Summer Intensives

Ages 10-18



This year, Southern California Ballet’s summer school will center on the powerful classical ballet, Cinderella. Each week will correspond to one of the three acts of the ballet. Dancers will have the opportunity to not only rehearse and master different versions of Cinderella, but also to explore and learn the many different roles and characters that make this ballet one of the most celebrated.

In addition to gaining knowledge of Cinderella, the students will take part in ballet technique, concentrated classes of allegro, pirouettes and/or pointe, body conditioning, and different styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, and character. 

The dancers will be coached and trained by esteemed guest teachers and SCB faculty.


Dancers not on pointe with at least two years' ballet experience (10+ years old)


Dancers on pointe with at least six months' pointe work experience (12+ years old) or dancers who have passed Cecchetti Grade 6 exam.


Week One: July 9-13 (Act I)

Week Two: July 16-20 (Act II)

Week Three: July 23-27 (Act III)

Sample Schedule

Time Class
9-9:15 am Body conditioning
9:15-10:15 am Technique class
10:15-11:00 am Rep (Cinderella ball Act II)
11:00-11:30 am Lunch
11:30 am-12:30 pm Jazz/Contemporary/Character

*Schedule subject to change, official schedule to be posted

Time Class
9-9:30 am Body conditioning
9:30-11 am Technique class
11-11:30 am Pointe
11:30-12 pm Lunch
12-12:30 pm Rep (Cinderella solos Act I)
12:30-1:30pm Jazz/Contemporary/Character


  1. Enroll by creating an online account for new customers or log into an existing account.
  2. Choose your intensive. Our class software does not automatically apply discounts; therefore, discounts will be applied to your account within 48 hours.
  3. Commit to the intensive by paying. By May 1, we require a $25 non-refundable deposit for those who have registered to secure your booking. The deposit will be credited to your intensive fee. All fees are due on June 1.

    If you register after May 1, the $25 deposit is due at the time of enrollment.

    If you register after June 1, payment is due in full at the time of enrollment.

    Payment can be made:
    Online through the customer portal after the discount has been applied, or at SCB studio.


Call us at (858) 674-1006 or email or fill out the form below.


One Week $180
Two Weeks $330
Three Weeks $450
One Week $240
Two Weeks $440
Three Weeks $600


Directors of Summer Intensive


Martha Leebolt


Martha Leebolt trained at Black Mountain Dance Centre under the direction of Sylvia Palmer and Ahita Ardalan and was a Southern California Ballet Company member. After graduation she attended the professional training program at BalletMet. A year later, she joined Northern Ballet, Leeds, England, rising to rank of principal . Numerous roles created for her include Cleopatra in Claude-Michel Schonberg and David Nixon's Cleopatra, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, Beauty in Beauty and the BeastJulia in 1984 and Cinderella in Cinderella. Other roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Odette and Odilia in Swan Lake, Mina and Lucy in Dracula to name a few. She has worked with some of the top choreographers in the world including Hans Van Manen, Christopher Hampson, Jean-Christophe Maillot, David Nixon, Jonathan Watkins and Cathy Marston. A recipient of the Outstanding Female Classical Performance Award, 2010 National Dance Awards, England and nominated for the same award in 2016; repeatedly included in the Dance Europe magazine's list of outstanding dancers; Martha has been a guest artist around the world including the23rd International Ballet Festival, Havana, Cuba, China and the 2014 European Ballet Awards, Berlin.  As of September 2017, Martha became Co-Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet in San Diego.

Toby Batley


Toby Batley was born in Manchester, England and trained at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester and the Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating, Tobias joined the Jeune Ballet de Cannes, in France before joining Northern Ballet, England in 2004 where he was promoted to principal dancer.  In addition to performing all of the  leading roles  in Northern Ballet’s repertoire he had many roles created for him including Marc Anthony in David Nixon and Claude Michel in Schonberg's Cleopatra, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, Prince Mikhail in Cinderella, Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities and Winston Smith in the award winning 1984. He has worked with some of the top choreographers in the world including Hans Van Manen, Christopher Hampson, Jean-Christophe Maillot, David Nixon, Jonathan Watkins and Cathy Marston. He was nominated for National Dance Awards in 2010 , 2012 , 2015 and 2016 and has been included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers for the last six years. He has guested in galas internationally, most recently at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin.  As of September 2017, Tobias became Co-Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet in San Diego.

