Summer Programs

Summer Intensive Advanced

Princeton Ballet School’s Advanced Summer Intensive is a 5-week program designed to nurture a dancer’s technical and artistic progress. This program attracts advanced students from all over the globe interested in studying with our distinguished faculty.

The Program

JUNE 26 – JULY 28, 2023
9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. M-F
Saturday class times TBD

Princeton Ballet School’s Advanced Summer Intensive is a 5-week program, in person or on-line, designed to nurture a dancer’s technical and artistic progress. This program attracts advanced students from all over the globe interested in studying with our distinguished faculty. Princeton Ballet School holds auditions throughout the United States and Europe to select students for the program.

To be eligible, students must be at least 13 years old, with at least one year of pointe experience if applicable, when the program begins on June 26, 2023. 

For more information, call 609.921.7758  or [email protected] 

Post High School Summer Intensive students may also be considered for the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School Trainee Program.

Summer 2024

Summer Schedule

More Information

Ways to Audition

Submit A Video Audition 

Step #1: Complete the audition form

Step #2: Create a 5-7 minute video demonstrating the following:

  • Barre exercises –  Pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambes, grand battements, adagio
  • Center exercises – Adagio, Across the floor Pirouette, Petit Allegro, Grand Allegro
  • Women should show two pointe exercises (one with pirouette)

Step #3: Upload the video to YouTube and email the link, audition form, headshot and first arabesque (en pointe for women) photo to Carol Bellis at [email protected].

Experience the opportunity to:

  • Sample a taste of professional life in a full day dance experience, including rehearsals for a final performance
  • Grow technically through daily ballet technique, including pointe or men’s class
  • Deepen your understanding of important concepts in injury prevention, such as proper alignment and rotation
  • Expand your dance background through classes in contemporary, modern, and character dance
  • Develop group communication and leadership skills while establishing friendships with equally committed young dancers
  • Set effective goals and learn to increase personal discipline and focus
  • Interact with dedicated professionals, including the Princeton Ballet School faculty American Repertory Ballet’s professional company members
  • Students participating in the last three weeks of the program are eligible to participate in the final performance on Friday, July 28.

Audition Fee: $35


Summer Intensive focuses on ballet, including pointe and men’s classes. Other coursework includes variations, contemporary, character, Flamenco, and choreography. Sessions in BioMechanics/Conditioning gives dancers the opportunity to identify and resolve problems, increasing the sophistication with which dancers approach technique class.

Placement In Levels

Levels are determined on the first day of the program, the classes start meeting in their regular groups on the second day.

“What was particularly interesting, and made a great impression on me, right from the beginning of the first lesson of the Summer Intensive, was a method of studying classical ballet definitely new, in some of its aspects, and in other ways, richly motivating me to reflect on and deepen my prior knowledge: I found every movement, from the very beginning of the barre work, more danced, more lived, more breathed.”

–Federica Valla, Teatro Nuovo, Torino, Italia

The Studios

Princeton Ballet School is located in the heart of Princeton with four large studios featuring high ceilings and sprung dance floors. Live music accompanies all ballet and modern dance classes.

The facility includes a dance library and is adjacent to numerous shops and restaurants, with generous open space, picnic tables, and gardens. The entire studio complex is wireless accessible.

Performance Opportunity

Students participating in the last three weeks of class can participate in an outdoor performance on July 28th.


To allow for even greater flexibility for families, the Summer Intensive programs will be offered in different sessions: 5 weeks (6/26-7/28), 3 weeks (7/10-7/28) or 2 weeks (6/26-7/8). In person or virtual.

5 Weeks

3 Weeks

2 Weeks

$2750 in-person, $1600 virtual

$1650 in-person, $960 virtual

$1100 in-person, $640 virtual

Housing + Housing Fees

Room and board will be available at Rider University (campus and meal plan to be announced). Housing is subject to Rider University, local and state requirements. Contact Carol Bellis, Coordinator of Summer Intensives, at 609.921.7758 ext. 30 or email [email protected] for more information.

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5 Weeks

3 Weeks

2 weeks

$3100 + $100 activity fee = $320

$2000 + $60 activity fee = $2060

$1500 + 40 activity fee + $1540


A limited number of merit-based tuition scholarships are available. All students attending each audition site are automatically considered for scholarship. There is no separate application process.

Age Qualifications

Summer Intensive is for students ages 13 and over.

Further Opportunities: The American Repertory Ballet, ARB Trainee Program

The Trainee Program, a two-year-program, begins with the Summer Intensive and is the bridge between the student phase of training and that of a professional career. ARB Trainees start each day with intensive classes designed to polish technique and build strength. The program includes pointe class, variations, contemporary, bio-mechanics/conditioning, choreography, career development and American Repertory Ballet and classical repertoire to further technique and performance skills in a professional environment. Trainees also participate in the American Repertory Ballet’s production of Nutcracker and Princeton Ballet Workshop – the rehearsal and performance training program for the top levels of Princeton Ballet School.

International Students Princeton Ballet School is authorized and accredited by the federal government to enroll non-immigrant students.


Advanced Summer Intensive uniforms consist of:

black leotards

convertible tights

character shoes

character skirt