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Registration Now Open for School of Ballet Theatre Company 2023 Summer Program

Ballet Theatre Company. Photo credit: Walt Jedziniak

Ballet Theatre Company will be holding summer programs at its West Hartford studio.

Ballet Theatre Company. Photo credit: Anna Cestone


Summer is the ideal time for students to pursue a dance education. Without academic pressures or busy extracurricular activity schedules, dancers are able to excel at a more rapid pace in technical skill, strength and performance, while exploring a variety of dance styles.

The School of Ballet Theatre Company (SBTC) recommends that dancers train for several consecutive weeks to support and sustain their dance technique and strength, however, it is understood that not all dancers wish to train in this fashion. SBTC’s Summer Program schedules have been designed to allow students the flexibility to train all summer or for selected weeks.

Registration for SBTC Summer Program opens Monday, Feb. 6.

SBTC Summer Program is open to the public

SBTC’s summer program is open to the public. SBTC’s summer program includes a variety of intensives for dancers at the introductory level, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. New students interested in SBTC’s Summer Dance Intensives should fill out the New Student Inquiry Form for Summer 2023 to determine their placement in the program. For any further questions please email [email protected].

Ballet Theatre Company. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

Summer Intensive Offerings

SBTC will offer a unique experience to intermediate/advanced pointe students to learn a classical ballet variation, receive professional 1:1 coaching, and perform in costume for a guest panel of dance professionals in its Variation Intensive. Students must have at least two years of pointe experience to participate in the intensive. The Variation Intensive is offered June 19-23. The performance will be held on Friday, June 23.

SBTC’s Half Day Intensives are offered Monday through Friday for SBTC Ballet levels Primary Ballet II thru Ballet VI. Half Day Intensives will provide dancers the opportunity to enhance their training, artistry and performance skills. In each session of each intensive, dancers will train in ballet/pointe daily, while each individual session will explore one different dance style such as Jazz, Contemporary, or Ballet Repertoire to prepare a small showcase for the dancers’ family and friends to attend to occur on the Friday of each Half Day Intensive session. SBTC offers a multi-session discount.

  • Intensive A – Ballet V and Ballet VI
    • Session 1 – July 10-14, Showcase on Friday, July 14 at 1:15 p.m.
    • Session 2 – July 17-21, Showcase on Friday, July 21 at 1:15 p.m.
    • Session 3 – July 24-28, Showcase on Friday, July 28 at 1:15 p.m.
  • Intensive B – Ballet III & Ballet IV
    • Session 1 – July 10-14, Showcase on Friday, July 14 at 1:15 p.m.
    • Session 2 – July 17-21, Showcase on Friday, July 21 at 1:15 p.m.
    • Session 3 – July 24-28, Showcase on Friday, July 28 at 1:15 p.m.
  • Intensive C – Ballet IIA & Ballet IIB
    • Session 1: July 24-28, Showcase on Friday, July 28 at 7:15 p.m.
    • Session 2: July 31-August 4, Showcase on Friday, Aug.t 4 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Intensive D – Primary Ballet II & Ballet I
    • Session 1 – Aug. 14-18, Showcase on Friday, August 18 at 6:45 p.m.
    • Session 2 – Aug. 21-25, Showcase on Friday, August 25 at 6:45 p.m.

SBTC’s popular, half-day, Mini Intensive is back for Summer 2023. The intensive is offered to develop younger dancers’ ballet technique with separate instruction for each of the designated levels. Each week has a different Classical Ballet theme where dancers will be educated about the specific ballet, watch excerpts from a professional production, learn excerpts of choreography from the production and create ballet-related crafts. The intensive culminates with a short showcase performance at the end of the week that families and friends are invited to watch at BTC’s studio.

Mini Intensive students. Courtesy photo

The Mini Intensive is offered for dancers ages 3-7 (SBTC levels: Creative Movement and Primary Ballet I). All sessions run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

  • Session 1, July 31-Aug. 4 – Ballet Theme: Coppelia
  • Session 2, Aug. 21-25 – Ballet Theme: Swan Lake

The final intensive of SBTC’s Summer 2023 schedule is Ballet Bootcamp. In addition to Ballet and Pointe technique, this program focuses on strength, flexibility, core stability training, and dance conditioning. Dancers also learn about nutrition and injury prevention. The goal of the program is to prepare students for any upcoming auditions and dance school year.

Ballet Bootcamp is open to intermediate and advanced dancers (SBTC levels: Ballet III – Ballet VI) and is offered Aug. 15-19, Monday thru Friday, 6-9 p.m.

Ballet Theatre Company. Photo credit: Walt Jedziniak

Other Details

For more information about SBTC or its Summer Program visit dancebtc.org/summer-2023 or contact SBTC’s administrative office at 860-570-0440 or by email at [email protected].

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