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Kevin McKenzie teaching Extreme Ballet students.
The Dancers' Inn accommodates students in comfortable double and triple rooms with private baths.



AUDITION TOUR will be posted in September


(Don't forget that DVD's are a good alternative to live auditions.)









Chicago, IL

Hubbard Street Dance
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.,      Chicago, IL  60607

      San Francisco City Dance Studio
10 Chase Court San Francisco, CA     94103

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Dance Theatre
528 Hennepin Avenue 6th Fl. , Minneapolis,  MN 55403


Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway,     Cincinnati, OH 45214


Dallas, TX

Ballet Academy of Texas
145 Fitness Court, Coppell, TX 75019

Tucson, AR

University of Arizona             School of Dance                               Ina Gittings Bldg. #121            Tucson, AZ 85721   

Washington, DC

   Washington Ballet             Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington D.C. 20016


Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Ballet School
500 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
Princeton, NJ
Princeton Ballet School
301 N. Harrison Street,
Princeton, NJ 08540

Orlando, FL

Orlando Ballet
2201 McRae Ave. Orlando, Fl.  32804

Atlanta, GA


      NYC, NY

The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street                 New York, NY 10019


Denver, CO

 Academy of the Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln Street,             Denver, CO 80203    


Hartford, CT

Hartt Dance Division        University of Hartford                  35 Westbourne Parkway     Hartford, CT 06105


Philadelphia, PA

The Rock School
1101 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Pittsburg, PA


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue,      Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Boston, MA

Boston Ballet
 19 Clarendon Street,            Boston, MA    02116


Tivoli, NY

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583

• 13 years and older
• Minimum of 2 years of Pointe work: able to sustain 6 days of technique class per week, and 2-4 hours a day of Pointe class five days a week.
• Students are able to register for two sessions with the director’s approval.

AUDITION TOUR:  Pre-registration is not required.  Registration is 30 minutes prior to audition.  One photo in first arabesque and a headshot are required along with a $30.00 audition fee

Due: February 21, 2015
Submit a VHS or DVD recorded no earlier than August 2011 along with one photo in first arabesque en pointe, one photo tendu à la seconde, a headshot and $35.00 Audition Processing Fee. Polaroids are acceptable. The audition should be no more than 15 minutes long -- keep it simple.
Start the recording by stating your name and age. Create your own
combinations both at the barre and in the center. The audition should be
no more than 15 minutes long--keep it simple.
* Grande plié in each position
* Tendu en croix with demi plié
* Tendu and dégagés en croix
* Rond de jambe en dehors and en dedans
* Developpé and fondu en croix, end with an arabesque
* Grand Battement en croix
Center Work:
* Adage, show écarté and attitude
* Pirouette en dehors and en dedans
* Petit allegro
* Grand Allegro
* Ladies - Pointe work combination
* Men - double tours and pirouettes à la seconde en l'air

Mail application form, $35.00 fee, video, and photographs to:
Prudence Garcia-Renart, Kaatsbaan
USPS - P.O. Box 482, Tivoli, NY 12583
UPS or FedEx: 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583

Submit one photo in first arabesque en pointe AND a head shot taken after SEPTEMBER 2014, and $35.00 Audition Processing Fee, and Application Form - printed from web site. Polaroid's are acceptable.


Martine van Hamel, Program Director
Martine van Hamel was born in Brussels. She studied dance in Denmark, Holland, and Venezuela before settling down at the National Ballet School of Canada. In l966, van Hamel was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition held in Varna, Bulgaria and simultaneously won the seldom-awarded Prix de Varna for best artistic interpretation in all categories. She was a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. She became a member of the City Center Joffrey Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1970. In 1973, van Hamel became a Principal Dancer after a highly-acclaimed New York debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.
In June 1990, van Hamel celebrated 20 years with ABT, dancing the leading role in Swan Lake. From 1992 until 1998, she danced with Jiri Kylian’s Netherlands Dans Theater III.
Van Hamel was the recipient of the Cue Magazine Award for outstanding dancer in 1976, the 1983 Dance Magazine Award, honoring her dedication to, and enrichment of, the art of dance, the Dance Education of America's Award in July 1989, and the 1992 Award for Excellence from Washington College. She is Co-Founder of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.









