Summer Intensive



Summer ballet training in GKA’s DUMBO home boasting “the most beautiful studios in New York City.”

Audition sites/dates for the 2018 summer intensive are NOW AVAILABLE!

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Our summer programs are modeled after Gelsey Kirkland Academy’s full-day training program, designed to help aspiring dancers and students prepare for a professional career in ballet. Students are trained by some of the world’s most acclaimed ballerinas, coaches, and master teachers. GKA offers four different programs, each tailored to specific ages and levels of ability. Summer training at GKA serves as a gateway to acceptance into our year round full-day academy.

Classical Repertory Workshop: June 4 – July 6, 2018
Junior Dance Program: June 18 – July 6, 2018
Fast Track Program: June 18 – July 6, 2018
Pre-Professional Program: July 9 – August 10, 2018
All Classes will be held at GK ArtsCenter 29 Jay St, DUMBO, Brooklyn
More information:


Dates: June 4 – July 6, 2018
Ages 12 and older

The Classical Repertory Workshop is a one to five-week program for the intermediate to advanced pre-professional dancer ages twelve and older. This workshop is focused on studying repertoire from classical ballets, while developing the dancer’s technical ability and artistic expression.

Sample Repertory Workshop schedule:

9:30-10:15 Core Dynamics
10:30-12:00 Technique
Lunch Break
12:40-1:40 Pointe
1:45-2:45 Variations
3:00-4:15 Repertoire
4:30-5:30 Optional Stretch (twice per week)

Repertory Workshop classes may also run from 11:00am to 5:45pm (instead of 9:30am-4:15pm).


Dates: June 18 – July 6, 2018
Ages 9 to 13

The Junior Dance Intensive is a one, two, or three-week program for young dancers ages nine to thirteen. This program is focused on further developing the young dancer’s training by providing the building blocks for their technical and artistic ability.

Sample Junior schedule:

9:15-10:00 Core Dynamics
10:15-11:45 Technique
12:00-1:00 Pointe
Lunch Break
1:45-2:30 Character/Repertoire/Variations
2:45-3:45 Stretch/Music/Mime


Dates: June 18 – July 6, 2018
Ages 14 and up

The Fast Track Program is a three-week accelerated program similar to a traditional summer intensive. With a special emphasis on improving classical technique, alignment, and core strength, this program provides a technical boost for the dancer who is not fully ready for the Pre-Professional track.

Sample Fast Track schedule:

9:15-10:00 Core Dynamics
10:15-11:45 Technique
Lunch Break
12:30-1:30 Pointe
1:45-2:45 Repertoire/Character
3:00-4:00 Stretch/Mime


Dates: July 9 – August 10, 2018
Ages 12 and up

The Pre-Professional Intensive is a five-week program for dancers ages twelve and older. This program has a technical and artistic focus on the classics and related disciplines as presented in our full year training. This intensive culminates in a final performance in the fifth week showcasing the students artistic and technical growth.

Sample Pre-Professional schedule:

9:15-10:00 Core Dynamics
10:15-11:45 Technique
12:00-1:00 Pointe
Lunch Break
1:45-2:45 Repertoire/Enchainment/Stretch
3:00-4:00 Variations/Character/Mime


Summer students may take part in our exciting dorm community located within walking distance to GKA studios and all that New York City has to offer. Exciting planned excursions throughout the city include trips to performances at ABT and Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, The Met Museum, and the Empire State Building, among other exciting New York City locations.