Photo by Amanda Tipton Photography

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.

Jennifer Howard
Director of Summer Programs

Dominic Walsh
Director of Compass Coaching Project

Julia Wilkinson Manley
Artistic Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance


Roger C. Jeffrey

Maria Konrad

Rosalynde LeBlanc

Doug Letheren

John McFall

Caili Quan

*International Faculty subject to change

Read about all our Summer International 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 & 2 Tuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2022 After 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 12pm-1:15pm.

Advanced Summer Intensive Tuition – Advanced 3/4/5/PPP Tuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2022 After 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 Project Fee
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 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.

Dance and Meditation: This class, taught by Doug Letheren, explores the science behind the synchronicity of mind and body, and introduces the practical application of meditation to dance training.  Sitting meditation will be taught, and then channeled into the mindfulness and awareness already present in a dancer’s body and daily practice.

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 14+ in Advanced 3/4/5/PPP students. Transportation and 3 meals per day included. Pricing TBA.

Housing requests for those under age 14 will be considered, but not guaranteed.

Please email Jennifer Howard at jhoward@ccdance.org for more details.

“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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CCD’s Summer 2022 Newsletter

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December 2021 Issue: Featuring Summer Faculty Member David Barbour

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