Balanchine Intensive at Ballet Palm Beach’s Summer Programs

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This summer, Ballet Palm Beach presents a rare opportunity for dedicated dancers. Those students ranging in ages 11-22 are offered a week-long comprehensive immersion, studying the brilliance of 20th century’s greatest choreographer, George Balanchine. The program begins on Monday, July 23rd and runs for five consecutive days.

Key components of George Balanchine© Technique, history, and repertory will be taught with an emphasis on the choreographer’s neo-classical masterpiece, Serenade. All attending students will learn excerpts from Serenade, discovering how the technique is designed to enhance the choreography.

The guest director for the workshop is one Balanchine’s hand-selected former New York City Ballet company members, Wilhelmina Frankfurt.  Another of Balanchine’s former dancers, Steven Caras, will teach several classes during the program.

The Balanchine© Workshop commences during the final week of the Ballet Palm Beach Summer Intensive which begins July 2nd. “We are very proud to offer this opportunity to the ballet students of Palm Beach County and beyond. I know our own students are very excited for this opportunity to learn from Balanchine’s very own dancers, says Colleen Smith, Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach and its academy.

Dancers interested in registering for the Balanchine© Workshop or the longer 4-week Summer Intensive, can call 561-630-8235, contact, or click HERE. Ballet Palm Beach Academy also offers Create a Ballet Workshop for young dancers ages 7-10 and the popular Fairy Tale Ballet Workshop for ages 3-7 during June 11th-June 22nd.

About Ballet Palm Beach

Ballet Palm Beach, the professional ballet company in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving classical ballet, cultivating choreographic visions, impacting the next generation, and enriching the community.  Founded by Artistic Director Colleen Smith in 2001, the company strives to impact the community and abroad through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. Its ballet school, Ballet Palm Beach Academy is in Palm Beach Gardens with classes offered to students beginning at age 3 years old through adulthood. For more information about Ballet Palm Beach call (561) 630-8235 or visit

Balanchine© Workshop
July 23rd– July 27th
Advanced ballet students learn George Balanchine© Technique, history, and repertory by Wilhelmina Frankfurt, former dancer of the New York City Ballet.

Ballet Palm Beach Summer Intensive
July 2nd– July 27th
A four week-long ballet intensive for serious ballet students, including the week-long Balanchine© Workshop. Professionally-minded dancers ages 16-22 will be considered for Trainee positions for Ballet Palm Beach’s 2018-2019 season.

Create a Ballet Camp
June 11th– June 22nd
A summer camp for students ages 7-10. Students will learn the ballet technique and basics of choreography, choreographing and staging their own work to present to the parents on the final day.

Fairy Tale Ballet Camp
June 11-June 22nd
Students ages 3-7 will learn about The Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake while taking ballet classes and crafting costumes. A mini performance will be presented to parents on the final day.

Photo Credit: (c) Steve Caras, all rights reserved

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