Summer Intensive 2018

Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet’s Summer Intensive 2018 is the perfect program for dance students wishing to advance their technical and artistic training to the next level.  Students will have the unprecedented opportunity to learn from world renowned dancers and instructors from Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet's Summer Intensive Program is challenging and demanding, and a full-time training program which focuses on improving technique and artistry in classical ballet while exploring different aspects of dance.  The Program starts on Monday, July 2nd and concludes with the "Celebration" performance on Saturday, July 28th.


The Summer Intensive is offered through two levels:  the Junior program for students ages 11 to 13, and the Senior program for students ages 14 and older. Classes will include, but are not limited to, Ballet technique - including Vaganova technique, Classical Repertoire, Variations, Character, Pas de Deux, Body Conditioning, Contemporary, and choreographic workshop where Modern (Graham) and ballet techniques are used for creating unique pieces of choreography. Students may also be grouped by ability, experience and potential within the two levels.  Classes offered will vary by age and ability.

Students attend classes Monday through Friday for the four weeks from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and a half day on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Classes are taught by Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet’s Faculty, including our Artistic Director, Mr. David C. Beales, and special guest instructors (please see below).  


Male Dancer Full Scholarship



We welcome all students wishing to advance their potential as a dancer.  However, placement into the Summer Intensive Program is by live audition at one of the audition sessions or by video submission.  Please refer to the audition page for more information for the audition date near your area. Scholarships available to deserving applicants. 

Students who are accepted into and attend the 2018 Summer Intensive Program may be extended an invitation to join the Professional Development Program, which is Maple Leaf School of Ballet's full year professional development program.  



Please contact us for more information. Homestay and in-school residence available options.



Program cost $1850.00 (GST included)

Deposits and fees due on Registration:
1.  A $500 deposit is required after acceptance into the program. For international students, please contact us for wire-transfer information.
2. The remaining amount is due one week before the first day of classes. Please note that deposits are non-refundable, as when you register for the program  a space is held in reserve for you.


guest Instructors

Faculty is subject to change and more instructors will be confirmed in 2018

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James Stout

James is a principal dancer with Amsterdam’s Het Nationale Ballet in The
Netherlands since 2012. He joined the Het Nationale Ballet in 2007 where he has danced leading and soloist roles in La Dame aux Camelia, Sylvia (Neumeier), Swan Lake, Romeo and
Juliet, Ginastera (V. Dantzig), Cinderella (Wheeldon), The Nutracker, Sleeping Beauty (Sir P. Wright), Serenade,Balanchine’s Agon, Steptext (Forsythe), Bolero (Pastor) and many more.
James started his dance training at the School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Alberta, at age thirteen, and then at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, B.C., two years later. During his time at the Goh Ballet Academy, James was a finalist at competitions in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Varna. He completed his training and graduated from the Royal Ballet School in
London, England in 2007.

Erika Pirl

Erika Pirl is an artist in dance and movement research. She is currently based in Switzerland where she is working with both the dance and visual art fields. Her practice tries to make the bridge between the two artistic fields stronger.

Erika started dancing at a young age in her home town of Tehuacan, Pue, México, and has since worked with different choreographers, companies, and personal or collective projects between the fields of Contemporary  Dance and those of Visual Art  in Europe, North America and Latin America.

In her personal practice she likes to explore the notions of collective memory and personal memory. She is also curious about how we learn things, how we teach things or pass them down. She explores educational patterns, as well as ritual and tradition patterns.  

Kostyantyn Keshyshev

Kostyantyn Keshyshev started dancing in 2002 at the Odessa Ballet Academy in his hometown in Ukraine. In 2005, he moved to Vancouver and continued his training at the Goh Ballet Academy where he received numerous scholarships, including The Hnatyshyn Foundation Grant.

In 2007, Kostyantyn participated in The Genée International Ballet Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal. The same year, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet where he took on the leading roles of Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Count Danilo Danilovitsch (Merry Widow), Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty) and Prince Charming (Cinderella). Kostyantyn also had the opportunity to work with choreographers Nacho Duato, Peter Quanz, Stanton Welch and many more as well as perform in works like CastratiSteptextClearLuminousSerenade and Allegro Brillante. Kostyantyn left the Hong Kong Ballet as Soloist in 2015 and joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet that same year. 

Sarah Yeung Po Ting

Sarah Yeung Po Ting was born in Hong Kong, and started her ballet training at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet. While she trained there, she received the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award 2005-07 from the Tsinforn C. Wong Memorial Scholarship to attend the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany. After dancing with Dresden Semper Opera Ballet in Germany, and the Dutch National Ballet in The Netherlands, she returned to Hong Kong to complete further study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She joined The Hong Kong Ballet as an apprentice in 2010, and was engaged as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2011.

Sarah danced in major roles including Mercedes, friends and Bolero in Don Quixote by Nina Anaiashvili, Spanish Doll in Nutcracker by Terence Kohler, Tall Girl in Light and Shadow by Krzysztof Pastor and Ancestor pas de deux in Torandotby Natalie Weir. She had the opportunity to work with many choreographers which created roles on her, including those in Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, Peter Quanz’ Luminous, Kinsun Chan’s Black on Black, Li Jun’s Dance with the Wind. She was also featured in different roles in RubiesSerenadeSuite en blancCoppéliaSwan LakeSleeping Beauty and Paquita.

Sarah has won several awards, including the Gold Medal at the Shenzhen International Dance Competition in 2005, 2nd place in the 2004 South China Morning Post Best Dancer of the Year Award, and Gold and Silver medals at the 4th Hong Kong Youth Ballet Stars Award in 2004.


Danielle Gould

Born in North Vancouver, Canada, Danielle received her training from Canada’s National Ballet School, Pro Arte Centre and the Goh Ballet Academy in combination with studies of the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and Examinations. Upon graduation from Goh ballet academy and having received the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award, Danielle performed with the Goh Ballet Youth Company on both local and international tours. Predominately two tours in China in which more then 5 cities were visited on each occasion, performing lead roles in various classical repertoire and original choreographies. At age 17 Danielle competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, New York City finals and won a full scholarship to the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. During her second year in the academy she was offered a contract with the Hungarian National Ballet and accepted immediately. In the past 6 seasons with the Hungarian National Ballet, she has performed both demi soloist and corps de ballet roles. Some of her repertoire includes solo parts in Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Falling Angels and Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. As well as Corps de Ballet in Swan Lake, Manon, Etudes, The Merry Widow, Coppelia, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Syvlia, Spartacus, Don Quixote and the Taming of the Shrew. As a member of the HNBC Danielle toured and performed throughout Eastern Europe. Danielle’s passion for choreography began at a very young age and has grown into a second career along side her own dance career, having created pieces for both the ballet company in Budapest and side projects. Outside of her work as a ballet dancer Danielle has also had the opportunity to dance and act recently in two films “Red Sparrow” and “Colette”. She is also a trained Pilates reformer instructor and passionate advocator about cross training in dance to prevent injuries, which she learnt through her own experiences