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Advanced Summer Intensive

June 20-July 30, 2022

Who is this for?

Preparation for emerging artists

The Advanced Summer Intensive provides multi-disciplinary training in ballet and modern dance in a rigorous and nurturing environment geared towards fostering individual growth through technical proficiency and movement literacy. This program runs June 20-July 30, 2922 for ages 12-22. Students will train up to 8 hours per day Monday-Friday. An optional 2-hour ballet technique class is also available on Saturdays.

Please read our 2022 Summer Health & Safety Protocols  before beginning our summer classes/camps/intensives.

Download Week 1’s Summer Schedule (June 20-June 25) here.

Jennifer Howard
Director of Summer Programs

Dominic Walsh
Director of Compass Coaching Project

Julia Wilkinson Manley
Artistic Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance


Shannon Alvis

Janelle Ayón

Roger C. Jeffrey

Aubrey Klinger Fearns

Rosalynde LeBlanc

Kevin O’Keefe

Rachel Oliver Young

Caili Quan

*Summer Faculty subject to change

Read about all our Summer Faculty here.

Photo by Machmer Movement Photography

“”Compass Coaching Project provided me with a personalized, intensive, professional training platform with the one-on-one mentorship I was seeking, varied and versatile repertoire, and opened space for discussion upon choreographic pieces and ideas.  I was encouraged to continue to dive deep and expand my dancing abilities, make connections with other students, professionals, and renown instructors, and provide the tools I needed to prepare for audition season and build my resume.  I felt even more confident as a dancer to enter the professional dance world after the rigorous 2 weeks.  I would participate in the program again in a heartbeat!”  – 2021 Compass Dancer”

Advanced 1 & 2 Summer Intensive Schedule:

M/W/F from 9am-4pm; T/TH from 10am-2:30pm; optional Ballet Technique classes held on Saturday from 11:15am-12:45p.

Advanced Summer Intensive Tuition – Advanced 1 & 2Tuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2022After March 1, 2022
Per Week$393.30$414
6 Weeks (price includes a $250 discount)$2,122.30$2,234

Advanced 3/4/5/PPP Summer Intensive Schedule:

M/W/F 9am-4pm; T/TH 10am-4pm with an optional Ballet Technique class on Saturdays from 11:15pm-12:45pm.

Advanced Summer Intensive Tuition – Advanced 3/4/5/PPPTuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2022After March 1, 2022
Per Week$443.65$467
6 Weeks (price includes a $250 discount)$2,424.40$2,552

Students who are enrolled during week 3 through 6 (July 4-July 30) of the Advanced Summer Intensive are invited to perform in CCD’s Summer Moving Project (SMP). This valuable program allows students to learn contemporary choreography and classical repertoire in an intensive rehearsal process with nationally recognized artists. Students enrolled in all 6 weeks of the Advanced Summer Intensive receive 2 weeks of additional rehearsal time and will be cast in additional works for the showcase. This extensive rehearsal process will culminate with the Summer Moving project performance on July 30, 2022.

Advanced 1/2 Summer Moving Project rehearsals will be held on M/W/F from 4:15-5:15pm; T/TH from 2:45-3:45pm. Advanced 3/4/5/PPP rehearsals will be held M-F 4pm-6pm.

Summer Moving ProjectFee
Includes digital video, performance photos and a summer t-shirt$375

Ballet Technique -In Advanced 1, students heighten their strength, control, speed and mental acuity through the introduction of more complex combinations, turns, jumps and balances.

In Advanced 2, students begin to transition to our more advanced syllabus, taking on more complex turns, and big jumps, while refining their movements and building stamina.

Advanced 3 turns the attention to “the whole picture” as students begin to develop a comprehensive understanding of how their upper and lower bodies work together. They learn complex combinations quickly and focus their energies on strength, refinement, confidence and risk taking.

