Summer Intensive

Summer Dance Intensive

July 11 – 22, 2022  Alameda

July 18 – 29, 2022  Hayward

Discover Your Artistic Voice

No audition required
Flexible scheduling available
Zoom options available

Accelerate your training with one of the Bay Area’s leading professional dance companies in a fun, challenging, and nurturing environment. Oakland Ballet’s Summer Intensive will give dancers the tools to expand their technique with high caliber training and artistically enriching classes. 

This versatile program allows dancers to develop and use ballet technique more effectively, build performance skills, and grow artistically through:

  • Daily technique classes in ballet and pointe
  • Learning classical and neo-classical variations
  • Developing choreography skills

Faculty will be composed of Oakland Ballet Company Artistic Staff and Dancers as well as guest teachers. Students will have concentrated exposure to ballet artists that will enhance their training.

Students must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks from the second dose) to attend the program. All Alameda County Public Health Department COVID protocols will be observed.


    Young ballet dancer sitting on floor performing gesture movement with hands.

    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

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    July 11 – 22, 2022  Alameda
    July 18 – 29, 2022  Hayward

    Dancers will be divided into two different levels in order to deliver a more personalized training.

    Level 1 – Recommended for ages 8-10 in Hayward and 10-12 in Alameda with 2-3 years minimum dance experience*

    Level 2 – Recommended for ages 11 and up in Hayward and 13 and up in Alameda with 3-4 years minimum dance experience*

    * 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.

    Summer Intensive Daily Schedule˚

    ˚ Schedule subject to change

    Alameda – Juniors
    1:00 – 2:30 Ballet Technique
    2:45 – 3:45 Pre-Pointe/Pointe
    4:00 – 5:00 Repertoire
    5:00 – 6:00 Choreography

    Alameda – Seniors
    1:15 – 2:45 Ballet Technique
    3:00 – 4:00 Pointe/Pre-Pointe
    4:15 – 5:15 Repertoire
    5:15 – 6:15 Choreography

    Alameda location:

    Alameda Ballet Academy
    1402 Park St.
    Alameda, CA 94501

    Hayward – Juniors
    9:30 – 11:00 Ballet Technique
    11:15 – 12:15 Pre-Pointe/Pointe
    12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
    1:00 – 2:00 Repertoire
    2:15 – 3:15 Choreography

    Hayward – Seniors
    10:00 – 11:30 Ballet Technique
    11:45 – 12:45 Pointe/Pre-Pointe
    12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
    1:30 – 2:30 Repertoire
    2:45 – 3:45 Choreography

    Hayward location:

    Ballet Petit
    2501 Industrial Pkwy W
    Hayward, CA 94545

    Each week will feature repertoire and choreography from different ballets:

    July 11 – 15 (Alameda) La Sylphide
    July 18 – 22 (Alameda & Hayward) Firebird
    July 25 – 29 (Hayward) La Sylphide

    Choreography sessions provide the opportunity to explore their own creativity as they create their own dances with guidance from the faculty.

    2022 Faculty

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    Lawrence Chen

    Seniors – Hayward (July 18-22 and 25-29)

    Lawrence grew up in Southern California, studying ballet under the care of Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky since the age of thirteen. He went on to compete in the YAGP, placing in the Top 12 Pas De Deux in the New York Finals of 2014 as well as in the Top 3 soloist at regional venues for several years. During his time at Pomona College, Lawrence studied chemistry, mathematics, took on collegiate ballroom, and performed as a principal dancer for the Inland Pacific Ballet under the watchful eye of Victoria Koenig. Lawrence has also taught ballet and ballroom at various schools and currently tutors high school STEM subjects. His past repertoire includes: Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Seven Beauties, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Jangala.

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    Karina Eimon

    Juniors – Alameda (July 18-22 )

    Karina is a classical and contemporary dancer and teacher from the Bay Area. She began her training at Ayako School of Ballet in Belmont, California and continued her studies at Milwaukee Ballet II and Colorado Ballet’s pre-professional program. She spent two summers in Madrid studying Forsythe improvisation techniques. Karina’s professional experience includes Ballet Memphis, Colorado Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Des Amerique, and the Oakland Ballet.

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    Jazmine Quezada

    Juniors – Alameda (July 11-15)
    Juniors – Hayward (July 18-22 and 25-29)

    Jazmine is from Ventura County, California where she began her ballet training at age 11 with Ventura County Ballet. She attended the American Ballet Theater New York summer intensive and the Joffrey Chicago International summer dance intensive, before joining the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship. During her time at the SF Ballet School she performed The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, 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.  Jazmine joined the Oakland Ballet Company in 2018.

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    Calvin Thomas

    Seniors – Alameda (July 11-15 and 18-22)

    Calvin received his training at the Academy of Cincinnati Ballet and supplemented his studies at Boston Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin Academy, & The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. His career began with the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Austin. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011 he has performed with Company C Contemporary Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Oakland Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Garrett Moulton Productions. His repertoire includes works by Thang Dao, Gregory Dawson, Yuri Zhukov, and Maurice Causey among others.  When not dancing he enjoys time in the studio sharing knowledge, teaching and coaching the next generation of dancers. Calvin has been a member of ODC/Dance since 2019.

    Registration Information

    $660 – 1 week
    $1,259 – 2 weeks
    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.

    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.