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Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn invites your students to join our two-week Summer Intensive July 29 - August 9, 2024, for serious ballet students ages 10-20 years. Applications are required. Deadline extended to April 20. 

Located in historic Gravesend, Brooklyn, CBT is in a safe, established, and quiet neighborhood an hour’s train ride from Times Square, the ‘heart’ of New York City. Students will learn from CBT faculty and guest artists for a summer developing technique, artistry, character and life skills in an accepting yet rigorous environment.  

Our program covers ballet and modern dance technique, conditioning, pointe, men’s work, repertoire, and electives such as jazz, composition, nutrition, hip-hop, injury prevention. The program is also available in two and three-week segments. The small class size ensures personal attention for every student.


Please see below information for information about our esteemed faculty and guest artists. Students who participate in the entire five-week program have the option to perform in local community performances. Information regarding local housing options is available upon request. Local students interested in becoming a host family please indicate so in the application.



 July 29 - August 9, two-week program

TIMES: Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 4pm 

LOCATION: Covenant Ballet Theatre (251 Avenue U, Brooklyn 11223)

COST: $1,200 tuition, two-week program. Payment plans available. 

HOUSING: Recommendations available upon request.  Local students interested in becoming a host family for an out-of-town student, please indicate so on the application and we will provide you with more information. 


- Audition (in-person or video pre-recorded) is required.

- Click here to view Covid-19 Waiver. Click here to view CBT Academy Policies and Procedures and Student Handbook.

- Students will receive notification via email along with registration information for accepted students by April 26. 


No more in-person auditions are available. Please contact for more information


Videos are pre-recorded and should be uploaded into YouTube or Vimeo with an "unlisted" link. Videos must include your full name, age and the date of the audition video. Paste the unlisted link in the designated spot in your application. 

VIDEO SAMPLES: Please refer to American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Example Video Audition examples here:

- Ages 10-12: CLICK HERE 

- Ages 13-15: CLICK HERE

Ages 16-20: CLICK HERE 

There is a nonrefundable $25 audition fee for all video submissions. 

TO APPLY: All students are required to submit online application and 1st arabesque photo. Photo does not need to be professional.   


- Ages 10-12: Please upload a photo of you in 1st arabesque a terre (tendu) on flat. 

- Ages 13-15: Please upload a photo of you in 1st arabesque en l'air (full height) on flat.

- Ages 16-20: Please upload a photo of you in 1st arabesque en l'air (full height) on pointe.  


- Hotel recommendation available upon request. Includes amenities, security and hot breakfast. Located in quiet, safe neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, which is 3.9 miles from the studio (20 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus). Group rate and extended stay rates available. 

- Want to stay with a local host family? Please note request for information on your application. 

- Are you a local student who would like more information about becoming a host family? Please let us know on your application. 


- Marla Hirokawa, Artistic Director and Founder: Ballet, repertory, pointe, men's, conditioning.

Rosanna Seravalli, Professor of Dance, Purchase College, and former soloist, American Ballet Theatre: Ballet, men's, pointe, variations, repertory, port de bras, adagio, jumps/turns, dance history. 

Academy faculty

- Rebeccah Brann: Horton technique, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).

- Stephen Campanella: Ballet, men's, Benesh notation, dance history, character, mime. 

- Karina Fornazaro: Ballet, pointe, pre-pointe.

- Sonia Jones: Ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, conditioning.

- Kate Reyes: Graham technique.

- Jose Rivera: Ballet, men's and turns/jumps.

- Joseph Tudisco: Theatre jazz.

- Matthew Westerby: Contemporary, composition.

Guest artists: 

- Alexandra Basmagy, member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre

- Amanda Brewster, The Movement Habit

Shenaya McCummings, Hip Hop / Freestyle

Cynthia Newland, Alible 3 nutrition

Summer Intensive Application
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