Pre-Professional Summer Intensive 2024

July 22 – August 9, 2024
Application Process begins January 2, 2024.

$25 Audition Fee

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. Studio Company and Apprentices for the upcoming season are chosen at the Intensive. Classes include 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

Eve Lawson

Eve Lawson is currently a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, having staged Balanchine works internationally for The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet and nationally for Dance Theatre of Harlem and City Ballet of San Diego. Born in Washington, DC, Eve received her training at the School of American Ballet, following which she became a principal dancer with the Kansas City Ballet. In 1988 she joined the Miami City Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Edward Villella.

Eve was appointed Ballet Mistress of the Miami City Ballet in 1994, and named Principal Ballet Mistress in 1998. Between 2003 and 2006, Eve was Ballet Mistress for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Dutch National Ballet, and Associate Director of the New York International Ballet Competition. In 2007, she was named Ballet Mistress for the Norwegian National Ballet. Eve joined The Australian Ballet in 2012 where she served as Ballet Mistress through 2017. From 2018 to 2021 she served as the Ballet Mistress of the Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux and as Guest Ballet Mistress for the Hong Kong Ballet. Among the choreographers she has worked with are Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Alexei Ratmansky, David Bintley, Angelin Preljocaj, Paul Lightfoot, Alexander Ekman, Cynthia Harvey and Christopher Wheeldon.

Daniel Ulbricht

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.

Devon Teuscher

Devon Teuscher
Image by Ken Brower
and Deborah Ory

Devon Teuscher began her ballet training at the age of nine under Deanna Doty of the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy in Champaign, IL. When her family moved to Vermont, she continued her training at the Vermont Ballet Theatre School in Essex, Vermont under the direction of Alex and Kirsten Nagiba. At the age of eleven, Teuscher attended The Kirov Ballet Academy summer intensive. She also attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer intensive on full scholarship for two years.

From 2002 to 2006 Teuscher attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and was a National Training Scholar from 2003 to 2006. In January 2005 at the age of 15, Teuscher relocated to New York City to dance at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship.

Teuscher joined ABT Studio Company in 2006. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008. She became a Soloist in August 2014 and Principal Dancer in September 2017.

Teuscher was nominated for the Clive Barnes Award in 2014 and received the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship in 2016.


Auditions are accepted by video or in person at City Ballet School.

In-person auditions at City Ballet School must be pre-arranged by email. Please contact the school at to arrange a date and time for your audition. You will need to bring all of the items listed below except for the video.

For video auditions, submit the following items to:

  1. Fill out the Application (above) completely and submit in PDF format.
  2. A photo in 1st Arabesque on pointe.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current ballet instructor.
  4. Submit a 10-minute digital video (such as a YouTube link), containing;
    • One side only of each barre exercise (plies, tendus, adagio, grand battement)
    • Center work (tendus, pirouettes, petit allegro, grand allegro)
    • Pointe work (either at the barre or in the center) or a variation from the classical repertoire on pointe
  5. Pay the $25 non-refundable audition fee. (Payable at the link above.)
  6. To hold a spot in the program, send a $325 non-refundable deposit check (personal or cashier’s check) to:
    City Ballet – PO Box 99072 – San Diego, CA 92169
    Important: Auditions are accepted before the deposit is received; however, we cannot hold a spot in the program without a deposit.

You may also mail all of the above materials and send audition by DVD to the mailing address above.

We will send you an email confirmation when we receive your audition. When the results of your audition are ready, we will notify you by email and send you an email registration packet with further instructions.

Audition Fee

There is a non-refundable Audition Fee of $25 payable at the link above, or by check included with audition materials when mailed.


Tuition for the three-week Summer Intensive Program is $1,500 for the Advanced and Intermediate II Levels, and $1,200 for the Intermediate I Level.

A $325 non-refundable tuition deposit must be received for a spot to be held in the program. Balance of tuition is due June 10, 2024 and is non-refundable.

Tuition payments accepted by personal check, cashier’s check, or cash only.


Students are responsible for their own housing during the Summer Intensive. Students 18 years of age and over may stay at local Youth Hostels. Reservations need to be made directly with the selected hostel.

City Ballet of San Diego recommends California Dreams Hostel. Their Pacific Beach location is 743 Emerald St, San Diego, CA 92109, within walking distance to City Ballet’s studios. Call 619-832-1127 or email to reserve housing for 3 weeks during the Summer Intensive.

Class Schedule

Classes are held Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 am and finish at 3:00 pm, followed by two hours of rehearsal until 5:00 pm, in preparation for the performance at the end of the program.


All Classes are held at City Ballet School, located in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego at 941 Garnet Avenue (alley entrance).

For more information e-mail

Free Public Performance

Summer Intensive dancer

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 8:00 pm

The Summer Intensive culminates in a free public performance for all participants in the program.

Epstein Family Amphitheater

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Health and safety protocols are subject to change per San Diego County Dept. of Health mandates.

We highly recommend full COVID-19 vaccination for all students.


If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact City Ballet School Office by email at