Next Step Summer Intensive 2016

Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, building his or her own creative power.

Next Step Summer Intensive
August 8-September 2, 2016

August 8–August 19 
Monday–Friday     
Levels I, II, & III

August 22–September 2
Monday–Friday     
Levels II, III, & IV

Next Step prepares dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions and cultivates strong, well-trained, educated and independent dancers. The daily schedule includes:

- Ballet Technique
- Pointe/Pre-Pointe
- Choreography
- Modern
- Musical Theater
- Character
- Variations

Program Fees

1 week: $500
2 weeks: $950
3 weeks: $1,250
4 weeks: $1,500

About The Next Step Program
Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (Ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, upon which to build his or her own creative power. We aim to prepare dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions while cultivating increased technical ability. Students are also offered a performance opportunity where they will collaborate with Brooklyn Ballet’s Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson and Next Step Director, Richard Glover. A culminating performance will be held at The Actors Fund Arts Center, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn.

Richard Glover, Next Step Summer Intensive Director, is from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his training at the Brooklyn Music School. He then went on to study at Dance Theatre of Harlem, followed by The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, both on full scholarship. Mr. Glover began his professional career at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancing in The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, andSerenade. He danced with Colorado Ballet in Denver, performing in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, and a world premiere by choreographer Rennie Harris. Richard also danced with several companies in London, including performances at English National Ballet and The Royal Opera House. He recently appeared in a music video for music artist Asgeir, choreographed by Celia Rowlson-Hall. Along with freelance performing, Richard teaches, coaches and choreographs at various schools in the tri-state area.

2016 Faculty Members:

Ronald K. Alexander Ronald K. Alexander is an independent arts consultant, dance educator, and choreographer. He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. Choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. 

Wendy Clark has danced professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego, and Ballet Spokane.  She is currently attending NYU for a master’s degree in Ballet Pedagogy and a teaching certification in American Ballet Theatre curriculum. She has been teaching ballet for the last ten years and continues to work as a freelance dancer. 

Kristin Drauker trained in classical ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and was a Fellowship student at The Ailey School. She has danced for Michael Mao Dance, Ballets With a Twist, ArmitageGone!Dance, Tino Sehgal and on the International Tour of West Side Story. Her work has been seen at the LaMama Festival in Spoleto, Italy, at Brooklyn Ballet's First Look and CounterPointe, and in Manhattan at Judson's Stuffed and as part of Gibney Dance’s POP Series. 

Tim Edwards is a proud member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. A Hawaii native, Mr. Edwards is an internationally recognized dance instructor known for his master classes. He is a graduate and adjunct dance professor at Hunter College, and is also on the faculty at The Joffrey Ballet, The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and Brooklyn Ballet. He has also traveled as a cultural envoy teaching and performing in various street styles and made his Broadway debut in 2016 in the production of Cabin In The Sky. 

Jessica Flynn moved to New York City at age 15 to attend the School of American Ballet in the Lincoln Center. She was invited to join the New York City Ballet company as an apprentice in 2002, and quickly became a member of the corps de ballet. During her six seasons with the New York City Ballet, Jessica toured Russia, Japan, Denmark, and the U.S, and danced roles in over fifty ballets. She will be teaching week one Ballet classes at Next Step. 

Catherine Green began her professional training at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  She performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Met before attending Purchase College, graduating in 1990 with a BFA in dance.  Ms. Green received an MA in dance education from New York University in 2003.  She currently works as a ballet teacher and dance administrator; she teaches ballet in the Hunter College Dance Department and at Brooklyn Ballet.  Ms. Green joined Brooklyn Ballet’s education program, Elevate, as a teacher and became the Elevate Education Director in 2004.  She is delighted to return to Next Step this summer!

Djassi Johnson is a native New Yorker, professional dancer and choreographer who trained at the Harlem School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, Clark Center, Ballet Hispanico and as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has performed, apprenticed and worked with, Dance Brazil, in Bahia, Brazil, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Forces of Nature, AAADTII (Memoria), Bill T. Jones, Ron Brown’s Evidence, Hernando Cortez, Nia Love’s Blacksmith’s Daughter, Urban Bush Women, among others, and toured internationally for eight years as a featured soloist with MOMIX. She has lived in Brazil and Italy, teaching Horton, performing and choreographing for film and television. Djassi received her BA in Anthropology and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, is a published writer and designer of the clothing, costume and accessories line, “dja.” Her choreography has been showcased in several Essence Fashion shows, for Nike fashion and trade shows, and for her own clothing line during 2002 NYFW. In Italy she collaborated with several visual artists as well as the painter, Fabiana Luigi for a tour of performances incorporating dance, paintings and Jazz music, along with Matthew Garrison. Most recently she collaborated with London-based artist Eddie Peak for an installation during Performa 13 in NYC. Her choreographic film credits include Crew 2 Crew,Lionsgate 2010, a dance/ fashion film, “Revelation”, incorporating modern dance and Capoeira. She is currently in production to bring her storytelling, choreography & fashion designs to an international audience through a series of short choreo-films.

Lauren King was born in Massapequa Park, New York, and began her dance training at the age of 10 with Jane Miller, Luba Gulyaeva, Ali Pourfarrokh, and Lynn Glauber at the American Theater Dance Workshop, the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet Company, in New Hyde Park, New York. Ms. King performed with the Eglevsky Ballet Company during its 2000-2001 season. In fall of 2001, Ms. King entered the full-time program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Ms. King became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 2003, joined as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2004, and was promoted to soloist in February 2013. Ms. King has gone back to teach at the year round program with American Theater Dance Workshop, and taught at Carolina Ballet's 2015 summer program.

Andrei Kisselev danced as a principal dancer with the renowned Moiseyev Dance Company, and he has performed internationally and on Broadway with Riverdance, where he was also ballet master. He is the former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, and is currently Professor of Ballet at Manhattanville College. He will be teaching Character Dance during week three of Brooklyn Ballet's Next Step Program.

Lloyd Knight was born in England, reared in Miami. He has a BFA from the New World School of the Arts under Artistic Director Daniel Lewis. Mr. Knight joined the Martha Graham Company in 2005, promoted to soloist in 2009 and Principal in 2014. Has had ballets choreographed on by Nacho Duato twice, Andonis Foniadakis, Larry Keigwin,  Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Klye Abraham, Liz Gerring, Michelle Dorrance, Anne Bogart, Pontus Linberg and Mats Ek. Dance Magazine named Mr. Knight as one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. He partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Ms. Graham's “Moon Duet”, As Well is partnering American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland in a Graham duet from “Letter to the World”. And most recently was picked Best Performer of 2015 by Dance Magazine.

Heather Parcells is a veteran of 6 Broadway shows including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Chorus Line (Judy Turner), Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Finding Neverland, and most recently, Tuck Everlasting. During her workshops, students will learn choreography repertoire and staging from A Chorus Line, Finding Neverland, and the final ballet from Tuck Everlasting. Heather will also hold a “Mock” dance audition for students that will give them the full experience of a what it is like to audition for a Broadway show.

Maria Piedad is a choreographer and teacher. She graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and from the NYU/American Ballet Theatre® M. A. in ballet pedagogy. She has developed her artistic career in Ecuador, Cuba and the U. S. Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO since 2009, she also teaches character, historical, jazz and contemporary dance. Maria Piedad is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher who is certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 7 and partnering, and has successfully presented students for examinations. Besides her work at Brooklyn Ballet, she is ballet faculty at Ballet Hispanico in the Early Childhood, General and Pre-professional programs, a ballet mistress and repetiteur for the Long Island Ballet Theatre and Dance into Light. She is also the pedagogic and choreographic adviser for Danzas Ballet School in Ecuador since 1999. 

Thomas Varvaro holds a BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham. He was a member of Ailey 2 from 2011-2013, and performed on So You Think You Can Dance Poland, Dancing With The Stars Bulgaria and with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their NYC City Center Season. He joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2013. He'll be teaching Contemporary during Next Step's second week.


In addition to training for greater technical ability, students of Next Step summer dance intensive train for performance. On the Friday of each week, students will perform in a showing for friends and parents to demonstrate the choreography and class exercises they have worked on throughout the intensive. 

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For more information email info@brooklynballet.org with the subject line Summer Intensive or call 718-246-0146.