet School students have ballet class two to five times per week depending on their age and level. Ballet Arizona Studio Company members for the 2023-2024 season are selected from attendees of the Summer Intensive.
“The Summer Intensive program provided me with the necessary skills and training, as well as the vital human connection with the other students, faculty, and staff, that had helped me grow into the strong and confident dancer I am today,” said Morgan Eaton, current Studio Company member at The School of Ballet Arizona. “This program was truly a worthwhile and fulfilling experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of.”