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Ballet for the Young Dancer

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The Idyllwild Arts Young Dancer-Ballet Intensive is geared towards the young dance student who wants to immerse themselves in ballet for an entire week. Students will study the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum in Ballet. The session will include daily ballet classes, pre-pointe/pointe class, classical repertory, personal coaching for each student, dance conditioning, and rehearsals. The session will conclude with a culmination performance of the repertoire they learn during the week.

The Ballet Intensive requires a video audition for acceptance. Please submit a one to two minute video showing you dancing a classical ballet solo or ballet technique steps.. This can be a performance video or made in a dance studio. If it is a video of a group dance, please make sure you are visible for us to see and be clear as to which dancer you are.

Once you have submitted the Camper Application, we will send you information on how to submit your dance video.

Dance Experience:
It is suggested that applicants have at least 2-3 years of dance training in ballet. The training is rigorous- dancers will be in class and rehearsals for about 5-6 hours per day.


  • Pink or flesh tone tights
  • Leotard (any color, but please bring a black one for your performance)
  • Clean ballet shoes
  • Pointe shoes (if applicable)


  • Black tights
  • Plain black or white T-shirt (no writing/graphics)
  • Dance belt
  • Ballet shoes
  • 9-10 Dance Conditioning
  • 10:15-11:30 Ballet technique
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:45 Pre-pointe/pointe
  • 2-3 Ballet repertoire

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is currently the Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy as well as the Director of the Idyllwild Arts Children’s Dance Program. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, her MFA. in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of a Deans Teaching Fellowship as well as a University Fellowship. Ellen has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City and San Diego Opera and as principal dancer with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, La Danserie and Chattanooga Ballet. Ms. Rosa has also performed with Louise Reichlin and Dancers, Charleston Ballet Theater, Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware and was featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White at Disneyland. As a choreographer Mrs. Rosa-Taylor has had her works presented across the USA. LA Times has called her style… “a unique jazz ballet style.”. As a dance educator, Ms. Rosa-Taylor is an ABT Affiliate Teacher for levels Primary- 7 and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow, which has been awarded to only 50 ABT certified teachers worldwide.

Jonathan Sharp was trained at National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. He danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the touring Stars of American Ballet, headlined by Robert LaFosse and Darci Kistler. He has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player on Another World and guest-starred on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. He has taught at Idyllwild Arts Academy for thirteen years and he also teaches and directs internationally.

9 – 13

July 2 – July 8, 2023
One week Session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, room and board
Residential options for ages 10 & up

Day Student tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
12 Students
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students

Ellen Rosa Taylor and Jonathan Sharp

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