City Ballet of San Diego Summer Intensive 2017

July 31 – August 18


The City Ballet of San Diego Summer Intensive is known world wide as one of the finest programs of its kind. Each summer students come from all over the globe to study with our world famous guest artists and our resident faculty.

The program is designed to provide superlative training for serious students at the beginning,intermediate and advanced levels

In addition to daily technique and repertory classes,the students are also challenged with classes in pointe, contemporary, jazz, pilates, yoga and acting for dancers in classes that teach them how to create a character in a story ballet. Lectures are presented on nutrition and injury prevention. Each of our famous guest artists hold informal discussions on their personal journeys to success.

The classes are kept at reasonable sizes so that each student receives personalized daily corrections and ideas for strengthening their technique and artistry.

The three-week program concludes with a free public performance at the historic downtown Spreckels Theater, home to the City  Ballet of San Diego.

Trainees and company apprentices are selected from this summer intensive.

Guest Teachers

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Jonathan Stafford
July 31 – August 5
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Stella Abrera 
August 7 – 11
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Ashley Bouder
August 14-17
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Resident Faculty

            Artistic Director: Steven Wistrich

            Resident Choreographers: Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez

            Ballet Mistress: Tanya Rogers

            Company Members: Ariana Gonzalez, Brook Ogle, Natalie Test

The three-week Intensive is open to intermediate and advanced pre-professional students ages 11-24 with three graded levels. There are limited spaces in each level. Admittance is by audition only. Trainees and Apprentices for the upcoming season are chosen at the Intensive. Classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, Pilates, jazz and contemporary. The Intensive culminates in a free public performance on Friday, August 18 at 7pm at Spreckels Theatre, the home theater for City Ballet of San Diego.


Audition in Person: attend a ballet class at City Ballet School – call 858-274-6058 for appropriate class – $25 non-refundable audition fee

Audition by Video: Submit a 10-minute VHS video or DVD, containing

  1. One side only of each barre exercise (piles, tendus, adagio, grand battement); and
  2. Center work (tendus, pirouettes, petit allegro, grand allegro); and
  3. Pointe work (either at the barre of in the center) or a variation from the classical repertoire on pointe

$25 non-refundable audition fee

Tuition: Tuition for the three-week Summer Intensive program is $1,300 for the Advanced and Intermediate II levels, and $1,000 for the Intermediate I level. A $300 nonrefundable tuiton deposit must accompany the application. Balance of tuition is due June 16, 2017 and is non-refundable.

Housing: A limited number of spaces are available with host families for students under the age of 18. The cost for room and board with a host family is $900. A $300 nonrefundable housing deposit is due with application. The balance of the housing fee is to be paid directly to the host family by July 30, 2017. Students 18 years of age and over may stay at the Youth Hostel in downtown San Diego. Students wishing to stay at the Youth Hostel need to make their reservations through the Hosteling International San Diego ( and select San Diego downtown location – 521 Market Street – 619-525-1531) and pay their deposit as soon as possible to hold their reservation. Contact them by phone rather than making your reservation online. They make exceptions for our Summer Intensive students to stay longer than the usual two week limit.

Class Schedule: Classes are held Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 am and finish at 3:00pm, followed by two hours of rehearsal in preparation for the performance at the end of the program.

Studios are located in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego

            941 Garnet Avenue (alley entrance)

For more information call 858-274-6058 or email: