Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty whose expert knowledge gives you the tools to advance your technique and reach your goals.

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.

2018 Sessions

Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive 2018 sessions will be announced in December 2017.

2017 Summer Intensive Webinar

Nashville Ballet offered a live presentation and Q&A about Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive program on Wednesday, February 15 at 4 p.m. CT. School of Nashville Ballet Director Nick Mullikin and current student Ashley Sewell presented information about Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive 2017 session.

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
- Frequently asked questions from students and parents


Photo: Gene Schiavone

Photo: Gene Schiavone

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

Nashville Ballet Facilities

Our newly expanded building features a total of seven dance studios. See our facility here

Room and Board - Dancers under 18

Boarding students under 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). Room and board fees for students under 18 include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dancers may occasionally be responsible for their own meals or snacks during outings. 

Room and Board Options - Dancers 18 and over

Dancers 18 and over may choose one of the following options for room and board: 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).

Transportation & Parking

Nashville Ballet provides all transportation for boarding students under 18. Boarding students 18 and over 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 x910 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.

NB2 Selection

After attending Nashville Ballet's mandatory five week Pre Professional Session, candidates are chosen for NB2, our official second company. Candidates are selected based on their potential to attain a professional career. To learn more about NB2, click here.


Nashville Ballet provides opportunities for NB2 dancers and Professional Training Division students to learn outside of the studio as well. A unique partnership with nearby Belmont University allows dancers to apply their dance experience toward earning a Bachelor’s degree. They can pursue a degree through part-time enrollment and flexible class schedules. For more information about the Belmont University/Nashville Ballet Learning Partnership, contact Belmont University’s Adult Degree Programs at (615) 460-5401 or click here


The Professional Training Division provides dancers a comprehensive, full-day program to further develop technique, strength and artistry in a rigorous pre-professional environment. We recommend that students interested in the Professional Training Division attend Summer Intensive Session E (5 Weeks). Summer Intensive students selected for PTD Fall 2015 will be notified before leaving Summer Intensive. To learn more about the Professional Training Division, click here.


All classes meet Monday through Saturday (excluding Session A). A placement class will occur on the first day 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 pm. Saturday classes will be held from approximately 10 am to 12 pm. Students are expected to attend all classes offered in their assigned level. Any exceptions must have prior permission from the School Dean. Class times are subject to change and will be posted on the Summer Intensive bulletin boards at the studio and residence halls. 

Sample Schedule:

Attire Requirements


Everyday Attire:
• Pink convertible tights (recommended style: Body Wrappers A45) 
• Black convertible tights (recommended style: Body Wrappers A45) 
• 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)

Performance Attire Only:
• One white and one black simple camisole leotard (recommended style: Mirella M207LD) 
• One white and one black chiffon wrap skirt (recommended style: Mirella MS12) 


• 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

Lunch for Non-Boarders

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.


Summer Intensive Showings

On the final Thursday of the Pre-Professional Session and the final Friday of Sessions B, D and E, students will present a showcase of their work. Family and friends are invited to attend free of charge. Seating is limited and will be by RSVP only. The Summer Programs Coordinator will email an RSVP request to each student’s family two weeks before the performance date.

Registration & Payment

Upon acceptance into our Summer Intensive program, all NB2 candidates and students will receive an online link to a registration packet with detailed instructions, deadlines and requisite forms. A non-refundable registration fee of $125 must accompany all registrations. Registration forms without the registration fee and required deposit will not be accepted. All forms, registration fee and required deposit must be received by April 1, 2018. School of Nashville Ballet will not be responsible for postal or other delays. The $125 registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Tuition must be paid in full by May 1, 2018.



A request for partial refund must be accompanied by a comprehensive doctor’s report in order to be considered. Refunds will only be considered for withdrawal due to injury or illness. 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. There are no refunds for registration fees, voluntary withdrawals and/or room and board. Contact School of Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive via email or call (615) 297-2966 x202. 


Junior Intensive

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.