Tulsa Ballet Contemporary Intensive

August 15-19, 2022

Half-Day Program, Ages 12-14 
Full-Day Program, Ages 15-19 

Tulsa Ballet CDE is excited to present a brand new Contemporary Dance Intensive this August! This week long  Intensive program is curated by the dynamic and talented Maria Konrad, and features the distinguished artistic faculty of TBCDE. Designed to mirror the needs of today’s contemporary ballet world, dancers will enjoy the  challenge of daily classes in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Technique as well as Contemporary Pointe,  Contemporary Partnering, Improvisation for the Ballet Dancer, and Contemporary Repertoire.

About Maria Konrad

    Maria A. Konrad earned her BFA in Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia,
    Pennsylvania. As a teacher in Philadelphia, Ms. Konrad created the early-dance-education curriculum
    for the school of the Koresh Dance Company. Her work has been picked up by choreographic
    workshops in NYC such as The STEPS Beyond Foundation at STEPS on Broadway and the “Come
    Together Festival hosted by Koresh Dance Company. She has choreographed for Opera Tampa in Les
    Pêcheurs de Perles and Aida. She has been a guest choreographer with Pennsylvania Ballet 2 (Dir.
    Eddy Tovar) for three seasons. She has been recognized for her choreography by organizations such
    as Young Arts, Youth America Grand Prix for “Outstanding Choreography”(2015, 2017) and ADCIBC
    (2021). She has been a guest teacher for institutions such as The Colorado Ballet School, Nashville
    Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, The Joffrey (Chicago), University of the Arts, Florida’s Young Dancers Workshop
    and Florida Dance Festival. She served on the 2018 faculty at The International Ballet Competition in
    Jackson, Mississippi. She is excited to join the YAGP organization for a fourth season as a judge and
    Master Teacher. She is currently resident choreographer with The Next Generation Ballet (Dir. Philip
    Neal). She has been a guest instructor for the fitness line “Eleven” by Venus Williams. She also hosts
    series “Barre Talk” on YouTube for So’Danca where she chats, laughs and loves with some of the
    biggest names in dance.


    The Intensive is an invitation-only workshop seeking pre-professional dancers.  To be considered, please submit an audition video, as outlined below.

    Video Auditions
    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).

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

    Registration and Tuition

    Applicants will be notified of the results of your video submission within a week of receiving your video link.

    Successful applicants will be guaranteed a place in the Contemporary 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 July 25.

    Tuition payments will be due by August 1, 2022. 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.

    Half-Day Program

    August 15-19, 2022
    Location: Brookside Campus — SemGroup Center

    Students ages 12-14 accepted into the program will be invited to attend our Half-Day Program.

    Half-Day Program Tuition:

    • New Students: $195
    • Returning Students: $170

    Full-Day Program

    August 15-19, 2022
    Location: Brookside Campus — SemGroup Center

    Students ages 15-19 accepted into the program will be invited to attend our Full-Day Program.

    Full-Day Program Tuition:

    • New Students: $450
    • Returning Students: $400


      Housing will not be offered for Contemporary Intensive.  A list of partner hotels and other housing options are available upon request.


      TBCDE Classical Ballet Technique classes are based on the Vaganova method of training, highlighting the understanding of the body as a whole. TBCDE’s talented faculty share their professional experience with enthusiasm.

      Experience M. Konrad’s Contemporary Technique class, developed specifically for the needs of the ballet dancers; placing emphases on the  articulation of the epaulment, joint strength, breath of movement, release of the spine, and the distinction of parallel and rotated positions. She explains how each excercise relates to classical ballet technique and moves into contemporary technique of today.

      This class incorporates the needs of contemporary pointe work today, including articulation of the foot, strengthening excercises and transitions from parallel to turned out positions. The class includes a pointe barre, dynamic across-the-floor exercises, and contemporary pointe phrase work in center.  Students may choose to participate in pointe shoes or in ballet slippers.

      Students learn a diverse repertoire from M. Konrad and others. This class will emphasize attention to detail, focus on learning material quickly, and the history of existing works.

      Improvisation can be overwhelming and nerve-racking for ballet students! Students are given clear structures and directives that help them make the connection from classical lines to contemporary vocabulary created from their own body. Choreographers often ask dancers to “move in space”. This class readies dancers to create phrase work with freedom and less stress.

      This class explores weight transfer, grip transitioning, and articulation of contemporary release with classical ballet line.