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Preparatory Division

Preparatory Division

June 24-July 19, 2019

Classes Monday through Friday, from 9:00-3:00 pm with after care activities provided from 3:00-5:30 pm. No boarding at Saint Mary’s School is provided for students in this program.

This program is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring young dancers, ages 9-11, to enjoy a summer intensive training experience concurrent with Carolina Ballet’s pre-professional summer intensive. Focus on early training is considered essential to realize full potential as a dancer and to prepare a student for the strength necessary to dance en pointe. Classes are intended to enhance technique, develop artistic qualities, and build on skills, with emphasis on correct alignment and posture. The program will include a fun and enriching exploration of the history of ballet, story ballets, famous dancers, and ballet terminology, along with the chance to meet Carolina Ballet dancers and find out how they fell in love with, and started their training in classical ballet.

NEW Additional Weeks Added! Come dance with us 2 or 4 weeks!!!!!

subject to change

The Curriculum

An introduction to many of the aspects of the Carolina Ballet’s pre-professional summer intensive. In addition to level appropriate and attentive instruction in ballet technique, supplemental classes in jazz, modern, choreography, and variations are offered. Additional studies will include dancers health, injury prevention, and strength and flexibility classes. Students will also have pool time during the week.


Carmen Felder

Carmen began her ballet training in Cary, NC at Cary Ballet Conservatory through high school. She spent summers training as a scholarship student at Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. During the early years, Ms. Felder performed in Carolina Ballet’s Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Ms. Felder went on to earn her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Ballet Performance with a minor in German. While at OU, Carmen trained under Mary Margaret Holt and performed many lead roles with Oklahoma Festival Ballet as well as traveling with the company to dance in the Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival. After graduation Carmen danced with Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, South Carolina. Carmen joined Carolina Ballet as a trainee in January 2011 and was promoted to the corps de ballet for the 2011-2012 season.

Amanda Gerhardt

Amanda began ballet at the age of 10 at the Jackonsville Ballet Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida training with Mary Pauline Nasrallah and Dulce Anaya. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts High School, and after 11th grade, she was accepted into Miami City Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division training two years under Carter Alexander and Geta Constantinescu. Amanda was coached by Edward Villella to perform Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade for her first
Student Showcase. The following year’s showcase, she performed in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and as a soloist in Paquita. Amanda attended several summer intensives including Boston Ballet, ABT New York, and The School of American Ballet where she was selected to perform in the New York Choreographic Institute. She also attended Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive where she performed works by Jorma Elo and Helen Pickett. The summer of 2013, Amanda attended Carolina Ballet’s Summer Intensive as a trainee and was hired for the Carolina Ballet’s company season. In 2014 Amanda was promoted as a corps member. Amanda has performed numerous works with Carolina Ballet including Balanchine’s: Rubies, Rondo alla Zingarese, Raymonda Variations, The Four Temperaments, and Valse Fantaisie; Robert Weiss’ Messiah, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Romeo and Juliet, The Double, Sleeping Beauty, Stravinsky, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Zalman Raphael’s Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2, Bach Suite, Mozart, In the Grey, and La Mer; Lynn Taylor Corbett’s Dracula and Carmina Burana .

Audition and Application

Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 12:00 pm, Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, February 3rd at 12:00 pm.

Please bring one 4×6 photo of dancer in first arabesque, headshot, application and $30 audition fee, cash only.

Students should have at least 2–3+ years of previous ballet training in order to apply and be accepted into the program. Students can take 2 or 4 weeks of the program. We have a limited number of spaces so we encourage early enrollment in the program.

Audition Video/DVD

We strongly encourage students to attend one of our local audition. If you cannot attend our scheduled audition, you may submit a video/DVD audition with an application form.

DUE BY: Audition videos must be postmarked February 22, 2019 or earlier.

FEE: There is a $30 video audition fee. Please make the check payable to Carolina Ballet, and mail check, audition form, and video or DVD to:

Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive
3401 Atlantic Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27604


Classes and rehearsals will be held at Saint Mary’s School.


Tuition $450 per week. All students will be notified of acceptance by email within 3 weeks of audition. An enrollment form and packet will accompany the acceptance letter and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 per week will be required to secure a student’s spot in the program. You will receive additional forms and information by the end of March. Final Payment is due no later than May 1, 2019.


Are there pointe classes in Preparatory Division?

No, the classes are non-pointe show based.

For further information, email us or call 919-747-8459 for more details.