Pre-Professional Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive 2021

July 26 – August 13
Application Process begins January 4, 2021

The City Ballet of San Diego Summer Intensive is known world wide as one of the finest programs of its kind. Each summer students come from all over the globe to study with our world famous guest artists and our resident faculty. The program is designed to provide superlative training for serious students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels

The three-week Intensive is open to intermediate and advanced pre-professional students ages 11-24 with three graded levels. There are limited spaces in each level. Admittance is by audition only. Trainees and Apprentices for the upcoming season are chosen at the Intensive. Classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, Pilates, jazz and contemporary. The Intensive culminates in a free public performance.

Resident Faculty

  • Artistic Director: Steven Wistrich
  • Resident Choreographers: Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez
  • Company Members: Arianna Gonzalez, Natalie Test

Guest Faculty

Daniel Ulbricht

July 26 – 30

Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. Mr. Ulbricht is the Creative Director of NYCB’s Family Saturdays program. Additionally, he serves as artistic advisor to Manhattan Youth Ballet and is the artistic director of the New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Paloma Herrera

August 2 – 6

Paloma Herrera
Paloma Herrera was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began her training at the age of seven. In January 1991, having just turned 15 years old, she moved to New York and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet. After only six months, she joined the American Ballet Theatre and, in 1995, became the youngest Principal Dancer in American Ballet Theatre history at age 19. She has appeared in ballets ranging from Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake, to Apollo, The Prodigal Son, and Stepping Stones. She has appeared as Guest Artist with great ballet companies around the world, including New York City Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro Colon, and National Ballet of Cuba, to name a few. She retired from American Ballet Theatre at the end of November 2015, right before turning 40. She moved back to her home, Buenos Aires – Argentina, and continued to teach all over the world. In 2016 she wrote her autobiography that was presented at Feria del Libro in 2017, that same year also launched her own perfume “Paloma Herrera” and in 2019 “Paloma Herrera Passion” her second fragrance. In Argentina, she has been awarded: Konex de Platino, Maria Ruanova and distinctions by the Honorable Camara de Diputados de La Nación, Medalla del Bicentenario by the city government of the Buenos Aires, among many others. Since 2012 she has been a member of the gallery of popular idols of the Argentine Government House. In 2017 she became the artistic director of Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon where the company has grown immensely since her arrival.

Sarah Lane

August 9 – 12

Sarah Lane
Sarah Lane in Swan Lake. Photo: Gene Schiavone,

Born in San Francisco, California, Sarah Lane began her dance training in Memphis, Tennessee under the direction of Pat Gillispie at the Memphis Classical Ballet. When her family moved to Rochester, New York, she continued instruction with Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education. When Lane was 16, she received a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet’s Summer Program. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first place and the Capezio Class Excellence Award at the North American Ballet Festival. In 2002, Lane was a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Dance/Ballet, and through YoungArts became a 2002 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Lane was the Silver Medalist, the highest medal in the Junior Division, at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (2002). During the competition, she traveled to Washington, D. C. to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. That same year, Lane also won the Bronze Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. Lane joined American Ballet Theatre’s studio company in 2002, joined the main company as an apprentice in August 2003, became a member of the Company’s corps de ballet in April 2004 and was appointed a Soloist in July 2007 and Principal Dancer in 2017. Her roles with the Company include Manon in Manon, Giselle and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Odette/Odile, Pas de Trois and Four Cygnets in Swan Lake, Nikiya and a Shades soloist in La Bayadère, Galya in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Spring in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Blossom in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Other Dances, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Vera in A Month in the Country, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, one of Juliet’s friends in Romeo and Juliet, Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, the Fairy of Charity and the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, a Goat in Sylvia, the Principal in Theme and Variations, Spectre de la Rose and roles in Bach Partita, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Glow-Stop, In the Upper Room, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Souvenir d’ un lieu Cher, Sinatra Suite, Some Assembly Required, Principal in Symphony in C, With A Chance of Rain, etc. She created the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Miranda in The Tempest, Princess Praline in Whipped Cream, Columbine in Harlequinade, Spring Rose in Seasons and a role in Demis Volpi’s Private Light.


Audition in Person

We are currently only accepting auditions by video.

Audition by Video

Submit a 10-minute DVD or digital video (such as YouTube link), containing

  • One side only of each barre exercise (piles, tendus, adagio, grand battement); and
  • Center work (tendus, pirouettes, petit allegro, grand allegro); and
  • Pointe work (either at the barre of in the center) or a variation from the classical repertoire on pointe

$25 non-refundable audition fee.


Tuition for the three-week Summer Intensive program is $1,300 for the Advanced and Intermediate II levels, and $1,000 for the Intermediate I level. A $300 nonrefundable tuiton deposit must accompany the application. Balance of tuition is due June 15, 2021 and is non-refundable.


A limited number of spaces are available with host families for students under the age of 18. The cost for room and board with a host family is $900. A $300 nonrefundable housing deposit is due with application. The balance of the housing fee is to be paid directly to the host family by July 25, 2021. Students 18 years of age and over may stay at local Youth Hostels. Make reservations directly with the selected hostel.

Class Schedule

Classes are held Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 am and finish at 3:00pm, followed by two hours of rehearsal in preparation for the performance at the end of the program.

Studios are located in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego at 941 Garnet Avenue (alley entrance).

For more information call 858.274.6058 or e-mail: