Why I should go to Boston Ballet

An information resource on Boston Ballet Summer Intensive

An overview from the website

SDP-Newton promotes the success of dance students both technically through high-quality ballet instruction, and personally through special workshops, discussions, and mentoring sessions.

  • Intensive classical ballet training in technique, pointe and variations
  • Supplemental classes in Pilates, men’s conditioning and character
  • Five weeks of 4-6 hours of dance classes daily
  • Internationally renowned faculty
  • Program culminates in open house studio showings
  • 2014Tuition: $2,925.00 2014 Housing (for ages 12-14): $2,400.00
  • Financial assistance is available, details in admission packet

Progression for Aspiring Pre-Professionals
Students work closely with experienced faculty committed to working intensively with students to develop their understanding of classical ballet technique. Boston Ballet School holds an audition during SDP for students interested in entering Boston Ballet School in the upcoming year.

Dance Life

Our Newton program, located at Boston Ballet School's Newton Studio, provides male and female students ages 10-14 with five weeks of intensive, comprehensive ballet training. Small classes and a focus on wellness and mentoring encourage personalized instruction in a nurturing environment.

The curriculum is based on 4-6 hours of dancing daily and includes:

  • Daily technique classes
  • Enrichment classes in modern, musical theater and character.
  • A weekly mentoring classes
  • Core conditioning classes in Pilates
  • Master classes with guest faculty
  • Interactive professional development lectures may include such topics as injury prevention, wellness and nutrition, dance history, stage production, music and make up
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Residental Life

Students aged 12-14 are housed at Lasell College, a small private college in Newton, MA. The beautiful New England campus setting is just a few miles outside Boston and provides a focused environment for students to concentrate on their dance studies while also providing access to Boston. Students participate in chaperoned off-campus outings. Options will include small group excursions for shopping, movies, or entertainment in the city of Boston. Housing is not available for students ages 10-11. Students aged 10-11 with local accommodations through family or friends are welcome to attend the program.

Residential Staff
The student to residential staff ratio is approximately 10:1. Our residential program is designed to offer the best balance of structure and fun appropriate for an adolescent population. Residential Counselors are available to talk with students and offer friendly support while adjusting to life away from home. A professional nurse is on staff in the dorms and the studios. The Residential Life office is staffed 19 hours a day, and three rotating staff members are on-call 24 hours a day. Students carry a Boston Ballet School student ID with pertinent phone numbers at all times.

The residential student meal plan consists of breakfast, bagged lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Brunch and dinner are provided on Saturday and Sunday. The dining hall is a short walk from the dorm. A sample lunch may include, (but will not be limited to), a salad or sandwich to-go, a piece of fruit, a whole wheat bagel, and a bottled drink.

Weekend Activities
In addition to residence hall activities, Boston Ballet School plans optional weekend outings for all residential and commuter students. Members of the residential staff chaperone activities and transportation is provided. Activities are optional, and spaces are limited and are filled on a first come first served basis. Students must pre-purchase tickets to these activities. Students have the opportunity to go on any or all of the exciting weekend activities.

Past SDP Activities have included:
Red Sox game
Day trips to local beaches and Cape Cod
Performances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Jacob's Pillow
Water Country
Chartered Dinner Dance Cruise on Boston Harbor
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Amazing Faculty

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet
Margaret Tracey, Director, Boston Ballet School
Tamara King, Principal, SDP-Newton

Christopher Anderson
Melanie Atkins
Karin Averty
Igor Burlak
Christine Busch
Jeffrey Cirio
Lia Cirio
Richard Colton
Jacqueline Cronsberg
Pavel Gurevich
Christopher Hird
Tai Jimenez
Russell Kaiser
Zippora Karz
Maureen Kelly
Jessica Kreyer
Francisco Martinez
Alla Nikitina
Deanna Seay
John Selya
Sarah Wroth
Laura Young

Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive

10-14 year olds located in Newton. 15-19 year olds located in Boston.