Workshops

2014 Summer Dance Intensive

Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive annually attracts hundreds of students from around the world. Rated as “one of the best and yet most affordable”, this high level workshop is comprised of intense technical and spiritual training, conducted by the artists of Ballet Magnificat!'s professional touring companies and staff who guide the young dancers to develop their potential and seek God's direction for their lives.

Location and Date:

Jackson, Mississippi
July 5 - August 2, 2014
Ages 11-24

Sessions:

July 5 - July 19 (2 weeks)
July 19 - August 2 (2 weeks)
July 5 - August 2 (4 weeks)

APPLY NOW!!

Step 1.  APPLY!

ALL STUDENTS please follow these step-by-step instructions as you APPLY ONLINE!

Step 2.  SEND PICTURE!

To continue the application process, you must email your arabesque picture to bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com in jpg format.  Upon acceptance, please include a hard copy of the arabesque photo and 2 headshots with your additional paperwork.

Step 3.  PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFO!

In order to complete the application process, you must email your credit card information to bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com.  This is for the $50 application fee only. 

If you prefer, you may call with this information instead.  601.977.1001

Ballet Magnificat! will send you a confirmation letter within a week of receiving your application, photo, and credit card information.

Information and Requirements

Classes offered in ballet, pointe, variations (Ballet Magnificat! repertoire), pas de deux, modern, conditioning, and improvisation. In addition, the schedule includes daily chapel and small group discipleship.

Applications Accepted Beginning November 1, 2013

Applying early will help you begin your fundraising efforts sooner, especially during Christmas vacation. Here's a link to some fundraising ideas and encouragement. 

Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas (28 KB)

Requirements

1. Must be 11 - 24 years old
2. Female applicants must have a minimum of 3 consecutive years of ballet training and 1 year of pointe since the age of 8.
3. Men must have a minimum of 2 years of ballet training
4. All applicants must be currently in dance training and be able to dance four to five hours daily, six days a week

New and returning students are required to submit:

1. Online Application (available Nov 1)
2. Non-refundable Registration Fee $50.00
3. A clear, unobstructed first arabesque profile en pointe for ladies, demi-pointe for men. Leotard and tights only, no skirts or costumes, please.  No larger than 5" x 7".  Please email it to bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com in jpg format 

Pre-Professional Level

This audition-only level is created for the dancer capable of stepping over the barre from student to professional dancer, offering unique training and experiences for the participants.

  1. Open to 4-week students only.
  2. Students selected to audition for this level during the regular workshop placement classes.
  3. Variations class 5+ times each week where dancers will learn and rehearse an original ballet created for this level by one of Ballet Magnificat!’s Choreographers, to be premiered at the Student Gala at the end of the 4-week workshop.
  4. Classes - experience the life of a professional by working like and with the professional companies and under the instruction of company teachers like Kathy Thibodeaux and Jiri Sebastian Voborsky.
  5. Pre-Professional Company Local Tour of their original ballet during the final week of the intensive.

Watch a preview of a Pre-Professional Level ballet performed at the Student Gala!


Student Gala

Student Gala

The student gala, performed at the end of each 2 week session, is a time where all students participate in presenting the Ballet Magnificat! repertory learned during variations classes throughout their 2-4 week sessions.

We are very excited to be holding the concert at Jackson Academy at 7:00pm on the last Friday of each session.  Family and friends are invited to join us!  Tickets are $5 each.  Anyone 2 years and older must have a ticket.  Seating is General Admission. Please take a look at the beautiful Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center here.

Housing and Arrival/Departure

Ballet Magnificat! provides housing for Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) students.  The dorms are located on the charming campus of Belhaven University in a safe residential neighborhood approximately 5 miles from Ballet Magnificat! Studios. The dorms are secure buildings requiring a dorm swipe card to enter the premises, a swipe card to enter the halls, and a key to enter rooms.

Ballet Magnificat! Staff and Counselors will be occupying the dorms along with the students to provide a safe, friendly environment for all residents. Telephones will be located in the Counselors’ rooms and internet access is provided.

SDI participants are required to bring there own bedding, towels, and personal toiletries and coin-operated laundry facilities are available in each dorm.

Off-campus Students

Local students and students with friends or family in the area may prefer to stay off-campus at night. This is allowed, however, off-campus students are required to attend all workshop activities including morning devotions, evening activities, Bible studies, and group times. They will be assigned to a counselor group for Bible studies and group activities.

