Intensive Summer Program

*On May 8, 2020, we announced that PBT School’s 2020 Intensive Summer Program has been converted from an in-person program to a live-class, virtual, remote learning experience. The information below reflects this change.*

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 will converge virtually for an immersive five-week training program led by PBT School faculty and renowned PBT artistic leaders. In five weeks, student dancers will log over 100 training hours, gaining experience that can benefit them in all aspects of their ballet careers. These are their steps to success:

Dedication: Five 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 and pointe, to jazz and modern 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.

Curriculum & Schedule

PBT School has cancelled all residential and in-person pre-professional summer programs due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

We are, however, excited to offer our students a five-week Intensive Summer Program as a live-class, virtual, remote learning experience. We are not simply transferring what we do for our in-studio instruction to an online format; instead, we are offering a program focusing on cross-disciplinary dance training that is designed to reflect the needs of today’s professional dance world. 

The virtual Intensive Summer Program is highly focused and is an immersive pre-professional experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12+. During the intensive, we will offer specially tailored virtual classes Monday through Friday, with possible occasional programming on Saturdays. 

Classes will be held using Zoom to maximize feedback and personalized training. We will be updating our studios with HD video capabilities and large monitors, as well as reducing class sizes to facilitate the best experience for students and staff. Classes will be designed for students to take them in small spaces with minimal impact on the joints. 

ISP classes will include technique, pointe, variations, men’s class, modern, jazz, hip hop, conditioning, Pilates and Yoga. The program will also include guest speakers, seminars and Q&A opportunities with members of our faculty and distinguished artists.

We are also thrilled to welcome Susan Jaffe, PBT’s new artistic director, to her first PBT School ISP. Susan will be instrumental in the restructured program, bringing with her the expertise of her illustrious professional dance career with American Ballet Theatre and years of experience as a leader in dance education.

An orientation meeting for students and parents/guardians will be held on June 22, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Parents, guardians and students are welcome to contact the School with questions throughout the program at pbtschool@pittsburghballet.org. Please note that PBT School staff will be at a reduced capacity in the month of July and communications may take longer than usual on response time. PBT School Office staff will be checking the email throughout the week and will respond as soon as they are able.

A sample daily schedule (times in U.S. Eastern Time):   

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Men
Pilates

12:00 – 1:00

Ballet

12:00 – 1:15

Ballet

12:00 – 1:15

Ballet

12:00 – 1:15

Pilates

12:00 – 1:00

Modern

12:00 – 1:00

Conditioning

12:00 – 1:00

Ballet

1:15 – 2:30

Pointe

1:30 – 2:15

Pointe

1:30 – 2:15

Pointe

1:30 – 2:15

Modern

1:15 – 2:15

Ballet

1:15 – 2:30

Technique

1:15 – 2:30

Pointe

2:45 – 3:30

Lunch

2:15 – 3:15

Lunch

2:15 – 3:15

Variations

2:30 – 3:30

Lunch

2:15 – 3:15

Stretch

2:45 – 3:30

Plyometrics

2:30 – 3:15

Lunch

3:30 – 4:30

Yoga

3:15 – 4:15

Jazz

3:15 – 4:15

Lunch

3:30 – 4:30

Ballet

3:15 – 4:30

Lunch

3:30 – 4:30

Lunch

3:15- 4:15

Hip Hop

4:30 – 5:30

Swan Lake Arms

4:15 – 5:15

Yoga

4:15 – 5:15

Pilates

4:30 – 5:30

Stretch

4:45 – 5:45

Music Theory

4:30 – 5:30

Variations

4:15 – 5:15

Additionally, various seminars will be presented throughout the program, including:

  • Music Appreciation for Dancers
  • Dance History
  • Health & Wellness
  • Performance Preparation Tips from Company Dancers
  • Preventing Injuries while Dancing at Home
  • Audition preparation tips
  • Media, Online Presence and Dance Photos

Students can also expect various virtual social programming opportunities during ISP, such as:

  • Trivia Nights
  • Virtual Game Nights 
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt/Escape Room
  • Movie Watch Parties/Discussion
  • Live Cooking Classes
  • Live Painting Tutorials/Art Projects
  • Virtual Talent Show

Faculty

PBT is thrilled to welcome Susan Jaffe, our new artistic director, to her first PBT School ISP.

