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Summer Intensive 2022 | State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet: Training

Summer Intensive 2022

June 20 - July 15, 2022 in Santa Barbara, CA 

State Street Ballet's Summer Intensive is for dedicated dance students, ages 12-23. The ideal program to strengthen your technique and enhance your artistry, this training session offers classes Monday through Saturday in ballet, modern, pas de deux, pointe, jazz, and conditioning, with the afternoons focused on learning new choreography by our world-class faculty. Classes take place in our state-of-the-art studios, ideally located near downtown Santa Barbara and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara features a year-round Mediterranean climate and some of California's best beaches. 

Sample Schedule
Monday - Saturday
9:15am - 12:15pm Morning Session including ballet technique, pointe, variations
1:00pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Session including modern, jazz, and choreography

Tuition for 4-week intensive



$2750 (includes room, board, and meals)

Dancers will be staying at Tropicana Gardens, adjacent to the University of California - Santa Barbara, about 20 minutes from State Street Ballet. Transportation to and from the studio will be provided. 

How to Audition

Attend one of our in-person auditions held nationwide, a virtual audition, or submit a video audition. Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all auditions, and closes 2 days before the date of audition. Limited availability. Please register below. Visit our Auditions Page for the audition schedule. 

Summer Intensive Faculty

Rodney Gustafson is a Founder of State Street Ballet, and has been the Artistic Director for over 25 years. He is a former member of American Ballet Theatre, and has worked closely with Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and many others. He was the director of the ABT Summer Intensive Program in Austin, Texas, and is an ABT-certified teacher at the highest level. Mr. Gustafson also has an MA in Business Administration.

Megan Philipp graduated from Butler University with a BA in Dance Pedagogy and after a career as a freelance artist in New York she graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Dance Education, with a focus in ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Prior to being State Street Ballet's Rehearsal Director and Professional Track Director, Mrs. Philipp was the Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.

Aaron Smyth has been a company member with American Ballet Theatre II In New York City, The Royal Ballet in London and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, as well as an original cast member in London's West End production of An American in Paris choreographed and directed by Christopher Wheeldon. He has danced for royalty, the Obamas, and now travels the globe as a principal guest artist. Aaron has performed with State Street Ballet in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen and most recently finished performing in Billy Elliot the Musical as Older Billy in the 10th Anniversary Tour of Australia.

Royce Zackery, a native of Atlanta, GA, is a tenured Associate Professor at Howard University in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. He received a Master’s Degree from N.Y.U. Steinhardt/American Ballet Theatre and a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Mr. Zackery is a certified ABT National Teaching Curriculum Specialist with a research focus on injury prevention, joint disease, and dance medicine. His professional performing and teaching career both expand beyond 20 years in companies ranging from classical, contemporary, modern, and Broadway touring shows. 

Marina Fliagina was born in Russia and graduated from Perm State College of Choreography. She has performed roles in all of the famous classical ballets and has toured internationally with the Russian Imperial Ballet, and the Moscow Festival Ballet. She joined State Street Ballet as a principal dancer, and in 2001 she was promoted to Rehearsal Director. She has choreographed several ballets for the company and been a teacher for the Summer Intensive Program for several years.

Cecily MacDougall, serves as Associate Executive Director for State Street Ballet, Director of State Street Ballet Academy, and is the Founder and Director of Library Dances, part of State Street Ballet’s educational outreach program. She danced professionally with New York Theatre Ballet, Allegro Theatre Company, Richmond Ballet, and State Street Ballet. She received the Indy Award for Anne’s Window in 2015, and in 2020 earned the Apogee Award for her successful arts outreach initiatives. Cecily graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College and is an ABT Certified Teacher.


Contact Information

State Street Ballet
2285 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: 805.845.1432