International Summer Ballet Intensive

July 9th  to August 6th, 2022



The International Summer Ballet Intensive takes place at the studios and company headquarters of Atlantic Ballet Canada, an international professional touring company located in Moncton, New Brunswick, on the East Coast of Canada. Students from all over the world come to Atlantic Ballet in order to immerse themselves in a professional training environment led by an international faculty. The 4-week intensive program offers an unparalleled experience and an intensive, high level of instruction for the serious-minded ballet student. The program also provides a broader dance experience through exposure to various choreography and contemporary classes. It is an opportunity to develop and grow under the expertise of world-renowned faculty and guest teachers, culminating in a Gala performance.

The International Summer Ballet Intensive is open to students who will be between the ages of 12 and 18 when the program begins. ACCEPTANCE IS BY AUDITION ONLY.

Deadline for auditions is February 1st , 2022 for internationals students, March 27th, 2022 for Canadian students. Auditions can be made by video or in person. [email protected]1-506-383-5951 extension 101

The Curriculum

• Classical Ballet Technique
• Pointe
• Character
• Partnering
• Variations
• Men’s Conditioning
• Contemporary and Improvisation
• Stretch & Strength
• Coaching
• Music Appreciation
• Music History

Students will also have classes in nutrition, injury prevention, and wellness.



Anna-Marie Holmes is a Canadian ballet dance director, choreographer and educator, and her professional spectrum spans 30 countries across the world. She was a soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1960 to 1962 and a guest performer with the Kirov Ballet during the early 1960s – the first North American dancer invited to perform with them. Holmes has also performed with the London Festival Ballet, the Scottish Ballet, the Berlin State Opera, the Dutch National Ballet, the Chicago Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In 1985, after retiring from  performing, she joined the Boston Ballet as ballet mistress and was named that company’s artistic director in 1997. She also served as Dean of Faculty for the Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education. Holmes received an Emmy Award in 2000 for her staging of Le Corsaire for PBS. She has taught at The Royal Ballet in London, the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. Holmes was the founder and co-artistic director of the International Academy of Dance Costa do Sol in Portugal. She has been artistic director of the School of the USA International Ballet Competition in Mississippi. Holmes has also been Director of the Ballet Program at the Jacob’s Pillow dance festival. She is well known for her restaging of classic ballets, such as Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker for many of the world’s most esteemed companies including ABT, Norwegian National Ballet, La Scala, Hong Kong Ballet, and English National Ballet.


Igor Dobrovolskiy is a prolific choreographer – having created fifteen full-length ballets and over
50 short works in almost 20 years. His creative work catapulted the Company he co-founded in 2001, Atlantic Ballet of Canada, onto the international stage. The Company tours regularly throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Igor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pedagogy of ballet, dance and, choreography from the Kiev National University of the Arts. His extensive professional career has taken him across Europe and South America. In addition to directing and choreography, Mr. Dobrovolskiy sits on provincial and national juries and has taught in South America, Europe, United States and Canada.



Ballerina and choreographer, Yuliia Shevchenko graduated from Kiev State Ballet Academy and joined the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in kiev. She performed in numerous ballets including many of the classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker and Carmen. In 2002, Shevchenko joined the Atlantic
Ballet. After retiring from a successful performance career Yuliia assumed the position of Principal of the dance Division of the School of Atlantic Ballet. She is a seasoned educator with over 10 years of teaching and coaching  experience in Canada and Europe.



Ramona Pansegrau is the Music Director and Conductor for the Kansas City Ballet. Prior to being invited to Kansas City, she was principal pianist/solo pianist for Boston Ballet and music director/solo pianist/conductor for Tulsa Ballet. Since 1992, she has also been Music Director and pianist for the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. She conducted for the 2012 opening of Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the world premiere of Tom Sawyer, with a commissioned score by Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston, and premiered the Wizard of Oz by Septime Webre with a new score by Mathew Pierce. Her ballet arrangements are in the repertories of companies around the world. She is also guest conductor for the Orlando Ballet. She is currently working on a new full-length Jekyll and Hyde ballet with choreographer Val Caniparoli which will premiere November 2020 with the Finnish National Ballet. She will be teaching our music appreciation and history classes as well as accompanying classes with live music.


Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada in 2012. Prior to coming to Canada he was dancing as a soloist with the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg. He trained and graduated from the esteemed Kazakh National Academy of Arts and went on as a principal dancer with the National Academic Ballet of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Center of Contemporary Dance and the Crown of Russian Ballet Moscow. Eldiyar also has a degree in Teaching and Choreography from the National Academy of Art in Almaty, Kazakhstan and is now the rehearsal assistant & resident teacher for Atlantic Ballet and the School of Atlantic Ballet since 2018.


A member of the Company from 2003 to 2019, Yuriko Diyanova left a career as a classical soloist in Japan to join Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada. A prize winner at several ballet competitions, she has an extensive classical repertoire which includes principal and soloist roles. Yuriko earned critical notice for her performance as Merlin’s mother in the company’s third original ballet of the same name. Other roles with Atlantic Ballet include: Marcelina in FIGARO and Mozart’s first love in AMADEUS, the principal role of Christine in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and in Igor  Dobrovolskiy’s interpretation of CARMEN.


Move-in day (boarding students only): July 9th, 2022
First day of classes: Monday, July 11th, 2022
Last day of classes, Friday August 5th or 6th, 2022
Gala Performance: Ballet by the Ocean site:  August 5th or 6th, 2022
Move-out day (boarding students only):
August 7th, 2022
Atlantic Ballet of Canada
68 Highfield Street, Suite 200
Moncton, NB, Canada E1C 5N3
Tuition (Canadian): contact us for information
Tuition (International): $4,125
Food/Housing (boarding students only):
$2,230 (includes housing, food, transportation within Moncton)
Please contact us directly for more details.


Individuals that apply must be dancers with strong, classical ballet technique and be versatile enough to adapt to a variety of other styles including contemporary and character dance. Performing experience is an asset. Please email your completed application to [email protected] by February 1st , 2022 for internationals students, March 27th, 2022 for Canadian students.
All applicants MUST include the material below; your application will not be processed unless all the required documents, photos and videos are submitted.
1. Complete CV & Photograph
Must include your name, your parents’ names, date of birth, email address, training,
and performance experience.
One photograph in first arabesque and one headshot, both in high resolution format,
minimum size of 1700 x 2200 pixels.
2. Video Link (Youtube or Vimeo)
One classical variation.
One contemporary variation.
Additional video that is useful but not required: Pas de deux work, a jump exercise, a turn exercise and an adage. Barre and other class work are not needed.
Please remember to include a password if needed.
Please note that video work should ideally be shot in a studio and not filmed too far away. If the Artistic Director feels you are a good candidate for Atlantic Ballet’s Summer Intensive, you will be contacted with further details.

 LEARN ENGLISH!             

International students have the opportunity to  take English language classes Monday-Friday afternoons at McKenzie College. These classes are accredited by Languages Canada, and will allow students to receive a certificate of Language Proficiency after 4 weeks.


The teaching standard and achievements are widely acknowledged throughout Canada and the world. Students successfully graduating from McKenzie College language programs can enter designated colleges and universities without other required language tests.


The Center’s excellence and reputation has drawn students from over 37 countries on 5 continents. The rich, multicultural classroom offers the students an invaluable chance to broaden their horizons, create friendships and enhance their inter-cultural communication skills.