Ballet Intensive Workshops

Ballet Intensive Study

July 1 - August 2, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 

BalletNova levels JD 4 - CD
Ages 12-18 (visitors by audition)
Tuition: $1,915 (or $420 per week**)

This rigorous program prepares intermediate and advanced aspirants for the ballet/dance environment of today. A premium is placed on exquisite--unencumbered-- classical training and artistic development along with authentic training in allied dance styles. The environment is one of high expectations and challenging curriculum in a nurturing atmosphere. Female students must be on pointe.

Daily Classical Ballet technique and Pointe/Men's classes are complimented by Modern Dance (Graham-based), Variations, Contemporary, Hip Hop, African and conditioning. Hands-on workshops/seminars on anatomy, injury prevention, nutrition, ballet history and career navigation round out the curriculum. Acclaimed international guest faculty are an integral part of this program. Students are encouraged to take as many weeks as possible to gain the most benefit - however weekly enrollment is permitted.

**Weekly tuition must be paid in full prior to the start date of the week attending. Registrations received at the beginning of a session after it starts will incur an additional $25 registration fee. No pro-rated or partial options are available except week of 7/2 for holiday closure.

Visiting students should contact the studio, for audition information.

Contemporary Ballet Studio Company

August 5-16, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 

BalletNova levels JD 5 - CD
Ages 13-18 (visitors by audition)
Tuition: $840

Designed for the serious intermediate and advanced ballet student, this program immerses students in the rigor and daily life of a 21st century professional dancer. From company class every morning to learning original choreography by the guest artist, to being part of the creation of an original ballet, this is a fast-paced and rewarding real-world experience for those seeking to push to the next level of artistry.

The program culminates with a full-scale public performance in BalletNova's state-of-the-art Fredgen Theater. Students have the opportunity to work with acclaimed international guest faculty and choreographers. Visiting students should contact the studio, for audition information. 

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Guest Artists

Matthew Powell

August 12 - 16

Matthew Powell, Assistant Professor of Ballet at Point Park University, received his training at the School of American Ballet, and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story and more. As a choreographer, Powell was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and received a choreographic award at Regional Dance America. He has created works for Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Point Park University, Broadway Dance Center, the art exhibit 'Capturing Nureyev,' and worked as an on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear. Powell's ballet master credits include Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and the television show Flesh and Bone, which aired on STARZ. His teaching credits include The Juilliard School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Rock School for Dance Education, Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Tech, Kansas City Ballet School, Trey McIntyre Project, Matthew Bourne, Karole Armitage, Billy Elliot on Broadway, Universities of Iowa and Alabama, and more. Additionally, Powell has worked extensively as an assistant director for opera productions across the country. Instagram @matchoopowell

Connor Walsh

July 16 - 19

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Connor Walsh began his training at the age of seven under the direction of his mother Constance Walsh. He has trained at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, where he was awarded the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship and the Ben Stevenson Scholarship award. In 2004, he won the first annual gold award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), and was given the Award of Encouragement at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition.

In 2004, Walsh joined Houston Ballet’s company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was quickly promoted to soloist in 2006 and then to principal dancer in 2007.

Walsh has originated lead roles in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker(The Prince), Romeo and Juliet(Romeo), Giselle(Albrecht), Marie(Count Axel von Fersen), and La Bayadare(Solor). 

He has danced major roles in numerous full-length ballets including John Cranko’s Onegin(Lensky) and The Taming of the Shrew(Petruchio), Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon(Des Greuix) and Mayerling(Prince Rudolf), John Nuemier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Puck), Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardee(Colas), Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow(Camille), Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote (Basilio), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund), and Dracula(Fredrick), David Bintley’s Aladdin(Aladdin) andThe Tempest(Ferdinand), Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan(Merman), and  Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake(Siegfried), Marie(Count Axel Fersen and King Louis XVI), Madame Butterfly(Pinkerton), La Sylphide(James), and Cinderella(The Prince and Dandini).

Walsh’s repertory also includes works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexander Eckman, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Hans Van Manen, Glen Tetley, Christopher Bruce, Anthony Tudor, Nacho Duato and Serge Lifar, Melissa Barak. One act creations include Stanton Welch, Azsure Barton, Edward Liang, Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Nicolo Fonte, Melissa Hough, and Garrett Smith among others.

In recent years Walsh has expanded his reach into teaching, coaching and choreographing. In 2015, along with fellow Houston Ballet company members Oliver Halkowich and Melody Walsh, Walsh founded REACH - a choreographic project that raises money for arts education in schools.  Following the success of REACH, Walsh and his colleagues were invited to create a world premiere, entitled What we keep¸for Houston Ballet in spring of 2018.

Chae Eun Yang

July 16 - 19

Chae Eun Yang returns to Houston Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet after spending a year with The National Ballet of Canada. Yang previously performed with Houston Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member from 2013-2017 and has performed roles in iconic productions like The Sleeping Beauty, The Winter’s Tale, and The Nutcracker. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and trained at the Sunhwa Arts School, Korea National University of Arts, and the Universal Ballet Academy before beginning her first stint with Houston Ballet in 2013.

Joanna DeFelice

August 5 - 9

Originally from Maryland, Joanna graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C, training under Alla Sizova, Nikolai Morozov and Adrienne Dellas. She spent her summers training at ABT, Miami City Ballet and Hubbard Street. She has worked with Debbie Allen on numerous shows at the Kennedy Center and in Los Angeles. Joanna toured internationally with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company based in NYC, performing works by Igal Perry, Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Robyn Mineko Williams, Bryan Arias and Kristin Sudeikis, among others. She has been commissioned as a set and technical designer for multiple art installations across the United States. Joanna currently teaches and choreographs around the country, where she constantly explores the depths of dance, music and design.

Mary Beth Hansohn

July 29 - August 2

Mary Beth Hansohn received her professional training at The Arlington Center for Dance in Arlington, VA, and with Peter Stark, at The Maryland Youth Ballet. She joined The Ohio Ballet as a full member at age 18, and went on to dance in works by Heinz Poll, Donald Byrd, Laura Dean, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Stephen Mills, Septime Webre, Salvatore Aiello, Dermot Burke, Christopher Fleming, and Jeffrey Hughes. Mary Beth has performed with Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, The Cleveland Opera, D.C. Contemporary Dance Festival, Neglia Ballet Artists, The Adam Miller Dance Project, The National Tap Ensemble, and Terra Firma Dance Theatre. 

Mary Beth performed in The 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City, which was televised on CBS. She has also worked with Edouard Lock at La La La Human Steps in Montreal, and with Karole Armitage at Armitage Gone! Dance in New York City. Some of Mary Beth’s favorite roles performed include the title role in Giselle, “Mina Harker” in Dracula, “Gertrude” in Hamlet, Le Corsaire pas de deux, “Russian Girl” in Serenade, the pas de trois from George Balanchine’s Agon, “Myrtha” in Giselle, and Unnatural Selection, a pas de deux choreographed and danced with her husband, James Graber. She is a certified yoga teacher through The Yoga Alliance RYT-200.