GCCB’s summer intensive has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. The high level of ballet instruction with the teachers’ attention to detail and the individual corrections demonstrates their dedication to the art of ballet.

summer programs

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. Additionally, the summer program is 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.

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GCCB is devoted to the highest standards of classical ballet instruction and utilizes primarily the Vaganova method of ballet instruction. As well, the training environment is paramount. GCCB fosters a culture of individual excellence and professionalism, as well as 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. Curriculum of the summer program includes:

  • Technique,

  • Pointe/PrePointe,

  • Variations & Repertoire,

  • Character, Contemporary, Improvisation and

  • Ballet Stretch & Conditioning.

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.


SUMMER PRE-SEASON PROGRAMS June 10 - June 21

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SESSION #1

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

TIMES: Level A/B classes run 4PM-8PM; Level B/C+ 4:30PM- 7:30PM; Level C 3:30PM-5:00PM

TUITION: Level A/B $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.L


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SESSION #2

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

TIMES: Level A/B classes run 4PM-8PM; Level B/C+ 4:30-7:30PM; Level C 3:30-5:00 PM

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

CONFIRMED TEACHER: Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya (A/B); B/C+ TBD

WORKSHOP DETAILS/SKILLS FOCUS:

This program is taught by Liudmila Polonskaya This workshop - timed to get competitive dancers ready for the summer intensive season - is designed to help intermediate and advanced dancers build & improve their pirouette and dance one or more classical variations. 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.

This program is taught by GCCB’s performance director, Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya, graduate of and former teacher at the Vaganova Academy with a masters in classical pedagogy from VBA. Ms. Polonskaya is one of the leading classical ballet instructors in the United States, and brings a technical understanding of the physics of movement and the sensation of dance to her teaching in an unparalleled way.


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

CONFIRMED TEACHERS: Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya, Amanda D’Oliveira

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.

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.


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

CONFIRMED TEACHERS: Natalya Zeiger & Keenan Kampa

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.

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."