Summer Intensive

Two Week Intensive: July 28th through August 8th, 2014

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 Date: April 27th, 3:00p, Registration 2:00p

  • $25 on-site audition fee, $30 DVD audition fee
  • Headshot and first arabesque photo are required.
  • Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes and must  include ballet center work consisting of pirouettes,  adagio, petite and 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.


“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

For more information, see our brochure!

Guest Teachers

We are excited to announce two guest teachers for our Summer Intensive!

July 28th-August 1st

jbc headshotJoshua Blake Carter originally from Atlanta, GA, received his early dance training from the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts in Mableton, GA.  He continued his studies at the University of Arizona under the direction of Jory Hancock, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Cum Laude as well as the Outstanding Senior Award from the School of Dance.  While living in Arizona, Joshua founded dance in the RED – an evening of dance, music and art to benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.  With a continued interest in choreography, Joshua became a finalist in the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA, in 2008.  The following year he was selected as the winner of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s national choreography competition, dancemakers2.0, and in the spring of 2013, he was one of six winners commissioned to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves choreography competition.  Other commissions include: Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Artifact Dance Project and Glendale Community College, where he was an Artist in Residence in the fall of 2012.  Since 2010, Joshua has been a company member of Giordano Dance Chicago, the original American jazz dance company, where he has had the opportunity to tour nationally and abroad performing works by Brock Clawson, Autumn Eckman, Nan Giordano, Christopher Huggins, Liz Imperio, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels and more.  He also serves as the Director to GDC’s second company, Giordano II.   In addition to performance and choreography, Joshua is a passionate dance educator and teaches at schools across the U.S. each year, as well as in several Chicago dance institutions.

August 4th-8th

Samm headshot smallSamantha Shelton received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with Anita Young (Royal Ballet) and at the Cecchetti International program in England. For the past fifteen years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. Currently, she is on faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives and teaches full time for Rochester School of Dance/Michigan Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed for the professional ballet programs at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, directed by former ABT principal, Michael Owen, and was on faculty for three summers at Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets, including the Grand Pas from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, also principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alma College for two years and has been on the ballet faculties at Wayne State University and the Detroit Opera House, where she was the artistic director for the Detroit Opera House’s Civic Dance Ensemble. Samantha holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant, and a B.A. in Political Science also from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recently, she was elected, for a second three year term, to the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors and in May 2012 spent three weeks in Taiwan, teaching and presenting a piece of choreography for Tainan University. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Training Program.