Off-campus students may purchase meal cards in the cafeteria or pay for cafeteria meals on a per-meal basis as well as bringing sack lunches and eating with friends in the Dining Commons. 

Workshop Outings 

On Saturday, July 19, during 1st Session students leaving and 2nd Session students arriving, 4-Weekers will be taken on an outing to rejuvenate them for the next two-week session. Counselors and students will travel to a local shopping area for a few hours of browsing; followed by dinner at one of the local restaurants.  The guys will go on their own excursion.  An outing is also planned for students who are 18 and older during the 3rd weekend of the Summer Dance Intensive. 

Arrival Weekend

Saturday - Arrival Day. Dancers arrive and settle into their dorm rooms, meet their counselors, roommates, and small group members. After a hot dinner, everyone gets a good night's rest.
Sunday - Chapel Service, Orientation, Placement Classes, and Group Activities.
Monday - Classes begin!

Arrival and Departure

 

We provide a shuttle for those on-campus students coming by plane, train, or bus on arrival and departure days, with greeters assigned to check-in each arriving participant.

 

PREFERRED ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES

Arriving on Saturdays, July 5 & July 19:
Preferred Arrival Time if driving: 10am - 4pm
Preferred Arrival Time if flying:  8am - 4pm

Departing on Saturdays, July 19 & August 2:
Preferred Departure Time if driving: 6am - 10am
Preferred Departure Time if flying: 6am - 2pm 

Airlines that fly into Jackson International Airport (JAN)

American Eagle…………………………………………800-433-7300
Delta (www.delta.com)……………………………........800-221-1212 Continental……………………………………………...800-523-3273
Northwest ( www.nwa.com ) …………………………..800-225-2525
Southwest (www.iflyswa.com) ………………………...800-435-9792
U.S. Air ( www.usair.com ) ……………………………800-428-4322

Ground Transportation into Jackson

Amtrak………………………………………………….800-872-7245
Greyhound ……………………………………………..800-231-2222

Fees

Non-refundable Registration Fee $50.00

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT FEES

 OPTIONS ROOM & BOARD
TUITION
**
***
TOTAL
 2 weeks
 $949  $799  $12  $20  $1,780
 4 weeks
 $1,778  $1,295  $52  $20  $3,145
**Materials Fee for all students, plus Activity Fee for 4-Week Students for Outing that includes a meal
***Student Gala Fee for Student Gala held at Jackson Academy (not included in 5% discount)
† A discount of 5% will be applied to accounts paid with cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check. International students paying with a credit card will still receive the 5% discount.

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT FEES with 5% discount

 OPTIONS ROOM & BOARD
TUITION
**
***
TOTAL
 2 weeks
 $901.55  $759.05  $11.40  $20.00  $1,692.00
 4 weeks
 $1,689.10  $1,230.25  $49.40  $20.00  $2,988.75

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT FEES

 OPTIONS TUITION
**
 *** TOTAL
 2 weeks
 $899  $12  $20  $931
 4 weeks
 $1,395  $52  $20  $1,467
**Materials Fee for all students, plus Activity Fee for 4-Week Students for Outing that includes a meal
***Student Gala Fee for Student Gala held at Jackson Academy (not included in 5% discount)

† A discount of 5% will be applied to accounts paid with cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check. International students paying with a credit card will still receive the 5% discount.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT FEES with 5% discount

 OPTIONS TUITION
**
***
TOTAL
 2 weeks
 $854.05  $11.40  $20.00  $885.45
 4 weeks
 $1,325.25  $49.40  $20.00  $1,394.65
PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION:

Upon acceptance, a link to additional information will be provided.
1. Registration due by May 30, 2014, or as long as space is available.
2. Applications received after May 30, 2014, will be charged a $100 processing fee and all fees are due with registration.
3. Payments may be made in installments.
4. REFUNDS: No refunds will be issued if we do not receive cancellation notification by the Thursday preceding the start of your session. There is a $375 fee for cancellations after May 30, 2014.
5. There will be a charge of $25 for all returned checks.
6. All monies must be paid by May 30, 2014. Absolutely no exceptions.
7. ALL fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Scholarships

Ballet Magnificat! offers two tuition scholarship options to our Summer Dance Intensive students: the Merit Scholarship and the Financial Aid Scholarship. There are a limited number of these tuition scholarships and they do not include room and board.

