Princeton Ballet School is the official school of American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey’s preeminent ballet company. The school has locations in Princeton, Cranbury, and New Brunswick, and offers truly unique and immersive summer camp and class opportunities. All Princeton Ballet School camps and classes are taught by the school’s outstanding faculty. Many are former professional dancers and hold degrees in dance education.
In addition to its widely recognized Summer Intensive program, which attracts top students selected from an international audition tour, Princeton Ballet School offers Summer Intensive Intermediates and Summer Intensive Juniors programs for younger students.
Summer Intensive Intermediates is held in Princeton Ballet School’s airy studios at 29 Main Street in Cranbury. The program is for ages 11 to 14 and can be taken as one- to six-week sessions from Monday, June 29, to Friday, August 7. Summer Intensive Intermediates is designed to offer the same careful, personal training that the Summer Intensive offers, but with a shorter, more age-appropriate dance day.
Ages 11 to 14 are key ones in the training of a young dancer, and the opportunity to study more intensively and to experience a wider variety of dance styles can make a huge difference in a young dancer’s progress. Summer Intensive Intermediates offers classes in classical variations, stretch and strength, choreography, jazz, and modern dance. These topics follow a morning of two ballet classes.
Faculty Katie Scibienski Croghan and Erika Mero began teaching at Princeton Ballet School in 2006 and have been teaching at the Summer Intensive Intermediates program since its beginning five years ago. Croghan graduated from Butler University with a degree in dance pedagogy and Mero holds an MA in dance education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre ballet pedagogy from NYU.
Summer Intensive Juniors is a program for ages 9 to 11. It is held in a studio on Princeton University’s beautiful campus and can be taken as one- to five-week sessions from Monday, June 29, to Friday, July 31. Students take class daily followed by themed lessons. Each week they learn choreography from classical ballets and craft costumes and headpieces. Students also journal throughout the week and learn about the stories and histories of the ballets they are studying.
There is an in-studio showcase for friends and family at the end of each week, where the students perform the choreography they learned in their hand-crafted costumes. Program instructor and long-time Princeton Ballet School teacher Jennifer Gladney is a graduate of Rider University’s dance program and is a former dancer with American Repertory Ballet.
Beyond camp opportunities, Princeton Ballet School offers classes for children throughout the summer months. The summer is an opportune time to try these classes before fall enrollment for them begins. Hand in Hand classes are lively and engaging classes for 3 to 4 year olds and their parents. Classes at a variety of levels are offered for ages 4 to 12.
There are also summer classes for adults! From the total novice to the more experienced dancer, there are offerings for adults looking for a fulfilling and fun way to stay in shape this summer.
Princeton Ballet School, 29 North Main Street, Cranbury. 609-921-7758. www.arballet.org.