Ballet East Seeks Top Talent to Attend the 2017 Summer Intensive

One of South Florida's finest training schools, Ballet East seeks top talent for the 2017 Summer Intensive. This season marks 46th anniversary of the school's existence. Ballet East is known for providing top quality training to students in South Florida. Recent graduates of the program (ages 14-17) went on to attend outstanding finishing schools such as Houston Ballet Academy, School of American Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. International success can be found with Alum Alex Anderson who was recently offered a contract with Nederlands Dans Theatre 1 after preforming with NDT2 company for several years.     

The current list of world-renown instructors that will be teaching during the intensive received their training/experience from the following: Marcie Bowers-Russo, USA; Doreen Cafarella, USA; Elena Kiyanenko-Chiet, Russia; Oxana Kiyanenko, Austria/Russia; Andréa Mafra Gregori, Brazil; Bree Nasby, USA; Chelsea Nasby, USA, Alla Nikitina, Ukraine; Olivier Pardina, France.

The program will run for advanced students from July 17th - August 11th, 2017. Two audition options are available Saturday February 25th and Saturday March 11th ages 9+. For more information please visit

Classes will include Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Character, Pilates, Yoga, Strength and Stretch and Rhythmic Gymnastic disciplines. Additional classes are offered to enhance dance education and include Dance History, Costuming, Nutrition and Repwork.  

Select advanced students attending 4-Week Program (July 17th - August 11th) or the 2-Week Option 2 (July 31st - August 11th) will be invited to perform contemporary works on camera by award winning Ballet East Director Chelsea Nasby.

Advanced Students auditioning will be eligible for select scholarships. Students auditioning will also be considered for the Ballet East Pre-Professional Program and Accelerated Training Program for the 2017-2018 Season.

Ballet East Sudents Receive Top Honors at Universal Ballet Competition

Students of Ballet East were honored at the 4th Annual Universal Ballet Competition that took place February 18th – 19th in Miramar, FL. Among the top finishers were Ballet East students Shea Siben, who took the 3rd place in the junior contemporary competitive category and Daisia Pulz took 3rd place in the senior contemporary competitive category.

In addition, multiple Ballet East Students were honored with Top 15 achievements in both classical and contemporary categories. Students Erica Borden, Junior Division (4th), Isabella Tome, Junior Division (10th), Andrea Mish, Senior Division (5th), Olivia Capasso, Senior Division (11th), Evelyn Borden, Senior Division (12th) placed among the top finishers the classical competitive ballet division. In the competitive contemporary division, students Erica Borden, Junior Division (6th), Isabella Tome, Junior Division (7th), Olivia Capasso Senior Competitive (4th), Andrea Mish, Senior Division (7th) and Alexis Genzone, Senior Competitive (9th) were among those to received top honors.  

In the junior competitive ensemble division, Ballet East piece titled Don Giovanni, choreographed by Chelsea placed 1st and was awarded a $100 Capezio Award of Excellence. In addition, ensemble piece titled Tyll choreographed by Chelsea Nasby took 3rd place in the junior competitive ensemble division.

In addition to the high achievements, Ballet East students Parker Geraghty, Shea Siben, Angelina Sierra were granted acceptance into the Sarasota Ballet Summer Intensive. A 50% Scholarship to Move the Initiative were awarded to Olivia Capasso and Daisia Pulz.  Olivia Capasso and Angelina Sierra were also awarded with a 50% Scholarship to Modas Dance Summer Intensive. 

Universal Ballet Competition’s (UBC) vision is to be recognized as the nation’s premier ballet competition bridging exceptionally talented dancers of all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds with quality dance education, opportunities in dance, and professional careers.

Ballet East is now accepting students from ages 2.5-pre-professional for their summer sessions. Auditions for the Ballet East Summer Intensive will take place on February 25th and March 11th, 2017 (click here for more info). In addition, Ballet East Youth Ensemble Members will participate in the premier production of Coppélia June 16th and 17th, 2017 held at the Eissey Campus Theatre. For more information please contact Ballet East at 561.683.0096 or