Utah Ballet Summer Intensive

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Come to Utah to experience the highest standard of Classical Ballet in a safe and inclusive atmosphere while supported by our renowned ballet masters and contemporary faculty, beautiful facilities, and the amazing Salt Lake City landscape. 

June 19 - July 14, 2023

Newly added for 2022, The Revitalized Dancer & Somatic Track: A specialized section for dancers focusing on ways to recuperate, rejuvenate, and deepen your dance practice to enhance and support dancer wellness.





Audition Information


Important Deadlines

September - February | In-Person Auditions (see below)
February 28, 2023 | Video Auditions Due
March 1, 2023 | Early Bird Discount Deadline
May 1, 2023 | Registration Closes / Tuition Payment Due
June 18, 2023 | On-Campus Housing Move-in
June 19, 2023 | 2022 UBSI Begins
July 14, 2023 | 2022 UBSI Ends



In-person audition applications for UBSI 2023 are now being accepted along with video submissions for students outside of our audition areas. The Summer Intensive is open to students age 15 and up. Students who are not at least 15 years old by the start of the intensive (June 19, 2023) will not be considered. We are working to offer this intensive in-person/hybrid and will be following strict COVID-19 restriction guidelines to ensure the safety of the students and faculty. These guidelines can and do change often and are directed from the university and the health department. Registration for auditions will begin 30 minutes before the audition time posted below. The center section of class will be taught en pointe. There will be additional allegro enchainment for male identifying students (batterie, tours, traveling steps).

We will accept video auditions only from those prospective students unable to attend one of the live audition dates. If auditioning via video, complete the Audition Application below to submit your video. View the Video Requirements

All of our UBSI auditions are held in conjunction with our Ballet BFA auditions. To see a complete list of audition locations, please click here.


UBSI Audition Application
UBSI Audition Fee Payment


Schedule & Tuition


Tuition for UBSI varies according to which classes you choose. See the breakout below for the options available. All classes will be offered in BLOCKS. Each individual class will be capped at approximately 20 students to allow plenty or room for movement. Early Bird pricing is available if tuition is paid in full by March 1, 2022. Anyone registering for the program after March 1st will pay the full tuition rate. We will be closing registration May 1st so we can finalize our intensive schedule according to the students attending. Total Tuition is due by May 1, 2022.

Current School of Dance students (Freshman beginning Fall 2021 or earlier) qualify for an additional discount listed below. Note that students accepted as Freshman beginning Fall 2022 do not qualify for this discount.

*NEW THIS YEAR* Beginning with UBSI 2022, all students who register will receive a UBSI participant tshirt, a complete video performance of the intensive, and attendance to Saturday morning Master Classes for FREE. This is an $85 savings from prior years and will be given to all UBSI participants, regardless of which/how many BLOCKS they sign up for.

"Mornings-Only" Option would be BLOCK 1 & BLOCK 2 combined.


Regular Tuition: $1,200
Early Bird Tuition: $1,100
Current SOD Students: $1,000

Regular Tuition: $450
Early Bird Tuition: $400
Current SOD Students: $350

Regular Tuition: $1,050
Early Bird Tuition: $950
Current SOD Students: $850

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The times noted on the the schedule below are estimates based off of prior years. All students will be broken into pods and will stagger start / end times by up to an hour each week. (Example: Week 1 may be 8:00am - 5:30pm, Week 2 may be 9:00am - 6:30pm, Week 3 may be 8:00am - 5:30pm, Week 4 may be 9:00am - 6:30pm).


   8:00am - 8:45am

   9:00am - 11:00am
      Ballet Technique


   11:10am - 12:00pm
      Pointe / Variation
      Men's Technique


   12:0pm - 1:00pm
      Lunch | Seminars


   1:10pm - 2:15pm
      Contemporary | Jazz | Broadway | +More

   2:30pm - 4:30pm
      New Work | Classical Repertory | Choreographic Process | Contemporary Repertory

   4:40pm - 5:30pm
      Yoga | Guest Artist Talk Backs | Floor Barre | Filming | +More


On-Campus Housing


Stay in University Housing just like our majors do. Two students share a room and four students share an adjoining bathroom. Students are supervised by UBSI Resident Assistants who stay in the same housing they do. Enjoy planned activities with the RAs or just kick back and relax during your non-dancing hours.