To apply for a scholarship, you must first complete the online application.  Once we receive your online application, we will then send you an email and a letter stating whether or not you are accepted into the workshop.  The acceptance notification will be sent within 5 business days of our receipt of your online application (including arabesque photo and Application Fee).  You may then send the Scholarship Application packet.

We also offer several fundraising ideas. 

Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas (28 KB)

Merit Scholarship

The Merit Scholarship is awarded on the basis of technical ability and potential.

Requirements:

1. Must be a 4-week student
2. Must stay on-campus and pay room and board fees
3. Must meet all technical requirements.
4. Must submit all required paperwork by February 14, 2014.

* Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

View the Merit Scholarship Application to be sent in after acceptance into the workshop:

2014 Merit Scholarship Application 2014 Merit Scholarship Application (375 KB)

 

Financial Aid Scholarship

The Financial Aid Scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need.

Only a few of these are available for students with exceptional situations.

Each year, we hear stories from workshop students who raised the money to attend because they have worked hard and/or been extremely creative in their fundraising.  This is one of the things we look at on the Financial Aid Scholarship application.

Requirements:

1. Must be a 2-week student
2. Must stay on-campus and pay room and board fees
3. Must meet all technical requirements.
4. Must submit all required paperwork by February 21, 2014.

* Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

View the Financial Aid Scholarship to be sent in after acceptance into the workshop:

2014 Financial Aid Application 2014 Financial Aid Application (293 KB)

Counselor Positions

Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive is much more than just a dance camp… IT'S A MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY! Each year over 300 students, from around the world, come to Jackson, MS, for the Summer Dance Intensive and find so much more than just ballet. These students discover that Jesus Christ is the source of true life, that He loves them, and that He has a plan and purpose for their lives. The result is students walking in the freedom that Christ provides and spreading His truth to a world that is in desperate need of His love.

These students need caring adults to mentor them and encourage them as they learn about Christ. If you have a heart to make an impact on young people, and desire to use some of your summer to attain that goal, a counselor position may be just what you are looking for.

 Requirements:

1) Men and women (20 years old and older) to serve as counselors/chaperones
2) You may choose between 2-week and 4-week options for time of service
3) Qualifications are flexible, but a strong commitment to the Lord and references from a pastor are a must
4) Counselors are responsible for the cost of their room and meals.
a) Room costs: First 2-weeks $364; Second 2-weeks $442; 4-weeks $754.
b) Meals: $6.50 per cafeteria meal eaten.
5) Counselors are required to arrive three days prior to the start of their session for Counselor Orientation.
6) This is a missions opportunity.
7) Deadline for submitting application is April 15, but earlier submission of your application is extremely helpful.

Click here for a Counselor Application to fill out and send in:

2014 Counselor Application 2014 Counselor Application (546 KB)



Counselors play a significant role in everyday life here at the Summer Dance Intensive. Students are divided into small groups, approximately 10-14 per group. Housed on the same floor of the dorm as their small group, counselors oversee and provide support for their students. Responsibilities range from being an away-from-home mother/dad/friend, to overseeing the students when not in class, to conducting the Bible Study.

Each year, counselors arrive prepared to share their love for our Lord as they lead their students through the riggers of the Summer Dance Intensive. Most first-time counselors are not prepared for the tremendous blessings they receive from their students and for the personal spiritual growth they encounter as a participant in this unique ministry. Click here to read what previous counselors have to say about their experiences.

Focus on Jesus Christ

At Ballet Magnificat!, we seek to honor Jesus Christ and make Him known to the widest possible audience through the medium of dance. How do we accomplish this at our Summer Intensive? We begin each day with praise and worship and an opportunity to hear personal testimonies from Ballet Magnificat! staff and professional company members. We have a worship service on Sundays on campus with praise and worship and speakers giving a message. We do not take students off campus to services at the various local churches.

 

Also, all students are assigned to small groups of 10-14 students and a counselor. These small groups meet for Bible studies in the evenings. Students often find that treasured friendships are formed in their small groups as they are able to discuss and learn with others their own age.

Creative Worship sessions take the dancer from the classical setting and allow them to use dance and creative talents as a worship tool. Students are encouraged to use their dancing as an expression of adoration to the Almighty Creator.

Ballet Magnificat! is an inter-denominational ministry. Our members attend a variety of churches including Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, and non-denominational charismatic. It has always been our policy not to encourage one denomination over another, but rather to respect one another's choice of worship and to celebrate our common faith in Christ.

