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It’s getting to that time of year where the chill of winter is departing, and the first glimpse of Spring is arriving, reminding us that summer is not far off, just over the horizon, which means for the dancers and the dancer moms, it’s time to think about options for ballet summer camps 2019.

Planning to enroll in a ballet intensive this summer? We prepared a comprehensive checklist just for you!

Each year, young aspiring dancers pack their bags as they set off on a unique opportunity to work intensively, developing their skills, technique, artistry and maintain their fitness during the break. In the summer season, when the students are not weighed down by usual school pressures, it’s a perfect time to focus entirely on their dance training at ballet summer camp. The intensity of ballet summer camps encourages students to gain flexibility, strength and maintain their muscle memory. It’s been known that students make significant progress during a ballet summer camp, which when the term starts back in September, has them leaps and bounds above the rest of their class. Studies also show that dancers who take part in ballet summer camps and summer intensives progress faster in their next academic year and more importantly, they have fun. So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to find the best ballet summer camps for 2019?

Ballet Summer Camps 2019

The USA is renowned for having incredible summer camps. To kick it off, we wanted to share with you all the different camps that are happening across the USA this 2019. Whether you’re looking for summer camp in NYC, summer camps in Nashville, or summer camps in San Francisco, we’ve done the hard work and researched for you to find all the top summer camps happening in the ballet world this 2019.

Joffrey Summer Ballet Camp, Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet are offering both children’s camps, youth camps and teen camps this summer with the motive to offer a fun-filled week of creative movement that combines education, challenges and engaging activities to either introduce young children to ballet or to maintain the skills of the older children.

There are a range of children’s camps listed for the Joffrey Ballet with the youngest group aged 3-4 years. Offering creative movement and pre-ballet camps for just one hour a day is a great introduction for very young children to ballet. If you’re thinking about enrolling your child into ballet in September, it’s a great way to introduce them early. The summer camps run on June 10th until June 14th and again on August 5th until August 9th, 2019. The tuition fee is $146 with a registration fee of $40. The classes run for one hour, Monday to Friday, from 9:00-10:00 in June and 10:00-11:00 in July.

For the Juniors, Youths and Teens, the Joffrey Ballet are also offering a selection of one-week camps. The summer ballet camps 2019 at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago will range from ballet to jazz to hip-hop, with each class being an engaging and recreational activity. Families will also have the opportunity to watch a final presentation on the last day of the summer camp. Tuition fee for the Joffrey Ballet summer camps is $330 for tuition and an additional $40 for registration.

Junior Camp aimed at children aged 7-8 will run on July 8th until July 12th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m until 12:30 p.m. The Youth Camps targeted at children aged between 9-12 will have the opportunity to choose between the two options, either June 10th until June 14th or July 29th until August 2nd, 2019. These will both run between 9:00a.m until 12:30p.m.

The Teen Camp which has been created for teens aged between 13-16 can choose between June 10th until June 14th, which starts at 9:00 a.m until 12:30 p.m or July 29th until August 2nd, which starts at 13:00 and finishes at 16:30.

Joffrey Summer Ballet Camp, NYC

If you’re local to NYC then the Joffrey Ballet School, which is not affiliated with the Chicago Joffrey Ballet, are also offering a range of summer camps. Registration is necessary, and you will have to attend an audition to attend, but it’s well worth getting yourself in and attending an audition, even if it’s just to get into the routine of auditioning.

NYC Ballet Intensive - Sizzle from Joffrey Ballet School on Vimeo.

The NYC summer camp will be a NYC Ballet Intensive which will have a big focus on both classical and contemporary ballet. Running from June 3rd all the way up to July 19th, 2019. The seven-week programme will provide an outstanding opportunity to the best working dancers, providing access to transform your dance skills into a whole new category. The final week of the programme will culminate a performance in the astounding NYC Theater. There are huge names working at the NYC summer ballet camp available to those aged 8-13 and ages 14-25. You can have the option to attend for one week for $799 per week, or if you stay the entire 7 weeks it will cost $500 per week, making a massive saving of $2,093. There is the addition of housing, meals and costume fees too.