Housing is secure and requires an access card to enter the building and a key to access rooms. All dorms have access to a kitchen where students can store food and heat up meals. UBSI Resident Assistants will chaperone trips to local grocery stores for students to purchase food. Trips have traditionally been on Saturday afternoons. Participants are encouraged to bring their first week of grocery supplies when checking in since there will not be time to do a grocery run check-in weekend. The dorms are also within walking distance of various on-campus eateries where prepared meals can be purchased. The University will provide bed sheets, a pillow, a blanket, and towels. Participants are encouraged to bring any additional amenities they deem necessary.

Dorms are also within walking distance to the MCD and on-campus shuttles are available Monday through Friday. Dorms are also conveniently located near TRAX and UTA Bus lines. Participants must check in/out with their RA before going anywhere. Please let your RA know where you're going, who you are going with, and approximately when you expect to return as a courtesy for your safety. 

Check-In 06/19/2022
      2:00pm - 4:00pm Check-In
      5:00pm - 7:00pm Unpacking / Dinner
      7:00pm - 8:30pm Tour the Marriott Center for Dance 

Check-Out 07/16/2022


On-Campus Housing Payment

Complete payment for On-Campus Housing is due May 1, 2022.


Guest Artists


Lauren Anderson

Master Teacher, Former Principal with the Houston Ballet

Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas

Director of Collage Dance Collective, Former Dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem

Susan Jaffe

Calvin Kitten

Assistant Ballet Master | Director of Ballet West II | Principal Faculty

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Christopher Ruud

Kansas City Ballet Company Manager, Former Principal with Ballet West

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Christina Johnson

Master Teacher, Former Principal with DTH

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Anthony Krutzkamp

Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald

Arch Dance Company, Yale School of Drama

Chelsea Keefer

Chelsea Keefer

Current Soloist with Ballet West

Baushaun Williams

Bashaun Williams

Former Dancer with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company


University of Utah Faculty teaching at UBSI



Maggie Wright Tesch

University of Utah School of Dance Professor (Lecturer), Former Principal with Ballet West

Natalie Desch

Natalie Desch

University of Utah School of Dance Assistant Professor, Former Doug Varone Dancer

Melissa Bobick

Melissa Bobick

University of Utah School of Dance Assistant Professor


Pablo Piantino

University of Utah School of Dance Assistant Professor, Former Hubbard Street Dancer

Chris Alloways Ramsey

Chris Alloways Ramsey

University of Utah School of Dance Assistant Professor

Justine Sheedy Kramer

Justine Sheedy Kramer

University of Utah School of Dance Adjunct Assistant Professor, Character Specialist 

Christine Moore

Christine Moore

UofU School Assistant Professor in Theatre 

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Revitalized Dancer & Somatic Track

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Are you experiencing stress or anxiety related to working within the dance field?  Are you interested in deepening your awareness as a mover to better prepare you for auditions or rehearsals?  Are you curious about expanding your tools for dancer wellness?  Would you like to have more choices around habits?


In tandem with the Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (6/20-7/15) we are offering a program of somatics classes focusing on ways to revitalize and deepen your dance practice to better meet the demands of the field both physically and mentally.

With a somatics based approach this program will focus on increasing self-awareness of individual movement patterns, finding enhanced integration in movement, and cultivating a mind-body connection as a dancer that can potentially create more nuance and ease in movement.  The overall intent is to allow dancers to make more choices about movement, deepen their understanding of their own bodies, and learn how their whole selves can support dancer wellness, personal movement goals, injury prevention and/or injury recovery.

Dancers will be able to work in small groups or one-on-one with highly experienced movement educators devoted to dancer wellness.  Class size is limited for this specialized Revitalized Dancer & Somatic Track to allow for a more individualized experience.  These sessions may incorporate the following practices: Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement, Laban/Bartenieff, Yoga, Pilates, dance science based conditioning, experiential anatomy, myofascial release techniques, and mindfulness practices.

