Summer Intensive

Two Week Summer Intensive: August 3-14, 2015

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 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.

Guest Faculty

Megan Pulfer August 3-7

Megan Pulfer Headshot

Megan Pulfer began her training at Huntington Academy of Dance studying the classical ballet Cecchetti method under Marnell Himes-Ushijima.  At 16 she was accepted to North Carolina School of the Arts to study ballet. Immediately after graduation Megan began her dancing career with Cedar Lake 2. She then became one of the founding dancers of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and later free-lanced with Quixotic in Kansas City.

In 2010 Megan went abroad to Israel for the MASA Dance Journey under Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.  A year later she was hired by Kamea Dance Company and lived in Be’er Sheva, Israel for two years.  While dancing with Kamea she danced in 6 different shows performing 70-100 shows in a year all over Israel.

Megan is currently dancing for Clairobscur Dance Company, in Los Angeles. She is also currently the Co-Artistic Director of the youth company, Ballet Etudes, and the Artistic Director and choreographer of Emergent Dance Company – both based in Huntington Beach. Megan is honored to teach for MCB’s summer intensive and is excited to be giving back to her MCB family.


Peter Pawlyshyn August 10-14


Mr. Pawlyshyn has recently been the School Director at Kansas City Ballet. Before joining Kansas City Ballet School, Peter served for six years as associate artistic director/ballet master of Eugene Ballet, in Eugene, Oregon.

Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Mr. Pawlyshyn graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and later joined the Company. His teachers included Julia Arkos and David Moroni. Mr. Pawlyshyn also holds a Graduate Certificate from the PavloVirskyCharacterAcademy in Kiev, Ukraine.

In his career he has danced with Louisville Ballet and Nevada Dance Theater, also serving as Assistant Ballet Master. He has appeared as Principal Guest Artist with Boston Ballet and was invited  to join the staff of the Boston Ballet School. He spent seven very successful years at the school as a teacher and coach.

He has been a guest teacher at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi, Hartford Ballet, Joffrey Ballet II, Atlanta Ballet, HarvardUniversity, University of Iowa, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, the Cecchetti Council of America, Cecchetti Society of Canada, Dance Masters of America and the Royal Academy of Dance. Mr. Pawlyshyn has coached and restaged numerous ballets. He has choreographed such ballets as Cinderella, La Boutique Fantasque, Natalia (an original full length) and Tango.


“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