Placement is based on the BYU ballet faculty’s evaluation during an in-person or video audition.
Advanced Ballet Intensive Info Packet 2017
Intermediate Ballet Intensive Info Packet 2017
NOTE: The 2018 Information Packets will be available approximately two to four weeks before each intensive. Info in the 2018 Packets will be similar to the 2017 Info Packets.
Intermediate Intensive - NO Housing (lunch provided)
Intermediate Intensive - WITH Housing and Meals
Advanced Intensive - NO Housing (lunch provided)
Advanced Intensive - WITH Housing and Meals
NOTE: Early Check-In for BYU Housing is no longer available. BYU Housing will be available the day each camp / workshop / intensive starts, but not before. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Participants will enrich their ballet training under the skillful eye of some of the finest artists in the profession. BYU’s Summer Ballet Intensives offer experience in artistic training, including ballet technique, pointe and variations, character, jazz, and modern dance. Activities and discussions in conditioning, nutrition, and injury prevention will complement the two weeks of dance instruction. Each dancer will receive individual feedback and personal evaluations to improve artistic and technical development. Two weeks of instruction and rehearsal culminate in a final performance that showcases each dancer’s talents and what has been learned.
- Individual attention and evaluation
- Professional training
- Final performance
- Closing recognition banquet
- Beautiful mountain scenery
- Wholesome campus recreation
- Friendships with ballet artists of high moral standards
Director Suzi Wood comes from Los Angeles, Calif., and was trained under Natalie Claire, receiving a full Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York City when she was 15. She danced professionally with Ballet West while also attending the University of Utah, and later received her B.S. in elementary education from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation she was invited to be on the ballet faculty at BYU. Suzi and her musician husband Rob founded and for eight years directed the Studio for the Performing Arts in Fallon, Nevada, teaching ballet and music and directing community companies. She then was invited to direct the Aspen (Colorado) Ballet School for six years. It became the official school for the Aspen Ballet Company, now the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Since moving to Utah, Suzi has taught for many private studios and Utah Regional Ballet. She has taught all levels of ballet at BYU, including variations and pointe classes as well as assisting with theatre ballet. She is currently the artistic director of the Ballet Showcase Company.
Selected instructors from BYU's outstanding dance faculty will teach at both workshops.
There are two $300 scholarships from the BYU Department of Dance, available for Juniors or Seniors this year. These scholarships will go towards tuition for attending the BYU Advanced Ballet Intensive. These scholarships will be decided by the director and judges at the time of auditions. You will be notified via email if you are selected to be the recipient of a scholarship.
- Saturday, February 3, 2018
- Intermediate 9:00–11:00 a.m. (ages 11-18)
- Advanced 12:00–2:00 p.m. (ages 11-21)
- Room 283 RB (Richards Building) at Brigham Young University
- In-Person auditions will be in the format of a regular technique class with center pointe work towards the end. Please note the biggest differentiation between the levels is the strength and control of the dancer’s pointe work. Individuals should be able to do pirouettes en pointe, adagio, and allegro work in the center en pointe. Dancers should also be able to demonstrate clean lines, alignment, dynamics, musicality, flexibility, extension, and artistry.
- You must pre-register for this audition ($25) no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018.
- You will be required to upload links for two photos (1st arabesque AND a headshot) in the application below.
- See Registration below
If you are unable to attend the audition, you may send a seven minute recording of selected classwork. Please film barre work from the side (profile). Barre combinations should be shown, one side only for each combination, alternating sides for each combination. For centre work you must include a combination for each of the following: Adagio, Pirouettes, Petite Allegro and Grand Allegro. If the dancer wishes to be considered for the Advanced level pointe work should be filmed separately at the end and include pirouettes, diagonal turns and continuous one-leg relevés.
- You must register (with video and photo links) for this audition ($25) no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 26th, 2018.
- You will be required to upload links for your audition video and two photos (1st arabesque AND a headshot) in the application below.
- See Registration below
We will accept 60 participants for the Intermediate Intensive and 60 participants for the Advanced Intensive. Others will be put on our Waiting List. If you are accepted into the program, you will be given one week to accept your position by registering for the intensive. If you do not register we will open your spot to our Waiting List.
Placement is based on the BYU ballet faculty’s evaluation. Notification of acceptance, along with registration instructions, will be emailed to you by the end of February 2018. Please provide a valid email address at the time of registration, to receive notification regarding audition results.