There are multiple options to attend including a Drop-In Class option.  Those registered for the full four weeks of RD&S Block 1 or RD&S Block 2 will receive a Certificate of Completion for 30 hours in Alexander Technique and Somatic Practices.

There are multiple options for this track depending on ​personal interest and/or stage within the healing process of an injury.

RDS Block 1

9-9:45am — Conditioning
10-11am — Modified Ballet Barre
11:30-1pm — The Specialized Revitalized Dancer & Somatic Session (Mon.-Fri.)

Regular Rate: $1,200
Current SOD Student or SOD Alumni Rate*: $1,000

RDS Block 2

11:30-1pm — The Specialized Revitalized Dancer & Somatic session (Mon.-Fri.)

Regular Rate: $600
Current SOD Student or SOD Alumni Rate*: $500

Drop-In Class Rate: $35 
Current SOD Student or SOD Alumni Drop-In Class Rate*: $30 
3-Class Pack Rate: $93 
Current SOD Student or SOD Alumni 3-Class Pack Rate*: $78 

RDS Block 3

5:40-6:30pm — Late afternoon Somatic Session (Mon, Wed, and Thurs). This session meets with other students in the UBSI Block 3 session.

Regular Rate: $300
Current SOD Student or SOD Alumni Rate*: $250

*Current School of Dance students (Freshman beginning Fall 2021 or earlier) qualify for an additional discount listed below. Note that students accepted as Freshman beginning Fall 2022 do not qualify for this discount.





Christine McMillan

Recovering Dancer & Somatic Track coordinator, University of Utah Assistant Professor, Lecturer

Natalie Desch

Luc Vanier

University of Utah Professor and Director of the School of Dance

Melissa Bobick

Elizabeth Johnson

University of Florida Associate Professor


Tom Welsh

Florida State University Professor

Chris Alloways Ramsey

Colleen Wahl

Alfred University Assistant Professor

Justine Sheedy Kramer

Frederika Steed

HCI Cancer Exercise Specialist, HCI Cancer Wellness Group Fitness Instructor, Owner of Methods In Movement

Christine Moore

Kellie St. Pierre

University of Utah MFA Candidate 

Christine Moore

Melissa Mirza

Physical Therapist & Dancer   

Read the guest artist bios here.



This track is recommended for those 17 years of age and older who have had a minimum of 4 years of dance training.  Enrollment is capped at 15 dancers based on a first come basis. ​Please note that University of Utah housing is closed at this point and RD&S dancers would be responsible for their own housing.

For more information and registration information, please contact Assistant Professor Christine McMillan at .

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Ballet Choreographic Institute

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New for 2022 is the Ballet Choreographic Institute, which will run in conjunction with UBSI and will bring four professional choreographers, or Choreographic Fellows, to the University of Utah campus where they will have a chance to choreograph innovative works in pointe shoes. 

The four Choreographic Fellows will each be awarded a 2-week residency, which includes travel, room, board, rehearsal space, time, and 8 to 10 previously-auditioned, advanced-level dancers to experiment and create a new work. It also includes a stipend of $2,000. Each 2-week residency will culminate in an informal showing which includes a professional recording of their work. 

Announcing the inaugural Choreographic Fellows for The Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute: 


Natalie Desch

Jenelle Figgins

Natalie Desch

Christina Ghiardi

Melissa Bobick

James Kopecky


Jamal White


We are very excited to have them on campus this summer working with the Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute Company Dancers.  Read their full bios below.

Also announcing:
Genevieve Boyle, Ariana Fonzo, Eden Heille, Aubrie Nield Holman, Sunny Hsieh, Abby Inglett, Amy Novak, Erina Tanaka, Emily Thompson, and Ryan Stroble have been chosen as the Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute Company Dancers for this summer. 

Contact Melissa Bobick at with any questions about the Ballet Choreographic Institute. 


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