Classic Summer Intensive 2017 – July 24 through August 5
The Cinematic Dance Connection

The Classic Summer Intensive is an opportunity for dedicated dancers ages 11-19 years to have a complete immersion studying the brilliance of George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, as we explore the Cinematic-Dance Connection.

The curriculum will consist of key components of George Balanchine© technique, history and repertory. Daily classes in Ballet, Modern and Musical Theatre will be taught by Guest Artists Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Steven Caras, Oliver Tobin and Stephen Agosto, joined by Stapleton faculty members. Students have a wonderful opportunity to explore and learn renowned choreography by dance masters through their cinematic works.

The intensive will culminate in a demonstration performance on Saturday, August 5th, featuring all the components that students have experienced throughout the intensive.


Guest Faculty

Guest Artistic Director WILHELMINA FRANKFURT danced with the New York City Ballet Company for fourteen years. Ms. Frankfurt holds three NYC Public School licenses for both classroom teaching and Internship direction. She wrote a Balanchine© curriculum for NYC Public Schools that is approved by the George Balanchine Trust© and the NYC Department of Education. She is a full time faculty at Talent Unlimited High School for the Performing Arts NYC. She has been teaching, choreographing, and directing dance and theater for over 25 years. Ms. Frankfurt is excited to be teaching and directing the SSPA Summer Intensive for her fourth year!


STEVEN CARAS danced with the New York City Ballet which led to his second career as one of the most revered dance photographers in history. He served as Ballet Master and Company Photographer with Miami City Ballet before becoming their Director of Development. He is a trustee on a private foundation and the founding chairman of two charities. Caras is a keynote speaker, consultant, producer, photographer, and guest teacher.
The Emmy-winning PBS documentary, Steven Caras: See Them Dance, celebrates his accomplishments with a special emphasis on the artistry of his photography.


OLIVER TOBIN is a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He is currently the Lead Teaching Artist for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Teens@Graham. He also serves on faculty at Adelphi University and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center where he is the Vice President of the board of directors. Mr. Tobin is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, The Sivananda Yoga Institute, and Empire State College where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and theater.


STEPHEN AGOSTO (Musical Theatre) holds adjunct or guest artist positions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Rutgers University, and Fordham University. For five years, Stephen was the Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan where in 2011 he rewrote the city-wide arts curriculum. Prior to directing and teaching, Stephen enjoyed a career in New York City performing in over 40 plays and musicals internationally. DePaul University (BFA Acting)


All photos by Steven Caras, All Rights Reserved
*BALANCHINE is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust

Program Details

July 24 – August 5

Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30
Saturday 10:00 – 2:00

Tuition: $1345 per student

In order to be eligible for CLASSIC Intensive, student must be 11 years old and dancing en pointe.

Space is limited to 20 students per level. Reserve your space now with a $100 deposit.