FAQ's

1. Is an audition required? 

No, for regular applications, no audition is necessary. We are blessed to be able to offer 7 levels, covering the technical abilities of a broad range of dancers. Upon arrival at the intensive, all dancers are required to take a placement class to determine their workshop level. Students are picked from these placement classes to audition for the Pre-Professional Level.2. What requirements are there for the pictures due with the Application? A clear, unobstructed first arabesque profile en pointe for ladies, demi-pointe for men. Leotard and tights only, no skirts or costumes, please. Professional photo not necessary. No larger than 5" x 7". Two head-shot photos (may be the same picture and does not have to be professional).

3. What is the cost of attending the Summer Dance Intensive?

See our Fees page

4. Does Ballet Magnificat! offer scholarships?

Yes!  There are two types of scholarships: 1. Merit Scholarship, and 2. Financial Aid Scholarship.  Please click here for more information.  We also encourage our students to explore alternate fundraising possibilities for the Summer Dance Intensive. For fundraising ideas click here:

Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Ideas (28 KB)


5. How will I know if my Registration Form/Application, Scholarship Application, and/or Audition Video have been received?

Ballet Magnificat! will send you a confirmation email upon the receipt of your Registration Form/Application, Scholarship Application, and/or Audition Video. Please make sure to clearly print a current/valid email address on any forms sent to our office.

6. How soon will I find out the results of my Scholarship application?

The results are mailed out and emailed one month from the application due date. If you do not receive a response by April 1st, please contact us at bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com or (601) 977-1001.7. Can participants request a specific roommate? Yes, you may request a specific roommate on your online application as well as the additional forms in the designated areas.  Roommates must be within 2 years of age, they must request each other, and they must be attending the same Summer Dance Intensive session.

 8. Is there a dress code for the Summer Dance Intensive?

Yes, there is a dress code. Girls should wear pink full-length tights and black leotards with pink ballet or pointe shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirts, black tights, black shorts, and black or white socks with matching ballet shoes.  More detailed information will be given upon acceptance. 

9. How do I make a tuition payment?

You may pay in full or in 2 or 3 installments. We accept cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check as well as credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express). If you pay with cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check, you will receive a 5% discount. Send all payments to:Ballet Magnificat!
Summer Dance Intensive
5406 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39211-4094

10. What is the daily schedule like at a Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive?

Sample Daily Schedule

 

 Time Activity
7:00-8:15 Breakfast
8:30-9:15  Chapel
10:00-11:45 Ballet Technique Class
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:45-3:00 Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Pas de Deux
3:15-5:00 Variations
5:00-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:00 Free Time
7:00-8:30 Bible Study, Performance, or Creative Worship
Each student is given a day-by-day schedule that they can look at and determine, once they know their level, which studio they'll be in that particular day and if they'll be dancing at Ballet Magnificat! or Belhaven University.

11. What kind of housing is provided?

Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive on-campus participants are housed on Belhaven University’s picturesque campus. They stay in one of 3 dorms that are available to us. See more information here.

12. Is living on campus required for the Summer Dance Intensive?

No. Students may stay off-campus.  However, off-campus students are required to attend all activities, including morning chapel and evening activities (such as Bible Studies, performances, and group times).  Off-campus students are put with a counselor group to be part of.  Ballet Magnificat! does not supervise housing arrangement of students living off-campus.

13. Are there classes on Saturday?

Yes, we do have classes on the second and third Saturday of the Intensive. The schedule varies slightly on Saturday each year but Saturday classes are not as rigorous as they are during the week.  There are no activities on the departure Saturdays for students who are leaving.

14. How many pairs of pointe shoes should a dancer bring to the summer intensive?

The number of pointe shoes needed for the Summer Dance Intensive depends on several factors: the strength of the dancer’s feet, the brand of shoe, and humidity. The students will be on pointe at least 3 days a week, if not more, in very humid weather. Dancers are encouraged to take care of their pointe shoes to lengthen the life of the shoe.

15. Is there a student performance at the end of the Summer Dance Intensive?

Yes, there is a Student Gala at the end of each session. We are very excited to be holding the concert at Jackson Academy at 7:00pm on the last Friday of each session.  Family and friends are invited to join us!  Tickets are $5 each.  Anyone 2 years and older must have a ticket.  Seating is General Admission.  Check out the Performing Arts Center here!

Contact

Ballet Magnificat!
Summer Dance Intensive
5406 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39211

(601) 977-1001
bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com