Westside School of Ballet Summer 2023

FACULTY: James Ady, Melissa Barak, Aimée Gaudio, Martine Harley, Francine Kessler Lavac, Cassidy McAndrew, Michele Bachar Mendicelli, Sophie Monat, Mizuki Sako, Evan Swenson, Natalia Velarde, Caprice Walker, Liz Wasynczuk, Carol Youngjohn

GUEST FACULTY INCLUDES: Zippora Karz (Former NYCB), Andrea Laššáková (Mikhailovsky Ballet), Adrian Blake Mitchell (Mikhailovsky Ballet)


Discount for Early Registration by April 15 ~ Special discount for full 6 week enrollment

Week 1 June 19-23 Week 2  June 26-30 Week 3 July 10-14

Week 4 July 17-21 Week 5 July 24-28 Week 6 July 31-August 4

Young Dancers Intensive: (Level 3/3+  or ages 9/10 and up with minimum 2 years experience)     

3 classes per day/5 days per week 1 ¼ hour daily technique class  + Dance Conditioning, Jazz, Dance History, and Ballet Repertoire (Repertoire varies weekly)  Weekly rate: $500 / $475 Early Enrollment / $425 Full 6wks 

Intermediate Intensive: (Level 4/4+ or ages 11/12 and up with minimum 3 years experience)

4 classes per day/5 days per week 1 ½ hour daily technique class + Pointe (Level 4+), Pre-Pointe (Level 4) Dance Conditioning, Jazz and Variations/Repertoire (varies weekly) Weekly rate: $625 / $575 Early Enrollment / $525 Full 6 wks

Intermediate/Advanced Intensive:  (Levels 5-7 or ages 13 - 18 with minimum 4 years experience)               

4 classes per day/5 days per week 1 ½ hr technique and 1 hour pointe (daily), Dance Conditioning, Variations/Repertoire (varies weekly) Weekly rate: $625 / $575 Early Enrollment / $525 Full 6wks

Teen Ballet Workshop: (Ages 11 - 18 with minimal experience)  

July 5-7

3 days/ 4 hrs. per day: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 2:30 - 6:30pm. Daily Technique, Focused concentration on center floor work, Strengthening and Conditioning, Variations. $350 / $300 Early Enrollment

Workshops for High-Intermediate to Advanced Dancers ages 13 - 19 (Level 5+ to 7)

$675 Per Workshop / $650 Early Enrollment / $600 Per Workshop when registering for Workshop 1 & 2

1) Swan Lake 

June 12 – 16   

 Andrea Laššáková and Adrian Blake Mitchell      

1:30 – 5:30pm 4 hours - Class and Workshop            

Choreographer: Marius Petipa

Embody the dual role of Odette/Odile in this exclusive workshop led by Slovak principal ballerina Andrea Laššáková who has performed this coveted role on stages around the world. Composed by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is arguably the most famous of all ballets. Although the ballet is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies today base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

2) Balanchine/Serenade

$675 Per Workshop / $650 Early Enrollment / $600 Per Workshop when registering for Workshop 1 & 2

August 7 - 11   

Zippora Karz                                                             

1:30 – 5:30pm 4 hours - Class and Workshop     

Choreographer: George Balanchine

 "It is hard to think of the ballet world without the colossal presence of George Balanchine ..." In his lifetime he created 465 works. Balanchine extended the traditions of classical ballet. His choreography remains the same to the present day and the School of American Ballet still uses his teaching technique. As one of the 20th century's best-known choreographers, his style and vision of ballet is interesting to many generations of choreographers. Balanchine's more than 400 dance works include Serenade (1934), Concerto Barocco (1941), Le Palais de Cristal, later renamed Symphony in C (1947), Orpheus (1948), The Nutcracker (1954), Agon (1957), Symphony in Three Movements (1972), Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), Vienna Waltzes (1977), Ballo della Regina (1978).

3) International Styles

August 14 – 18

Melissa Barak, Nilas Martins, Adrian Blake Mitchell, Andrea Laššáková

$465 for Workshop / $440 Early Enrollment

4:15 - 7:00pm 2.75 hours- Technique Class (may include floor barre), Repertoire

Choreographers: Balanchine, Bournonville, Vaganova

The most versatile dancers are well-versed in different styles of ballet. Practice techniques and learn repertoire from across 3 different ballet disciplines:  Vaganova, Bournonville, Balanchine, taught by experts in each unique style. Expand your repertoire of balletic styles and work on variations, character and more. The Vaganova Method is a style of ballet instruction developed by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova known for delicate arms, well-set poses, and strict logic in the order and possibilities of the dance movements in class. George Balanchine is considered the father of American ballet. August Bournonville established the Danish style based on bravura dancing and expressive mime.


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