Northwest Dance Intensive’s Summer Program
June 30th – July 18th, 2014
Principal Ballerina with American Ballet Theater
This summer you have the rare opportunity to study under the guidance of Paloma Herrera, principal ballerina with ABT. Miss Herrera brings with her a wealth of performing experience with one of the world’s most extraordinary ballet companies. In Dance Magazine’s international survey she was named one of the top 10 dancers of the 20th Century, along with such greats as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, and Natalia Makarova.
Don’t miss this extraordinary chance to study with one of the greatest dancers of our time!
Also joining us is International Ballet Master Philip Beamish, coach to many 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 achieve extraordinary improvement in all facets of ballet over the 3 weeks they spend with us.
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.
You’ll also be studying with the Vaganova-trained former principal ballerina Elena Maleshevskya.
Elena has been a student favorite in the past for her wonderful sense of humor, beautiful presentation, and her variations and character classes. Elena helps dancers to relax and enjoy the movement, and to find their inner performer.
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.
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 Kirkland, Susan 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.