Summer Dance Intensive and Workshops in Ballet
July 19 – 25, 2015 at Methodist University and
July 27 – 31, 2015 at Charlotte Blume Studios.

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To apply, please visit this page.

The Summer Ballet Intensive Workshops offer six days of classes and workshops for Advanced, Intermediate and Beginning Intermediate / Advanced Students. The classes include up to six hours of daily instruction in:

  • Technique
  • Pointe
  • Strength and Stretching

and up to four weekly workshops in:

  • Variations and Adagio
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Choreography

Classes and rehearsals are held daily and include up to six hours of instruction and workshops. Daily classes begin with technique class and continue with level appropriate classes in pointe, variations, contemporary technique, pilates, adagio (partnering), men’s class, and workshops in choreography. Rehearsals for end of session performances are included in curriculum. Dancers will develop their projection and performing skills during this portion of the program.

Intermediate and Advanced

Up to six hours daily, focusing on:

  • Daily Technique
  • Daily Strength and Stretching

Up to 4 weekly workshops, including variations, adagio (partnering), contemporary workshops and choreography.

Beginning Intermediate / Advanced

Up to five hours daily, focusing on:

  • Daily Technique
  • Daily Strength and Stretching

Up to 3 weekly workshops, including variations.


Charlotte Blume

Charlotte Blume (Artistic Director) has been teaching and performing in North Carolina for the past 47 years. She is Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Company. She has danced in concerts in cities all over the state and danced a season for Civic Music Concerts in New York City. She has worked with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Leonide Massine and Frederick Franklin. She has been an advisory board member for the Cultural Arts Division of the NC Department of Public Instruction. Her choreography for the State Ballet includes “The Nutcracker”, “Raymonda”, “Stars and Stripes”, “Glazunov Variations”, “Giselle”, “Painting of Degas”, “Pas de Quarte”, “Les Sylphides”, the “Erik Satie Suite” and the “Verdi Seasons”. She has staged “Swan Lake” after Petipa/Ivanov since 1991 and “Sleeping Beauty” since 1996.

Wei Ni

Wei Ni, Master Teacher and Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Ballet, is a native of Dalian, China. He has danced as principal in the North Carolina State Ballet “Nutcracker” for 7 years (2003 – 2009). Trained in China, he danced as principal dancer with the Liaoning Ballet and the Guangzhou Ballet. In the US he was soloist with the Tulsa Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet before joining the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh 2003. He now brings his expertise and extensive knowledge of repertoire to the North Carolina State Ballet.


Alicia Fabry

Alicia Fabry was born in Charleston, South Carolina but was raised in France where she began her study of dance. Ms. Fabry went on to study dance at the English National Ballet School before joining the Ballet Chicago Studio Company, directed by Dan Duell. Alicia joined the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh in 2006 and is a soloist with the company.


Jessica Fry McAlister

Jessica Fry McAlister, a Special Guest Instructor this year, is originally from New Orleans, where she trained with the Giacobbe Academy and performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet. She trained and then performed with the Joffrey II Concert Dancers in New York, as well as American Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. McAlister danced the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in the North Carolina State Ballet “Nutcracker” 2013 and “Odette” in Ballet Classics 2014 “Swan Lake.”


Aria Hansen Wood

Aria Hansen Wood has a B.S. in Dance Education from Southern Utah University. She has choreographed and performed with Ballet Repertory Ensemble, Orchesius, and SUU’s faculty dance concerts. Aria has worked for the College of Eastern Utah as an adjunct faculty member, and was Artistic Director for Ballet Repertory Ensemble. Ms. Woods teaches Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, Contemporary Dance Jazz and is a certified Pilates instructor.


Avis Hatcher-Puzzo

Avis Hatcher-Puzzo, a Special Guest Instructor this year, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Fayetteville State University. She holds a BA in Dance/Theatre, an MFA in Theatre Arts and Dance and a MS in Education. She danced with Paul Hall’s Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Dance Company Mikata. Avis has danced and trained in New York in Horton, Cunningham and Graham modern dance techniques. Since joining the Performing and Fine Arts department at FSU she has developed a Minor in Dance and created the FSU Dance Ensemble.


Alyssa Pilger

Alyssa Pilger is from Rochester, New York and began her dance training at an early age in Jazz and contemporary dance. She began her formal ballet training as a scholarship student with the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education and has trained and performed with the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Pilger has been a Company member of the Carolina Ballet since 2012. She danced the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in the North Carolina State Ballet “Nutcracker”, 2014.


Hong Yang

Hong Yang is originally from Beijing, China where she studied dance at the school of the Beijing Dance Academy as a child and then graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1995. She immediately joined the National Ballet of China and was a principal dancer there before going to Toronto, Canada where she danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada. Hong Yang joined the Carolina Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2002. Ms. Yang performed in the role of “Sugar Plum Fairy” as a Guest Artist with the North Carolina State Ballet from 2004 – 2008. Ms. Yang will be one of the principal teachers for the Intensive.


To apply for the Intermediate or Advanced classes, you must meet the minimum age of 12 (to adult), have a minimum of 2-3 years of Point training, and your weight must be appropriate for your height.

To apply for the Beginning Intermediate or Beginning Advanced classes, you must meet the minimum age of 10 and you may not be older than 15. You must have a minimum of 1-2 years of Pointe training, and your weight must be appropriate for your height.

Hair and Dress Code

For all students, Hair and Dress Code will apply.

  • Leotards with chiffon skirt or shorts
  • Tights with appropriate shoes
  • Hair up and away from face

The Ballet Intensive will be held at:

  • July 19 – 25, 2015: Methodist University, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • July 27 – 31, 2015: Charlotte Blume Studios, 1312 Morganton Road, Fayetteville, N.C.

An end of session performance/demonstration will be held at Methodist University or an equivalent venue.


No auditions are required. Students are placed by dance level at the beginning of the session.

For more information, or to apply, please visit this page.

Parents and Teachers: a deposit of $150.00 payable to the North Carolina State Ballet must accompany your application. Applications may be duplicated. Should you desire additional applications, please contact us.

The total costs of the workshops are:

  • July 19-25, 2015: $850.00 with housing at Methodist University, $475.00 without housing. Room accommodations are two double occupancy rooms with twin beds sharing a full bath. Meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • July 27-31, 2015: $450.00. No housing is provided.
  • Two weeks with one week housing – $1250.00
  • Two weeks Tuition only No Housing – $900.00

Methodist University campus housing July 19-25

  • Campus: The Methodist University campus: The 617-acre campus includes 36 buildings, an 18 hole golf course, football/track facility, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, and an amphitheater.
  • Residence Halls: The University has nine residence halls. All residence halls include air conditioning, free cable TV and local telephone service, laundry facilities, and Internet access.
  • Community: The city of Fayetteville is North Carolina’s fourth largest metropolitan area and is home to over 250,000 people, arena league football, minor league hockey and baseball teams, and numerous cultural and entertainment facilities.

Class size is limited!

Your deposit will be refunded in the event classes are filled when we receive your request and we cannot place you, or if for any reason the Intensive is canceled.