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Ballet Intensive

The Idyllwild Arts Ballet Intensive is geared towards the 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 as well as Neoclassical ballet styles and contemporary ballet.  The session will include a daily two hour morning technique class, pointe class, classical variations, personal coaching for each student, dance conditioning, and rehearsals. The session will conclude with a culmination performance where each student will have the opportunity to perform a classical ballet or contemporary ballet solo.

The Ballet Intensive requires a video audition for acceptance. Please submit a one minute video showing you dancing in your favorite style of either ballet, modern or jazz. 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 three years of dance training in ballet, modern or jazz.  The training is rigorous- dancers will be in class and rehearsals for about 6-8 hours per day. On the first day, after an audition placement, dancers will be split into training levels.

  • 8:30-9:30 Conditioning
  • 9:45-11:30 Ballet technique
  • 11:45-12:30 pointe/men’s
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-3 Ballet technique with emphasis on certain things such as adagio, turns, jumps
  • 3:15-4:15 variations or private coaching sessions 
  • 4:30-6 rehearsal

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.


  • 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

Age: 13-18

July 3-9, 2022
One-week session

Student Performance Saturday July 9th, 10am

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 18 students.

Skill Level: All levels

Ellen Rosa-Taylor, Jonathan Sharp

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