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

Resident Faculty

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

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.


Audition in Person

Attend a ballet class at City Ballet School – call 858-274-6058 for appropriate class.

$25 non-refundable audition fee

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: