Summer Intensive

Two Week Summer Intensive: August 1-12, 2016

Tendu Devant smallThe School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s mission is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of our students by providing a supportive environment of dance study to motivate and inspire. The 2-week summer intensive is designed to give serious students an opportunity to train under MCB’s Artistic Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, as well as guest teachers from across the country.  Students will enjoy a rigorous schedule, dancing 6-7 hours a day, focusing on ballet and modern technique, supplemented by Pilates, jazz, and contemporary repertoire, culminating with an end-of-program performance.



Audition Tour

COCA Center of Creative Arts
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Pre-register at
Audition fee $45

January 16, 2016
Registration for dancers ages 11-12 9-10a
Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition 10a-12p

Registration for dancers ages 13-14 12-1p
Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition 1-3:30p

Registration for dancers ages 14-15 3:30-4:30p
Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition 4:30-7p

January 17, 2016

Registration for dancers ages 16-17 9-10a
Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition 10a-12:30p

Registration for dancers ages 17+ (HS Seniors, College, Trainee) 12:30-1:30p
Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition 1:30-4p

Kansas City Ballet School-Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Audition Fee $20

February 28, 2016
Registration for dancers ages 11+ 12:30-1p
Ballet/Pointe/Repertoire Audition 1-3p

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
110 Orr Street, Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
Audition Fee $20

April 3, 2016
Registration for dancers ages 11+ 2:30-3p
Ballet/Pointe/Repertoire Audition 3-5p

Audition Requirements

Resume, headshot, and first arabesque photo are required.

If you are unable to attend an on-site audition, you may submit a DVD to:
110 Orr Street, Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
$30 DVD Audition fee

Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes and must include ballet
center work consisting of pirouettes, adagio, petite & grand allegro,
and pointe work. A contemporary solo (no longer than 1 minute) is
also preferred.

Results will be sent within three weeks of the audition.


Full 2-week attendance or partial attendance permitted
2 weeks: $630.00
Weekly Rate: $350.00
$100 non-refundable deposit (credited toward tuition) due by June 1st.
Balance due by July 1st, 2015. Receive a 10% discount by paying 2 weeks
in full by May 1st.

Scholarships available.


“The MCB summer intensive was a great experience. Dancing all day gives it the same feel of a large institution, yet you get great one-on-one attention here. I highly recommend it for anyone who aspires to dance or wants to get a feel for dancing professionally.” — Camille Laboile, ballet student 2013

“I appreciated getting to work with great teachers, and I can’t wait till next  summer.” — Helena Jordheim, ballet student 2013

“Last summer, I attended the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive. It was a fantastic chance to take class and learn repertoire at a high level and see improvement in just two weeks, and it was a safe environment to grow as an artist and benefit from the diverse faculty. In addition to personalized feedback and corrections, we also had a brief lecture on how best to take care of the body while dancing at a professional or college level. Skills such as managing nutrition and preventing or recovering from injury are often forgotten but are essential tools for every dancer. The rigorous schedule prepared me well for the university schedule I am now in the midst of and equipped me to continue making the most out of every class I’ve taken since.”

–Stephanie Bonham, ballet student 2014

I am currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan. This past summer I attended the MCB’s summer intensive. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far in my dancing education. I stayed with an amazing host family and their four adorable dogs. They were very welcoming and made the transition and stay comfortable. My host family made me feel very at home and even helped me experience Missouri. While attending MCB’s intensive, I was fortunate enough to not only take classes from MCB’s company dancers and director Karen Grundy, but also from two guest artists, Megan Pulfer and Peter Pawlyshyn. All of the instructors gave me feedback that helped me grow as a dancer. Megan instructed with impeccable technique and artistic choreography, while Peter was inspiration in work ethic and had a true gift for helping me understand and apply corrections to my ballet technique. Overall I was truly impressed by the personal attention and care that was given to all the students in the program, from the first contact through to the final presentation. My MCB experience was phenomenal and I feel that it shaped me into a more confident and strong dancer.

–Sarah Byington, ballet student 2015