GCCB’s summer intensive was a wonderful experience for our daughter. There was a high level of ballet instruction, and the the teachers’ attention to detail and numerous individual corrections demonstrated their dedication to the art of ballet.

summer programs

Dynamic & Exceptional Hands-On Training; Vaganova Method; Small Class Size

The Conservatory's robust Summer Programs offers world class ballet training for dancers ages 5 - 18 including pre-professional trainees. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to build skills in intermediate or advanced dancers who have more time to train during the relaxed summer months. It is also an ideal time to introduce younger children to classical ballet, potentially sparking an ongoing passion for ballet or simply serving to support a child's sporting, music or other interests through learning the postural control, coordination and other skills which ballet training provides. Curriculum of the summer program includes a variety of elements each designed to build depth of dancing capability, quality of movement, musicality, performance quality and overall skill.

Skills Focus:

  • Flexibility; improving port de bras and extension, splits

  • Developing Strong Core and Introducing a daily Core Exercise Routine

  • Building Musicality & Rhythm

  • Increasing focus on Quality of Movement

  • Learning the Mechanics of the Pirouette

  • Focus on Quality of Movement not Quantity and Speed

  • Learning new Choreography & Variations

  • Building Dancer’s Range through Character Dancing, Ballet Acting & a Variety of Contemporary/Jazz/Modern Styles of Dance

  • Deepening Children’s Appreciation for Classical Ballet through Ballet & Dance History Lessons

  • Increasing Performance Skills through End-of-Camp in Studio Performance

GCCB is devoted to the highest standards of classical ballet instruction and utilizes the Vaganova method of ballet instruction. GCCB’s training environment fosters a culture of individual excellence & professionalism with a spirit of teamwork and collaboration between students and teachers. GCCB’s Greenwich, CT studio is conveniently located downtown, one block from the central Greenwich train station (MetroNorth) and Greenwich Avenue. GCCB instructors are hand-selected based on dedication to true principles of classical ballet instruction, and a proven ability to work well with children of all abilities & backgrounds. Classes are limited in size to ensure quality training.

2019 Dates for Summer Session Run: Monday June 24- Friday August 2 and two pre-summer workshops June 10 - June 21 with afternoon class times. Students may register from one or both sessions and benefit from an end-of-camp performance to showcase their progress to parents and guests.  Audition or director recommendation is required for dancers 14-18 only.

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The Greenwich Conservatory’s 2018 summer program was such a productive & positive experience for our daughter, who is a professional trainee. The instructors are highly technical and true Vaganova method. Each day she said she received numerous individual corrections. This is exactly what we were looking for, because most of the other intensives had very large groups and not a lot of personal attention. The GCCB teachers also had a real sense of investment in our daughter’s long term ballet success. The other students were also great, highly motivated and (but) nice! We look forward to next session and have recommended this intensive to our circle of ballet friends.

Summer Program Curricular Elements:

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  • Technique

  • Pointe

  • PrePointe (11 and under)

  • Jumps

  • Pirouettes/Turns (all ages)

  • Classical Variations (level A)

  • Character Dance (Level A/B)

  • Contemporary Dance (various styles)

  • Improvisation / Ballet Acting (all ages)

  • Ballet Stretch

  • Ballet Conditioning (all ages)

  • Ballet & Dance History (all ages)

  • Pas de Deux (Level A only)

Professional Photography Sessions & Camp Meal Plan

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GCCB is also pleased to announce that Ellyett Photography will be doing individual photo shoots for interested students during the 2019 summer intensive. Sarah Starling is the founder and creative force behind Ellyett and produces beautiful, powerful images that are technically outstanding as well as artistic. Photo sessions can be reserved on the summer programs registration page.

For the convenience of our campers and camp families, GCCB also offers a daily Meal Plan of healthful and wholesome lunches in conjunction with Bella Nonna Catering of Greenwich. Meal Plan costs and details are listed on the registration page.


SUMMER PRE-SEASON PROGRAMS June 10 - June 21

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SESSION #1

DATES: Monday - Friday, June 10th- June 14th

TIMES: Level A classes run 4PM-8PM; Level B 4:30PM- 7:30PM; Level C 3:45PM-4:45PM

TUITION: Level A $550; Level B/C+ $450; Level C $275

CONFIRMED TEACHER: Ms. Inna Yureneva & Ms. Anastasia Babayeva

WORKSHOP DETAILS/SKILLS FOCUS:

This program is timed to kick off the summer break by getting dancers warmed up and ready with new skills and to get competitive dancers ready for their summer intensives.

Inna Yureneva is a Russian-born graduate (2002), of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. While a student in Moscow, Inna performed in numerous productions for the Bolshoi Theater. After completing her studies, she moved with her family to the United States in 2002. Since then, she has performed with numerous national ballet companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York and Lynn Barr Dance Theater among others. Inna is a Certified Teacher in the American Ballet Theater (ABT) National Training Curriculum. In 2015 Inna has received a degree in classical ballet pedagogy from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Inna has extensive experience teaching ballet to students of different ages and skill levels, in national and international contexts. She maintains her relationship with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Artistic Director of the Academy’s annual Summer Intensive program in Connecticut and Teacher Certification Program in New York.

Anastasia Babayeva is a graduate of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow, Russia. She danced professionally with the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia, Chicago Ballet, Richmond Ballet, & International Ballet Classique, PA. She has performed principal roles in great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and others, as well as Balanchine ballets and contemporary works of world renowned choreographers such as K. Peterson, J. Butler, M. Burn, V. Nebrada, C. Connor and many others. She co-founder the Academy of International Ballet. Her students have qualified and won medals in prestigious ballet competitions throughout USA and gone on to dance in professional companies. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award from American Ballet Competition and YAGP in 2007 and 2014. In 2019, Ms. Babayeva was recognized with the Best Teacher Award by the Jewels Festival where her student won the Grand Prix Award. Ms. Babayeva is also a noted costume designer, along with her husband and mother-in-law, creating authentic Russian tutus, tunics and accessories.


There are a multitude of crucial elements that go into the performance of a pirouette. The dancer must balance in a proper passé position, reach a high relevé on the supporting foot, hold the arms in first, engage the core, spot his head, and many more.
— Catherine Harper, Research assistant, the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
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SESSION #2

DATES: Monday - Friday, June 17th- June 21st

TIMES: Level A classes run 4PM-8PM; Level B 4:30-7:30PM; Level C 3:45-5:45 PM

TUITION: Level A $550; Level B $450: Level C $275

CONFIRMED TEACHER: Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya (A/B); B/C Mr. Gleidson Hoffman

WORKSHOP DETAILS/SKILLS FOCUS:

This program is designed to bridge the gap between end of school ballet classes and start of summer intensive. The classes are taught after school hours given some students will still be in school or doing snow makeup days:). This program will focus on overall technique and for the older dancers in intermediate and advanced, the specific focus is to help dancers build & improve their pirouette capability. Specifically, the workshop will focus on:

  • Improving the dancer’s quality of turn(s) and the number of turns they are able to do cleanly and artistically.

  • Learning how to turn from and land in the wide variety of positions necessary to execute intermediate and complex choreography.

  • Learning one or more new classical variations from the classical Russian repertory.

  • Improving musicality and coordination

This program is taught by GCCB’s performance director, Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya, who is one of the leading classical ballet instructors in the United States and who brings a technical understanding of the physics of movement and the sensation of dance to her teaching in an unparalleled way. Liudmila Polonskaya received her ballet training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg from age 10 and completed full academic and ballet education. Upon graduation at age 18, she began her dance career, with Maly Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1995 she graduated with a master degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the Vaganova Academy with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. She was then hired by the Vaganova Academy and taught classical ballet at Vaganova from 1995-2001. Since moving to the U.S., she has taught at Brighton Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Joffrey Ballet. Her students have gone on to dance professionally at the Royal Ballet (London), American Ballet Theatre (NY) and leading ballet companies around the world. Her students have also been awarded important prizes and scholarships in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and the Youth American Grand Prix.

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Gleidson Hoffmann is an internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher and choreographer. He was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil and started dancing professionally as an extra for Sesi-Minas Compania De Danca when he was 13. From there he began dancing with Sesi-Minas corps de ballet and toured extensively throughout Brazil. He went on to dance with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Arizona, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, the New Jersey Ballet. His repertoire includes ensemble roles as well as the male leading roles in Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Harlequinade, La Esmeralda, Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Flames of Paris, La Vivandiere, The Fairy Doll, Cinderella, The Cavalry Halt, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto Barroco, Carnival of the Animals, Carmen, Porgy and Bass, Raymonda, Petit Elfs, Blue Danube Waltz, Staccato, La Fille Mal Gardee, Excerpt from my Life, Charlie Chaplin, Time out of Memory, Mambo Italiano, Topia, and Diversions. 

