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

  • June 29 - July, 2019

  • Ages 11-24

 

sessions:

  • June 29 - July 13 (2 weeks)

  • July 13 - July 27 (2 weeks)

  • June 29 - July 27 (4 weeks)


Application and Requirements

Apply

TO APPLY, follow these 3 simple steps. Once we receive your application, picture, and $50 application fee payment (all 3!), we will send you a confirmation letter (please allow 2 weeks).

1.) APPLY
ALL STUDENTS please use these step-by-step instructions as you apply through our online portal

2.) PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFO
In order to complete the application process, you must pay the application fee at the end of your online application process. (A PayPal account is not required for this transaction.)

3.) SEND PICTURE
To continue the application process, you must email your first arabesque picture to bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com in jpg format.
Ladies: solid color leotard, pink tights, skirt optional, en pointe.
Men: black or white tight-fitted shirt, black tights, shorts optional, black or white socks, black or white ballet shoes, demi-pointe.

Upon acceptance, you will be asked to include a hard copy of the arabesque photo and 2 headshots with your additional paperwork.

Ballet Magnificat! will send you a confirmation letter within two weeks of receiving your application, fee, and photo.

**Applications received after April 26, 2019 will be charged a $100 processing fee, and all fees are due upon acceptance. Please email our office before applying: bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com

 

Information and Requirements

Classes offered in ballet, pointe, variations (Ballet Magnificat! repertoire), pas de deux, jazz, conditioning, and improvisation. In addition, the schedule includes daily chapel and small group discipleship. See a company performance each session - come for 4 weeks to see both companies!

Applications Accepted Beginning November 1, 2018
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

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. Photo: 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
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The Intensive

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.

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Watch a preview of a Pre-Professional level ballet performed at the 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.

This year for the first time, we are very excited to be holding the concert at Jackson Prep at 7:00pm on the last Friday of each session. Family and friends are invited to join us! Tickets are $10 each. Anyone 2 years and older must have a ticket. Seating is General Admission.

 

Housing Information

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 13, 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

 

Arrival and Departure

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, June 29 & July 13:
Preferred Arrival Time if driving: 10am - 4pm
Preferred Arrival Time if flying: 8am - 4pm

Departing on Saturdays, July 13 & July 27:
Preferred Departure Time if driving: 6am - 10am
Preferred Departure Time if flying: 6am - 2pm

Airlines that fly into Jackson International Airport (JAN):
American Airlines (www.aa.com)
Delta (www.delta.com)
Northwest (www.nwa.com)
U.S. Air (www.usair.com)

Ground Transportation into Jackson

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

 

International Students

Each year we are excited to welcome students from around the world to our Summer Dance Intensive!

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Left to right: Karen Sanchez Ramirez (Peru), Emily Vannoy (Turkey), Angelene Cheong (Singapore), Myriam Iles (Canada), Jade Requet (Switzerland), Miguel Sierra (Honduras), Gabby Sandor (Canada), Jenessa Nehring (Canada), Margaret McCray (England), Cecilia Arguellas Aguilar (Honduras), Pamela Buot (Philippines), Nene Tsukada (Japan)


Financial Information

Fees

2019 FEES
Non-refundable Registration Fee: $50.00

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT FEES:

Options Room & Board Tuition ** *** TOTAL
2 weeks $1,050 $925 $22 $20 $2,017
4 weeks $1,977 $1,525 $72 $20 $3,594

**Materials Fee for all students, plus Activity Fee for 4-Week Students for Outing that includes a restaurant meal and transportation.

***Student Gala Fee for Student Gala held at Jackson Prep (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 $997.50 $878.75 $20.90 $20 $1917.15
4 weeks $1,878.15 $1,448.75 $68.40 $20 $3,415.30

OFF CAMPUS STUDENT FEES

Options Tuition ** *** TOTAL
2 weeks $1,126 $22 $20 $1,168
4 weeks $1,720 $72 $20 $1,812

**Materials Fee for all students, plus Activity Fee for 4-Week Students for Outing that includes a restaurant meal and transportation.

