Ballet at Home Summer Intensive Course for Young Dancers — José Mateo Ballet Theatre
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Since 1985, José Mateo Ballet Theatre has helped hundreds of hard-working young dancers make critical breakthroughs in their technical achievement during the Summer Intensive Program. New this summer, the Ballet at HomeSummer Intensive Course for Young Dancers© is designed to maximize the potential for ballet training from home.

The Ballet at HomeSummer Intensive Course© offers an innovative, challenging curriculum through customized Zoom-based training sessions, newly designed supplementary materials and opportunities to learn performance-style solos especially choreographed for these times.

Individualized instruction in ballet technique, conditioning, repertory, and creative independent assignments will be given with the caring attention that is the hallmark of JMBT’s school. Participants will receive a student instructional workbook and other course materials thoughtfully designed to optimize comprehensive ballet training during times of necessary physical distancing.

Students will work closely with members of JMBT’s faculty in limited-size classes offering substantial individual feedback. Every student can expect considerable advancement from expert technical training and the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and produce solo performance videos of new, original choreography.

The Ballet at HomeSummer Intensive Course© is intended for committed students who understand that current social restrictions do not have to prevent them from making the progress they typically expect from a live intensive summer program.


July 6 – August 14, 2020


Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:15pm

9:00-10:00 AMWarm-up and technique barre
10:05-10:15 AMIndependent Stretching
10:15-11:00 AMCentre practice
11:15-12:15 PMRepertory class (optional)
12:15-1:15 PMLunch (light meal recommended)
1:15-2:15 PM (M W F)“Dancer’s Hour”: New Windows into the World of Ballet

A new series featuring guest artists and other speakers on various ballet topics including health issues, stories of great ballets and famous dancers, and other forms of dance that contribute to ballet performance.

1:15-2:15 PM (Tu Th)Video production and critique

Junior Division Group A: 10-11 years
Junior Division Group B: 12-13 years

Senior Division Group A: 14-15 years
Senior Division Group B: 16 years and up


José Mateo
Brittany Bush
Patricia Chiang
Angie DeWolf
Magdalena Gyftopoulos
Sierra Hitchcock
Bettina Indaco
Haruka Tamura
Mary Thompson
Guest speakers


With repertory class: $625
Without repertory class: $500


Financial aid is available.

Eligibility Guidelines


Application Requirements


Students not previously enrolled in JMBT programs or not previously accepted into the 2020 Summer Performance Intensive will be asked to submit an audition video consisting of an adage at the barre, an adage in the centre, and an allegro combination with turns. All exercises should be 32 counts. Videos do not need to be professional quality.

Audition videos should be submitted by email to Gabrielle Domb ( The deadline to submit a video is July 2.

Financial Aid Eligibility Guidelines


Household Size 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines
1 $12,760
2 $17,240
3 $21,720
4 $26,200
5 $30,680
6 $35,160
7 $39,640
8 $44,120
add for each additional person $4,480


Competitive candidates typically come from homes where adjusted gross income is less than three times the above rates.

Financial Aid Stipulations

JMBT scholarship students must:

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1. Be enrolled in all daily classes (including repertory class) and the full 6 weeks of the program (July 6-August 14), and remain committed to participating through the end of the program.
2. Comply with all rules and regulations of José Mateo Ballet Theatre including, but not limited to, dress code, punctuality, general conduct, and class protocols.
3. Attend and be on time to all scheduled classes. Scholarship students may not be late to class more than 2 times or have more than 1 unexcused absence during the course of the program. Excused absences and lateness must be communicated to the office by a parent/guardian in advance of the start of class.
4. Participate in all scheduled classes and activities and other organizational programs as scheduled.
5. Seek and receive permission from artistic staff before enrolling in additional dance classes or accepting a performance engagement elsewhere.

Financial Aid Application Requirements

Before you begin your Enrollment Application, please have ready:

  1. A digital copy (e.g., scan, image, pdf) of your most recent tax filing. This must include the IRS Form 1040 showing the student listed as a dependent and showing your Adjusted Gross Income. Example 1040

    *If you do not file taxes, please contact us to discuss alternative income documentation.

  2. The following 4 short written statements:
    1. A statement of financial need
    2. A statement of your child's interest in the study of dance
    3. A statement of your family's willingness to support this interest
    4. A statement of commitment to full participation in the program and the eligibility requirements outlined above