Advanced 4/5/Pre-Professional Program (PPP) is a rigorous and challenging program that encourages dancers to move beyond their comfort zone with a focus on cultivating individual artistic voices. PPP students in this program often plan to go on to college programs or professional careers in dance. For year-round entry into PPP, students are required to study six days per week.

Advanced/PPP Summer Classes:

Ballet Folklórico: This class, taught by Janelle Ayón, former dancer with Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández, focuses on implementing ballet and contemporary techniques to traditional Mexican Dance. Students will be introduced to footwork, upper body and skirt techniques and also explore the origins and history of dance in Mexico.

Ballet Technique: Dancers will be placed in a level that best supports their progress. Classes will focus on technique with an emphasis on proper alignment, functional anatomy, musicality and artistry.

Pointe: Dancers will be placed in a level that best supports their progress. Pointe classes will focus on foot articulation and strength.

Power, Flight & Turn: This class is designed to gain full-body strength, while perfecting the technical requirements necessary when performing jumps and turns. Dancers will learn variations and other excerpts from classical repertoire typically attributed to male danseurs.

Variations and Repertoire: This class will cover classical variations in addition to contemporary and modern repertoire by such choreographers as Crystal Pite, Yvonne Rainer, Twyla Tharp and Bill T. Jones, to name a few.

Modern Dance: This class will focus on building fundamental modern dance skills including floorwork, the dynamic use of weight, improvisation and elemental concepts of effort, space and time. This conceptual approach allows dancers to be successful in a range of modern styles while creating a full and developed physical understanding of their body and its abilities.

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon. PBT focuses on training muscle memory to strengthen and enhance technique.

Classes may also include: Contemporary, Partnering, Anatomy & Kinesiology, Composition, Dance History, Jazz, Hip Hop, Somatic Awareness, and Yoga.

Housing is available (fully chaperoned) for those in Advanced 3/4/5/PPP students, Movement Lab Dancers, and Compass Coaching Project Dancers (Ages 14 – 22). Housing requests for those under age 14 will be considered, but not guaranteed. 

Summer Residential Experience:

Dancers choosing the housing option will reside at the beautiful and historic Regis University Campus. Dormitory style rooms are double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with a small refrigerator, microwave, shared bathroom and washer/dryer in the facility.

A full-time trained resident advisor will chaperone and oversee all dancers. The resident advisor has a TCLogic background check and is certified by Regis University regarding safety and health protocol.

Summer program dancers meal plans consist of breakfast and dinner at the Regis Campus Dining Hall with a healthy sack lunch prepared by Bon Appétit Catering.

Transportation from Regis to Colorado Conservatory of Dance is included. This does not include transit from Denver International Airport.

Dancers are encouraged to bring pocket money for extra outings and snacks!

Please contact Marnie Rundiks mrundiks@ccdance.org.

Housing Administration Fee: $200*

*(One-time fee for the Summer)

Number of Weeks:Room & Board:
1 Week$700
2 Weeks$1,400
3 Weeks$2,100
4 Weeks$2,800
5 Weeks$3,500
6 Weeks$4,200


  • Double occupancy dormitory room 
  • Three delicious and healthy meals per day
  • Daily transportation 
  • Fun supervised activities on weekends!

“My time in Movement Lab, and with the staff at CCD was transformative. As a ballet dancer wishing to expand my knowledge of contemporary and modern movement, Movement Lab effectively helped me reach that goal. Despite taking classes virtually from Canada I did not feel as though I was getting less attention or less of an immersive contemporary experience. Taking ballet class with a new purpose, learning world-renowned techniques and choreography, and hearing from well accomplished dancers from across the world allowed me to add more depth to my dancing. Work done this summer is still helping me today in my BFA program as I recall notes given to me and how to explore my movement further than I had thought possible for myself. I am grateful for the help of the staff as well, any time I was having tech issues or an appointment I was responded to without hesitation. Thank you CCD and to all of those involved with Movement Lab who helped me participate in the program and grow greatly as a dancer this summer.” – 2021 Movement Lab Dancer

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