Gregory Cary, Kevin McKenzie, Bentley Roton, Martine van Hamel founders



Celebrating 16 years

Session I
June 14 - July 4, 2015

Intermediate – Pre-professional

Session II
July 5 - July 25, 2015

Intermediate – Pre-professional

Session III
July 26 – August 15, 2015

Advanced – Pre-professional

KAATSBAAN’S EXTREME BALLET 2015 is aimed at the young dancer who is capable of crossing the threshold from intermediate to advanced student and from advanced student to professional dancer. Today, the world of dance demands that performers not only exhibit beautiful and accomplished technique, but also a strong artistic identity. Extreme Ballet 2015 is a unique experience for dancers focusing on infusing artistic individuality with technical perfection. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per session thus allowing each dancer the daily individual attention needed to excel.
The summer intensive program develops, structures and builds the technique, musicality, creativity and artistry of young dancers allowing them to grow in ability and self-confidence. A close working partnership between student and teacher is, perhaps, the most important aspect of the program. As aspiring professionals, each dancer will receive intensive work to improve line and placement, technique and strength. In addition to classical ballet training and coaching in traditional repertoire, students gain experience in a number of diverse dance styles including contemporary ballet, modern, Flamenco and improvisation.
The faculty at Extreme Ballet offer students a vast range of professional experience coupled with in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance pedagogy. They are well versed in classical ballet technique as well as many of the more contemporary approaches to dance training. Their enthusiasm and skill as teachers/mentors combined with their love of dance offer students a rich and rewarding experience within a safe and nurturing environment. The faculty shares with students their knowledge of all aspects of the dance world.
Students return from the program with refined technique, audition and performance skills. Each student will study repertory suitable for performance and competition.


Dancers participate daily in a two-hour technique class designed to strengthen as well as refine and cultivate their quality of movement. A second technique class will be scheduled on selected days.
Solos and variations from the classical and contemporary repertoire are taught and coached daily in small groups. Material is selected with particular attention to the needs of the individual dancer. We work to strengthen the student’s mastery of the classical style. At the same time focus is placed on the nuances of character interpretation that allow students to explore their own imagination and creativity. The total experience provides tools that will help young dancers compete on a professional level in today’s ballet world.
Two groups of eighteen to twenty students are assigned to classes on alignment and anatomical placement, port de bras, pirouettes, jumping, petite allegro and footwork. In addition mime is taught as part of the classical vocabulary.
Guest instructors include professionals and faculty from ABT, the Juilliard School, the Joffrey Ballet, and other acclaimed dance companies. Master class schedule coming soon.
Lectures and lecture demonstrations in critical areas related to dance are held after dinner. Nutrition, injury prevention, massage for dancers, music, and introductions to ballet and modern dance history are some of the topics presented.
Composition and Improvisation classes are designed to improve dancers’ ability to interact with choreographers and to increase their value to a dance company. Classes explore alternative and experimental movement, improvisation, and the creative process behind movement.
Pilates mat classes are uniquely suited to the training of dancers as a supplement to strengthen the muscles of the “powerhouse”—the abdomen, lower back, and buttocks.

Kaatsbaan is situated on 153 rural acres in the Village of Tivoli, New York, two hours north of New York City. The state of the art facilities include three premier dance studios and a sixteen-room motel style residence inn – The Dancers’ Inn. Set amongst historic buildings, the beautiful grounds offer a peaceful, healthy and safe environment complete with spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River.
On the last Saturday of each session at 12 Noon, families of all students are invited to a Showcase Performance in which dancers present the repertory pieces they have learned and developed during the session.
Field trips are scheduled for each session to professional dance performances (as available) such as ABT at Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Jacob ’s Pillow and the Bard College Summerscape Festival. For just plain fun, students attend local attractions such as the Dutchess County Fair, movies and local theater. Resident assistants supervise all activities.
Three meals per day are included in the tuition. Kaatsbaan is happy to accommodate special diets.
Dancers are housed in motel style double and triple rooms in the Dancers’ Inn. Kaatsbaan will provide linens and towels.
Transportation to and from Kaatsbaan is the responsibility of the
student. A transportation fee of approximately $60 each way will be additional if requiring transportation from the Albany Airport or $30 each way from the Rhinecliff Amtrak station. The Transportation Form will be included in the Registration Packet.


Fee per Session: Includes all instruction, room and board at
Kaatsbaan in the Dancers' Inn, double or triple occupancy rooms, liability insurance, activities, and full-time Resident Assistants (counselors).
February 21, 2015       $35 VHS or DVD Auditions, Application fee, Video Registration Form, & Photos.

March 15, 2015   Tuition deposit (TBA) due for Sessions I, II & III - Non-refundable deposit on tuition, room & board.

May 2, 2015        Tuition balance (TBA) due for Session I & II & III– Balance due on non-refundable tuition, room & board and all forms completed and signed.

There will be no adjustment in tuition or fees for late arrival or early departure.
All fees are non-refundable.

Audition Application 2015 coming soon

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FACULTY and MASTER TEACHERS for Extreme Ballet 2015 (tentative list)

Session I
Bonnie Mathis (Ballet), Lisa Lockwood (Ballet)
Session II
Bonnie Mathis (Ballet), Martine van Hamel (Ballet), Roberto Almaguer (Ballet),
Session III
Roberto Almaguer, Martine van Hamel

All sessions:
Sarite Sanders (Pilates)Kati Garcia Renart (Flamenco)
Oliver Tobin (Modern Dance, Composition and Improvisation)

Guest teachers:
To Be Announced