Summer Intensive

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Texas Ballet Theater Summer Intensive dates and program have changed.
Please contact Catherine Roe at for more information.

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Texas Ballet Theater's Summer Intensive emphasizes technique, artistic expression and musicality necessary to prepare well-rounded, classically trained dancers for a professional career. Students ages 12-21 will experience three or five weeks of dedicated training with TBT Artistic Staff, Faculty and renowned guest instructors.

The 2020 Summer Intensive features two programs. Curriculum for both the University and West Campus Programs will include ballet technique, pointe, men’s classes, variations, modern, and jazz. Additional classes include pas de deux (by invitation only), character, and Latin ballroom, along with dance-related studies such as nutrition, injury prevention, Pilates, and men’s conditioning.

Students are selected through a nation-wide Audition Tour. During our auditions, students are evaluated based upon their technique. Selected students will be accepted to either the University Program or the West Campus Program.

University Program

Held on the campus of Texas Christian University, inside of Erma Lowe Hall, the University Program is five weeks in length and designed for aspiring professional dancers in the advanced to pre-professional levels. Participants may be considered for available Apprentice, Trainee, Studio Training Company and Professional Training Division positions with Texas Ballet Theater. Classes begin at 9:00am and conclude around 5:30pm, with a lunch break and a few smaller breaks during the day. Students will participate in final performances at the end of the program in Erma Lowe Hall’s Studio Theatre.

Tuition: $2,400
Optional Room and Board: $3,190

West Campus Program

The West Campus Program, located at Texas Ballet Theater's company studios in Fort Worth, is for intermediate to advanced students with a minimum of one year of pointe work. This program is three weeks in length and concludes with a showcase for friends and family on Saturday, July 11. Classes will begin at 9:30am and conclude around 4:30pm, with a lunch break and a few smaller breaks between classes.

Tuition: $1,685
Optional Room and Board: $2,290

As a courtesy to participating students and families, Texas Ballet Theater Summer Intensive works diligently to clearly communicate the cost of each program. Tuition and, if applicable, Room and Board, are the only required fees for the program. Other optional purchases include activities, merchandise, student spending money and final performance videos.

Residence Life

Housing is available for both programs on the campus of Texas Christian University in Clark Hall, directly adjacent to Erma Lowe Hall. Each room is equipped with a microwave and micro-fridge, and qualified chaperones are on site at all times. The cost of the residential program includes dorm room and meals. Dining hall, grocery store, drugstore, bookstore and other conveniences are within walking distance of the TCU campus. Past students have commented that their dorm chaperones and activities were some of their favorite parts of the intensive experience. Transportation will be provided to and from the West Campus Program classes each day. For more information, please visit Clark Hall at Texas Christian University’s Residence Life Page.

Off-campus activities are planned for each weekend, and both resident and commuter students are welcome to attend! Activities have included private Bass Performance Hall tours and trips to Hawaiian Falls, Sundance Square, Galleria Dallas, the Fort Worth Zoo, and more. Transportation is included in the cost of each activity and pre-registration is required.

Students who attend the Summer Intensive may apply for the Studio Training Company and Professional Division of the Texas Ballet Theater School. Those completing the five-week program are considered for these programs, as well as Trainee or Apprentice positions with the Texas Ballet Theater Company.

Over 60% of current Texas Ballet Theater company dancers have been selected from the Summer Intensive or Studio Training Company.


Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. supervises the program, and classes are taught by TBT Artistic Staff, Faculty and renowned guest instructors from around the world.

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Tim O'Keefe.

