Summer Intensive

June 26 – July 28, 2017

Texas Ballet Theater School’s Summer Intensive emphasizes technique, artistic expression and musicality necessary to prepare well-rounded, classically trained dancers for a company career. Students ages 12-21 will experience five weeks of dedicated training on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Daily classes are held in the newly renovated TCU School for Classical and Contemporary Dance.

Curriculum includes ballet technique, pointe work, men’s class, variations and jazz. Additional classes include pas de deux (by invitation only), character, modern, Pilates and Latin ballroom, with dance-related studies such as nutrition, injury prevention, career planning, acting and mime.

Accepted students may choose between our five week program (June 26-July 28) and three week program (June 26 – July 15). Five week students will perform in a showcase at the conclusion of the intensive, and three week students may invite family and friends to observe classes on the final day of the program.

Students who attend the Summer Intensive may apply for the Professional Division of the Texas Ballet Theater School. Those completing the five-week program are considered for a trainee or apprentice position with the Texas Ballet Theater Company.


Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. supervises the program, and classes are taught by TBT Artistic Staff, Faculty and renowned guest instructors from around the world. All are dedicated to providing a personally-rewarding learning process.

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Tim O'Keefe.

Associate Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Li Anlin

Assistant Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

Anna Donovan

Principal Ballet Master, Texas Ballet Theater

Kathryn Warakomsky-Li

Professional Division, TBTS Fort Worth

Lyndette Galen

Principal, TBTS Dallas

Merideth Tullous

Director, Texas Ballet Theater Schools

Jan Miller

Instructor, TBTS Dallas

Charmaine Hunter

Upper School Principal, TBTS Fort Worth

Guest Instructors have included:

Lauren Anderson
Steve Brule
Clara Cravey
Elizabeth Gillaspy
John Grensback
Janie Parker
Krissy Richmond
Fu Xijun


Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Registration: 12:30 pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Austin, TX
Ballet Austin
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Ages 12-14
Registration: 1:30 – 2:00pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Ages 15 and up
Registration: 1:30 – 2:00pm
Audition: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Boca Raton, FL
Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Registration: 2:00pm
Audition: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Boston, MA
The Brookline Ballet School
1431 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Registration: 2:00 pm
Audition: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Chicago, IL
Joffrey Ballet
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Registration: 3:30pm
Audition: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Dallas, TX
Texas Ballet Theater School, Dallas
670 North Coit Road #2379
Richardson, TX 75080

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Ages 12-14
Registration: 12:30pm
Audition: 1:00 – 2:30pm

Ages 15 and up
Registration: 2:00pm
Audition: 2:30- 4:00pm

Detroit, MI
The Link School of the Arts
1077 Rankin Drive
Troy, MI 48083

Friday, January 6, 2017
Ages 12-14
Registration: 5:00pm
Audition: 5:15pm – 6:45pm

Ages 15 and up
Registration: 6:45pm
Audition: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Eugene, OR
Oregon Ballet Academy
3400 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

Friday, January 20, 2017
Registration: 5:30pm
Audition: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Fort Worth, TX
Texas Ballet Theater
1540 Mall Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76116

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Ages 12-14
Registration: 1:30 pm
Audition: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Ages 15 and up
Registration: 3:00 pm
Audition: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Los Angeles, CA
Westside Academy of Ballet
1709 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Registration: 2:00 pm
Audition: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Registration: 4:00pm
Audition: 4:30 – 6:00pm

Seattle, WA
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Registration: 3:30 pm
Audition: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Silver Spring, MD
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Registration: 2:30pm
Audition: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Audition Procedures

Please arrive at the audition site 30 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Candidates will need to complete an application, submit a headshot, an arabesque photo and a $35 application fee. A resumé is required of Professional Division applicants. Please be ready to dance en pointe, if applicable. Students under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the application.

Students may pre-register for auditions by clicking below, and will receive a $5.00 discount on the application fee. Pre-registered students will complete an application and submit photos on site.

Click Here to Pre-Register

Students who are not able to attend a live audition may submit a video audition by DVD or YouTube link. All submissions must include the completed Video Audition Form, DVD or YouTube link, dance photo and $40.00 application fee. All video auditions are due March 1, 2017 to or Texas Ballet Theater School, c/o Summer Intensive, 1540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

Dancers that wish to be considered for the Professional Division must submit a dance resume and a letter of recommendation from a ballet instructor. The letter should be sent to Kathryn Warakomsky-Li at or 1540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76116 or brought to the audition. Dancers that audition for Professional Division during the Audition Tour may be asked to attend the Summer Intensive or a follow-up audition at Texas Ballet Theater for further consideration.

Students will be notified of their acceptance status within one week of their audition. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due with registration to guarantee a space in the program.

Cost and Housing


Three-week program: $1,545
Five-week program: $2,135


Three-week program: $1,980
Five-week program: $2,760

An additional staffing fee is required for all resident students.

The residential program offers room and board in Clark Hall on the campus of Texas Christian University, with a microwave and micro-fridge in each dorm room. Qualified chaperones are on site at all times. For more information, please visit Clark Hall at Texas Christian University Residence Life. The cost of the residential program includes dorm room and two to three meals a day. Dance studios, dining hall, grocery store, drugstore, bookstore and other conveniences are within walking distance of the TCU campus. Transportation will be provided for all off-campus activities.

Unfortunately, there are NO REFUNDS for this program. Travel insurance is highly recommended.


Students have the opportunity to experience a number of entertaining activities in addition to their dance classes. Members of the residential staff chaperone all activities. Transportation and meals are provided. Information on specific activities and corresponding prices are provided upon registration.

Summer Intensive Students at the Texas Rangers Game on July 4!

Previous years' activities have included:

Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Zoo

Texas Rangers Baseball Game

Burger’s Lake

Six Flags Over Texas

Pool parties, shopping trips and more!

For more information contact Catherine Roe at:

817.763.0207 Ext. 103