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Summer Intensive Intermediates

The Program

June 27-August 5, 2016 (one to six week sessions)

Cranbury Studio • 29 N. Main Street, Cranbury, NJ

Summer Intensive Intermediates offers an exciting summer program for young dancers, modeled on our internationally acclaimed Summer Intensive, of which it is an extension. Summer Intensive Intermediates offers the same careful, personal training for which Princeton Ballet School is famous and is presented by some of the same teachers as those who teach the Intensive.

Ages 11 to 14 are key ones in the training of a young dancer, and the opportunity to study more intensively, and to experience a wider variety of dance styles, can make a huge difference in a young dancer’s progress. Just as in our Summer Intensive, we offer classes in variations, stretch and strength, choreography, jazz, and modern dance. These topics follow a strong morning of two ballet classes.

The program is for dancers at a high intermediate level. Many of these dancers have recently begun their pointe work. Others are getting ready for this major moment in a dancer’s life. We spend time within the week working on basic pointe exercises and pointe readiness work. For the young men involved, we offer a Young Men's Class.  Serious young dance students will want to take four to five weeks of the program. Each week builds on and refers to the others. But please note that one can take the program for as little as one week, if necessary. Each week has a different theme, with a classical ballet being studied. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis and enrollment is limited.

Please note that this is a daytime program - no boarding is offered. For families of out of town students, you can consider the possibility of a residence inn - many families are now doing this.


ERIKA MERO began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was also a member of Princeton Ballet II and ARB Workshop, appearing in works by Sherry Alban, Graham Lustig, and danced the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia. During these years, she attended The Juilliard School’s summer program. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. Performance work includes Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and featured dancer with opera productions of Roméo et Juliette, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus with Opera New Jersey as well as productions with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. After graduation Ms. Mero returned to teaching at Princeton Ballet School. Ms. Mero received her MA in Ballet Pedagogy from New York University as well as becoming an ABT® certified teacher, and is on the faculty of ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop. As well as instructing at Princeton Ballet School, Ms. Mero is a Dance Power teacher and is currently the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the program. Ms. Mero is also an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrenceville School.


KAREN LESLIE MOSCATO began classes at Princeton Ballet School after seeing ARB’s Nutcracker when she was four years old. She continued up through the syllabus of the school, also attending summer programs at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Ballet. After one semester of the Trainee Program, Karen Leslie joined American Repertory Ballet, where she has performed featured roles in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, Phillip Jerry, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp. In ARB’s Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Marzipan soloist and Doll. She danced the role of Juliet in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Moscato joined the faculty of Princeton Ballet School in fall of 2013.

“My daughter just completed the workshop. Your faculty…were the utmost professional and caring group of instructors. Besides improving her strength, endurance and technique, they provided an atmosphere that allowed her to build self-esteem and to develop confidence in her ability in dance. Thank you for the wonderful summer experience!”
                                                                                                                       — a parent

Placement Information

Students new to Princeton Ballet School should speak with Carol Bellis 609.921.7758 ext. 14 to determine their level.

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