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Experience the Minnesota Ballet School Summer Intensive Program, offering extensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skill development. Our Intensive Camp places a strong emphasis on ballet technique while incorporating supplementary classes in character, pointe, variations, modern, men’s, partnering, and aerial ballet. Program will feature world-renowned guest teachers alongside our exceptional MBS faculty throughout the intensive.
2-Week Summer Intensive Camp
Open for male and female students ages 8+
June 17– June 28, 2024
Ballet technique, Pointe technique & Repertoire. Dancers will learn variations from classical ballets such as “Sleeping Beauty” “Giselle”, “Corsair” and many more.
2pm-4pm Students will be continuing classes such as Contemporary and Aerial Ballet, Character dance and partnering.
The program culminates with a showing in the Minnesota Ballet School studio on Friday, June 28 and is open to friends and family.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Misha Tchoupakov, with an extensive career spanning the Bolshoi Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Ballet, holds an M.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Institute of Choreography. His rich teaching experience includes prestigious institutions worldwide such as the Royal Ballet School, University of Utah Department of Ballet, and currently, the University of North Carolina School of Dance. As the Rehearsal Director for YAGP in New York, he continues to be an internationally sought-after guest teacher, sharing his expertise globally.
Exercises to Include:
Video Audition Details:
1. At the barre.
a. Pliés –Tendu, Dégagé
b. Fondu, Développé (front, side, back)
c. Grand Battements
2. In the center.
a. Adagio combination
b. Pirouettes (en dehors, en dedans)
c. Two combinations using assemblé, jeté, sissonne
3. Diagonal across the floor
a. Grand jeté
4. For girls for advances level (en pointe)
a. Echappé combination with passé
b. Pirouette combination
c. Fouettés (16 if possible)
d. Piqué turns
5. For Boys
a. Entrechat Six (16 bars)
b. Single or double tour en l’air
c. Grand pirouettes à la seconde (for advanced boys)
d. Jump combination with échappés, assemblés and jetés and sissonnes (with beats, if possible)Variation is NOT required.
Registration is required. Pre-registered students enjoy a discounted rate of $40, priority check-in, and early audition results notification. Day-of auditions require a $50 cash-only fee. Online pre-registration closes at 11:59 p.m. CT the Saturday before the auditions.
For prospective students with birthdays before the start of the summer intensives, they should attend the audition class corresponding to their age as of the audition date. If the student has already celebrated their birthday, they would audition for the age group they will belong to once the summer program begins.
For in-person auditions, non-MBS students are required to provide one informal headshot. The photo should have a clear background, and for female participants, hair should be styled in a classic ballet manner. Additionally, a photograph demonstrating the first arabesque on pointe or demi-pointe in the center is also necessary.
Group 1: age 8-12 (one year ballet experience required)
Group 2: age 13+ (two years pointe experience required)
Dancers have the option to participate in an in-person audition or submit a video audition, both providing equal consideration for the 2024 Summer Intensives.
Upon receiving your Audition Registration or Video Audition, MBS will send you an automatic confirmation email.
The audition will consist of a ballet class, beginning with barre exercises and progressing to center work. The last thirty minutes will be dedicated to men's jumps and pointe work. Please be aware that Young Dancer auditions will not include pointe work. Registration will open half an hour before the audition begins.
Certainly. All participants, regardless of gender, are expected to adhere to the dress code during the audition.
Please ensure your attire aligns with the specified guidelines for a smooth audition experience.
Dancers will be assessed on classical ballet proficiency, emphasizing adagio, jumps, turns, and pointe work for females. Evaluation includes technical precision, retention of combinations, stamina, musicality, work ethic, attitude, and growth potential.
You can submit a video audition following the guidelines and sample combinations available on our website. Submissions are open until June 1, 2024, based on program availability.
Audition results will be emailed to the primary email address provided within 3-5 business days after the audition date. If you do not receive your results within two weeks, please contact us at email@example.com.
Results for video auditions will be sent via email within 3-5 business days after the submission date. If you do not receive your results within two weeks, please contact the Summer Intensive staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can make tuition payments according to the schedule outlined on the Audition Information page of the MBS website. Secure online tuition payments are accepted using major credit cards through the online portal. Take advantage of the early discount of 15% if paid before February 5. Details regarding payment procedures will be emailed to accepted students.
The daily schedule for the MBS Summer Intensive is outlined below:
In order to receive the full benefit of the intensive summer training, everyone must attend the program in its entirety.
The number of pointe shoes required for the Summer Intensive varies based on the strength of the dancer's feet, the brand of the shoe, and the prevailing humidity. As dancers will be on pointe every day, it is advisable for each dancer to bring approximately one pair of shoes per two weeks. To enhance the longevity of pointe shoes, dancers are encouraged to take proper care and use hardeners when necessary.
Our program is set to deliver a unique blend of expertise with world-renowned guest teachers joining our exceptional MBS faculty throughout the intensive. Classes will be led by the dedicated MBS Summer Intensive faculty, alongside our esteemed MBS Artistic Staff, and the expertise of Misha Tchoupakov—YAGP Finals Rehearsal Director, Judge, Master Teacher, and global guest instructor. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge and artistry to enrich the learning experience for all participants.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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