San Francisco Ballet Summer Sessions

For those in Los Angeles wanting to commute or dancers in San Francisco, the San Francisco Ballet are offering three different ballet programmes. The Summer Ballet classes for children aged 4-13 are open to all, whereas the other two programmes for students aged 12-15 or 16-18 both require auditions and will run in June and July. Prices vary so it’s worth reading more on the San Francisco Ballet page where you can find more information regarding housing, tuition fees and dates.

For a less, intense summer camp which doesn’t require auditions, the Alameda Ballet Academy in San Francisco are also holding a summer camp for 2019. There are a variety of summer camps aimed at different dance levels and age groups. Classes run Monday to Friday with full days starting at 8:30a.m and finishing at 16:00.

Richmond Ballet Summer Camp

With two separate camps running this summer 2019, The Richmond Ballet have created a programme aimed at children aged 5 ½ - 7 ½ and another for children aged 8-12.

The younger class are offered an exciting summer camp experience for a week-long day camp that incorporates ballet technique, creativity, coordination and rhythm. Students will also explore and learn about the ballet of Gisselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is certain to be a piece they will dance to when they’re older. The Friday will culminate a performance for the parents. Week one, Gisselle week, starts on June 17th until June 21st and week two, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, runs from July 29th until August 2nd, 2019. Both camps start at 9:00a.m and finish at 12:00p.m. Students may enrol in one or two weeks, with one week costing $225 or $400 for both weeks.

The SRB summer ballet camp 2019 is designed for children aged 8-12. The challenging and exciting summer programme features classes in ballet, theatre, character dance and music. Held at the Richmond Ballet in their state-of-the-art studios where students will be split into groups according to their current ballet level. This camp is not suitable for beginners. The first week runs from June 17th until June 21st from 9:00a.m until 14:00. The second week runs at the same time from July 29th until August 2nd. The camps are suitable for dancers who have studied ballet for a minimum of one year. The cost of the camp is $300 for one week or $500 for two weeks.

Nashville School of Ballet Camp

Offering both half day and full day camps, the Nashville School of Ballet have organised a range of summer ballet camps this year for children aged 2 up to 10 years. Incorporating storytelling and expression with ballet technique, Nashville School of Ballet have created a variety of programmes that are certain to spark the passion for ballet from a young age.

The camps will be running for a variety of age groups, running half day and full day camps of Little Red Riding Hood and Peter and the Wolf. The half day camps start at 9:00a.m and finish at 12: 00p.m whilst the full day camps start at 9: 00a.m and finish at 4:00p.m. The first week of camps starts on June 3rd finishing on June 7th. The cost to attend a half day camp is $300 for the first week and then $150 for each additional week, whilst a full day camp is priced at $475 and then $325 for each additional week. The camp is held Monday to Friday with a short in-studio performance at the end of each week.

Europe Summer Ballet Camps

If you’re over in Europe, then don’t worry as there are plenty of summer camps happening all around the continent. From London, to Brussels all the way across to Hungary and down to Italy there are summer camps happening. We’ve summed up some of the most popular summer camps for 2019.


22nd July- 2nd August 2019.

The Danceworks summer intensive will offer excellence in classical ballet training with a unique curriculum. The summer intensive will lead to a final performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre. Classes are taught by internationally renowned dancers from leading ballet companies. This year, they will be offering two exceptionally trained young dancers a full scholarship. You’ll need to submit your audition by person or by video. The price is £725 plus a £20 registration fee.


29th July – 30th August 2019 at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Auditions will need to be submitted by video. A 1 week intensive is priced at $2,200 and the 5-week intensive costs $11,000. All housing, dance classes, meals at Bolshoi Academy and travel while in Moscow included. You will also have the option to include weekend cultural sight-seeing trips in Moscow for an additional price.


15th July - 26 July 2019 with the Dutch National Ballet

Aimed at dancers aged 15-21, the programme will include daily classes in classical ballet, pas de deux, solos and repertoire from Dutch National Ballet. The programme fee is 1,250€.


12th – 31st August 2019 with the IBSTAGE international summer programme

1, 2- and 3-week programmes held in the Opera House in Barcelona. You’ll need to audition by video and registration closes on August 4th. The programme fee starts at 700€.


8th  - 27th July 2019 with ESB Summer School

Offering as a one-week course, a ten day intensive or a two week intensive, focusing on variations, classical ballet, contemporary ballet, brio and pointe work, pas-de-deux and character dance. The deadline for applications is on April 1st, 2019. Prices start at 500€.

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