The Company

Young Dancer Summer Program

The Program | June 27-July 15, 2016
9:00am-5:30pm Monday through Friday

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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.

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.


Instructor, 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.


Instructor, Elice McKinley

Elice began her training at the age of 9 at Ithaca Ballet. At 14, she continued, for three years, at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. From there she moved on to the Miami City Ballet School on full merit scholarship, where she performed with the professional company in Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Ballet Imperial. She joined Miami City Ballet in 2005 and danced with the company for four years performing many Balanchine ballets including Symphony in 3 movementsWestern Symphony, Symphony in C, Serenade and La Valse. She also performed ''Little Red Riding Hood" in Sleeping Beauty and was in the original cast of Twyla Tharp's Nightspot. Summer intensives Elice has participated in include Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chatagua, Miami City Ballet school, American Ballet Theatre, and acceptance to the School of American Ballet.


The Young Dancer Summer Program dates are June 27-July 15, 2016. Classes run Monday through Friday from 9:00-3:00pm with after care activities provided from 3:00-5:30pm. No boarding at Saint Mary's School is provided for students in this program.

Audition and Application

Audition:  please bring one 4x6 photo of dancer in first arabesque and one 4x6 photo of dancer in tendu a la seconde, application and  $20 audition fee, cash only. 

Audition dates and times are:

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - Registration starts at 1:30, audition will begin at 2:00

Audition Saturday, January 23rd has been cancelled!  Audition moved to Sunday, January 24th, registration begins at 3:30, audition 4:00 to 5:00.  Thanks!

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - Registration starts at 1:30, audition will begin at 2:00

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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 1, 2 or 3 weeks of the program, however we strongly encourage students to take at least 2 weeks to get the full benefit of the program. We have a limited number of spaces so we encourage early enrollment in the program.


Classes and rehearsals will be held at Saint Mary’s School.
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Tuition $400.00 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. Final Payment is due no later than May 7, 2016.

For further information call Carolina Ballet at 919.624.8248 or email