His awards and honors includes a Gold Medal and Best Choreography Award at World Ballet Competition, USA, a Silver Medal at Youth American Grand Prix Finals NY, USA, the Rudolf Nureyev Award from Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, USA and the Jeannot B. Cerroni Outstanding Artist in Performance Award from the Harid Conservatory, USA.  Gleidson Hoffmann is an American Ballet Theatre ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.    

Mr. Hoffmann is a truly gifted teacher and choreographer. His passion for dance is imported to his students through his dynamic classes which are challenging but also fun for the students. From the youngest dancers to the advanced students, his careful instruction ensures that all make progress and enjoy the process as well. He is an esteemed and established dance artist who inspires his students in the studio and on stage. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to have our children training with him.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2019 SESSIONS #1 & #2, JUNE 24-AUGUST 2

SESSION #I

DATES: Monday - Friday, June 24th- July 12th

TIMES: Level A Runs 12 - 6PM; Level B Runs 10-4PM; Level C Runs 9-1PM

TUITION: $1,600 Level A; $1,500 Level B; $1,350 Level C

CONFIRMED TEACHERS: Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya, Amanda D’Oliveira, Aya Tajimi, Gleidson Hoffmann

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Liudmila Polonskaya received her ballet training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg from age 10 and completed full academic and ballet education. Upon graduation at age 18, she began her dance career, with Maly Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1995 she graduated with a master degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the Vaganova Academy with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. She was then hired by the Vaganova Academy and taught classical ballet at Vaganova from 1995-2001. Since moving to the U.S., she has taught at Brighton Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Joffrey Ballet. Her students have gone on to dance professionally at the Royal Ballet (London), American Ballet Theatre (NY) and leading ballet companies around the world. Her students have also been awarded important prizes and scholarships in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and the Youth American Grand Prix.

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Amanda De Oliveira, originally from São Paulo, Brazil began her training at Ballet Paula Castro and later Escola Municipal de São Paulo. At only ten years old, she moved on her own to NY upon being accepted into the School of American Ballet in Lincoln Center. There she performed in various productions with the New York City Ballet including, Mozartiana, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Circus Polka, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Two years later, after attending ABT summer intensive in NY she was invited to join the JKO school at American Ballet Theatre on a full merit scholarship; under Directors Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. There Amanda culminated her training and bridged the gap to professional. At 15, Amanda received a full scholarship invitation from academy director Marina Leonova to train at the highest level at the Bolshoi Ballet academy in Moscow. Due to a pending offer to join ABT II, Amanda decided to stay in NY. She toured with ABT to several places including England, Swizterland, Italy and Spain. While at ABT, Amanda was awarded the Marjorie Isaacs Dancer award. In 2016, Amanda moved to London for a year, upon receiving an invitation to join a British Arts Council commission tour featuring Royal Ballet choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela. She was one of two women featured in his work and the piece premiered at the Royal Opera House and later toured to Scotland and Lebanon. De Oliveira has also been invited as a principal guest artists in productions and galas all over the US and internationally. Her repertoire includes the Sugarplum fairy in The Nutcracker, Medora in Le Corsair, a shade in La Bayadere, Lilac fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Allegro Brilliante, Interplay, Paquita and several roles in other classical and contemporary ballets. Amanda is an ABT curriculum certified teacher.

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Aya Tajimi is GCCBs ballet conditioning coach and began classic ballet training at the age of four, when she was a child in Tokyo, Japan where she studied and trained in the Vagonova ballet method under Mrs. Hiroko (Ushioda) Murakami of Tani Momoko Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan. She also studied under Ms. Makiko (Ishii) Suzuki of Tokyo City Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan. After started to train under Mr. Hiro Asari at Dancers’ Thera-pit from 2004 in Tokyo, Japan, she joined to NBA (Nihon Ballet Academy) Ballet Company in Saitama, Japan. She performed at not only NBA Ballet Company but also local ballet companies and studios, and danced many lead roles. She has experience teaching classic ballet from age three years-old to adult ages students. She is a certified instructor of Functional Body Workout method of ballet cross-training and a member of the Funbo Association in Japan.


