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The Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive (SSDI) is a four-week program of intensive ballet training geared toward young dancers who are interested in the evaluation and improvement of their skills by a faculty that includes some of the most experienced teachers and professional dancers in the world. SSDI offers classes at both intermediate and advanced levels, with the advanced level being particularly suited to young professionals in the early stages of their dance careers.With experienced company teachers and top-level working professionals as their role models for this intensive period, they can return to their company with confidence in the progress they can demonstrate. Students have many summer programs to choose from, but we believe that SSDI is truly unique in the advantages that it has to offer. SDDI studios are located in the center of Saratoga Springs, New York, the summer home of the New York City Ballet, and one of the most important educational components of the SSDI program is the opportunity for our students to attend NYCB performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.With daily intensive classes and evenings at the NYCB performances, SSDI students are fully immersed in the world of dance during their four-week experience!

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SSDI has both boarding and day student tuition plans at the following rates:

Boarding Student Tuition: $4850

The Boarding Student tuition includes room and board, all daily classes and workshops, transportation to and from the studios and all extracurricular activities, weekly evening focus sessions with Guest Faculty, and NYCB performance tickets.

Day Student Tuition: $2650

The Day Student tuition includes all daily classes and workshops. Day Students are responsible for their own meals and transportation. Attendance at NYCB performances is optional, and tickets may be purchased in advance upon registration with SSDI. Day students are invited to join the boarding students for all the SSDI extracurricular activities..

Residential Boarding

Another unique aspect of the SSDI program is that boarding students are housed in large private residential homes supervised by adult houseparents, creating a very home-like atmosphere.The houses are all located in quiet residential neighborhoods close to the studios, and although Saratoga Springs is a very safe, small community, boarding students are fully chaperoned at all times. Borders are not allowed to leave their residence or the studios at any time without adult supervision. Girls are grouped in houses based on ages so that their shared experiences will be similar and their social activities can be planned accordingly. Boarding students are provided with three nutritionally balanced, home cooked meals each day.Van transportation is provided to and from the studios and all extracurricular activities. Specifics regarding the boarding program, including what boarding students are to bring with them, will be provided upon acceptance into the program.The boarding students will also enjoy a 4th of July picnic, a trip to the National Museum of Dance and other local excursions during their stay in Saratoga.


The ballet curriculum will include daily classes in technique, pointe, variations, and repertoire. There is also a Pilates and Jazz component and a performance workshop that will prepare the students for a performance at the end of the session.

Guest Faculty

SSDI has assembled a world-class faculty with extensive performance and teaching experience.The faculty includes both former professionals who are now Master Teachers and professional dancers who are currently at the peak of their careers.This faculty presents SSDI students with the opportunity to learn from the very best in the business and to benefit from their years of experience and skill.

Application & Registration

Acceptance to SSDI is by audition only.The Audition Tour Schedule lists the dates and cities where auditions will be conducted by the SSDI program directors. Students can register at the audition, but it is highly recommended that students pre-register by mailing an audition registration form to SSDI in advance. Audition attendees will be notified of their audition results by email. Students who are not able to attend an audition may submit a videotape audition. Audition forms are downloadable off our website.

Partnering Classes with Jock Soto

An especially exciting component of the SSDI curriculum is the Saturday partnering class taught by Jock Soto. Each week, Mr. Soto will teach the basic aspects of partnering to the advanced level SSDI girls using NYCB male corps members as their partners. This opportunity to learn partnering skills from Jock Soto and dance with NYCB professionals is a highlight of the students' SSDI experience!

Faculty Talks

Members of the faculty participate in informal yet informative Faculty Talks.The discussions will focus on the world of professional dance and the characteristics and personal attributes that contribute to a successful career in dance. Students will have the opportunity to ask the dancers questions and learn about their differing career paths.This is a unique aspect of the SSDI program that can help students re-focus their own goals and provide additional incentives for their further study.

Master Teachers: Sean Lavery - Asst. to the Ballet Master in Chief, NYCB Jock Soto - Faculty, School of American Ballet Dana Arey - Former Principal, Pennsylvania Ballet Simon Ball - Principal Dancer, Houston Ballet Yvonne Borree - Principal Dancer, NYCB Ashley Bouder - Principal Dancer, NYCB Jason Fowler - Soloist, NYCB Stephen Hanna - Principal Dancer, NYCB Natasha LaFayette - Pilates Instructor Maria Kowroski - Principal Dancer, NYCB Rossana Machi, Former Principal, Balleto di Roma Frances Perez-Ball - Former Soloist, Houston Ballet Chad Schiro - Jazz Instructor, Broadway Dancer Daniel Ulbricht - Principal Dancer, NYCB Special Guest Patricia Wilde, Former Principal Dancer, NYCB

