BalletX Summer Intensive

Pre-professional Training from Philadelphia's Premier Contemporary Ballet | June 13-25, 2016 at The Wilma Theater

Explore the BalletX vision to inspire imagination, emotion, and expression through dance at Philadelphia’s premier pre-professional Summer Intensive. With world-class instructors and in-depth classes designed to enhance technique, artistry, and versatility, BalletX’s Summer Intensive challenges students in an intimate, company setting to prepare them for life as professional dancers.

  • Engage in a wide range of classes, including advanced ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, yoga, and pilates, with a minimum of 7 hours of training per day and a maximum class size of 30 students
  • Expand your vocabulary of classical and contemporary technique to be a competitive force in today’s varied dance industry
  • Experience life as a professional company member, learning BalletX repertory and performing on stage at The Wilma Theater
  • Build your strength and stamina and learn techniques for proper physical care with our exclusive X-Training fitness program

BalletX’s Summer Intensive is a pre-professional program that accepts dancers between ages 16-24. If you have questions about whether you qualify or if you fall outside this age range, please contact program coordinator Megan O’Donnell at or (215) 893-9456 x100.

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Philadelphia Auditions
Sunday, February 28, 2016
University of the Arts, Terra Hall
Pre-Registration opens: December 1, 2015

New York Auditions
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Alvin Ailey Studios
Pre-Registration opens: December 1, 2015


From Summer Intensive 2014 participant Daniel Cho:
“The BalletX Summer Intensive is truly unique in developing dancers who not only demonstrate a strong ballet foundation, but are versatile in adapting to the needs of today's dance world. With incredibly small class sizes and passionate, personable faculty members, the attention given to each and every individual dancer is unparalleled by any other Summer Intensive. The immense diversity in the classes offered and the backgrounds of my fellow peers constantly inspired me to push myself to reach my physical and artistic potential. I left the two-week Intensive having tremendously grown as both a person and an artist.”

From Summer Intensive 2013 participant & former Eugene Ballet Company dancer Ali Paige Block:
“As a professional dancer with a primarily classical company, I am always in search of opportunities for exposure to more contemporary choreography. In just two weeks at the BalletX Summer Intensive, I found exactly what I had been looking for. I grew so much as a dancer from exposure to different kinds of movement, improvisation, and incredible repertoire, and left the program with a deeper passion for this art form and a desire to keep stretching and pushing out of my comfort zone. I can feel the difference in my dancing now that I am back in season with my company.  The BalletX Summer Intensive is by far one of the best and most valuable programs that I have attended.”
For questions and more information, contact Megan O’Donnell at or 215-893-9456 x100.

Summer Intensive 2015

Photography by Bill Hebert, Summer Intensive 2015 Participants