The IJ Summer Ballet Intensive has been shaped by the vision and expertise of Irina Paradnaya and Jared G. Lilly, its talented founders, who recognized the rewards of learning ballet masterworks from current and recent Bolshoi Ballet principals whose technique is still in their feet, who know how and what to dance.

Paradnaya and Lilly have assembled a faculty composed of dancers and ballet masters who will work closely with students to develop the performance skills necessary to pursue a career in the highly competitive world of professional ballet. Unlike the traditional style of most summer training academies, the IJ Summer Ballet Intensive will provide master classes and individualized workshops that will guide students through the art of classical choreography and character dance while drawing on the Bolshoi’s incomparable 240 year tradition.

Realizing that rigorous ballet training is a family experience, the Summer Ballet Intensive is delighted to give parents the chance to observe classes through online live streaming and by staging a final performance where students can be applauded for their hard work and newly acquired skills.