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Ruth S. Shur Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive
Announces New Artistic Director and Managing Director
RALEIGH, NC --- Carolina Ballet is pleased to announce the naming of two new Directors of the Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive Training Program and a special guest teacher. Principal dancer, Margaret “Peggy” Severin-Hansen will become the program’s new Artistic Director and Saward Grindley has been named as the Managing Director. Returning, former Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and Basel Ballet of Switzerland, and the founding ballerina of Carolina Ballet, Melissa Podcassy will serve as special guest teacher for the 2017 session. “I am so pleased that we have such talented and passionate individuals with deep ties to this company and its mission to lead the next chapter of our world-class training program” said Robert Weiss, Artistic Director and CEO of Carolina Ballet.
Ms. Severin-Hansen is not only one of the Carolina Ballet’s most celebrated Principal Dancers, but is also one of its founding members, having first danced with the company in its inaugural season in 1998. Her training at such prestigious institutions as School of American Ballet in New York City and the Royal Danish Ballet prepared her to quickly rise through the ranks of the Company, achieving the rank of Principal Dancer in 2002. She has had scores of roles created on her, being singled out for her artistry and technical merit by a variety of world renowned choreographers in her eighteen years dancing with Carolina Ballet as well as the Royal Ballet of Flanders. “The Carolina Ballet has been home to me. The students are the future and I love working with them. I really look forward to working with the current faculty,” said Ms. Severin-Hansen, and was also grateful “for this opportunity to grow into yet another position for this company.” In her new role as Artistic Director, she will select faculty and guide the direction of the training program, as well as oversee student auditions and selection, and act as one of the program’s principal teachers.
Sayward Grindley is the new Managing Director of the Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive. She is also the Children’s Coordinator, managing all youth associated with Carolina Ballet’s productions, including Nutcracker with over 130 student cast members annually. Sayward is the former Education Director at The Sarasota Ballet in Florida, managing the Sarasota Ballet School, summer and outreach programs, and worked with the company for seven years. She also performed and toured as a company member with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. She holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University-White Oak, and a dual BFA in Dance Performance and Dance Education (K-12 certification) from East Carolina University. She has served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at Appalachian State University for four years, and now also at Meredith College. Sayward has also directed and owned a dance company, has taught master classes across the US at many ballet companies and universities, and has worked with public school systems in NC and Florida. Sayward provides a wealth of knowledge as an arts educator, arts administrator, and program director and is very excited to bring those experiences to continue developing Carolina Ballet’s wonderfully established, highly acclaimed summer program.
Carolina Ballet, Inc. has rapidly taken its place among America’s premier arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, with a talented company, and fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers. This eighteenth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina. The Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive is made possible to due to commitment and innovation of Tyler Walters, Julie Walters, and Shelley Jacobsson for building this program from the beginning.
Program | June 25 – July 29, 2017
Our summer intensive offers serious dance students extraordinary opportunities to train, rehearse, and perform alongside the professional dancers of Carolina Ballet. Leading dancers from the company will be teaching and rehearsing during the five weeks of the program and dancing in the final performances.
Train with renowned faculty of experienced professionals including guest master teacher Michael Vernon from Indiana University; Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet, Robert Weiss; and the artistic staff and Principal Dancers of Carolina Ballet. Immerse yourself in a rewarding dance experience with a high level of training for young dancers, pre-professionals, and for a select group of the most advanced students, enjoy the challenge of our summer trainee program.
Perform repertory and new choreography in the final performances at the Fletcher Opera Theater.
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
Classes and rehearsals are held Monday through Saturday and include up to six hours of instruction and rehearsals each day. The program is designed to cultivate strong, well-trained artists. Classes in ballet technique, studies en pointe, variations, men’s class, men’s variations, modern/contemporary technique, jazz, Pilates, yoga, partnering*, and conditioning provide a strong foundation in classical training.
Repertory rehearsals are an integral part of the curriculum. Dancers will have the opportunity to develop their artistry and performance capabilities through the rehearsal and performing process. Students will work with company ballet masters and award-winning choreographers to strengthen these skills.
Additional curriculum highlights include the opportunity to see Carolina Ballet in action during open rehearsals as new ballets are created on the company. Also, a special lecture series with such topics as dance history, music appreciation, and dancer health and injury prevention will provide an enhanced educational experience.
*Company men will be employed in partnering classes as needed.
Classes and rehearsals will be held at Carolina Ballet’s professional studios and at Saint Mary’s School.
All dance spaces have sprung floors with professional quality dance surfaces.
Saint Mary’s School offers a beautiful 23-acre campus filled with historic charm. The front campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a highlight on the North Carolina Civil War Trails. The Saint Mary’s Chapel, designed by Richard Upjohn, is a National Historic Site, and five of the school’s buildings are Raleigh Historic Properties.
Positioned near the heart of downtown Raleigh, Saint Mary’s location is ideal for students. Called a "city within a park," Raleigh is packed with exciting things to see and experience. The school’s secure campus lies just blocks from the state capitol, the one-of-a-kind shops of Cameron Village, and is within walking distance of museums, art galleries, restaurants, and churches.
Additional campus amenities include pool, library, in-room Wi-Fi, game room, and movie-viewing areas.
Students accepted as summer trainees 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 Trainees, and of these, up to two may be selected to be apprentices or trainees with Carolina Ballet for the 2017-2018 season.
Admission and Tuition
Students from the ages of 12 to 21 may audition during our National Audition Tour (11-21 in Raleigh).
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.
Tuition and Room and Board Schedule:
Session Dates Tuition
A June 25–July 29, 2017 (5 weeks) $2,250 ($450/week)
B July 9–July 29, 2017 (3 weeks) $1,470 ($490/week)
C June 25–July 8, 2017 (2 weeks) $1,000 ($500/week)
Room and board fees at Saint Mary’s : $550/week
Resident students must be between the ages of 12 and 21 to stay on Saint Mary's campus.
Acommodations also available for dancers 18 and over at Doubletree by Hilton, Raleigh
Please visit our webpage for more information about our Young Dancer Summer Program for students ages 9-11.
- Guest Master Teacher Michael Vernon and Megan Fairchild
- Master classes taught by Robert Weiss, Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet
- Fourth of July celebration
- Final Performances at Fletcher Opera Theater
- Weekend activities and excursions
*Please note that highlights are dependent upon the student’s session, class placement, and boarding status.
For further information contact Sayward Grindley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.719.0800 x8489 (Email is preferred.)