Virtual Summer Intensive

With the information we have about COVID-19, it only makes sense to hold our Summer Intensive in an online format rather than in person. The health and safety of our students, parents, staff, and faculty is our first priority.  We have created a program that we hope your young dancers will find challenging, fun, and exciting.  Even though we will be apart, our focus will be on the students. You can still plan on our end of the week showings.

Summer Dance Intensive


July 6 – 24th, 2020

Accelerate Your Training. Build Performance Skills.

Oakland Ballet Company’s summer program offers dancers ages 7 and up the opportunity to train intensively with one of the Bay Area’s leading professional dance companies in a fun, challenging, and nurturing environment.

This special program allows dancers to improve technique, build performance skills, and grow artistically through:

  • Daily classes in ballet and pointe technique;
  • Repertoire from beloved story ballets;
  • Choreography workshops; and
  • Weekly “Informance” showcases for family and friends

Faculty will be composed of Oakland Ballet Company dancers.

Dear Mr. Graham,

Thank you so much for a wonderful three weeks! I really enjoyed getting to learn about the stories of Raymonda, Cinderella, and Coppelia. I am so greatful that you helped me tap into my creative mind by having us choreograph dances. You taught me how to let myself be one with the dance. Thank you so much for being supportive of my ideas and helping me understand how to put dances to music. 

– OBC Summer Intensive student


July 6-24, 2020
Dancers will be divided into two different levels in order to deliver a more personalized training.
Level 1 – Recommended for ages 7-10 with 2-3 years minimum dance experience*
Level 2 – Recommended for ages 11 and up with 3-4 years minimum dance experience*
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Monday – Thursday
9:00am – 9:30 Warm Up/Conditioning (all together)
9:35 – 10:50 Ballet Technique (2 different levels)
10:55 – 11:25 Pre-Pointe/Pointe (2 different levels)
11:25 – 12:00 Lunch (time to socialize with each other, virtually)
12:05 – 1:20 Choreography/Repertoire
1:25 – 2:30 Hangout (time to nurture friendships new and old, while maintaining social distance)

*The first day of each session will serve as a placement audition to ensure that each dancer is enrolled in the level that will be most beneficial for his or her experience.

9:00am drop off available
9:00am – 9:30 Warm Up/Conditioning (all together)
9:35 – 10:50 Ballet Technique (2 different levels)
10:55 – 11:25 Pre-Pointe/Pointe (2 different levels)
11:25 – 12:00 Lunch (time to socialize with each other, virtually)
12:05 – 12:30 Rehearsal for the “Informance” final day showcase
1:00-1:30 “Informance” showcase (for family and friends)

Each week will feature repertoire and choreography from different ballets.
Week 1 La Bayadere
Week 2 Paquita
Week 3 Coppelia
Choreography sessions provide the opportunity to explore their own creativity as they create their own dances with guidance from the faculty.

*Age is used as a general placement guideline. The first day of each session will serve as a placement audition to ensure that each dancer is enrolled in the level that will be most beneficial for his or her experience.


Paunika Jones (week 2) was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating from the New World School of the Arts, she began her dance career at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the Direction of the late Arthur Mitchell. Here she ascended the ranks from Dancing through Barriers Ensemble®️ training program to Principal Dancer. Ms. Jones has worked in various ballet, contemporary and dance theatre companies both nationally and internationally such as Collage Dance Collective, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Noir, DEMA, Urban Jazz Dance Company, Brooklyn Ballet, Sign Dance Collective, and Columbia City Ballet.  With the Oakland Ballet, Ms. Jones performed the role of Marie in The Nutcracker, 2019.

Constanza Murphy (week 3) trained at The North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, Alaska before attending the University of Utah. She has danced with several classical and contemporary companies throughout the country, including Ballet San Antonio, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Her career has been highlighted by roles such as Tinkerbell, Lucy, and Swanhilda, as well as opportunities to dance in works created by Amy Seiwert and Renaud Doucet. With the Oakland Ballet, Constanza has danced Luna Mexicana, Russian and Arabian in The Nutcracker, VISTA, Oaktown Blues, and Jangala.

Jazmine Quezada (weeks 1, 2, & 3) is from Ventura County, California where she began her ballet training at age 11 with Ventura County Ballet and was the first to receive the Ron Noblin Full Scholarship Award with Ventura County Ballet. Jazmine attended American Ballet Theater’s New York summer intensive in 2011 and was accepted to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT that same year. She then attended the Joffrey Chicago International summer dance intensive on full scholarship and in 2016 she moved to San Francisco to continue her training on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School. Jazmine has performed San Francisco Ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and the 2018 Gala, and danced the lead role of Grace in Helgi Tomasson’s Meisten Mozart. With the Oakland Ballet, she has performed the role of Luna in Luna Mexicana, and the Monkey Queen in Jangala.  This is Jazmine’s second season with the Oakland Ballet Company.

Ashley Thopiah (week 1) has a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler university. She began her dance training at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy. She has performed at Dance Chicago and trained summers at State Street Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ashley has performed corps, soloist, and principle roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Bayadere, Cinderella, and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. As a choreographer, she has created pieces for Butler’s dance department, including Jyoti and Ekta. Using modern and Bharatanatyam, a form of classical Indian dance, Ashley expresses two distinct but intertwined aspects of her identity. Both styles use motion and gestures to express various features of human emotion and illuminate two cultures coming together. During the summer of 2018, Ekta was performed in the National Opera House in Warsaw, Poland, across Prague, Krakow, Poznan, and Bratislava.  Ashley joined Oakland Ballet in 2019.

More Information

A deposit of 50% must be paid to secure position in the program
Balance is due by July 1
A late fee of $30 will be added to the balance after July 1

Dress Code

  • Girls: Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers or flesh toned tights and flesh toned ballet slippers. Long hair must be swept back away from the face and neck and held securely in a ballet bun. Braids are acceptable. If hair is too short to be placed in a bun, it must be secured and held back by an elastic headband that will not fall off. All jewelry should be removed.
  • Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and black shoes, or white socks and white shoes.

Questions and Contact Information

Have questions about Oakland Ballet Company’s summer dance intensive? We’re here to help! We want this special summer experience to be a chance for young and aspiring dancers to explore the full breadth of ballet and to help them build on their dance goals.

If you have any questions about our summer intensive workshop, please email OBC Education Coordinator, Bat Abbit at or give us a call at 510.893.3132.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships are available for OBC’s summer dance intensive. To apply, please complete a scholarship request form and email to

Refund Policy

Refunds are considered if a dancer experiences an injury or another medical condition that prevents him or her from completing the program. Upon notice, OBC will issue a refund for the remaining tuition balance – prorated for any time actually attending the program. Note: a $50 charge will be applied to tuition refunds. This charge helps to offset administrative expenses and any applicable credit card processing fees incurred.

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