Summer Performance Intensive — José Mateo Ballet Theatre
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SUMMER PERFORMANCE INTENSIVE

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. Students will discover new potential and master unexpected levels of ability and artistic creativity in a welcoming environment with a staff of dedicated and highly qualified instructors.

The Summer Intensive Program is designed for students looking for a rigorous ballet training program and focuses on small class sizes and individual attention.  The goal of the Intensive is to ensure that all students see significant growth in their ballet technique in a short time frame.

Our six-week, performance-focused program offers curriculum in technical training, performance skills, and daily rehearsals in preparation for performances in three Greater Boston venues.

DATES

June 29 – August 7, 2020

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm

AGES

Junior Division: 11-14 years
Senior Division: 15-18 years

LOCATION

José Mateo Ballet Theatre
400 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA (in Harvard Square)

Students attend 20 classes and rehearsals each week, including: daily technique and pointe or pre-pointe classes, boys’ classes, Pilates, classes in other dance forms, and daily rehearsals for a public performance of José Mateo Ballet Theatre Repertory. Click below to see sample weekly class schedules.

Junior Division Senior Division Boys (both divisions)

$3000

Financial aid is available. Click for eligibility guidelines.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre works with out-of-town dancers who have been accepted into the program to find suitable housing with host families in the area.

SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Junior Division

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 
  PERIOD 1
9:00-10:30
TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
 
  PERIOD 2
10:45-12:00
PRE-POINTE   PILATES   PRE-POINTE   PILATES   PRE-POINTE  

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

  PERIOD 3
1:00-2:30
REHEARSAL
  REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   AFRICAN DANCE   REHEARSAL  
  PERIOD 4
2:30-4:00
REHEARSAL   GREEK DANCE   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL  

 

 

SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Senior Division

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 
  PERIOD 1
9:00-10:30
TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
 
  PERIOD 2
10:45-12:00
POINTE   POINTE   POINTE   POINTE   POINTE  

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

  PERIOD 3
1:00-2:30
REHEARSAL
  GREEK DANCE   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL  
  PERIOD 4
2:30-4:00
REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   AFRICAN DANCE   REHEARSAL  

 

 

SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Boys (both divisions)

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 
  PERIOD 1
9:00-10:30
TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
  TECHNIQUE
CLASS
 
  PERIOD 2
10:45-12:00
BOYS' CLASS   PILATES   BOYS' CLASS   PILATES   BOYS' CLASS  

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

  PERIOD 3
1:00-2:30
REHEARSAL
  REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   AFRICAN DANCE   REHEARSAL  
  PERIOD 4
2:30-4:00
REHEARSAL   GREEK DANCE   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL   REHEARSAL  

 

 

Financial Aid Eligibility Guidelines

 

Household Size 2019 HHS Poverty Guidelines
1 $12,490
2 $16,910
3 $21,330
4 $25,750
5 $30,170
6 $34,590
7 $39,010
8 $43,430
add for each additional person $4,420

 

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

Brittany Bush


 

Brittany was born and raised in Jamestown, NY. She received her early dance training with Monika Alch at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, as well as attending summer programs at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, BalletMet Columbus, Boston Ballet, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. She continued her training at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While at Purchase, she danced in George Balanchineʼs Serenade, Jessica Langʼs Prayers, The Nutcracker, and an original solo work, Adrift, choreographed by Emery LeCrone. In 2013 she joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice, and was promoted to a full company member the following year. During her five seasons with the company she danced featured roles in Mateo’s original works including Covens, Over and Over, Affairs, and The Nutcracker. In addition to her performance career, Brittany has been an active teacher in and around the Boston area for the past 7 years. She teaches regularly at José Mateo Ballet Theatre and The Brookline Ballet School, and part-time at Tufts University and Phillips Academy.

Patricia Chiang


 

Patricia was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Concord, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program, where she danced with their pre-professional performance group, YouthWorks. She has also trained with Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory.

Patricia joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2010 and became a full company member in 2011. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and is pursuing a degree in psychology from the Harvard University Extension School.

Angie DeWolf


 

Angie DeWolf was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She credits her dance training to Sharon Filone at Lake Erie Ballet (Erie, PA), Barbara Banasikowski Smith at Greater Lansing Ballet and the Michigan State University Repertory Dance Company.

Angie is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received her Pre-Med degree and danced professionally with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company. In addition, Angie was involved in a cultural exchange with The Vaganova Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia and is a proud faculty member at José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s school.

Jean Robens Georges


 

Jean (Georges) began his dance training as a scholarship student at the Academie de Danse Regine Mont-Rosier Trouillot in Haiti in 2002, where he studied ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance.

