2017 Summer Intensive (Ages 8+)

Ballet Hispanico 


JULY 10-28

A one-of-a-kind Summer Intensive that challenges students to strengthen their classical technique, experience contemporary forms, and develop professional skills through specialized forums, all through a multicultural lens at one of the nation's leading training programs.

Led by Michelle Manzanales, Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and Caridad Martinez, former principal dancer with the Cuban National Ballet, Ballet Hispánico's multifaceted Summer Intensive experience provides:

How to Audition (Creating a Video Reel, Writing a Resume, Headshots)
College & Beyond
Ask the Pros: Q&A Sessions with Ballet Hispánico Company Members
Dancer Wellness & Self-Care

Note that Ballet Hispánico is unable to provide housing for Summer Intensive students.
An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), Ballet Hispánico has been a leader in dance and cultural excellence in New York City and around the world for over 45 years. At our Summer Intensive, students will improve their technique, gain exposure to Ballet Hispánico and guest artists, and experience all that the dance capital of the world has to offer.

Download and share program flyer HERE.



Admission to the Summer Intensive is by audition only.

Upcoming NYC Audition Dates
All NYC auditions are held at Ballet Hispánico at the Arnhold Center
167 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024

Sunday, April 30
9:30 Registration starts
10-10:45 am (ages 8-10)
11:00-12 pm (ages 11-13)
12:15-1:30 pm (ages 14+)

Please bring the following items to the audition:
1) Audition application form (download HERE)
2) $20.00 Audition fee 
3) Headshot
4) If student dances en pointe, he or she should bring pointe shoes to the audition

If you are unable to audition in New York, you may submit a video application. Instructions for the video audition may be downloaded HERE.  

Contact the School of Dance office at 212-362-6710 or email us at school@ballethispanico.org.

Download the audition application form
Download the video audition instructions


All national auditions dates have passed--thanks for your interest!



Audition and register early to save!

Register before April 15: $2,000
Register after April 15: $2,100
$20 Audition fee, non-refundable (cash only)
$530 Deposit following acceptance into the program, non-refundable

A limited amount of financial aid is available to program participants.  

Photos (c) Paula Lobo


Laura Alonso
Guest Master Teacher

Laura Alonso, daughter of world famous Cuban ballerinas Alicia Alonso, and Fernando Alonso, is a dance teacher, coach, and expert at staging ballet classics. Ms. Alonso’s 25 year performing career with Ballet Nacional de Cuba included soloist work in all of the traditional classics. Today she travels around the world teaching and staging classic ballets for pre-professional and professional companies, such as London’s Royal Ballet School and The Royal Danish Ballet.

Ms. Alonso was honored with an award as the best coach at the Jackson International Ballet
Competition in 1990. Her student, Jose Manuel Carreno, won the Grand Prix de Ville, the highest award attainable. Ms. Alonso has served as coach, jury member, and teacher at the Jackson IBC and as jury member of the Concours International de Dance de Paris, France, the Alicia Alonso International Ballet Competition and other competitions around the world.

Under Ms. Alonso’s direction, the Center ProDanza of Cuba was established in 1994. ProDanza has contributed to the formation of classical dance talents, such as José Manuel Carreño and Xiomara Reyes of American Ballet Theater, Arionel Vargas of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada, Yat-Sen Chang of the British National Ballet, among others. ProDanza strives to achieve a consistent methodology that allows the dancers to progress from initiation to professional life based on the teaching methodology and technique of the Cuban School of Ballet. Ms. Alonso’s own company founded in 1995, Laura Alonso Ballet, has traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Guadeloupe and Jamaica.


When are the auditions?
All audition dates can be found in the above 'Auditions' tab.
What should I bring to the audition?
Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition so they can fill out the audition application form, along with a headshot, and pay the $20 audition fee. Students should wear their dance attire for the audition - leotard, tights, and ballet shoes, and bring pointe shoes if they have experience.
When will I be notified if I am accepted into the Summer Intensive?
Students will be notified via e-mail of acceptance into the Summer Intensive 1 week following the audition.
What if I can’t make the NYC auditions?
Students unable to attend the NYC audition may submit a video. All criteria for the video submission can be found here.