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2011

SARATOGA SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE 1103 Schooner Place Sanibel, Florida 33957 Phone: (239) 395-2768 E-mail: [email protected] Website:

SSDI gratefully acknowledges the professional photography services provided by Susan Blackburn. Cover Photo: "Melinda Roy" by Paul Kolnik

Program Directors

Melinda Roy

Artistic Director/Co-Founder, Gulfshore Ballet - Ft Myers,FL Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet Tony-Nominated Broadway Choreographer During her tenure with NYCB,Ms.Roy performed for audiences all over the world,dancing leading roles in the works of George Balanchine,Jerome Robbins,Peter Martins andWilliam Forsyth,among others.She has numerous television and film credits and is the Co-creator of the New York City Ballet Workout (William Morrow,1996). Ms.Roy also made her mark as a Broadway choreographer, receiving aTony nomination for the musical Urban Cowboy. Other choreographic credits include Master Harold and the Boys, starring Danny Glover, Paparazzi with Tommy Tune, and the Encores! production of Can Can starring Patti Lupone.

SSDI 2011 Audition Tour Schedule

January 9

School of American Ballet 70 Lincoln Center Plaza 165 West 65th Street New York, NY Ages 12-14: 9:30 Registration 10:00-11:30 Audition Class Ages 15+: 11:30 Registration 12:00-2:00 Audition Class

January 22

Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy 1921 West Bell Street Houston,TX 6:30 Registration 7:00-8:30 Audition Class

January 23

Ballet Austin 501 W. 3rd Street Austin,TX 12:00 Registration 12:30-2:30 Audition Class


Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive

TheSSDI Difference!

A world-class faculty, including current teachers from the School of American Ballet and current and former Principal Dancers from the New York City Ballet and other major ballet companies. Partnering classes taught by Jock Soto, from the School of American Ballet, with male corps members from NYCB as partners for the SSDI female students. The unique opportunity to take class with NYCB Principal Dancers during the day and then watch them perform live onstage in the evening, further validating the students' understanding that hard work in the classroom relates to excellence in performance. Limited enrollment to insure smaller classes and a high teacher-to-student ratio. Personal attention and correction are crucial to significant improvement in technique. Four weeks of summer in one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. Saratoga Springs, New York lives up to its reputation as "The Summer Place to Be"!

January 29

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater 2900 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 2:00 Registration 2:30-4:30 Audition Class

January 16

Schramel Conservatory of Dance 900 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 12:00 Registration 12:30-2:30 Audition Class

January 30

Ballet Chicago 17 N. State Street, Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 1:30 Registration 2:00-4:00 Audition Class

January 19 Roberto Munoz

Executive Director/ Ballet Master, Gulfshore Ballet - Ft. Myers, FL Former Ballet Master/Director of the School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre A native of Chile, Mr. Munoz comes from a family of dancers and toured all over the world throughout his professional career. Before moving to Florida in 2005, Mr. Munoz was Ballet Master and Director of the School for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He has been teaching and coaching young dancers for 28 years. Before his tenure at PBT, he was Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music for Point Park University, where he created two successful programs for aspiring young dancers --the Pre-Professional Division and International. Mr. Munoz' former students are recognized for their high level of professionalism as well as their artistic and technical achievements, and most have gone on to successful careers with major companies across the country. School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 550-B St Michael's Drive Santa Fe, NM Ages 12-14: 4:00 Registration 4:30-6:00 Audition Class Ages 15+: 5:00 Registration 6:00-7:30 Audition Class

February 4

SSDI Ballet Studios 27 Jumel Place Saratoga Springs, NY 5:00 Registration 5:30-7:30 Audition Class

February 6

International Ballet Academy 201 Davis Grove Circle, Suite 104 Cary, NC 1:00 Registration 1:30-3:30 Audition Class

January 21

Ballet Arizona 3645 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ Ages 12-14: 4:00 Registration 4:30-6:00 Audition Class

February 12

Gulfshore Ballet Studios 2155 Andrea Lane, C5-6 Fort Myers, FL 1:30 Registration 2:00-3:30 Audition Class

January 22

Ballet Arizona 3645 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ Ages 15+: 12:00 Registration 12:30-2:00 Audition Class

February 13

Patel Conservatory Studios Tampa Bay Performing Arts Ctr. 1010 N.W.C. Mac Innes Place Tampa, FL 1:30 Registration 2:00-4:00 Audition Class

" The Summer Place To Be"

June 20 - July 17, 2011

SARATOGA SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE Phone: (239) 395-2768 [email protected]


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