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Summer Intensive Juniors

The Program

June 27-July 29, 2016 (one to five week sessions)

Princeton University Campus, Princeton, NJ

Summer Intensive Juniors is a program for the strong intermediate dancer. The emphasis will be on progressing technically; building strength and flexibility; increasing coordination and learning speed; and having fun together!

Daily ballet technique classes will focus on correct alignment and use of épaulement. Additional class time in dance history, anatomy, performance skills and dance composition will make a varied day for the young dancers. Two or three sessions of arts and crafts time each week help the young dancers create minor costume pieces, such as headpieces, for the ballets which they will present each Friday.

Students may register for any or all of the five weeks; however, they will enjoy and learn more by taking classes for at least two weeks, consecutively if possible. Students new to Princeton Ballet School are urged to start the session at the beginning. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is limited.

Age Guidelines:

Summer Intensive Juniors is for dancers ages 9 and above. If they are already students at Princeton Ballet School, they should have completed the Children’s Intermediate 3 or Student 1 levels.

Sample Weekly Schedule • (subject to change)


8:30-9:00 early drop off can be arranged by request (see registration form)
9:00-9:25 warm-up & body concepts
9:30-11:00 ballet
11:15-12:15 Monday & Wednesday: dance history & video viewing
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: arts & crafts for the performance
12:15-1:00 lunch
1:00-2:00 Monday–Thursday: rehearsal
Friday: parent observation

* Early drop-off: Parents can arrange to drop off students as early as 8:30 for an additional fee of $25 per week. You must pre-register for this.


Jennifer Gladney, an alum of Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet, graduated summa cum laude from Rider University in 2006, and received a BA in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Dance, as part of the Rider University/Princeton Ballet School Dance program. She was a member of our Professional Training Program throughout high school, and was part of a trainee program, ARB Ensemble, during the 1999-2000 season. During her high school years, she also attended summer programs at Steps on Broadway and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has performed with many companies as a freelance dancer, performing lead roles such as Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. She has worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with Mercer Dance Ensemble, Rider Dances and Teamwork Dance, and was a company dancer with American Repertory Ballet during the 2010-2011 season, where she performed in works by Twyla Tharp, Kirk Peterson, Philip Jerry and ARB Company Director Douglas Martin. She has also been in numerous world premiere works by ARB Resident Choreographer, Mary Barton. Ms. Gladney is a certified NJ Educator, preschool to fifth grade.  Click here to read Ms. Gladney's detailed account of the 2012 Summer Intensive Juniors Program!


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