Northwest Dance Intensive’s Summer Program

July 11th- August 5th, 2016

Four full weeks of classes with Karen Uphoff, Elena Malashevskaya, and Philip Beamish.

More information coming soon.



2015 Featured
Evelyn Hart
Former Principal Ballerina with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Evelyn Hart – Former Principal Ballerina for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

This summer you have the rare opportunity to study under the guidance of Evelyn Hart.  Miss Hart brings with her a wealth of performing experience with one of the world’s most extraordinary ballet companies The Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

As Critic Clement Crisp, Dec 2001 said:”One of the most transcendent moments of my entire career was seeing her dance ‘Giselle’ in Vancouver. If I talk about great Giselles, I say, there were three or four. Like Markova, Makarova and Evelyn Hart too.”

Don’t miss this extraordinary chance to study with one of the greatest dancers of our time!

Video footage of Evelyn Hart & Rex Harrington

Also joining us is International Ballet Master Philip Beamish, coach to Evelyn Hart during her career and many other of the world’s most famous ballet dancers.

If you’ve ever wondered if extraordinary dancers like Allesandra Ferri, Evelyn Hart, Polina Semionova, Manuel José Carreño, and Roberto Bolle have a “secret” training method that allows them to excel, you’d be right.  They’ve all been coached by Philip Beamish.

Alessandra Ferri has this to say about Philip:  “Philip Beamish is a wonderful teacher and coach, I am very grateful for having been under his careful eye for many years”.

We are proud to offer a summer intensive that emphasizes his work, a technique known as Beamish Bodymind Balancing.

Philip was a soloist with Italy’s foremost ballet company, Atterballeto, and toured internationally with La Scala Opera House before becoming Ballet Master to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (from 2001 – 2005) and a ballet coach to many of ballet’s biggest stars.

Philip’s passion to help dancers rapidly improve their technique and simultaneously prevent or recover from injuries led him to develop Beamish Bodymind Balancing.  This remarkable training is not just for accomplished dancers – it has proven to be an invaluable aid for helping students of all levels reach their highest potential.  At Northwest Dance Intensive we have found that his work allows our students to achieve extraordinary improvement in all facets of ballet over the 2-3 weeks they spend with us.  We are the only summer intensive in the US authorized to teach this method!!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be trained by a Ballet Master that is sought out by many of the world’s best dancers?    Now’s your chance!

We are thrilled to have former NYCB  principal ballerina Stephanie Saland on our faculty.

Under the tutelage of Stephanie Saland, former principal dancer with NYCB while George Balanchine was director, you’ll learn exactly how to best avoid the pitfalls and problems that get in the way of up-and-coming dancers.

Plus she has the technique, musicality, and expression that is uniquely her – a combination of all she learned from her teachers, her own personality, and the special opportunity she had as a principal dancer during the time of George Balanchine.

Stephanie is truly an original thinker, and because of her unique experience and talent she is truly expanding and enhancing the art of ballet like few others.

Please check out our faculty page for more detailed information on all the members of our amazing dance faculty.

If you are a highly motivated ballet dancer that’s ready to make a quantum leap in your flexibility, pointe work, extensions, turns, and musicality, this year’s intensive could be the turning point in your development.

Remember …

Every summer, many young dancers return home from different summer intensives. Most of them continue landing the same roles in the corps de ballet. A few others … become principal ballerinas.

So what makes the difference? It’s not just hard work and talent. Most dancers work hard – and many talented dancers don’t get the breaks they deserve.

But there is one thing that all great dancers have in common – they can point to the amazing teachers who inspired them to reach their full potential and showed them how to break away from the crowd.  This years group of amazing teachers is sure to do that!

It’s Really Quite Simple — When Two Dancers With Equal Talent Compete For a Part — It’s The Dancer With The Best Training That Gets It!

That’s why we’re so proud to offer our students personalized instruction from legendary teachers and performers.   In past intensives, our instructors have included prima ballerinas such as Gelsey KirklandSusan Jaffe and Stephanie Saland.   They know what it takes to dance with the likes of Baryshnikov, Nureyev, and Godunov… and they’ve passed that knowledge on to our students.

In fact, as a direct result of attending past intensives, some of our students have been chosen to dance with American Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Northwest Dance Intensive
Prepares You for Performance

You’ll be immersed in the finest technique and artistic training available anywhere.

With an international faculty from three different schools of ballet — ABT, NYCB, and Vaganova — the secrets of effortless turns, higher extensions, precision placement, choreography, and much more will be revealed to you during this three week summer intensive.

Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity…

The Northwest Dance Intensive is the ONLY opportunity to study with Philip Beamish in the United States.

And unlike many summer intensives, we limit our class size, giving you the personal attention you need to take your dancing to the next level.

If you’re still deciding where you want to go this summer,please explore this website.

While we haven’t finalized all the details for this year’s Intensive, you can get an idea of what to expect by checking out the details from last year.  You can learn about our world-class ballet faculty, our audition schedule, the classes of study we offer, the housing and accommodation options, and more.

And be sure to enter your name and email on this page to get a free copy of our special report “How to Stand Out At Any Audition”. You’ll also receive links to special video clips from last year’s intensive (when they become available) and updates and special notifications.

Video footage of our Past Guest Teachers with Northwest Dance Intensive

2014 Paloma Herrera:

2010 Susan Jaffe:

2009 Gelsey Kirkland:

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    "The facilities were beautiful & the campus was very easy to find.  The staff and teachers were so nice that the whole intensive had a very homey feel. Nicole learned so much about strengthening exercises and foot care that she actually led a mini-workshop at her dance school when she got home! We met a lot of great girls those 2 weeks and created friendships that are still going.  I would definitely recommend Northwest Dance Intensive to dancers that haven't been to an intensive before." - Donna Daniell (students mother)

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