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Summer Dance Program

 

 

 

SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM 2024 – June 24 – August 2

 

 

Classes for ages three thru adult, including a Pre-Professional day intensive Monday thru Friday for serious students ages 9 & up.

The Pre-Professional Day Intensive will be held the weeks of June 24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; and July 29-August 2. The day intensive will not have classes the week of July 1-5. Choose one week, two weeks, or more to fit with your schedule!

The Community Class program will be held on a Tuesday or Thursday evening during the six-week time period listed above. Classes for the holiday week of July 1-5 will be held on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 instead.

Scroll down for more information about classes!

 

 

 

 

SUMMER PRE-PROFESSIONAL DAY INTENSIVE SCHEDULE

The Pre-Professional Day Intensive is designed for the serious student, age 9 & up and includes Progressing Ballet Technique in addition to ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. Throughout the Summer Dance Program, guest master teachers are invited to instruct the Pre-Professional day intensive students. The 2024 schedule will be added as soon as possible.

The stellar lineup of luminaries in the dance world in 2023 included Dayesi Torriente & Arian Molina Soca (Philadelphia Ballet Principal Dancers), Ashley Hod (New York City Ballet), Tim Fox (New York City Ballet), Kate Kastelnik (Nashville Ballet), Amy Browne Smith (TAP), and Erin Puskar (Musical Theatre). Scroll down for bios and teaching dates of each guest instructor who joined us last summer!

We were pleased that Carolyn Lippert joined our Pre-Professional teaching staff in 2023. She has recently retired from American Ballet Theatre as a member of the Corps de Ballet and is relocating to the Lehigh Valley soon. Also a former dancer with Washington Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, Carolyn is a certified teacher of the ABT National Curriculum and has taught at Patel Conservatory of Tampa, Florida under the artistic direction of Philip Neal, who is a Repetiteur of both The Jerome Robbins Rights Trust and The George Balanchine Trust.

Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Students may choose to take one week, two weeks, or more. Classes are held in person at the Ballet Guild studios only.

Non-BGLV students wishing to enroll in the Pre-Professional program will be placed in the proper level during his/her first class day of the summer session. Students are placed by ability, not age, in these classes.

 

UPPER INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL – GIRLS & BOYS, AGES 12 AND OLDER
Open to serious students. Girls should be on pointe. Includes Ballet Technique, Pointe & Variations, Introduction to Modern, and other dance forms, Dance History, and Projects focusing on well-known ballets. Also includes Progressing Ballet Technique, Tap, and Musical Theatre.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL – GIRLS & BOYS, AGES 9-11
Open to serious students. Includes Ballet Technique, Introduction to Modern, and other dance forms, Dance History, and Projects focusing on the great ballets. Also includes Progressing Ballet Technique, Tap, and Musical Theatre.

 

GUEST MASTER TEACHERS 

 

Guest Teachers for the 2023 Summer Pre-Professional Day Intensive included:

 

AMY BROWNE SMITH      TAP DANCE

Amy Browne Smith – Guest Teacher – Summer 2023

Tap Ties Founding Member, Teacher, Choreographer, Director

University of the Arts, Cedar Crest College, Moravian College, Lehigh University; Lehigh Valley Dance Forum, PYT

 

ERIN PUSKAR 

Erin Puskar – Guest Teacher – Summer 2023

Ballet, Stage Dance, Musical Theatre, Certified Personal Trainer

Shenandoah University, Norwegian Cruise Line

Owner/Operator of ShowBizFit (@showbizfit on Instagram), dedicated to cross-training current and aspiring performing arts professionals.

PYB – Alumna

 

DAYESI TORRIENTE  

Dayesi Torriente – Meet the Artist – Summer 2023

National Ballet of Cuba (Alicia Alonso)

International Performer

Philadelphia Ballet Principal Dancer

PYB Guest Artist, Sugar Plum Fairy, 2022 Nutcracker

 

ARIAN MOLINA SOCA 

Arian Molina Soca – Meet the Artist – Summer 2023

National Ballet of Cuba (Alicia Alonso)

International Performer

Philadelphia Ballet Principal Dancer

PYB Guest Artist, Sugar Plum Cavalier, 2022 Nutcracker

 

ASHLEY HOD  

Ashley Hod – Meet the Artist – Summer 2023

2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award

New York City Ballet Soloist

Teacher — Veyette Virtual Ballet School

Teacher & Volunteer — Candlelighters NYC, an organization dedicated to supporting families of children battling cancer.

 

TIM FOX   

Tim Fox – Meet the Artist – Summer 2023

Dancer, Actor, Teacher, Pilates Instructor

New York City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer

Teacher – Goucher College; Ballet Conservatory of S. Texas

 

KATE KASTELNIK 

Kate Kastelnik – Meet the Artist – Summer 2023

Dancer, Teacher, Pilates Instructor

Laura Alonso’s Centro Pro Danza, Havana, Cuba; Nashville Ballet

Teacher – Middle Tennessee State University; Nashville Ballet

PYB – Alumna

 

SUMMER COMMUNITY CLASS SCHEDULE

Classes are offered for ages three through adult on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The youngest students begin with an introduction to the basics of ballet; these include rhythm, dynamics, and terminology. Youth level classes are available for the student who wishes to learn ballet or improve his/her technique. Ballet for Boys classes are free and are offered for males ages 6 – 17 and introduce students to the structure and discipline of a ballet class while building music awareness and learning basic ballet terminology. Conditioning and gross motor movement skills are included. Adult/Teen classes are offered for the intermediate and advanced level dance students who have a basic knowledge of dance terminology.