Next Step Summer Intensive 2017

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.

2017 Audition Dates

February 26 1:30- 3:30 pm
March 19 1:30- 3:30 pm
June 10 1:30- 3:30 pm

Next Step Summer Intensive

August 7-September 1, 2017

August 7–August 18 

Levels I, II, & III/IV

August 21–September 1
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.

2017 Faculty Members: 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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