SESSION #2:

DATES: Monday - Friday, July 15th - August 2nd

TIMES: Level A Runs 12 - 6PM; Level B Runs 10-4PM; Level C Runs 9-1PM

COST: $1,600 Level A; $1,500 Level B; $1,350 Level C

CONFIRMED TEACHERS: Natalya Zeiger, Keenan Kampa, Amanda D’Oliveira, Aya Tajimi, Gleidson Hoffmann

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Ms. Zeiger enrolled in Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy at age 10; she joined the famed Bolshoi Ballet Company at age 18, under the direction of celebrated dancer and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich. Here she studied with Maria Semyonova and became respected as a dancer for her lyrical refinement and classical lines. She performed in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, The Golden Age, Ivan the Terrible, Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Stone Flower, Spartacus, Carmen, and the sensual Legend of Love, one of Grigorovich’s first choreographic works.  During this period, Natalya worked with internationally renowned choreographers Roland Petit, Mikhail Lavrovsky, and Vladimir Vasiliev and traveled to 36 countries, including Japan, the United States, Australia, and Europe. Ms. Zeiger earned her Master’s degree as a teacher from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and has been teaching in the United States since 1994. She currently teaches at The Rock School for Dance Education and has coached and staged ballets for the Academy’s pre-professional company. Also, she has staged many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Chopeniana, Giselle, Le Corsaire, and Coppelia. Throughout the years, Ms. Zeiger has coached students for international ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix, Moscow International Ballet Competition (IBC), Varna IBC, and Jackson IBC. Many of her students have won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, landing them prestigious positions in companies such as American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, NYC Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet in London, Finnish Ballet Company and Dresden Ballet Company. Since 2005, Natalya has been an official judge for the Youth American Grand Prix competition.

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Keenan Kampa began dancing at the age of four. She studied at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, Virginia and trained at Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program and American Ballet Theater's summer intensive program (on scholarship).She entered the National Youth Ballet Competition in 2006 and won a gold medal. In 2007, when she was eighteen years old, she was invited to study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, the first American to be admitted. After three years, she graduated at the top of her class and with a full academic and ballet diploma. She accepted a contract with Boston Ballet and after two seasons, she was invited to dance with the Mariinsky Theatre , becoming the first American in history to do so.  Ms. Kampa recently appeared in the 2016 film High Strung as aspiring dancer “Ruby."

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Amanda De Oliveira, originally from São Paulo, Brazil began her training at Ballet Paula Castro and later Escola Municipal de São Paulo. At only ten years old, she moved on her own to NY upon being accepted into the School of American Ballet in Lincoln Center. There she performed in various productions with the New York City Ballet including, Mozartiana, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Circus Polka, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Two years later, after attending ABT summer intensive in NY she was invited to join the JKO school at American Ballet Theatre on a full merit scholarship; under Directors Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. There Amanda culminated her training and bridged the gap to professional. At 15, Amanda received a full scholarship invitation from academy director Marina Leonova to train at the highest level at the Bolshoi Ballet academy in Moscow. Due to a pending offer to join ABT II, Amanda decided to stay in NY. She toured with ABT to several places including England, Swizterland, Italy and Spain. While at ABT, Amanda was awarded the Marjorie Isaacs Dancer award. In 2016, Amanda moved to London for a year, upon receiving an invitation to join a British Arts Council commission tour featuring Royal Ballet choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela. She was one of two women featured in his work and the piece premiered at the Royal Opera House and later toured to Scotland and Lebanon. De Oliveira has also been invited as a principal guest artists in productions and galas all over the US and internationally. Her repertoire includes the Sugarplum fairy in The Nutcracker, Medora in Le Corsair, a shade in La Bayadere, Lilac fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Allegro Brilliante, Interplay, Paquita and several roles in other classical and contemporary ballets. Amanda is an ABT curriculum certified teacher.

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Aya Tajimi is GCCBs ballet conditioning coach and began classic ballet training when she was four in Tokyo, Japan. She studied and trained of the Vagonova ballet method under Mrs. Hiroko (Ushioda) Murakami of Tani Momoko Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan. She also studied under Ms. Makiko (Ishii) Suzuki of Tokyo City Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan. After started to train under Mr. Hiro Asari at Dancers’ Thera-pit from 2004 in Tokyo, Japan, she joined to NBA (Nihon Ballet Academy) Ballet Company in Saitama, Japan. She performed at not only NBA Ballet Company but also local ballet companies and studios, and danced many lead roles. She has experienced to teach classic ballet to three years-old through adult in Japan and is certified instructor of Functional Body Workout.