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).  


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. 

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.



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 soloist 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.

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Lauren Richter Henry

Lauren Richter Henry began her ballet training in 1996 in Orange County. In 2006, she moved to New York City to continue her training at ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and worked privately with Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Eva Evdokimova. During this time, Lauren was awarded a scholarship through Youth American Grand Prix to continue her studies in Monte Carlo at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance under the direction of Marika Besobrasova. After spending two years there, Lauren received her first professional contract with the Prague State Opera Ballet in the Czech Republic and then went on to dance with the Bucharest National Ballet in Romania.

Lauren has competed in several competitions both nationally and internationally, including LA Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Stars of Tomorrow, Youth American Grand Prix, and Prague International Ballet Competition. During her professional career, Lauren’s repertoire included roles in such classics as Giselle, La Bayadere, La Corsaire, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Lauren is certified in levels 1-8 through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Program. She is also a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official world-wide organization for dance. In addition to ballet, Lauren is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance specialization through BASI Pilates. Lauren has taught in several schools throughout Orange County as well as in some of the orphanages in Romania. Dance is truly her passion and she loves to be able to share that passion with others.