Summer Intensive

June 24 – July 27, 2019

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

The 2019 Summer Intensive will introduce a new dual program format. Curriculum for both the University and West Campus Programs will include ballet technique, pointe work, men’s class, 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, and Pilates. This new format allows for additional pointe and variations classes for female students, as well as expanded class offerings for male students.

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, and Professional 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: $2,300
Optional Room and Board: $3,100

West Campus Program

The West Campus Program, primarily 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 or pre-pointe work. This program is three weeks in length and concludes with a showing for friends and family on Saturday, July 13. Classes will begin at 9:30am and conclude around 4:30pm, with a lunch break and a few smaller breaks between classes.

Tuition: $1,620
Optional Room and Board: $2,220

All students will have the opportunity to hear from guest faculty and presenters as part of our evening Dance Related Studies Series, held inside Erma Lowe Hall. Each week, students will participate in lectures and workshops on various topics, including injury prevention, dance history, and career readiness. Visiting guest faculty will share their personal dance experience and advice for aspiring dancers.

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 three meals per weekday, along with brunch and dinner on the weekends. 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 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 Epic Waters, Burgers Lake, 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 Professional Division of the Texas Ballet Theater School. Those completing the five-week program are considered for the Professional Division, 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 Professional Division.


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

Li Anlin

Assistant Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Anna Donovan

Principal Ballet Master, Texas Ballet Theater


Summer Intensive and Professional Division Director

Lyndette Galen

Principal, Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas

Leticia Oliveira

Principal, Texas Ballet Theater School Fort Worth

Jan Miller

Advanced Ballet Instructor, Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas

Carl Coomer

Dancer, Texas Ballet Theater

Guest Instructors have included:

Lauren Anderson
Steve Brule
Clara Cravey

Bernard Gaddis
Elizabeth Gillaspy
John Grensback

Charmaine Hunter
Janie Parker
Krissy Richmond
Fu Xijun


Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Registration: 10:30am
Audition: 11:00 – 12:30pm

Chicago, IL
Joffrey Ballet
10 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Registration 3:30pm
Audition: 4:00 – 6:00pm

Dallas, TX
Texas Ballet Theater School – Dallas
670 N Coit Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ages 12 – 14
Registration; 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Ages 15+
Registration: 3:30pm
Audition: 3:45 – 5:15pm

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

Sunday, January 6, 2019*
Ages 15+ ONLY
Registration: 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 4:00pm

*Summer Intensive and Professional Division Audition

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Ages 12 – 14
Registration 2:30
Audition: 3:00 – 4:30

Ages 15+
Registration: 4:30pm
Audition 4:45 – 6:15pm

Los Angeles, CA
Anaheim Ballet
280 E Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Registration: 4:00
Audition: 4:30 – 6:00

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

Friday, January 25, 2019
Registration: 6:00pm
Audition: 6:30 – 8:30pm

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Ages 12-14
Registration: 1:30pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Ages 15+
Registration 3:30pm
Audition: 3:45 – 5:15pm

Orlando, FL
Orlando Ballet Main Campus
2201 McRae Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Registration: 4:00pm
Audition: 4:30 – 6:30pm

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Registration: 4:15pm
Audition: 4:45 – 6:15pm

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

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Ages 12 – 14
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30pm

Ages 15+
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 2:45 – 4:15pm

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Registration: 3:30pm
Audition: 4:00 – 6:00pm

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

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Registration: 4:00pm
Audition: 4:30 – 6:00pm

Procedure and Fees

Please arrive at the audition site 30 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Candidates will need to complete an application, submit a headshot, an arabesque photo and a $40 application fee. A resumé is required of Professional Division applicants. 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 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.

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 auditioned time. To pre-register, click below and navigate to the Summer Intensive Audition section of our class listing.

Click Here to Pre-Register

Students interested in the Professional Division are encouraged to attend a Company Audition but may be considered in a Summer Intensive audition. Please submit a dance resume and a letter of recommendation from a ballet instructor. The letter should be sent to Kathryn Warakomsky-Li at or 1540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76116 or brought to the audition. Dancers that audition for Professional Division during the Audition Tour may be asked to attend the Summer Intensive or a follow-up audition at Texas Ballet Theater for further consideration.

Video Auditions

Students who are not able to attend a live summer intensive audition may submit a video audition by March 20, 2019. 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 than fifteen minutes. DVDs are not accepted.

Click Here to Submit Your Video Audition

For more information contact Catherine Roe at:

817.763.0207 Ext. 103

Photo Credit: Jiyan Dai and Abigail Maharaj