BJC09/10 Media Release No. 14

February 16, 2010.  Toronto, OntarioBengt Jörgen, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Jörgen Canada, is pleased to announce that the company will be holding several affordable 2010 Summer Ballet Intensive Programs for a range of dancers, aged 9 to 16 plus, including new programs for high school and post-secondary dance students and pre-professional dancers.

June 28 to July 30, 2010
Junior Company

A bridge between the pre-professional and professional worlds
One week (June 28 – July 2) $425 CA, plus HST
Three weeks (June 28 – July 16) $1,125 CA, plus HST
Five weeks (June 28 – July 30) $1,750 CA, plus HST
The Junior Company of Ballet Jörgen Canada is for ballet dancers who are on the verge of launching their professional careers. This new program is ideal for dancers with the aptitude and ambition for professional ballet company positions such as mentorship students, apprentices or full-time dancers.  The simulated company environment will allow participants to gain professional poise and skills while further developing technique through rigorous training.  Working with professional dancers to learn and perform repertoire, participants will drill down to the details of high-quality dance performance.  With an option to sign up for a one week session, a three week session, or the full five-week session that includes performances, a typical day will consist of a two-hour ballet class, intensive coaching and repertoire rehearsals. Acceptance to this program is by audition only in Toronto and in the Canadian communities we are visiting throughout 2009/2010. For more information, contact Preston McBain at

June 28 to July 30, 2010
Summer Ballet Intensive

For post secondary & high school aged ballet students, 16 plus
One week (June 28 – July 2) $425 CA, plus HST
Three weeks (June 28 – July 16) $1,125 CA, plus HST
Five weeks (June 28 – July 30) $1,750 CA, plus HST
Geared towards high school and post secondary students 16 years of age and older, the aim of this new program is to provide intensive professional-level dance training that will help young dancers gain access to and advance in professional training environments. It is designed for those students who wish to pursue a professional dance career and require additional training and experience. With an option to sign up for a one week session, a three week session or the full five-week session, a typical day will consist of a two-hour ballet class, specific technique class (turning, allegro, etc.) or pointe class, learning repertoire with possible smaller group work and a conditioning class or a  modern dance class.  To be considered for this program, students must have a minimum of seven years ballet training or have a strong technical foundation.  Acceptance is by audition or a recommendation from current teachers. This program will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  For more information, contact Clea Iveson at

August 3 to August 13, 2010
Pre-Professional Program

For ages 15 and up
$500, plus HST*
Prospective students should have a minimum elementary standard in classical ballet.

August 9 to August 13, 2010
Youth Program

For ages 12 to14
$300, plus HST *
Prospective students must have some ballet experience.

August 6 to August 9, 2010
Junior Program

For ages 9 to11
$200, plus HST *
Prospective students must have some ballet experience for this new program.

* Ballet Jörgen Canada is pleased to give a 15% discount on these summer program fees for George Brown Dance Students and Graduates, 2009 Nutcracker Youth Cast Members and our 2009-2010 Local Participants from across the country. For more information, contact Clea Iveson at

Residence is provided for the June 28 to July 30, 2010 Junior Company and Summer Ballet Intensive programs only – contact Ballet Jörgen Canada at 416 961-4725 for more information.  For the other programs, residence is also available at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University – call the institutions for details. Visit for other accommodation ideas.

Ballet Jörgen Canada ‘s 2010 Summer Ballet Intensives take place at the Ballet Jörgen Canada/George Brown Dance Studios located at George Brown College’s Casa Loma Campus, 160 Kendal Avenue, Building C, on the first floor.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humour and beauty, Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works.  With over two decades of innovation in creating opportunities for Canadian choreographers and engagement with communities in outreach and educational activities, Ballet Jörgen Canada remains true to the vision of its founders, Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie.  Ballet Jörgen Canada’s educational activities range from its long-time collaboration with George Brown College in Toronto to elementary school programming that brings ballet to children across the country.  In addition, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s annual touring brings ballet performances to over 50,000 people from coast to coast in Canada and northern USA, sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.  With a “hub” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and centres in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ballet Jörgen Canada is truly Canada’s Local Ballet Company.

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For more information, contact:
Frances Shakov | General Manager | Ballet Jörgen Canada

416-415-5000 x 2866 ||