The Rock School Summer Intensive is a selective, audition-only program that immerses aspiring dancers in a minimum of three classes per day, plus rehearsals, plus classes on Saturdays for Levels 3-6. The Rock School offers classes in adagio, men's & women's variations, pointe, repertoire, injury prevention, a contemporary, Fast Forward & more.
Philadelphia: Our beloved home
With over fifteen premier dance companies, Philadelphia's booming contemporary dance industry gives Fast Forward Students the opportunity to connect with both budding choreographers and seasoned company directors. Philadelphia is America's only World Heritage City, and in 2015, was named the New York Time's #3 city in the world to visit. Our universities boast top ranked dance programs, our museums are home to the worlds most precious art, and our performance venues have hosted the most premier dance and theater companies in the world.
The Rock School: Excellence in Dance Education
Winner of 11 consecutive Outstanding School awards from Youth America Grand Prix, The Rock School currently has alumni in every major ballet company in The United States, in Europe and on Broadway. The Rock School focuses on a mission of excellence and the nurturing of young dancers. Our students learn patience, persistence, attention to detail, discipline, teamwork, and self motivation. The school's exceptional faculty, individual attention, unique in-house Academic program, residence, and overall dedication to developing young artists attracts students from around the globe.
SUMMER GUEST FACULTY
Karin Averty - formerly Paris Opera
Rachel Butler - Huntsville Ballet Director
Joaquin de Luz - New York City Ballet
Esteban Hernandez - San Francisco Ballet
Jeanette Kakareka - Bayerisches Staatsballett
Sarah Lapointe - Charlotte Ballet
Chase O'Connell - Ballet West
Eric Otto - formerly ABT, NYCB
Philip M. Otto - Huntsville Ballet Director
Rachel Richardson - American Ballet Theatre
Beckanne Sisk - Ballet West
Tomoha Terada - Ektarinaberg Ballet
Daniel Ulbricht - New York City Ballet
APPROXIMATE HOURS OF DANCING PER WEEK
Amended class times for July 4 and Showcase performance days
15 hrs ballet technique
4-5 hrs pointe (an alternative dance class is offered once a week, subject to change)
7.5 hrs rehearsal (for 5/6 week students)
Levels 3/3X AM*
16 hrs ballet technique
4.5-5.5 hrs pointe
8-10 hrs rehearsal (for 5/6 week students)
Levels 3X PM*-6
17 hrs technique
4-6 hrs pointe
1-1.5 hrs Partnering
10 hrs rehearsal
(for 5/6 week students
Subject to change
*AM/PM distinction for level 3X is determined by the number of weeks the student attends. 2, 3 & 4 week students are AM. 5 & 6 week students are PM. 1 week students are not split into AM/PM.
SUMMER PERFORMANCES: 5 & 6-week students have the opportunity to perform on stage at The Mann Center and Seaport Museum. No audition is needed. No extra fee required.
WEEKEND OUTINGS: Fun, supervised events for the students such as a trip to: NYC including the Broadway musical, Carousel, choreographed by NYCB's, Justin Peck; America's first zoo; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom; 4th of July Fireworks, end of summer Dinner Cruise, and more!
HOW TO BECOME A ROCK SCHOOL SUMMER BALLET INTENSIVE STUDENT:
STEP ONE: AUDITION
Students must audition and be accepted to attend our Summer Intensive.
There are three ways to audition; master-class (part of the audition tour), video audition, or in-class audition.
Audition Fee: $40 - on site
$30 - Pre-Registered audition tour dancers save $10
STEP TWO: REGISTRATION
After exploring all of our 2018 program offerings...
...CREATE YOUR ROCK SCHOOL ACCOUNT &
By clicking the link above, you can create or update your Rock School Account through Studio Director.
Paper registration is also available and is required for scholarship students.
If you received a split level placement, i.e. 3/3X or 4X/5, register for the first level written.
Residence, Academics, and Fast Forward Dance registration is also available through your Rock School account/ paper registration.
STEP THREE: PAY FEES, TUITION, AND BOARD
Payment of the registration fee, tuition, room and board are done through your Rock School Account or by check mailed to The Rock School.
- Installments - Three equal payments (excluding fees, which are due with the first installment)
Installment Dates: March 15, April 15, & May 15
- Pay in Full - If you pay your balance in full within 3 weeks of your acceptance, you will receive 5% off of your ballet tuition.
STEP FOUR: REVIEW POLICIES & COMPLETE RELEASE FORMS
Please read and review The Rock School's policies for 2018 Summer.
The following forms are required for all students to attend 2018 Summer
Medical Release Forms, Emergency Contact, Care Waiver, Photo/Video/Audio/Interview Release Form, Transportation Waiver, Statement of Responsibility Agreement, and Housing Waiver and Policy Agreement (not required for commuters.)