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Strengthen your technique and explore your full potential in a supportive environment and a fun, safe city.

Admission to School of Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive is by audition only. For audition dates and locations, please visit our audition tour page.

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2018 Summer Intensive Webinar

School & NB2 Director Nick Mullikin, School Artistic Associate Kathryn Linsley and former Summer Intensive student/current NB2 dancer Alexandra Hutchinson discussed Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive program in this webinar.

Topics included:
- Lodging, meals, chaperones and daily schedule
- Instructors and classes
- What graduates are doing after the program
- Opportunities at Nashville Ballet after Summer Intensive

2018 Sessions

Session placement is by audition only.


Intermediate Program (Ages 11-14)

Session I

1 Week

June 11-15

Session II

2 Weeks

June 11-22

Session III

2 Weeks

July 9-20

Advanced Program (Ages 12-18)

Session IV

2 Weeks

June 18-29

Session V

3 Weeks

July 2-20

Session VI

5 Weeks

June 18-July 20

Pre-Professional Program (Ages 16 and up)

Session VII

5 Weeks

June 18-July 20



All classes meet Monday through Saturday (excluding Session I). A placement class will occur on the first Monday of the summer intensive session (not Arrival Day). Class times will vary depending on the level you are placed in; all are approximately from 9 am to 5 p.m. Saturday classes will be held from approximately 10 am to 1 p.m. Students are expected to attend all classes offered in their assigned level. Any exceptions must have prior permission from the School Director. Class times are subject to change and will be posted on the Summer Intensive bulletin boards at the studio and residence halls. 

Sample Schedules:

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On the final Thursday of Session VII (the Pre-Professional Program) and the final Friday of Sessions III, V and VI, students will present a showcase of their work. Family and friends are invited to attend free of charge. Seating is limited to three seats per student, and will be by RSVP only. The Youth Programs Coordinator will email a ticket RSVP request to students’ families two weeks before the performance date.



The Professional Training Division (PTD) was developed to give pre-professional dancers a comprehensive program designed to further develop technique, strength and artistry in a rigorous environment and to prepare them for a career in dance. Dancers selected for this program are chosen for their talent and potential to pursue a career in professional dance. The focal point of PTD is to develop students into artists and assist them in their transition to professional dancers with Nashville Ballet or other professional dance companies.

Students who are accepted into the Pre-Professional Summer Program (Session VII) receive priority consideration for Professional Training Division. We recommend that students interested in our Professional Training Division attend a Nashville Ballet five-week Summer Program. Summer Intensive students selected to join one of our three levels of our Professional Training Division will be notified before leaving Summer Intensive. To learn more, click here.


NB2 is our official second company, and candidates are primarily selected from within our Professional Training Division. Dancers in our PTD Level III (Trainee) program are given priority consideration for NB2 as part of an ongoing effort by Nashville Ballet to develop students through our school in preparation for joining the company. To learn more about NB2, click here.


Tuition Boarding Room Only (Age 18+)
Session I $580 $600 Not available
Session II $1,250 $1,200 Not available
Session III $1,250 $1,200 Not available
Session IV $1,250 $1,200 Not available
Session V $1,700 $1,750 Not available
Session VI $2,500 $2,900 $1,325
Session VII $2,500 $2,900 $1,325



Our newly expanded building features a total of seven dance studios, a multipurpose room complete with kitchenette and seating, two full-sized family lobbies, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and a small library. See more of our facility here. We are tucked away in the heart of Nashville's Sylvan Park neighborhood, on the edge of West End and near Vanderbilt University. Our facility includes its own parking lot, shared in part by the Noah Liff Opera Center. For families looking to visit Summer Intensive students, there are plenty of attractions nearby, such as coffee shops, restaurants, and the beautiful Centennial Park. To find lodging within easy driving distance, center hotel searches on Sylvan Park/West End or Vanderbilt area.


Boarding students ages 11-18 will be housed at nearby Belmont University in suite-style apartments, with 4 or 5 private bedrooms per suite. Each suite is equipped with a full size kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave). Housing and meals fees for students under 18 include breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturdays. Dancers are responsible for their meals on Saturday night, all day Sunday, and during outings. 



Dancers 18 and over may choose one of the following options for boarding: Housing Only (no meals) at Belmont University, Housing and Meals at Belmont University, or off campus housing of your choice. Belmont University housing is apartment style, with 4 or 5 private bedrooms in a suite. Each suite is equipped with a full size kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave). The Housing & Meals plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Dancers are responsible for their meals on Saturday night, all day Sunday, and for outings. 



Dancers paying tuition only may purchase catered lunch Monday through Saturday for $10 per day. Please refer to the order form in your registration packet.



Nashville Ballet provides all transportation for Room & Board students. Room Only students may purchase transportation on Nashville Ballet buses for a nominal fee. Contact School of Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive via email or by calling (615) 297-2966 x204 for more information. Students age 16 and older may bring a vehicle to Nashville and park it in designated lots. All student boarders that elect to bring a car will be responsible for their own transportation for the entirety of the intensive.




Photo: Gene Schiavone

Photo: Gene Schiavone

Everyday Attire:

  • Pink convertible tights (recommended style: Capezio Style Number 9 adult or child) 
  • Black convertible tights (recommended style: Capezio Style Number 9 adult or child) 
  • Black socks (cotton/poly) 
  • Pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes (if applicable) 
  • Black jazz shoes and black jazz pants
  • At least 1 white and 1 black simple camisole leotard (to be alternated by day)
  • At least 1 white and 1 black chiffon wrap skirt (to be alternated by day)
  • Character skirt or long practice skirt
  • Please bring tennis shoes, yoga mat, and Thera-band for conditioning

Advanced or Pre-Professional Programs Only (Sessions IV, V, VI or VII):

  • White practice tutu
It gave me the right tools to be a professional dancer. It was the best environment for me to flourish. I was able to improve not only my technical skills, but I could improve my self-awareness and confidence in ways that I could not have before. I really found Nashville Ballet was so great about nurturing both body and mind.
— Danielle Brown, Sarasota Ballet Principal Dancer


  • Plain white crewneck t-shirt or sports shirt (no logos, please) 
  • Gray tights and black tights (we recommend footed and footless of each color) 
  • Black socks (cotton/poly) and white socks
  • Black ballet shoes and white ballet shoes
  • Black jazz shoes and black jazz pants



Upon acceptance into our Summer Intensive program, all students will receive an online link to a registration packet with detailed instructions, deadlines and requisite forms. A non-refundable administrative fee of $150 must accompany all registrations. Registration forms without the administrative fee and required deposit(s) will not be accepted. All forms, administrative fee and required deposit must be received by March 30, 2018. The $150 administrative fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Tuition and Room & Board (if applicable) must be paid in full by May 1, 2018.



There are no refunds for administrative fees, voluntary withdrawals, housing, or meals. Partial tuition refunds will only be considered for withdrawal due to injury or illness prior to May 1, 2018. Refund requests after May 1, 2018, and before the start date of your session will not be considered. Refunds will not be larger than 50% of the tuition paid on or before May 1, 2018. A request for partial refund must be accompanied by a comprehensive doctor’s report in order to be considered. Contact the Youth Programs Coordinator via email or call (615) 297-2966 x204.



Dancers ages 9-11 who do not yet qualify for our Summer Intensive are encouraged to read more about our Junior Intensive program by clicking here.

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