Summer Intensive Program

Photo by Francisco Estevez

2020 Summer Intensive Program

Directed by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner

event June 22-July 25
Ages 11 – 20 Audition Only (on pointe)

Eligible students participating in our Summer Intensive are assessed for Colorado Ballet Studio Company and Pre-Professional Division

Under the direction of Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive designed for dancers from intermediate through pre-professional levels. With internationally renowned master teachers and members of CBA’s own accomplished faculty, the program strives to maintain an atmosphere of creative freedom for every student and a safe place to test boundaries while learning new ways to push beyond them. The Summer Intensive curriculum consists of level specific classes in ballet technique, pointe, men’s conditioning and technique, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, yoga, and Pilates. Lecture classes will include injury prevention, nutrition, dance history, music for dance and Anatomy in Clay©.

  • Dance in one of eight studios housed in our state-of-the-art building in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive. The Armstrong Center for Dance is home to Colorado Ballet.
  • Two, three, and five week sessions are offered to accommodate summer schedules. Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the program must attend the three or five week session. Students attending the two week session will have a parent observation day at the conclusion of their session.
  • Summer Intensive students will be considered for CBA's year-long Pre-Professional Division and Colorado Ballet Studio Company.
  • Physical therapy is available to students from Colorado Ballet’s in-house providers.
  • Suite-style housing is available on the beautiful University of Denver campus.
  • Weekly activities outside the studio provide a well-rounded and positive cultural experience.

photo by Francisco Estevez
Photo by Francisco Estevez


"It is very important to us that the students leave with a sense of accomplishment. We feel this is best achieved by placing a high value on their overall progress, and by focusing on the fact that any improvement, no matter how incidental it may seem, is understood for its importance to their continuing development. It is our belief that it is the attention given to the smallest details that provide the greatest results over time."
Amanda McKerrow & John Gardner, Directors, CBA Summer Intensive



“It’s a pleasure to watch young students train with such focus and determination for their futures. Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive nurtures students beyond the classroom into budding professionals.”
– Gil Boggs, Artistic Director, Colorado Ballet


Amanda McKerrow & John Gardner by Rosalie O’Connor

2020 Audition Dates and Times

Please note that the New Mexico audition date has ben updated. New date listed below.

* In these locations the audition class taught by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner will double as a Master Class for those students who do not wish to audition for Colorado Ballet Academy. Please register in person day of the audition.

DECEMBER 28, 2019
Alabama Ballet*
2726 1st Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35433
Registration 12:00pm-1:00pm
Audition 1:00pm-3:00pm
Register

JANUARY 4, 2020
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Registration 12:00pm-1:00pm
Audition 1:00pm-3:00pm
Register

JANUARY 4, 2020
Bozeman Dance Academy
346 Gallatin Park Dr
Bozeman, MT 59715
Registration 9:30am-10:00am
Audition 10:00am-12:00pm
Register

JANUARY 11, 2020
Ballet Academy of Texas
145 Fitness Ct
Coppell, TX 75019
Registration 10:00am-11:00am
Audition 11:00am-1:00pm
Register

JANUARY 12, 2020
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14:
Registration 9:30am-10:30am
Audition 10:30am-12:00pm
Ages 15-20:
Registration 11:30am-12:30pm
Audition 12:30pm-2:00pm
Register

JANUARY 26, 2020
Pennsylvania Ballet*
323 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration 9:30am-10:30am
Audition 10:30am-12:30pm
Register

FEBRUARY 1, 2020
Westside School of Ballet
1709 Stewart St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Registration 3:30pm-4:30pm
Audition 4:30pm-6:00pm
Register

FEBRUARY 2, 2020
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
Registration 4:30-5:00pm
Audition: 5:00-6:30pm
Register

FEBRUARY 2, 2020
Ballet Chicago*
17 N State St, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Registration: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Audition 4:00pm-6:00pm
Register

FEBRUARY 16, 2020
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14
Registration 9:00am-10:00am
Audition 10:00am-11:45am
Ages 15-20
Registration 11:15am-12:15pm
Audition 12:15pm-2:00pm
Register

FEBRUARY 22, 2020
New Mexico Dance Academy*
10410 Comanche Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Registration 12:00pm-1:00pm
Audition 1:00pm-3:00pm
Register

MARCH 8, 2020
Colorado Ballet
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Ages 11-14:
Registration 9:00am-10:00am
Audition 10:00am-11:45am
Ages 15-20
Registration 11:15am-12:15pm
Audition 12:15pm-2:00pm
Register



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