Resident Faculty


Wendy Cormier, MFA Ballet

Mrs. Cormier earned her MFA in Ballet with a specialty in Character dance from The University of Utah where she trained with Yurek Lazowsky, William Christenson, Mattlyn Gavers and others.  She danced with the College University Ballet Ensemble, Ballet West and was a featured soloist for the character dance ensemble. Upon completion of her degree, Wendy returned home to dance with Honolulu City Ballet and was also cast in many television programs, including Magnum P.I..  In 1986, she moved to San Diego and worked extensively within the Poway Unified school district developing innovative dance programs for children; produced and directed children's variety shows; and received the California State PTA Honorary Service and Continuing Service Awards.  Mrs. Cormier has been teaching at Southern California Ballet since 2001, is a certified Cecchetti teacher and adjunct professor in the Dance Department at Palomar College teaching both lecture and studio classes.


Nancy Robinson


Nancy Robinson studied ballet in Los Angeles with Robert Rossellat, a student of Preobrajenska and Espinosa in Paris. At the age of fifteen she received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School and was accepted into San Francisco Ballet Company the following year. Ms. Robinson danced as a soloist there for seven years, then as Principal dancer with the City Center Joffrey Ballet Company, which made her an internationally acclaimed ballerina. She has toured Vienna, London, and several major United States cities. During her career, she danced in principal roles such as Astarte Pas de Deesses (Joffrey), Moves and Interplay (Robbins), Time Cycle (Bolender) several works by Arpino, Nutcracker-Sugar Plum Fairy (Christensen), and other works by Fokine and Ailey. Later she was Ballet Mistress at Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and The Los Angeles Ballet.


Suzan Stone

Associate Director of Cecchetti Studies

Ms. Stone earned a BFA from U.S. International University and has worked with Alicia Alonzo, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Newton and John Butler while performing with USIU and San Diego Ballet Company. She was soloist at San Diego Ballet, performing in Giselle, Swan Lake, Carmina Burana, Firebird, Raymonda, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Ms. Stone has her Cecchetti Associate and has successfully entered students through grade 9 into Cecchetti exams. Currently, Academy Vice-Principal, Southern California Ballet.



Guest Master Teachers


Ahita Ardalan


Ms. Ardalan received her initial training at the English Royal Ballet in Tehran under the tutelage of Robert De Warren.  She continued her training at the Paris Conservatory with Solange Schwartz and Pierre Lacotte before then performing with the Paris Opera Ballet for twelve years. She taught at the Conservetoire de Region de Paris and later became Stage Manager and assistant director for the Princess Caroline Ballet de Monte Carlo with whom she toured all over the world.  

In 1991, Roland Petit asked her to join the Ballet National Marseille as his Artistic Assistant and Stage Manager. During her career in Europe, she has worked personally with Rudolf Nureyev, Marcia Haydee, Sylvie Guillem, Alessandra Ferri, William Forsythe and many others. 

She served as the long-time Ballet Mistress for the San Diego Ballet and also as assistant director for Southern California Ballet (then called Black Mountain Dance Center) for 14 years. She now resides in Denver, Colorado where she continues to teach ballet throughout the region. 

Southern California Ballet is extremely excited to welcome back Ms. Ardalan to teach on the senior level summer intensive and our summer master class series. 

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Desiree Cuizon Fejeran

San Diego Dance Theater

Desiree Cuizon Fejeran began dancing in the Bay Area initially as a jazz and hip-hop dancer.  She achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Dance, from San Diego State University in 2008.  She had the privilege to perform and travel internationally in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Indonesia. Since graduating she became a dance company member with Joe Alter Dance Group (2009-2010), The PGK Dance Project (2012-2016) and San Diego Dance Theater (2015 - present). Desiree also worked with various independent and local artists including: Somebodies Dance Theater, Anne Gehmen, Blythe Barton Dance, Zaquia Salinas, Brittany Taylor, Khamla Somphanh, IsadoraNow, The Movement Initiative and more. 

