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School of Ballet Arizona hosts summer intensive auditions in January

School of Ballet Arizona offers unparalleled classical training

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The School of Ballet Arizona is welcoming ballet students from the Valley and beyond to participate in its annual summer intensive program.

The upper division program is open to students ages 11 through 20 who are interested in an advanced training experience and will run from June 10 – July 19, 2024, according to a press release.

Interested students may audition virtually with a recorded video submission or attend in-person at one of the audition events throughout the country, the release states.

A children’s and intermediate division will also be available for students ages 4 through 12 and will take place from June 12 – July 7, 2024. Audition dates for the children’s and intermediate divisions will be held on March 3, in Phoenix at The School of Ballet Arizona.

“Each dancer, serious or beginner, who comes through this program leaves with a deeper appreciation and love for the art of dance as well as refined skills and technique,” said Maria Simonetti, director of The School of Ballet Arizona. “The School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive programs not only provide students with comprehensive dance training but also prepares them for a professional career in ballet.”

The summer intensive offers students the highest caliber of classical training, augmented by the rich diversity of dance forms necessary to meet the eclectic demands of dance companies today, School of Ballet officials say.

Classes run five days a week for upper and lower division students. Housing is also available for students 13 and older. The Summer Ballet School students have ballet class two to five times per week depending on their age and level. Future Ballet Arizona Studio Company members are selected from attendees of the summer intensive.

“The Summer Intensive provided me with the necessary skills and training to grow as an individual and a dancer,” said Devin Lentz, current Studio Company member at The School of Ballet Arizona. “It was an inspiring experience to learn from such a talented and knowledgeable group of instructors and fellow dancers. I am so grateful to have been a part of this program.”

Video audition submissions are due by April 1, 2024.

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