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What is a typical day like?
Here is a sample schedule for the program. Actual times may vary depending on specific class schedules for each level.
7:00-7:30 a.m. Breakfast, pack lunch
8 a.m. Bus departs for the studio
8:15 a.m. Bus arrives at the studio
9-10:30 a.m. Ballet Class
10:30-11:30 a.m. Pointe or men’s class
11:30-12:30 p.m. Variations or partnering
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30-2:30 p.m. Style class (varies each week – African, Jazz, Modern, Pilates, etc.)
3-5:00 p.m. Rehearsal for Emergence
5:15 p.m. Bus departs for residence hall
5:30 p.m. Bus returns to residence hall
6:00 p.m. Dinner (pack lunch for next day, if desired)
7:00 p.m. Residence hall activity
How do I know my placement level?
Based on your audition, you are placed in either the 3-week Intermediate Intensive Program or the 6-week Pre-Professional Program. Students may not choose a preferred program. Your initial class placement is listed in your acceptance letter. This placement is subject to review by our faculty during the first two days of the program.
How many students are in each class?
There are approximately 40 students in the 3-week program. These students are divided in half for classes and brought back together for rehearsal and performance.
There are approximately 20 students per level in the 6-week program. There are six levels for ladies and one for men. Ladies take technique and rehearsal classes with their level. Men take Ballet and Partnering with ladies and have a separate Men’s Class. Style classes are often two levels combined in a master class format. Men are included in style classes with the ladies.
What is the dress code?
We strictly enforce the dress code and require each student to adhere to the guidelines.
What are the performance opportunities?
Emergence, is the showcase performance of the Summer Intensive program.
The performance features original classical and contemporary choreography created for the Intensive students by several members of the faculty and guest instructors.
A free, downloadable copy of Emergence will be sent to each student after the program ends.
More details are available here.
Are photos of the program available for purchase?
A photographer will be present throughout the program and posts photos on a secure, password-protected website. Prints of the images can be ordered through the website with proceeds benefiting the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy production fund. These images make for great keepsakes and can be useful for a dance resume.
Are scholarships or financial aid available?
Merit-based scholarships are awarded during the audition tour for students who excel in their audition.
We also have a need-based financial assistance program for which students can apply once accepted into the pre-professional program. Financial assistance does not cover any component of housing nor the full tuition amount.
To apply for financial aid, click here for more information.
When do we arrive and depart the program?
Students arrive the Sunday prior to the first class date and depart the Saturday following the Emergence performance. Transportation from the airport to the residence halls is each student’s responsibility. Taxi and discount shuttle services are available from the airport to Sandburg Halls. Mitchell Airport is neither large nor complicated and can be easily navigated by the most novice travelers. The chaperone staff will assist students in coordinating rides to the airport on Saturday, August 1. Elm Grove Travel Service is proud to be the Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Program travel agency. The lowest airfare discounts are available by calling the toll free number 1.800.782.7073. Identify yourself as a Milwaukee Ballet summer student or family member.
How do I get to class?
Chartered school buses will be provided from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) to the Milwaukee Ballet studios. A bus schedule will be posted each week. Students who are not staying in the residence halls are welcome to take these buses to and from UWM. Please notify the School Office one week in advance if you are a non-resident student and would like to ride the bus.
What do students do on the evenings and weekends?
All students are invited to attend optional ballet class Saturday mornings. Resident and non-resident students are welcome to participate in all extracurricular activities. During the week, the chaperone staff will plan complimentary activities at or near the residence halls including walks to the beach, movie nights, and volleyball games. Each Saturday, more extensive excursions to theme parks, water parks, museums, and sporting events will be planned. Specific cost and schedule information for the excursions will be available in late spring.
What are the behavior expectations for students?
Students are expected to conduct themselves in the highest standards at the residence halls, UWM campus, studios, bus shuttle, and throughout the city. Inappropriate actions or language will NOT be tolerated. Students are also expected to attend ALL classes and rehearsals unless illness or injury prevents them from doing so. Violation of rules of Milwaukee Ballet, UWM, University Housing or any laws of the State of Wisconsin may result in immediate dismissal from the program with no tuition or housing refund. Underage drinking, smoking, or the use of illegal substances will not be tolerated at any time or in any place.
Is medical care offered?
Physicians and athletic trainers from the Froedtert Sports Medicine Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin will be available on Fridays at our studios for a free consultation for the summer students. Students who require immediate medical attention will be taken to the Froedtert Center by a member of the staff or to an emergency room by ambulance, if required. If the student is under 18, parents will be contacted in advance. If such action is taken, your medical insurance will be used. Students who become too injured or ill to complete the program will be sent home with a prorated refund for the remainder of the program.
Our Pre-Professional program involves up to 7 hours of dancing each day. We strongly recommend that students arrive with their bodies ready to work. To prevent injury, we discourage students from taking too much time off before arriving to the program. Once the program begins, if a student feels that he/she cannot attend class, he/she must notify the office before his/her first class of the day begins. Students are expected to observe class if they are injured but still feeling well enough to travel to the studios.
What housing options are available?
Supervised housing is available at UWM’s Sandburg Halls. Meal plan options are also available. Milwaukee Ballet employs live-in and part-time resident assistants to supervise all students under age 18. Students age 18 and older are housed near the chaperoned students but are not required to follow the check-in/out procedure, curfew, or bed-check policies. A majority of out-of-town students will stay at Sandburg Halls, though this is not required. Students not staying under the arrangement of UWM and Milwaukee Ballet are responsible for securing their own accommodations for the program.
If you are interested in being a resident assistant during the Summer Intensive Program, download an application packet. Resident Assistants cannot be enrolled in the program but are able to take classes when not on duty.
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