SUMMER Intensive Workshop

This is a comprehensive 6-week training toward a professional career in dance. Students accepted into our unique JSSB Summer Intensive will experience what it is like to work as a professional dancer and finish the course with a definite improvement and edge to their technique, understanding, and level of dance ability as well as keen performance awareness. Students have the best of both worlds with guest teachers as well as faculty familiar with and ready to improve on your child's strengths and weaknesses. 

There are many people that think you need to leave your home school and travel to a summer program that is expensive and far away. The reality is many studios are not able to offer an extensive training program all year long like JSSB. We are extremely eager and excited to offer this opportunity to our students and guests; and see potential for wonderful growth this summer. Unless Mrs. Svalander spoke personally with you about another program, the JSSB Pre-Professional course is your recommended course of training this summer at JSSB. Read on for audition and summer course info. 


Judith Svalander

Frequently Asked Questions

How are students chosen for Summer Intensive?

Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students are assessed based on their technique, overall ability, physical attributes, strength, focus, attitude and previous classical ballet training, as well as the ability to receive and apply correction.

When and where are the auditions held?

Auditions will be held at our studio on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Doors will open at 3:00pm and the audition will take place from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

We are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for any of our summer programs.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Audition results will be communicated no later than March 30th. Students who are accepted must register by April 13th with a $200.00 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be deducted from your tuition

What can I expect during the audition?

Dancers should prepare for a two-hour ballet class consisting of center barre, adagio combinations with balances, turns and jumps, modern center floor combination with various expressions, and pointe work. This audition is the way Mrs. Svalander and faculty will choose students for two levels. Advanced Pre-Professional Level; dancers must be 14-18 years. Intermediate Pre-Professional Level; Dancers must be 11-16 years.

Is it possible to attend a portion of the session?

No, due to limited space, priority is given to those dancers committed to the entire summer course from June 29th-August 7th. Do not audition if you are not intending to take the full course; however, you may continue in the open multilevel program. Not taking the full summer workshop course will affect future performance opportunities.

Can parents observe classes? Will there be a performance at the end of the session?

With our large class sizes and limited space, we don't offer any class viewings. Our Summer Workshop Performance will be on Friday, August 7 at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available through the Woodstock Opera House Box Office.

Are there still classes for young dancers?

Yes! While our Summer Intensive is only open ages 11 and up, we offer various classes for all levels. Please visit Creative Dance or Beginner Ballet pages for class schedules and information.

What's the cost to audition? Is there paperwork I need before the audition?

There is a $20.00 audition fee for each dancer due by March 14th, before the start of the audition. Registration for the audition can be done in the office any time before the audition. For non-JSSB students, please fill out our Release Form and bring it to the audition.

Who can audition?

This audition is open to the Company, Advanced Level, Level VI/VII and students coming for the summer intensive from other schools. Summer classes are available to younger students and can be found on our Creative Dance and Beginner Ballet pages.

How does my child get into The Company?

Positions for the Judith Svalander Dance Theater Company (JSDT) are by invitation only. They do not occur automatically. A dancer may be invited to train with The Company.