In 2005, he joined the Jean Rene Delsoin Company Dance Project in Haiti. In 2008, he studied Arte Dramatico and Dance Contemporary at the Escuela Nacional de Danza de Bellas Artes in the Dominican Republic. Georges studied at Études de Ballet & Co. in 2009, and he passed his Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Exam with Distinction.

Georges has danced professionally with Ballethenic Dance Company in East Point, Georgia; Ballet Roto in the Dominican Republic; and Tony Williams Dance Company’s Outside the Box, in Boston.

In 2009 he participated in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive & Pre-Professionals Program where he was invited to join the company as an apprentice upon completion.  In 2010, Georges became a full company member and danced with JMBT through 2015.

From 2015-2017, Georges moved his focus from from professional dancing to teaching. He has been a dance instructor and Director of the Modern Dance Program at Etudes de Ballet, Naples FL, Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose MA and was the head dance instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Naples FL, where he won first place in the competition for the Florida Regional.

Presently, Georges is teaching at José Mateo Ballet Theatre, BalletRox and spontaneous Celebrations, a program focusing on integrating dance in the Boston Public Schools. In November 2017, Georges rejoined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as a member of the professional company.

Magdalena Gyftopoulos


 

Magdalena Gyftopoulos received her dance training at the Boston Ballet School with Anne-Marie Holmes, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s Program as a scholarship student.

Magdalena joined the company at José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2006, and is a member of the teaching faculty.

In addition, Magdalena has worked with various other dance companies in the Boston area including Mariah Steele’s QuickSilver Dance, Tony Williams’ BalletRox, and Contrapose Dance where she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers David Parker, Sydney Skybetter, and Gianni Di Marco.

Marianne Harkless


 

Marianne Harkless has been performing and teaching for more than 30 years. She danced with the Art of Black Dance & Music, Danny Sloan Dance Company, José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Boston Dance Collective, Brasileiro, Inc., Bandanca Afro-Brazilian Dancers & Musicians, Under the Sun Dance & Drum, La Pintade, Spirit of Africa, Impulse Dance Company and others. During this time, Marianne toured France, Switzerland and Jamaica performing at schools, theaters and festivals. She taught workshops at the Studios Paris Centre and Centre Culturel Git le Coeur in Paris, also in Avignon, France, in Bern and Chiasso, Switzerland, and at Titchfield High School in Jamaica, West Indies. Marianne has taught dance at Radcliffe College, Boston University, Dean College, Wellesley College, the Commonwealth School, Cambridge School of Weston, Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester, Hyde Park, Dorchester and English High Schools, the International Academy of Ethnic Dance, Institute for Contemporary Dance, Joy of Movement Center, José Mateo Ballet Theatre, the Dance Complex, Cambridge Friends School, Shady Hill School, Webster, Fitzgerald and King Community Schools in Cambridge, Ohrenberger, Dever and Mather Schools in Dorchester, and at dance studios in the greater Boston area. She has guest taught all over New England and in Portland, Oregon. Marianne's television performances include Channel 2's "Say Brother", Channel 7's "Revista", the opening collage for "Live on 4", Channel 36 in Providence and JBC TV in Jamaica. Marianne was a 1994 recipient of the Dance Belt Award from the City of Cambridge. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Dance Alliance. She currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory @ Berklee, Wellesley College, Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester, and is the owner and Assistant Director of Benkadi Drum & Dance.

José Mateo


 

Cuban-born José Mateo is the Founder and Artistic Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre. For over 30 years, he has lead the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program, a ballet school that offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion.

In 2017, Mr. Mateo was the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2017/18 Commonwealth Award for Achievement – the state’s highest honor in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Mr. Mateo continues to teach in the Young Dancers Program, working with our most advanced students and the YouthWorks, pre-professional dancers.

To read Mr. Mateo’s full biography, click here.

Julia Stetson


 

Julia was introduced to dance at the age of three with the Medina Academy of Classical Ballet. There she completed Grades III-V with distinction. Later becoming the teaching assistant to the Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes at the age of thirteen. She was selected to join the Ohio Youth Ballet Company. She went on to Cincinnati and attended The School of Creative and Performing Arts. She was among the student dancers selected to represent the school while performing in Japan.

After high school, Julia chose to attend the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her BFA as a Dance Major with emphasis in ballet, while simultaneously completing all prerequisites for a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Julia is a certified instructor of the Burdenko Method at the The Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute. She has also has trained under the Royal Academy of Dance, Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Paul Taylor techniques.

Julia has taught and danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, South Shore Conservatory and the José Mateo Ballet Theatre. She feels that providing dancers a well rounded curriculum, blended with the joy of dance are keys to success.