How do I apply for scholarship?
Upon acceptance into the Summer Intensive, all students can apply for scholarship. The scholarship application form is part of the registration form. Notification of scholarship awards will be sent via e-mail two weeks after submission.


Is housing provided for the summer intensive?
Housing is not provided for the summer intensive. We suggest trying a housing site such as Gypsy Housing on Facebook or AirBnB for guest housing options.


Is my spot in the summer intensive guaranteed if I am accepted?
Students will need to register and make a deposit to secure their place in the summer intensive.

When can I register? 
Students can register as soon as they are accepted into the program. Students will receive a registration form along with their acceptance e-mail.
If accepted into the summer intensive do I need to attend the full three weeks?
Students may sign up for 1, 2, or 3 weeks of the program.
What is the schedule like?
Daily classes include ballet, pointe, conditioning & stretch, and contemporary forms. Throughout the week students will also have classes in flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and salsa.
How are students placed in levels?  
Students will receive their level placement on the first day of classes. Placement is subject to change at the discretion of the School Director.

What is the last day to make payments toward tuition?
As of June 20, 2017, tuition for the 2017 Summer Intensive is now past due. If you have questions or concerns regarding payments, please feel free to contact the School at school@ballethispanico.or or 212-362-6710 ext. 10 or 13 to make arrangements.



When and where will orientation take place?
The School of Dance will hold a welcome orientation for students and guardians on the first day of the program Monday, July 10th at 8:00am here at Ballet Hispánico. At the orientation you will have an opportunity to meet our staff, see our building and learn about the program expectations and building policies. Classes are set begin at 9:30am as scheduled. Students not attending the first week of the program will need to stop by the school office on their first day and pick up all materials then.

What is your dress code policy?
All information regarding dress code is located under the "Dress Code" tab of this page, found here. For BH merchandise and gear, we invite you to stop by our School office.

Will students be provided with a locker during the program?
Students are welcomed to store their belongings during the length of the program in our lockers rooms, located on the 2nd and 8th floors. During the orientation, you will have an opportunity to choose a locker and place a lock on it. We ask that you only use combination locks as this information will be stored in the student’s BH account. 
Do all students get to perform in the Summer Intensive Open Studio on Friday, July 28th?
Students attending the full 3-week program will have Open Studios on the final day of intensive. Students that are not attending the full 3-week program, but will be present during week 3 (July 24th -28th), will participate at the faculty’s discretion. 

What is Ballet Hispánico's policy on arrivals and dismissials? Will my child(ren) be allowed to leave the premise alone?
Our building opens at  9:00am each day. Students are welcomed to arrive at this time and get ready for class. At the end of the day, all students will be dismissed promptly at their scheduled time. Please be sure to arrive on time and communicate if you are running late. Additionally, if your child (under the age of 18) has permission to leave the premises on their own, please complete and return the attached “Permission to Leave Premises Form”. If the form is not completed, your child will not  be allowed to leave the building on their own. By signing this form you are allowing your child to leave our premises anytime during the day whether it is lunchtime or dismissal, etc.



2017 Summer Intensive Dress Code

Dance attire is available for purchase at the Capezio store located at 201 Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of West 69th street, in Manhattan. Ballet Hispánico students receive a 25% off discount at this location when they mention Ballet Hispánico. Additionally, you can visit the Capezio website here and enter discount code provided in your School of Dance Welcome letter, to receive an additional 20% off your online purchase.


Solid black leotard (no color-piping or design)
Pink convertible tights
Pink ballet slippers
Black wrap skirt (optional)
Black character/flamenco skirt 
Black character or flamenco shoes
Black leggings
Pointe shoes for Levels B & C (Optional for Level A student with previous pointe experience)
Jazz shoes (optional)
Ballroom shoes (optional)
Yoga Mats
Stretch band



White or black crew neck t-shirt
Black men's tights 
Black or white ballet slippers
Black flamenco boots
Black jazz pants
Ballroom shoes (optional)
Jazz shoes (optional)
Yoga Mat
Stretch band

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