Summer Intensive 2021

Ethan Stiefel, Artistic Director Designate
Aydmara Cabrera, School Director

The Program

JUNE 28 – JULY 31, 2021

Monday – Thursday | 9:30 AM-3:00 PM
Friday | 9:30-12:00 PM

Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is a 5-week program, in person or on-line, designed to nurture a dancer’s technical and artistic progress.

To be eligible, students must be at least 13 years old, with at least one year of pointe experience if applicable, when the program begins on June 28, 2021. 

For more information, call 609.921.7758  or 

Post High School Summer Intensive students may also be considered for the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School Trainee Program.

Ways to Audition



Submit A Video Audition! 
Step #1: Complete the audition form
tep #2: Create a 5-7 minute video demonstrating the following:
Barre exercises –  Pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambes, grand battements, adagio
Center exercises – Adagio, Across the floor Pirouette, Petit Allegro, Grand Allegro
Women should show two pointe exercises (one with pirouette)
Step #3: Upload the video to YouTube and email the link, audition form, headshot and first arabesque (en pointe for women) photo to Carol Bellis at

Experience the opportunity to:

  • Sample a taste of professional life in a full day dance experience, including rehearsals for a final performance
  • Grow technically through daily ballet technique, including pointe or men’s class
  • Deepen your understanding of important concepts in injury prevention, such as proper alignment and rotation
  • Expand your dance background through classes in contemporary, modern, and character dance
  • Develop group communication and leadership skills while establishing friendships with equally committed young dancers
  • Set effective goals and learn to increase personal discipline and focus
  • Interact with dedicated professionals, including the Princeton Ballet School faculty American Repertory Ballet’s professional company members
  • Students participating in the last three weeks of class can participate in an outdoor performance on July 30th (Rain date: July 31st)

Audition Fee

The in-person & virtual audition fee is $30. The video audition fee is $35.


Summer Intensive focuses on ballet, including pointe and men’s classes. Other coursework includes variations, contemporary, character, Flamenco, and choreography. Sessions in BioMechanics/Conditioning gives dancers the opportunity to identify and resolve problems, increasing the sophistication with which dancers approach technique class.

Placement In Levels

Levels are determined on the first day of the program, the classes start meeting in their regular groups on the second day.

“What was particularly interesting, and made a great impression on me, right from the beginning of the first lesson of the Summer Intensive, was a method of studying classical ballet definitely new, in some of its aspects, and in other ways, richly motivating me to reflect on and deepen my prior knowledge: I found every movement, from the very beginning of the barre work, more danced, more lived, more breathed.”

–Federica Valla, Teatro Nuovo, Torino, Italia

The Studios

Princeton Ballet School is located in the heart of Princeton with four large studios featuring high ceilings and sprung dance floors. Live music accompanies all ballet and modern dance classes.

The facility includes a dance library and is adjacent to numerous shops and restaurants, with generous open space, picnic tables, and gardens. The entire studio complex is wireless accessible.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, Princeton University will not offer room and board to our dancers this summer. 

With no housing option available, we understand that some participants may not be able to join us in-person. A virtual option will be available so that all students have the opportunity to receive as much of the Summer Program experience as possible.

Performance Opportunity

Students participating in the last three weeks of class can participate in an outdoor performance on July 30th (Rain date: July 31st)


To allow for even greater flexibility for families, the Summer Intensive programs will be offered in different sessions: 5 weeks, 3 weeks (7/12-7/31) or 2 weeks (6/28-7/9). In person or virtual.

Tuition: $1, 800 in-person (5 weeks) | $1,500 virtual

Tuition: $1,080 in-person (3 weeks) | $900 virtual

Tuition: $720 in-person (2 weeks) | $600 virtual


After being accepted to the program:

If you already have a Jackrabbit account with Princeton Ballet School, please register for Summer Intensive 2021 through the Parent Portal HERE
If you DO NOT have a Jackrabbit account with Princeton Ballet School, please register for Summer Intensive 2021 HERE

Click Here for Travel Guidelines


A limited number of merit-based tuition scholarships are available. All students attending each audition site are automatically considered for scholarship. There is no separate application process.

Age Qualifications

Summer Intensive is for students ages 13 and over.

“Our daughter greatly enjoyed her time at Princeton Ballet School, and we would like to thank you so much for all that you have done to make her stay so pleasant.”

-Famille de Brye, Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris

Further Opportunities: The American Repertory Ballet, ARB Trainee Program

The Trainee Program, a two-year-program, begins with the Summer Intensive and is the bridge between the student phase of training and that of a professional career. ARB Trainees start each day with intensive classes designed to polish technique and build strength. The program includes pointe class, variations, contemporary, bio-mechanics/conditioning, choreography, career development and American Repertory Ballet and classical repertoire to further technique and performance skills in a professional environment. Trainees also participate in the American Repertory Ballet’s production of Nutcracker and Princeton Ballet Workshop – the rehearsal and performance training program for the top levels of Princeton Ballet School.

International Students Princeton Ballet School is authorized  and accredited by the federal government  to enroll non-immigrant students.

Other Summer Programs: 

Ages 11+: Summer Intensive Intermediates

Ages 9-11: Summer Intensive Juniors

Children’s Dance



Summer Intensive Juniors
Summer Intensive Juniors is a program for the strong intermediate dancer. The emphasis will be on progressing technically; building strength and flexibility; increasing coordination and learning speed; and having fun together! Ages 9 and up.
Summer Intensive Intermediate
Summer Intensive Intermediates offers an exciting summer program for young dancers, modeled on our internationally acclaimed Summer Intensive, of which it is an extension. Summer Intensive Intermediates offers the same careful, personal training for which Princeton Ballet School is famous and is presented by some of the same teachers as those who teach the Intensive. Ages 11 and up.