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Summer Intensive 2021 | State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet: Training

Summer Intensive 2021

June 28 - July 16, 2021 in Santa Barbara, CA 

(Class sizes are limited to ensure personal attention)

State Street Ballet's Summer Intensive is for dedicated dance students, ages 13-22. The ideal program to strengthen your technique and enhance your artistry, this training session offers daily classes in ballet, modern, pas de deux, pointe, jazz, and conditioning, with the afternoons focused on learning new choreography by our world-class faculty. Classes run Monday through Saturday, 9:30am - 3:30pm, and the program culminates in a fully-staged performance for family and friends on July 16, 2021. 


$1500 - Merit scholarships will be available.

We cannot offer housing this year, but can assist in helping you find accommodations.

How to Audition?

Video audition submissions are currently still being accepted. The deadline to register is May 15. 



Summer Intensive Faculty

Rodney Gustafson is a Founder of State Street Ballet, and has been the Artistic Director for over 25 years. He is a former member of American Ballet Theatre, 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 also has 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 she graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Dance Education, with a focus in ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Prior to being State Street Ballet's Professional Track Director, Mrs. Philipp was the Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.

Nilas Martins, trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet where he was a principal dancer for many years. He has taught at Harvard University, Miami City Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Washington Ballet, and New York City Ballet. Mr. Martins is also a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, staging ballets for companies and schools throughout the United States and around the world. 

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, and the Moscow Festival Ballet. She joined State Street Ballet as a principal dancer, and in 2001 she was promoted to Repertory Director. She has choreographed several ballets for the company and been a teacher for the Summer Intensive Program for several years.

Aaron Smyth has been a company member with American Ballet Theatre II In New York, The Royal Ballet in London and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as well as an original cast member in London's West End production of An American In Paris, choreographed and directed by Christopher Wheeldon. He has received many dance awards, the most recent one being the Special Jury prize for Best Performer at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition. Mr. Smyth was featured in the ballet documentary First Position, performed as the Snow Cavalier in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and recently finished performing in an Australian tour of Billy Elliot the Musical, as the Older Billy. He is the founding director of the company Dance For Humanity.

Cecily Stewart MacDougall, serves as the Director of Education for State Street Ballet and is the Founder and Director of Library Dances, part of State Street Ballet’s educational outreach program. She danced professionally with New York Theatre Ballet, Allegro Theatre Company, Richmond Ballet, and State Street Ballet. Cecily has choreographed numerous pieces for State Street Ballet. She received the Indy Award for Anne’s Window in 2015, and in 2020 earned the Apogee Award for her successful arts outreach initiatives. Cecily graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College and is an ABT Certified Teacher.

Contact Information

State Street Ballet
2285 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: 805 845 1432