Announcing Princeton Ballet School’s 2017 Summer Intensive Guest Faculty

(Princeton/New Brunswick, N.J.) –Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, announces its guest faculty for its highly celebrated Summer Intensive program held in Princeton, N.J., from June 26-July 28, 2017. First held in 1981, Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is one of the oldest in the United States. The final U.S. audition for the program before the audition tour goes oversees to Europe will be this Sunday, March 12 in New York City.

The Summer Intensive program is one of serious study in a warm and companionable atmosphere. The faculty provides caring and careful instruction conducive to technical and artistic progress. In seeking to maintain a feeling of community, Princeton Ballet School purposely limits the number of students in class. In addition to study with the school’s roster of outstanding faculty, classes with guest faculty are scheduled throughout the program. This year’s guest teachers include artists from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet National de Cuba.

Franco De Vita is Artistic Director Emeritus of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. As a performer, Franco De Vita danced principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie. Mr. De Vita has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ailey School and Hartford Ballet. Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum.

Raymond Lukens is Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum. As a performer, Mr. Lukens toured extensively and danced in works choreographed by Nijinska, Van Dyk, Balanchine, Petipa and Bournonville, among others. When he retired from the stage, Mr. Lukens earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and a Fellowship of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the UK.

Aydmara Cabrera, former Principal Dancer with Ballet National de Cuba. She also danced with Ballet Hispanico in New York. Ms. Cabrera has served on the faculties of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Hispanico of New York School, and Ballet Academy East – New York.

Unity Phelan is a Soloist with New York City Ballet and is also a Princeton Ballet School alumna. Sterling Baca is a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, and Nayara Lopes is also a dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet.

Full biographies of all the teachers may be found here:

For more information about Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive, please visit or call Carol Bellis, at (609)921-7758, ext. 14

Students age 11-14 may join our Summer Intensive Intermediates program and students age 9-11 may join Summer Intensive Juniors program (these are separate from the 13 and older Summer Intensive program and are not part of the audition tour).

Photos/images available upon request.