***Student Gala Fee for Student Gala held at Jackson Prep (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 $1,069.70 $20.90 $20 1,110.60
4 weeks $1,634 $68.40 $20 $1722.40

PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION:

Upon acceptance, a link to additional information will be provided.

  1. Registration due by April 26, 2019, or as long as space is available. We still have space! Get your registration in ASAP!
  2. Applications received after April 26, 2019, will be charged a $100 processing fee and all fees are due with registration. All late fees waived!
  3. Payments may be made in installments.
  4. REFUNDS: -There is a $375 fee for cancellations made after April 26, 2019. -No refunds will be issued if we do not receive cancellation notification by 5:00pm (Central Time) on the Tuesday preceding the start of your session. -No refunds will be issued after the start of the workshop session, for any reason, including injury, illness, and homesickness.
  5. There will be a charge of $30 for all returned checks.
  6. All monies must be paid by April 26, 2019 or as soon as acceptance letter is received.
  7. ALL fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
 

How to make Payments

There are 2 ways to make payments on your existing account.

1. Pay by mail

By paying with a check, cashier's check, or money order, you will receive a 5% discount on your account. Send to: Ballet Magnificat! SDI 5406 I-55 North Jackson MS 39211

2. Pay online
Log into our online portal
Click Make Online Payment.
Select your payment option, then click Next. If you would like to make a partial payment or customize the amount, click Other.
Click the PayPal button to pay (you do not need a PayPal account to complete this transaction)
PLEASE NOTE: By paying online, you will lose the 5% discount on your account.

 

Scholarships

Merit Scholarship deadline: February 8, 2019
Financial Aid Scholarship deadline: February 15, 2019

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 2 weeks 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.

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 8, 2019.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

2019 Merit Application

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 15, 2019.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

2019 Financial Aid Application

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More about the SDI experience

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.

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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.

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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.

 

What are People Saying?

My daughter attended the Summer Dance Intensive for the first time in 2018. She has made lifelong friends, has new "heroes" in many of the company dancers, and has seen how her faith and passion for dance can work together in the future. As a parent, I am beyond grateful for the confidence and instruction, spiritual and dance-based, that Ballet Magnificat! has provided her.
Jane- Mulberry, TX

My daughter had a wonderful experience at the summer intensive. She can't wait to go again next year. She learned so much and made some great friends from all over the world. The staff was phenomenal.

The Staff of Ballet Magnificat were all wonderful. My daughter improved so much during here time at the summer intensive. She is already planning to return next summer!! She loved it.
Celina- Madison, MS

I had the most amazing time at their dance intensive!!! Everything about it was wonderful, definitely a life changing experience!
Kileigh- LaRue, TX

My daughter has attended Ballet Mag’s SDI the last 2 summers. This year she did the 4 week option. She has grown so much, not only as a dancer, but spiritually as well. Ballet Mag has taught her how to make worship an intricate part of her daily life using the gifts God has given her! Marianne- Knoxville, TN

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is an audition required?
No, for regular applications, no audition is necessary. We are blessed to be able to offer 8 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 will be required upon acceptance, with the remaining forms.)

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

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

To ensure your application has arrived at Ballet Magnificat!, please send your packet "trackable".

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

The results are mailed out one month from the application due date. If you do not receive a response by March 20th, 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. What is the daily schedule like at a Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive?

Sample Daily Schedule

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, Contemporary, 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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 Prep at 7:00pm on the last Friday of each session. Family and friends are invited to join us! Tickets are $10 each. Anyone 2 years and older must have a ticket. Seating is General Admission.

15. Do you perform a background check on your counselors?

Yes, we perform a background check on all of our counselors before they are accepted to be a part of the workshop.

 

Contact Information

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

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