Summer Intensive IV

Typically for Ages 16 and up, by audition only

Summer Intensive IV 2022 Program

By Audition Only

All program dates, fees, schedules and program format is subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We are excited to return to in person Summer Programs this year! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are prepared to run the program in person, online or a combination of both. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our community, and we look forward to providing quality training no matter the format of the program. The program will take place at George Brown College – Casa Loma Campus in the CBJ studios. The schedule is made up of a variety of classes, including ballet, pointe, contemporary, composition, repertoire, and coaching.

Please view a Summer IV 2022 Program sample schedule HERE.


Typically for age 16 and up


June 27th – July 29th, 2022

1, 3, or 5 week program options are available.

Tuition Fees:

Deposit / 1 week – $600.00 (+HST)

3 weeks – $1,430.00 (+HST)

5 weeks – $2,100.00 (+HST)

Residence Fees:

18 years and older: $450.00 per week + 13% HST

17 years and younger: $600.00 per week + 13% HST

17 years and younger & dinner: $750 per week + 13% HST

View the CBJ Summer Dance Refund Policy HERE.

Natayu Mildenberger Ballet Jörgen Junior Company

Program Description

An intensive ballet training program with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen professionals; students are pre-professional dancers who work on perfecting classical technique, learning company repertoire with company dancers in a program that also includes specialized coaching classes, one-on-one privates and contemporary, composition, yoga and conditioning classes. You will never be in better shape than you are after spending these five weeks with artistic director Bengt Jörgen and his dancers & faculty.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared to convert the Summer Intensive IV program to a virtual format should it be necessary. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our community. The program will take place in person and daily classes run from 9:00-5:30 pm EST approximately, with breaks

Acceptance into this program is by audition only.

Class Descriptions

Ballet Class (up to 10 dancers)
Teachers: Daniel Da Silva, Hiroto Saito 

Ballet Class will consist of a full barre and some centre exercises designed to get the body warm for the day, build strength, and develop the technical base necessary for other classes. Teachers will focus on alignment, port de bras, and coordination.

Coaching Class (up to 5 dancers)
Teachers: Daniel Da Silva, Clea Iveson, Hiroto Saito 

Coaching will be an opportunity to focus on the detailed execution of specific movements, but also to observe how teachers teach technique and class. We learn just as much from observing as we do from doing. Each class will focus on a different step and each week will have a theme. With smaller class sizes, teachers will rotate through working with each student, while the others observe, not just the dancer, but also the language and teaching strategies involved in working to refine ballet technique. Students are encouraged to take notes for their own dance and teaching practices.

Pointe Class
Teachers: TBD 

Pointe Class will focus on building and maintaining strength to improve pointe work. This class will involve foot and ankle strengthening exercises as well fundamental leg work. Please have a dish towel, theraband, tights, or something stretchy. 

Men’s Class 
Teachers: TBD

Men’s class will focus on building and maintaining strength for jumps and partnering.  

Teachers: TBD

Immerse yourself in the process of ‘becoming an Anne dancer’! Classes will be split between roles, and each week will focus on different scenes from Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet CBJ’s newest full-length ballet! How do our facial expressions and physical punctuations communicate with a partner on stage or to the audience? This class will focus on taking the technical steps and building a character around that to tell a story. 

Teachers: TBD

Contemporary classes will focus on floor and centre work, through which teachers will engage with a variety of contemporary and modern techniques. 

Teachers: TBD

Composition classes are an opportunity for students to begin developing their own choreographic process and artistic voice. Teachers will work with students to develop their own work through movement tasks and other movement creation methods. 

Dance Discussion 
Teachers: Led by Elise Tigges and joined by Clea Iveson & other guests

Dance discussions will explore different aspects of dance including issues in the industry, history, repertoire and more – dancers will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from professionals. 

Teachers: TBD

Pilates is an excellent form of cross-training for dancers. This class will focus on building and maintaining strength necessary for injury prevention and success in dance. 

Teachers: TBD

Yoga is an excellent form of cross-training for dancers. Placed at the end of the day, these classes offer a change to stretch and realign the whole body in an effort to build a deeper understanding of your own state of health and well-being. 

Audition Information

If you are interested in attending Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Summer Intensive IV program, please pre-register for an audition (highly recommended):

Click here for the list of auditions

Both Zoom and video auditions are available.

Please follow our video requirements to audition for our Summer Intensive IV Program and send all requirements in one email to


Testimonials from Summer Dance Academy 2020 – Online Program

“I learned so much from each teacher and really had the chance to finesse my technique and grow as an artist”
“[I learned] how to work in small spaces, coaching was great learning little workouts to do at home to stay in shape.”
“The program did a great job giving corrections and attention to students considering the adjustment to the new online learning platform.”
“I liked how the program wasn’t trying to teach us how to get higher legs or better turnout. It felt like they were trying to improve our strength and quality of our dancing. Focusing on having proper placement and strength has improved me so much.”

Comments from 2013 summer participants

“The last 5 weeks were exhausting, exciting, and very rewarding”
“It has been an absolutely incredible experience! I’ve learnt so much and met so many great people. It was neat to have the opportunity to see how a company works. It was by far a worthwhile experience.”
“I loved having such long ballet classes because it allowed me to practice and build strength.”
“It was more helpful than any classes/programs I have ever been in.”
“Teachers make sure you have a clear understanding of each correction given, which you can continue to work with even after the program ends and helps you grow as a dancer.”

Past Comments

“It really focuses on ballet technique which furthers your overall dancing.” 
Summer 2012 Student

“I would love to come back for next summer and I would want to come for as long as possible.”
Summer 2012 Student

“Awesome! Tiring but amazing. Glad to be pushed to my limits. ” 
Summer 2011 Student

“I found the teachers helped with individuals problems and the privates were very helpful.” 
Summer 2011 Student

“So much fun, intense, amazing and useful; I felt like for the first time in my dance training I could connect the dots.” 
Ayva Rossouw-Holland (Summer 2010)

“The amount of personal attention from the teachers was better than any summer school I’ve been to.” 
Summer 2010 Student

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For program information, please contact Clea Iveson or 416-415-5000 ext. 4928