Susan will be instrumental in the restructured program, bringing with her the expertise of her illustrious professional dance career with American Ballet Theatre and years of experience as a leader in dance education.

Susan will be joined by School Co-directors, Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall and other School Faculty members who bring unique perspectives from a diverse range of professional dance companies and experiences.

2020 Intensive Summer Program Artistic Team:*

Marjorie Grundvig, PBT School Co-director 

Dennis Marshall, PBT School Co-director 

Janet Popeleski, School Principal

Eun Young Ahn, former ABT Dancer, current School Principal

Christopher Budzynski, former PBT Principal Dancer, current School Faculty

Erin Halloran, former PBT Dancer, current School Faculty

Christine Schwaner, former PBT Principal Dancer, current School Faculty

Kristy Boyle, Manger of Dance and Fitness Programs

Jamie Murphy, Modern and Contemporary

Yoland Collin, Company Pianist

Ellen Gozion, Full Time Pianist

Kuan-Yi Lu, Full Time Pianist

Juliet Winovich, Full Time Pianist

And more!

Tuition

Tuition

Recognizing that the scope of this program has changed, PBT School has adjusted the program tuition to $1,500. Prior tuition deposits and payments will be applied accordingly, and prior housing deposits and payments will be rolled over to this new tuition. School office personnel will be in touch after May 18, 2020 with account balance and payment/credit information. Final payments will be due by May 30.

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Merit-based scholarships have been awarded at the discretion of the School Directors. We are unfortunately unable to offer any other financial assistance for our Virtual ISP 2020.

FAQs

What will my Virtual ISP placement be? 

All students will be assigned an age-determined group prior to the start of the program. Students will progress through the duration of the program in these groups. In the event the School directors or faculty see a need to re-assign a student to another group, it will be done as an exception and on an individual basis only.

How can I spend my “off” time during the Virtual ISP?

The Intensive Summer Program follows a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum over the course of five weeks. However, PBT School believes it’s important to balance the intense curriculum with opportunities to unwind. The program offers planned virtual social programs to assist in fostering a sense of community within the program. 

Are there any special requirements for the Virtual ISP?

  • Reliable high-speed internet
  • A computer, iPad or phone for Zoom
  • A ballet barre or chair
  • A yoga/Pilates mat
  • A proper and safe work space (see “Work Space” tab)
  • Theraband or resistance band for Pilates and conditioning classes

Is there a dress code for the Virtual ISP?

For ladies: any color solid leotard with pink full-length tights, pink ballet shoes and pink pointe shoes, as well as tennis shoes and jazz shoes. No leg warmers or sweats are allowed, unless the class is a “warm up” or the teacher running the class allows it.

For men: dance belt, black full-length tights, form-fitting plain white (no logo or print) t-shirt tucked in (no tank tops), black ballet shoes, as well as tennis shoes and jazz shoes. No leg warmers or sweats are allowed, unless the class is a “warm up” or the teacher running the class allows it.

Is attendance required for all classes?

Students are required to participate in all scheduled classes for all weeks of the program. All students must appear for all classes in a punctual manner.  Students who cannot meet these very basic requirements will not be permitted to participate.  The School office should be contacted any for extenuating circumstances.

 

Virtual Work Space

Our goal during the Virtual ISP is to keep our students engaged in dance, with their safety as our top priority

As students move into the virtual intensive and look ahead towards utilizing the Zoom online platform on a regular and long-term basis, it is increasingly important to heighten one’s awareness of safety concerns regarding at home training.

PBT has compiled a set of guidelines, injury prevention tips, and references to help dancers ensure their safety in physical and technical development. Students will receive a handbook in advance of the program that includes this set of guidelines. Students are expected to have reviewed this document in its entirety prior to our orientation.

Here are some basic elements related to work space included in the guidelines:

  • Size: 4’x6’ or larger
  • Surface: Marley (Harlequin, Rosco) 
  • Under Surface: suggested Pergo underlayment or similar to cushion the space between your dance surface and floor and minimize the stress on your bones and tendons

We look forward to “seeing” you this summer!

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