Intensive Summer Program

June 22 – July 25, 2020

“The teachers and faculty are all so personable and inspiring… I get something out of each and every single class.” — ISP Student

Over the summer, serious ballet students from across the country and abroad converge for an immersive five-week training program led by PBT School faculty, PBT artistic leaders and high-profile guest instructors. In five weeks, more than 200 student dancers log over 180 studio hours, gaining experience in both rehearsal and performance settings. These are their steps to success:

Dedication: Six days a week, students stretch, strengthen and dance their way to stronger technique and stage presence. As they work with PBT artists and instructors, they’ll learn more about the professional dance world and about themselves as artists.

Versatility: In preparation for the classical to contemporary spectrum of today’s dance companies, students learn to adapt to a diverse curriculum ranging from ballet technique, partnering and pointe to jazz, modern and character dance.

Passion: These students have chosen to dedicate a large part of their lives to dance, and many aim to go pro. During their time with PBT, they’ll meet peers with similar passions and absorb insights from teachers with extensive stage careers.

National Audition Tour

Video Auditions

Curriculum & Schedule

ISP classes include technique, pointe, variations, men’s class, pas de deux, variations, modern, jazz, character, repertoire and Pilates. The program culminates in a final studio performance, and also includes a variety of seminars and workshops on topics like nutrition, injury prevention and time management.

Additional ISP offerings include Pilates “Reformer” instruction and Musculoskeletal screenings, both by appointment and for an additional fee.

A sample (Level 4) weekly schedule may look like this:

8:30 – 10:15 Technique
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Pointe
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lunch
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Modern
2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Repertoire
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Technique
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Pointe
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Variations
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Repertoire
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Technique
12 p.m. -1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Variations
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Jazz
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Choreography
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pilates
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 Technique
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pointe
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pas de Deux
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Character
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Technique
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Variations
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Repertoire
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Nutrition Seminar
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pilobolus Partnering
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Technique
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Choreography (when applicable)

Tuition & Housing


A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit, applicable towards total tuition, is required with completed registration form. The program tuition is $2,440 for the ISP.


Supervised dormitory housing is available for students at our dormitory partner, Chatham University, as well as PBT’s own Byham House. Housing is $2,550, and includes room, meal plan, laundry, and daily transportation to and from PBT Studios for classes. Housing is limited and awarded on a first-come basis to enrolled students upon receipt of a $500 non-refundable housing deposit.  Students 12+ are eligible to room at Chatham University, while Byham House can accommodate up to 21 students from ages 14-17. Learn more about Byham House here.

Move-in and orientation meeting will be held June 23.

About Chatham University Housing
Chatham University is situated on 35 park-like acres in Pittsburgh’s popular Shadyside neighborhood. ISP students are housed in Fickes and Woodland halls, both of which are supervised by PBT School staff and open to students 12+. Both halls offer residents use of study areas, lounge, residential computer lab and laundry facilities on each floor. Room types include singles, doubles, triples and quads. Students housed at Chatham also enjoy access to its state-of-the-art Athletic and Fitness Center, featuring a heated indoor pool, weight room, training center, gymnasium and dance studio. The campus is located just 2.1 miles from PBT School. Take a virtual tour at

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the School Directors.  Limited financial assistance / work study is available.  Applications are only considered after successful registration and payment of non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. Deposits and  tuition and housing payments are non-refundable after each payment due date has passed.


When will I be notified about my audition results?

Students typically receive a letter within three weeks of their audition date. Each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis, so students from the same audition could receive their evaluation letter on different dates. If you expressed interest in our school-year program, expect to receive this information at a later date.

What will my level assignment be? 

Levels are not assigned before the start of the program. All students will take a placement class on the first day of the program. Students will be placed in an appropriate level relative to the skill set of the entire ISP group — a benchmark that faculty members believe provides the most challenging and comprehensive program for the individual student. Level placement is at the discretion of the school directors.

How can I spend my free time during ISP?

The Intensive Summer Program follows a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum over the course of five weeks. But, PBT School believes it’s important to balance the intense curriculum with opportunities to unwind. The program offers planned outings on Sundays to destinations ranging from theaters and dances to amusement parks and sporting events.

How do I apply for the school-year Pre-professional Program? 

During our Intensive Summer Program audition tour, participants may elect to be considered for our year-round Pre-professional program by circling “yes” on the audition registration form. In addition, PBT School often schedules a Pre-professional Division audition. Contact the PBT School office for more information.

What’s the difference between the Company Experience workshop and the Intensive Summer Program?

Our Company Experience workshop gives students a two-week preview of the life of a professional dancer. This highly selective program is designed for dancers 16+. In addition to daily technique class, dancers learn new choreography and repertoire and work closely with company dancers, PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other members of the artistic team. Company Experience takes place two weeks prior to the start of the Intensive Summer Program, and offers an effective complement to the full five-week program.

Order Summary

Plan Your Summer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

All students accepted to the Intensive Summer Program will need to complete an ISP Order Summary Form. Intensive Summer Program attendees can find all necessary forms, excursion details, deadlines and further information on the form. The link to the form will be posted soon and all participating students will be notified by e-mail.

We look forward to seeing you at PBT Studios this summer!