Associate Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Anlin Li

Assistant Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Anna Donovan

Principal Ballet Master


Associate Director of Schools & Studio Training Company Director

Lyndette Galen

Principal, Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas

Robin Bangert

Ballet Master & Dallas Ensemble Coordinator

Leticia Oliveira

Principal, Texas Ballet Theater School Fort Worth

Carl Coomer

Dancer, Texas Ballet Theater

Philip Slocki

Dancer, Texas Ballet Theater

Guest Instructors have included:

Lauren Anderson
Margarita Bruce
Steve Brule
Clara Cravey
Bernard Gaddis

Bernard Gaddis
Elizabeth Gillaspy
John Grensback
Charmaine Hunter
Priscilla Nathan-Murphy

Janie Parker
Krissy Richmond
Joseph Walsh
Fu Xijun


Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance
2255 McCollum Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Chicago, IL
Ballet Chicago
17 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, February 1
Registration: 5:30pm
Audition: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Dallas, TX
Texas Ballet Theater School – Dallas
300 N Coit Rd. Suite 231
Richardson, TX 75080

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Ages 12 – 14
Registration: 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Ages 15+
Registration: 3:30pm
Audition: 3:45 – 5:15pm

Detroit, MI
The Link School of the Arts
1077 Rankin Drive
Troy, MI 48083

Monday, January 20, 2020
Ages 15+
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Ages 12-14
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 2:45 – 4:15pm

Fort Worth, TX
Texas Ballet Theater – Fort Worth
1540 Mall Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76116

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Ages 12 – 14
Registration: 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Ages 15+
Registration: 3:15pm
Audition 3:45 – 5:15pm
Saturday, February 8, 2019
Ages 12 – 14
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 3:00 – 4:30pm
Ages 15+
Registration: 4:30pm
Audition 4:45 – 6:15pm

Lubbock, TX
Ballet Lubbock
5702 Genoa Ave
Lubbock, TX 79424

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Registration: 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City Ballet
6800 N Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Ages 12-14
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Ages 15+
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 3:00 – 4:30pm

Orlando, FL
Orlando Ballet South Campus
7988 Via Dellagio Way #204
Orlando, FL 32819

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Registration: 3:30pm
Audition: 4:00 – 6:00pm

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 3:00 – 5:00pm

San Antonio, TX
Ballet Conservatory of South Texas
5200 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Ages 12 – 14
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Ages 15+
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 2:45 – 4:15pm

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Ballet

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Registration: 5:00pm
Audition: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Seattle, WA
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Registration: 4:30pm
Audition: 5:00 – 6:30pm

Washington, D.C.
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Registration: 2:00pm
Audition: 2:30 – 4:30pm

Procedure and Fees

Audition Fee - $40 Pre-Registered Audition Fee - $30

Please arrive at the audition site 30 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Candidates will need to complete an application and submit a headshot and arabesque photo. Please be ready to dance en pointe, if applicable. Students under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the application. Students who will be 12 years old by June 21, 2020, are eligible to audition.

Pre-registration is preferred. Students who pre-register online will receive a $10.00 discount on the registration fee. Pre-registration is non-refundable and closes 48 hours prior to each scheduled audition time. To pre-register, click below and navigate to the Summer Intensive Audition section of our class listing.

Students will be notified of their acceptance status via within seven business days of their audition. Accepted students will receive registration instructions via email, and a non-refundable deposit is due with registration to guarantee a space in the program.

Click Here to Pre-Register

Students interested in the Studio Training Company or Professional Training Division should bring a dance resume and a letter of recommendation from a ballet instructor to their audition. Dancers interested in the Studio Training Company are encouraged to attend a Company Audition but may be considered in a Summer Intensive audition. Auditioning dancers may be asked to attend the Summer Intensive or schedule a follow-up audition at Texas Ballet Theater for further consideration for the Studio Training Company or Professional Training Division.

Video Auditions

Students who are not able to attend a live summer intensive audition may submit a video audition. Applicants should follow the link below to complete an online audition form and submit a link to their video (YouTube or Vimeo preferred). An email with online payment instructions for the $40 Audition Fee will be sent to the address provided on your form. Please limit your video to one side of barre work, beginning with dégagé, and pirouette, adagio, petit allegro, and grand allegro in the center. Men should include tour en l’air and ladies should include pointe work. Advanced ladies may show center work en pointe in lieu of a separate pointe work section. Videos should not exceed fifteen minutes. DVDs are not accepted.

Click Here to Submit Your Video Audition

For more information contact Catherine Roe, Educational Programs Manager, at:

817.763.0207 Ext. 103

Photo Credit: Jiyan Dai and Abigail Maharaj