Please check back in November, 2016, for information on our audition tour.

June 13 to July 8, 2016 in Santa Barbara

State Street Ballet's Summer Intensive is for serious ballet students age 12–21. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, partnering, modern, jazz, character, and strength-building classes. We provide students with the opportunity to learn and perform excellent choreography, which ranges from classical to contemporary in style. The artistry of dance is expressed through choreography, and we place a strong emphasis on its value. Our Summer Intensive Program culminates in a fully staged performance that friends and families can attend on Friday July 8, 2016 at 6:00pm. The cost for this program is $1800 for tuition and $1975 for room & board and transportation.

Location and Housing
Classes are held at our home studio, The Gail Towbes Center for Dance.  With over 10,000 square feet of space and state-of-the-art suspended floors, our beautiful studios are conveniently situated in Santa Barbara. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and backed by magnificent mountains, Santa Barbara is safe and easy to get around.
Accommodations for Summer Intensive participants are available at the University of California at Santa Barbara, a short bus ride from our studio. Students may stay in dormitory suites, with bedding and towels available. Accommodations include supervision, meals, and transportation. Counselors are available to assist students and handle any medical emergency that may arise. Students may also seek their own housing arrangements.

How to Audition
Attend one of the open auditions shown in the audition schedule at right. Download the application, fill it out, and bring it to the audition along with a headshot, dance photo in first arabesque, and $20 (cash only) for the audition fee.

Contact Information
State Street Ballet
2285 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: 805 845 1432
Fax: 805 682 6003

Rodney Gustafson is a Founder of State Street Ballet, and has been the Artistic Director for over 20 years. He is a former member of the American Ballet Theater, and has worked closely with Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and many others. He was the director of the ABT Summer Intensive Program in Austin, Texas, and is an ABT-certified teacher at the highest level. Mr. Gustafson has a BS and an MA in Business Administration.

Megan Philipp graduated from Butler University with a BA in Dance Pedagogy, and after a career as a freelance artist in New York City, graduated from New York University with a Master's Degree in Dance Education and a focus in ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Prior to being State Street Ballet's Director of Education, Mrs. Philipp was the Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.

Drew Sandbulte graduated from the Perpich Center Arts High School in Minneapolis and studied at Juilliard, where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiři Kylián. Upon receiving his BFA, he went on to dance for Montreal’s Les Ballets Jazz and Ez Danza. He currently teaches dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami.

Marina Fliagina was born in Russia and graduated from Perm State College of Choreography. She has performed roles in all of the famous classical ballets and has toured internationally with the Russian Imperial Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet, and the Moscow Festival Ballet. She joined State Street Ballet as a principal dancer, and in 2001 she was promoted to Ballet Master. She has choreographed several ballets for the company and been a teacher for the Summer Intensive program for several years.

Gary McKenzie is one of the founding dancers of State Street Ballet, and currently a Ballet Master with the company. He has choreographed ballets for numerous companies, including State Street Ballet. Mr. McKenzie received his training in part at the Harkness House in New York, and danced professionally with Ballet Florida, Santa Barbara Ballet, and San Diego Ballet.

Autumn Eckman received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy and Atlanta Ballet. She is a former member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well as State Street Ballet. Autumn danced and served as Resident Choreographer and Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago II. She has created original works for many contemporary and classical dance companies nationwide, and in 2014 she was State Street Ballet’s Artist-in-Residence, creating a reimagined version of Scheherazade. She is currently a member of The Cambrians, and is also pursuing her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa.