Pictured: Colorado Ballet Academy Students, Photo by: Stephanie Urso Photography
Summer Intensive Program: June 17 - July 19, 2013
Special guest instructors Patricia Wilde, Willy Burmann and Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker
Program Tuition: $2300 - click here for tuition rates
Colorado Ballet offers a five-week intensive dance program for intermediate to advanced level classical ballet dancers (ladies must have completed at least one year of concentrated pointe training). Students ages 11 and up, will participate in approximately eight hours of dancing each day.
Daily classes typically run from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and include ballet technique, pointe or men's variations, jazz, modern, character, pilates and variations. Students will present in the final performance on the final day of the program on July 19, 2013. The final performance will be open to friends, family, and to the public. Summer Intensive faculty includes: Igor Vassine, former principal dancer of Colorado Ballet for more than 17 seasons; Maria Mosina, Colorado Ballet principal dancer; and the outstanding artistic faculty of Colorado Ballet and the Academy.
SIP Final Performance - 5pm on Friday, July 19, 2013
Location to be announced
Free! No tickets necessary - Open to the Public, Doors Open at 4:30pm
Optional RSVP for attendance numbers may be sent to Phoebe.Coleman@ColoradoBallet.org
Summer Intensive Program Application
Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. Applicants may audition in person or submit a high-quality DVD, video, or YouTube link (may be set to private by shared link). Auditions by video must include one classical ballet variation, with the option of barre and center work at the end of the video. Ladies over the age of 13 must include a variation on pointe or pointe work. Deadline for video audition is February 14, 2013 (new extension!).
Application pieces: Please remember to submit all of application pieces! Prior to consideration, we need: application form, 1st arabesque photo (minimum size 4x6), application fee, head shot photo (optional), resume (optional), DVD/YouTube link (if not auditioning in person).
A limited amount of scholarship assistance are available for both financial aid and merit based. Scholarship applications should be received with the summer intensive program application.
Once accepted, please download and complete the ACCEPTANCE PACKET and return it to Phoebe Coleman, Academy Administrative Coordinator. At this time our host stay and single apartment placement programs are full. A wait-list for these programs has been started.
If you were unable to attend our auditions, please mail your application with your dance photo (1st arabesque (min. size 4x6)), DVD, $30 audition fee, and dance resume (optional) to:
1278 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
You may also send a YouTube video link to Phoebe.Coleman@ColoradoBallet.org. If you do not want to post a video on YouTube for the public, the video can be private between shared links.
All applicants, either by in person or by DVD audition, will have equal chance of acceptance to our program.
Upon acceptance to the Summer Intensive Program a non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 is due to reserve a place in the program. If you will be participating in our program's housing, an additional $300 non-refundable housing deposit is also due by March 15, 2013. All balances must be paid by June 17, 2013. Rolling admission with auditions to the program will remain open until filled after March 15.
The audition dates have passed.
Student housing is available for participants of all ages at Campus Village Apartments on the Auraria Campus, located at 318 Walnut St. Denver, CO. Campus Village is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Colorado Ballet studios. Students under the age of 18 participating in our housing will be supervised at all times.
All students may check-in the night before the start of the program on June 16, 2012 from 3pm-5pm. There will be a Welcome Meeting at 5:30pm and will have an optional group dinner following the meeting. Please visit our Summer Housing page for more information.
At this time, there are no chaperone opportunities available.
Successful chaperone applicants will be interviewed January through March 2013. Please feel free to follow up via email with Phoebe Coleman if you have not heard by March.Only successful applicants will be notified.
For general inquires about the Summer Intensive Program or auditions at Colorado Ballet's studios please contact: Phoebe Coleman, Colorado Ballet Academy Coordinator at Phoebe.Coleman@ColoradoBallet.org.
Patricia Wilde met George Balanchine for the first time when she auditioned for the School of American Ballet (SAB) but was sent home to Canada because she was too young. At 14 she was invited to join the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet International. Only a year later she began her longtime association with George Balanchine when she joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, performing for four years as a soloist and principal, as well as a corps member. When George Balanchine left Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Wilde went to Europe to continue her studies. When the newly formed New York City Ballet traveled to London on tour, Balanchine sought out this talented dancer and enticed her to join the Company, where she remained as principal dancer for fifteen years.
After having made her mark on the stage, she created an unprecedented model for dancer education at the Harkness House of Ballet in New York City. This led to an invitation from George Balanchine to assist him in establishing a school for the Grand Theatre of Geneva in Switzerland. Upon her return to the United States, she became ballet mistress and coach at American Ballet Theatre. Her illustrious career was capped off with service as the Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre from 1982-1997.
Since retiring from her duties as Artistic Director of The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ms. Wilde has been
Teaching and giving lectures around the world.
We, at Colorado Ballet, are very honored and privileged to have such outstanding artist amongst our faculty.
Mr. Burmann danced with New York City Ballet for 4 years, was Principal Dancer for Frankfurt Ballet and Grand Theatre du Gen`eve for whom he was also Ballet Master. He was a Principal at Stuttgart Ballet and danced for many other companies including Pennsylvania Ballet and New Jersey Ballet.
He has also been Ballet Master for Washington Ballet and Ballet du Nord and has personally coached many of the biggest names in American Ballet. Besides being on the faculty of Steps he has also taught on faculty at the Melissa Hayden School of Ballet, Harkness Ballet School and Ballet Arts in New York. He is a guest faculty member for a host of companies including American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Milan's La Scala and Australian Ballet to name but a few. The University of Iowa and Skidmore College's Saratoga Program also benefit from his association with Wilhelm Burmann.
Mr. Burmann's noted class epitomizes his teaching philosophy which he outlined for Dance Magazine in 1994.
The cost in the classroom for a dancer to become a professional is to become totally involved in all parts of the class from beginning to end, executing all the combinations rhythmically and with correct technique, avoiding difficulties, facing the possibility of failure, of looking awkward, learning to trust, to believe and to let go. When one is committed to this, one can do what one wants artistically. But without the illusion of beauty in all this, the work would be uninteresting. The idea is not to be beautiful but to give the illusion of beauty. This is the application of the principle of dance lifted to the ultimate.
Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker - Modern Guest Instructor
Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker has fortunately collaborated with Nita Little, Wire Monkey Dance, Tiffany Mills Company, Heather McArdle's Blueprint Violation, Mimi Garrard and the Ballet Boyz's BBC Channel 4 Random Acts. She moved to NYC in 2006, where she currently dances with David Dorfman Dance. When not dancing, she can be found working for reproductive justice with The Doula Project or in the role of co-founder and Pilates Instructor/Personal Trainer at the eco-friendly fitness and wellness Studio 26 (www.studio26nyc.com). Relevant prior experiences include growing up on the border of a national forest and living on a sheep farm, being a public school teacher, implementing a movement program for prostituted women, and maintaining a writing practice. She thanks David and all current and prior members of DDD, as well as Simon and Kuan for getting her to the here and now.