In addition to performing, she is a part of the dance faculty at SDDT and taught master classes for Creative Performing and Media Arts, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Canyon Crest Academy, and High Tech High School. She is grateful for the abundance of opportunities to thrive as a professional dancer in the San Diego Community.  When she is not dancing she is a Pilates Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist.

Stephanie Maiorano


An alumna of Southern California Ballet, Stephanie has danced with Houston Ballet and risen to principal dancer of San Diego Ballet. She is a wonderful example of our dancers who establish successful careers, and later return as the guest stars they aspired to become when they were students at SCB.

Stephanie joined San Diego Ballet in 2007 and has performed principal roles in Suite Italian, Romeo et Juliet, Firebird, The Many Loves of Don Juan, The Nutcracker, Love 20 Cents the First Quarter Mile, Les Sylphide, Aurora Wedding pas de deux, and The Seven Beauties. Soloist roles include Mambomania, Sweet Synergy, Carnival of the Animals, Rhapsody, Arthur Murray’s Dance Secrets, Echale Salsita, and Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Stephanie was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Notable San Diegans.

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Jennie Morton


Jennie Morton is a former Ballet dancer, West End musical theatre performer, and professional singer who is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists. Based in Los Angeles, California, she is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School, adjunct faculty in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University, is on the Board of Directors for both the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the Dance Resource Center (LA), and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, for which she co-wrote the syllabus, and provides training workshops for medical and health professionals in the treatment of performing artists. Jennie lectures internationally to artists, arts educators, and healthcare professionals on the subject of performance-related injuries, and provides treatment from her office in West Hollywood. She is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health; The Embodied Dancer: A Guide To Optimal Performance; and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger. Jennie is the founder of

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Stephania Rey


Sabor Andaluz was created 15 years ago by San Diego Flamenco dancer, choreographer, and instructor Stephania Rey.  She began her flamenco instruction at the age of eight with Spanish native instructors, and in the United States, has studied with international figures such as Farruquito, Angelita Gomez, Maria del Mar Moreno, Antonio Vargas, Juana Amaya, Rafael Campallo, and Manuel Linan. She has attended several flamenco workshops in California at the renowned New World Flamenco and Santa Barbara Flamenco Festivals.

Stephania has been featured at the prestigious Fountain Theater's Forever Flamenco in Hollywood California on several occasions and with the highly recognized Spanish Flamenco Company Herencia Flamenca. In addition to Flamenco, she has trained in some of the most challenging dance forms of classical Indian dance, Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

Stephania has performed locally and throughout Southern California with her Flamenco Company Sabor Andaluz. She has strongly contributed her time during the past 15 years to promote the Spanish and Indian cultures and folklore  through different programs and events organized by non-profit organizations in California, as well as at several local community colleges, high schools, and universities.


Brittany Taylor


Brittany Taylor is an award winning San Diego performer as well as an established teacher of both dance and the Pilates method. She hails from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington with a strong foundation in the Martha Graham technique as well as contemporary modern, jazz, and ballet. Brittany is on faculty at the Malashock Dance School and various North County studios teaching modern technique. Currently Brittany performs with the Malashock Dance Company and Blythe Barton Dance. She has made appearances with Joe Alter Dance Group, San Diego Dance Theater, Ion Theatre, Michael Mizerany’s Compulsion Dance and Theatre, [the] movement initiative, Khamla Somphanh, Andrew Holmes, and other local dance and theatre artists.


Cancelled Weeks
If a recreation camp or summer intensive does not reach our minimum weekly enrollment, we hold the right to cancel that week at a full refund. We will let you know fourteen days in advance of any cancellations.

A parent who withdraws their child from a recreation camp or summer intensive fourteen or more days before the start of camp will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation.

You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel less than 14 days before the start of the program less a $25 cancellation fee.

No refunds are available once the program has started.

At your request, we will convert your unused camp/intensive cancellation fee into a tax-deductible donation to Black Mountain Dance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dba Southern California Ballet.