2018 Summer Ballet Programs
I'm pleased to present our Summer 2018 offerings! Our program includes some returning favorites as well as exciting new camps. We are striving to meet the needs and desires of advanced level dancers with two new programs: Summer Intensive Prep Camp and Contemporary Ballet Intensive. Last year's A Midsummer Night's Dream Performance Workshop was extremely popular and this year's workshop will feature the light-hearted comic ballet, La Fille mal Gardee. We've expanded the age range for this program and it will culminate with a production at The Playhouse! Story Ballet Camp, created last year, serves students in the Pre Ballet division: those that have outgrown Fantasy Camp but are seeking a fantasy/story ballet-inspired camp experience
Registration for all programs is on a first-come, first served basis. All camps require a $100 nonrefundable deposit at time of enrollment. Camps are restricted by size in order to maintain teacher-to-student ratios that insure quality instruction and a meaningful experience. I encourage you to register early and look forward to seeing you in the studio this summer.
Virginia Stapleton, Founder/Artistic Director
Summer Ballet Programs
Summer Theatre Programs
This popular camp provides a wonderful exploration of dance, music and art in a creative and intimate environment. We are offering five weekly sessions, each with a special theme and activities based on Virginia Stapleton's unique curriculum infused with ballet classics. Camp is led by Miss Megan, Miss Lauren, and others from our nurturing and experienced staff, assisted by teen dancers. Each day, our little dancers enjoy class, story time, arts and crafts, snack time and more! Costumed characters come to life, visiting camp to perform and interact with the children. At the end of each week, parents enjoy a captivating performance. Campers are divided into two groups based on age. Note: Must be 3 years old on or before March 1, 2018. Students turning 3 between March 2 and June 30 accepted on trial basis only. Students that are age 6 and have completed the Pre Ballet 2 level may enjoy the Story Ballet Camp.
Fee: $260 (per session)
Meets: 9:00 am to 12 Noon
June 25–29: Cinderella
The tale of Cinderella, her wicked stepsisters, her fairy godmother, a glass slipper, a handsome prince, and a happy ending!
July 9–13: Fairies & Princesses
Be inspired by some of ballet's most special characters: Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, Cinderella, Odette and the Sugar Plum Fairy!
July 16–20: Nutcracker, Act 1
Join Clara's adventure as her wooden toy comes to life and she goes on a wondrous journey to the enchanting land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
August 6–10: Sleeping Beauty
A magical ballet about spells, fairies, one wicked fairy and a beautiful princess named Aurora.
August 13–17: Nutcracker, Act 2
Join us as we journey through the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and explore the mysterious and exciting characters featured in act 2 of this classic story!
This weeklong exploration of the beloved ballet will focus on the Act 2 variations which every young ballerina aspires to! Students will explore the plot, setting and characters; and collaborate to create a short performance. Daily ballet class and fantasy games will further their skills in ballet technique in a creative and engaging way. Each day we will have a different project to embellish our understanding of the ballet story, such as painting scenery or making props- all in preparation for the production on the final day. It will be a magical week, sure to capture the creative spirit of your young dancer.
Fee: $260 (per session)
Meets: July 30–August 3 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Current students: Entering Ballet 2 - Ballet 5
This unique program is designed for our middle range dancers, striving for a more rigorous and intensive camp experience. Dancers will refine their technique and maintain their strength through barre and center work, strengthening and pre-pointe exercises, and learning and creating new choreography. Ideal for students who have been identified as near pointe-ready and those who have recently been placed en pointe, as it offers an intensive course of study to build pointe skills in preparation for the fall and Nutcracker season. This program assists younger dancers become more focused and dedicated dancers. Each day, the two groups come together for a lecture/demonstration that will expand their knowledge about the world of dance, stagecraft, nutrition and wellness. There will be two levels of instruction based on ability and age. A healthy snack is included each day.
Fee: $315 (per session)
August 13–17: Our focus will be performance-readiness as we prepare for "back to ballet" and the fall Nutcracker season.
Meets: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Guest Director: Wilhelmina Frankfurt
Current students: Entering Ballet 2 - Ballet 6
This unique program is designed for our middle range dancers, striving for a more rigorous experience. The Balanchine© Technique, History and Repertory define the program. Dancers will be immersed in this technique, which is designed to increase their strength, speed and flexibility on and off pointe. This program includes: Daily Pre Pointe and Pointe Work in morning group classes (two levels) and Dance History. In the afternoon, we break into daily semi-private classes for focused, intensive study. Body conditioning (e.g. Pilates, floor barre) enhances the program. All dancers come together at the end of the day to learn excerpts of Serenade. Serenade is the iconic masterpiece that George Balanchine choreographed in America. It defined American dancers and an American Style! Features in-studio demonstration on final day.
June 25–29: Balanchine© Educator Wilhelmina Frankfurt joins us for an exciting week of exposure to the "Father of American Ballet."
Meets: Monday–Friday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Optional Mornings only: $315 (9:30 am - 12:00pm)
Current Students: Entering Ballet 3 - Advanced 1/2
Ballet students who wish to improve their skills and be part of a performance this summer: this workshop is just for you. Set in the French countryside, La Fille mal Gardee (translation: the poorly-chaperoned daughter) is one of the earliest full-length ballets. It tells the story of a playful young girl who falls in love with her neighbor, but her strict mother has other plans for her! Each day we will break into two groups based on age and ability for a rigorous ballet class, followed by a pointe class for those en pointe and a pre pointe class for others. This is a great workshop for students who are ready to dance en pointe, as the two week time frame provides the perfect opportunity for an introduction to pointe work. We will work on choreography in skill-appropriate groups and then come together to work on the staging of this magical ballet.
Meets: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Session: July 23–August 3
Performance: Saturday, August 4, 2:00 pm at The Playhouse, San Anselmo
(ages 13 & up)
This new program has been created in response to the large number of dancers that are doing Intensives between June 25 and Aug. 10. This rigorous all-day program will build your strength and stamina and prepare you for the rigors of Intensives at places like ABT, Miami City Ballet, SF Ballet, and Joffrey. (Open to all students, not just those doing outside intensives!)
Fee: $750 (Special Early Bird Discount: Save $75 if you register by April 15!)
Meets: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sessions: June 18–22
(ages 13 & up)
This week long contemporary dance intensive will be led by Casey Lee Thorne, Bay Area artist, teacher, and Artistic Director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet. Geared towards ballet trained dancers who want to try something new, students will experience a variety of movement styles and develop skills in floor work, inversions, and release technique. In addition, students will have the opportunity to create their own dances as they experiment with classes in composition and improvisation. This is sure to be a week of fun and creativity as we expand the possibilities of what dance can be. Join us! We will present an in-studio demonstration on the final day.
Meets: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sessions: July 30–August 3