Tulsa Ballet Summer Intensive

Students ages 9-22 years old

Junior Intensive — June 19 – July 1, 2023
Senior Intensive — June 18 – July 15, 2023

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The summer of 2023 marks the twenty-eighth year of Tulsa Ballet’s Summer Intensive, offering students the opportunity to train with guest artists from the international dance community and the distinguished faculty from Tulsa Ballet.  Serious ballet students ages nine years and older are invited to audition for this summer intensive.  Admission is by audition only.*  Students ages 18-22 who are interested in the Trainee Program or Tulsa Ballet II will be considered during the Summer Intensive.

Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education Faculty

  • Arlene Minkhorst, Director of Education
  • Carla Lopez Ponlla, Ballet
  • Julie Marquet, Ballet
  • Amy Parker, Ballet
  • Beatrice Sebelin, Ballet
  • Jera Wolfe, Guest Contemporary Teacher & Choreographer

TBCDE Faculty Bios


Scholarships will be awarded during the audition process.  Ladies should wear a standard ballet leotard, tights and ballet shoes.  Gentlemen should wear a fitted shirt and standard ballet tights with ballet shoes.  All students should email a headshot and arabesque photo to education@tulsaballet.org prior to the audition.

Tulsa Ballet is a partner in the National Summer Intensive Auditions and COCA Regional Summer Intensive Auditions.

TULSA, OK (NSIA audition site)
Tulsa Ballet’s Brookside Campus | 1212 E 45th Pl | Tulsa, OK
January 7 & 8, 2023

What is the National Summer Intensive Auditions? The NSIA professional school collective is offering in-person auditions at their facilities, and students who attend the National Summer Intensive Audition will be considered by all schools in the collective for acceptance to their summer intensives.

Students choose a city from the audition schedule and register with the host school. The audition is in-person, and the remaining schools will observe the audition either via Zoom or in person. The auditions will be recorded so that the observing schools may review the auditions if needed. Students will have the opportunity to select which schools they would like to audition for, however, all schools in the collective may reach out to any students who audition. Registration for NSIA sites is now open.  Click the button above to navigate to the NSIA website.


COCA Regional Summer Intensive Auditions
January 13-15, 2023
Click Here for More Information

Texas Ballet Theater
| 300 North Coit Road, Suite 231 | Richardson, TX
January 29, 2023

Kansas City Ballet |
500 W Pershing Rd | Kansas City, MO
February 5, 2023

Atlanta Ballet
| 1695 Marietta Boulevard NW | Atlanta, GA
February 19, 2023

The audition in Atlanta has been cancelled.

Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Campus
| 1901 W New Orleans St | Broken Arrow, OK
March 4, 2023

Online registration has closed.  Walk-up registration will be accepted.

Check-in/ Walk-Up Registration: 30 minutes prior to your audition class
Walk-up Registration Fee: $40
Audition class for ages 9-12: 1:30-2:30pm (check in at 1:00pm)
Audition class for ages 13-16: 2:45-3:45pm (check in at 2:15pm)

Ladies should wear a standard ballet leotard, tights and ballet shoes.  Gentlemen should wear a fitted shirt and standard ballet tights with ballet shoes.

Walk-up students ages 17 & up should attend audition class at 2:45pm.


Video auditions should contain both barre and center work, as well as pointe work, if applicable. The video length should be 5-10 minutes.  We will also accept videos as per the International Audition Pre-Selection Guidelines (IAP Guidelines).  Video auditions will be accepted through March 31, 2023.

Call or email us for more information: 918-712-5327 or education@tulsaballet.org

*TBCDE students in Lower & Upper School do not need to take an audition class.

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Registration and Tuition

Applicants will be notified of the results of the audition by email within two weeks.

Successful applicants will be guaranteed a place in the Summer Intensive for two weeks after audition results have been sent. After this two week period, registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Registration deadline is March 31.

Tuition payments will be due April 1 (50% of the balance) and June 1 (remaining balance). Late payments will incur a Late Fee and may result in the loss of a dancer’s place. All returned checks are subject to a Returned Check Fee.

Junior Intensive

June 18 –  July 1, 2023 
Location: Brookside Campus — SemGroup Center

Students ages 9-12 (as of July 1, 2023) accepted into the program will be invited to attend our two-week Junior Intensive.  Students attending the Junior Intensive will participate in a closing demonstration in Tulsa Ballet’s in-house theater.

Junior Intensive Tuition:

  • $825

Senior Intensive

June 18 – July 15, 2023
Location: Brookside Campus — SemGroup Center

Students ages 13-22 (as of July 1, 2023) accepted into the program will be invited to attend our 4-week Senior Intensive.  Requests to attend the program for 2 weeks will be considered based upon availability. A closing demonstration in Tulsa Ballet’s in-house theater will take place on the last day of the program.

Senior Division Tuition:

  • 4 Weeks: $1600
  • 2 Weeks: $950

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Housing is only available for students in our Senior Intensive.  More information will be available during auditions or via our website at www.tulsaballet.org.

Senior Division Housing:

  • 4 Weeks: $3332
  • 2 Weeks: $1613


Tulsa Ballet is pleased to welcome students from across North America to our Summer Intensives. Taught by our talented faculty and selected International guest artists, Tulsa Ballet is committed to providing the best in dance education for students ages 9-22.

An integral part to our achieving this goal is to provide safe and supportive accommodations for students while they train with us from out of town. With the understanding that students need adequate rest, proper nutrition and extra-curricular activities to relax, make new friends and learn about our wonderful city, students can participate in a series of evening and weekend activities to enhance their experience with us. Tulsa Ballet expects to have 20-25 students who will require housing during their time with us.

To facilitate these goals, Tulsa Ballet seeks out dynamic and caring chaperones to join us for our summer programs.  Click here for more details and the chaperone application.


Students will have ballet technique 6 days a week and will participate in a full schedule of complimentary classes to further a dancer’s artistic and technical development. Placement and qualification for pointe classes are entirely the decision of the Artistic Staff.

For students ages 7-9, we offer our Summer Youth Intensive.  This program does not require an audition.  Click here for more information!