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Summer Intensive 2019 | State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet: Training

Summer Intensive 2019

June 24 – July 19, 2019 in Santa Barbara, CA

State Street Ballet’s Summer Intensive is for serious ballet students ages 12-21. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, and strength-building. 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 19, 2019.

Location and Housing

Classes are held at our home studio, The Gail Towbes Center for Dance, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. With over 10,000 square feet of studio space and state-of-the-art suspended floors, this is the perfect place to refine and enhance dance technique and artistry. 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. These accommodations include supervision, meals and transportation. Students may also seek their own housing arrangements.


Tuition for the four-week course is $1975 and the cost for housing and meals is $2500.

A limited number of merit scholarships will be available, and discounted rates will be applied to student chaperones (ages 19 and over).

How to Audition

Attend one of the open auditions shown in the audition schedule. Download the application form (available in January 2019), fill it out, and bring it to the audition along with a headshot, dance photo in first arabesque, and $20 (cash only) for audition fee.

See Audition Schedule 


Rodney Gustafson is a Founder of State Street Ballet, and has been the Artistic Director for over 23 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 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 Director of Education, Mrs. Philipp was the Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.

Kevin Jenkins is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet School and has choreographed works for State Street Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Big Muddy Dance, among others. His work has been praised by Dance Magazine as "riveting" and has been selected to be performed at Jacob's Pillow and numerous other dance festivals. Most recently he was selected as one of four choreographers to participate in 2018's National Choreographers Initiative, and currently teaches and choreographs throughout the country.

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 Ballet Master. She has choreographed several ballets for the company and been a teacher for the Summer Intensive Program for several years.

Sergei Domrachev has been a dancer with State Street Ballet for the past 20 years after graduating from the Perm State Academy in Russia. He has performed as a soloist with the Moscow Classical Ballet and Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and won the Audience Favorite Award at the International Arabesque Competition. Sergei also serves as Ballet Master at State Street 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, Giordano Dance Chicago, and State Street Ballet. Autumn 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. In 2017 she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa, and is now currently on the dance faculty at the University of Arizona.

Edgar Zendejas is based in Montreal, Canada and performed with Ballet Jazz de Montreal for 15 years. He has choreographed on Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, State Street Ballet, the National Circus School in Quebec, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. He is currently the Artistic Director of ezdanza, a contemporary dance company based in Montreal, and choreographs throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico.

Michele Hulse Pearson trained in Los Angeles and at Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship under the direction of Melissa Hayden. She later performed as a soloist with Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre. Michele received her Teaching Certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance and as one of the Examiners for The Royal Academy of Dance she has conducted Examinations worldwide. Michele is on the faculty of State Street Ballet's Professional Track Program, and is a frequent guest teacher throughout Santa Barbara.

Contact Information

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