Summer Intensive


2020 summer intensive

Summer Intensive

Program Description | June 29 – August 1, 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of our Virtual Summer Intensive for 2020! We realize that this is a different program than what we anticipated, but we have a wonderful interactive program planned.

The Virtual Summer Intensive will consist of up to 5 hours of instruction in various classes Monday thru Friday and 2 hours Saturday. We will offer daily technique class as well as pointe, variations, men’s class and male variations, contemporary, hip-hop and modern and cross training in either Pilates, strength conditioning and stretch daily. Throughout the 5-week program, seminars offered are Physical Therapy and Injury Prevention with Rebecca Arce, Carolina Ballet physical therapist, Dance History with our Founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss and Music Theory.

Guest artists teaching include Megan Fairchild, Principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, Olga Kostritzky, world-renowned ballet mistress, and our own Zalman Raffael, Carolina Ballet Artistic Director/CEO. We are so fortunate to have such a stellar lineup of guest artists along with principal dancers for Carolina Ballet.

We have adapted our program to best suit training from home in this unprecedented time and we look forward to seeing you and working toward your future in dance.

Sample Schedule


Please visit our Summer Intensive Audition Page for information on the National Audition Tour and video audition applications.
Our national audition tour is sponsored by Freed.

The Curriculum

Classes have been adapted for at home work Monday-Saturday for a total of 5 hours p/day Monday -Friday and 2 hours Saturday. The classes will consist of ballet technique, pointe, variations, male variations, contemporary, hip hop, pilates and conditioning. We will also have Seminars for Physical Therapy strengthening, music theory and Dance History. We have also created a 30 min time for each level to have time for mindful reflection on how this has all effected them and their time.

Admission and Tuition

Students from the ages of 12 to 21 may audition during our National Audition Tour. All students who attend a live audition will receive notification of their acceptance by email 2-3 weeks after their audition. Please wait three weeks before inquiring about audition results. Each student will be evaluated and placed in the session that best matches their maturity and technical level, with an additional placement class on the first day. Once you have enrolled by sending in your enrollment form and deposit, all packets with information and additional required forms will be sent out by the end of March. All final payments must be made by June 1, 2020 at the very latest.






June 29-Aug 1

$350 per week


July 13-Aug 1

$385 per week

(weeks do not need to be consecutive)


June 29-July 12

$400 per week

(weeks do not need to be consecutive)


– Master classes taught by ZALMAN RAFFAEL, Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet/CEO

*Please note that highlights are dependent upon the student’s session and class placement.

For further information, Contact Shelley Jacobsson, Director of School Operations at (919) 747-8459 or

(Email is preferred).

Apprentice Program

Students accepted as summer apprentices will have a specialized program that includes: The opportunity to be selected to rehearse and/or perform with Carolina Ballet. There will be limited number of summer apprentices, and of these, up to two may be selected to be apprentices with Carolina Ballet for the 2020-2021 season.