2018 Summer Intensive

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The Gulfshore Ballet Summer Intensive provides high quality pre-professional ballet training featuring the area’s most qualified instructors and curriculum of class offerings. The Summer Intensive is a premier training experience for ballet students 4-22 years of age.

















The Summer Intensive features a core curriculum of classes in ballet techniquepointe, men’s class, pas de deux and variations, as well as classical repertoire. Additional classes may include contemporary, character, strengthening, Gyrokinesis and floor barre, to help students develop versatility in their dancing. All students learn choreography and perform in our in-studio Summer Intensive Showcase.


Admission to the program is by audition only.


The Gulfshore Ballet Summer Intensive audition class will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM. All current Gulfshore Ballet students are automatically accepted into the program and do not need to audition.


Video Auditions: Students may audition by sending a completed application form, head shot, photo in first arabesque, and an audition DVD or email a video link to gulfshoreballet@gmail.com and a $30 audition fee to Gulfshore Ballet, 5636 Youngquist Rd., Units 1 & 2, Fort Myers, FL 33912. The deadline for video auditions is March 30, 2018.


Audition videos created for other summer programs or a classical variation will be accepted and may be used in lieu of full audition video. A guideline for exercises if making a new video would include barre: tendu, fondue, battement, at center: adagio, petite allegro, pirouettes and grand allegro. Female students who currently dance on pointe should include echappes on pointe. Students who are not on pointe should audition in flat ballet slippers. Your video should not exceed 5-7 minutes in length.


Required for All Auditions:



(Afternoon)  WEEK 1 MAY 21-MAY 25, 2018
  LEVEL 1 $425
LEVEL 2 $425
LEVEL 3 $325
(Afternoon)  WEEK 2  MAY 28-JUNE 1, 2018
  LEVEL 1 $425
LEVEL 2 $425
LEVEL 3 $325
(All day)  WEEK 3 JUNE 4-JUNE 8, 2018
  LEVEL 1 $725
LEVEL 2 $725
LEVEL 3 $525
(All day)  WEEK 4 JUNE 11-JUNE 15, 2018
  LEVEL 1 $725
LEVEL 2 $725
LEVEL 3 $525
  LEVEL 1    (GSB LEVELS 6-7-8-Pre-Pro) $2,300
LEVEL 2    (GSB LEVELS 4-5) $2,300
LEVEL 3    (GSB LEVELS 2-3) $1,700
BOYS (Tuition Scholarship - one time registration fee for any and all weeks for ALL boys only) $50


Tentative Hours (Subject to Change)
LEVELS 1-2  4:30-8:30 PM 4:30-8:30 PM 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
LEVEL 3 4:30-8:30 PM 4:30-8:30 PM 11:00 AM-5:00 PM 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
*CHILDREN’S DIVISION 3:00-4:30 PM 3:00-4:30 PM 9:00-11:00 AM 9:00-11:00 AM


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Tuition for the four-week Summer Intensive is detailed above. Gulfshore Ballet has structured the four-week program to best serve our students. Prorated tuition for students who miss part of the Summer Intensive will not be accommodated.


All registrations must be received and tuition paid in full by April 15, 2018. If these terms have not been completed by the due date above, the student’s name will be placed on a waiting list.




There are no exceptions to the refund policies. There are no refunds on registration fees, deposits, tuition, uniforms, or merchandise.


Please keep in mind that all dance activities, including the study of ballet, come with the risk of injury. Those students who suffer a major and debilitating injury preventing any dancing after full payment of tuition and fees but prior to May 21, 2018 may submit a letter of explanation from a licensed physician. Should such a letter be submitted, Gulfshore Ballet will consider negotiation of credit for the following year’s Summer Intensive or to other programming in the season.


All approved refunds will be disbursed after June 1, 2018. 



Gulfshore Ballet will not provide housing or dormitory options. A corporate rate with Gulfshore Ballet has been established at Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott located just 2 miles from the studio, 7090 Cypress Terrace, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

Visit or call the hotel directly for arrangements (239) 437-5600. Students are responsible for their own meals. 





Students must inform the Gulfshore Ballet office manager (239) 590-6191 if excessive absences occur. Excessive absences may result in dismissal from the Summer Intensive and may result in adjusted casting for the Summer Intensive Showcase or adjusted level placement. Students must complete weeks 3 and 4 to perform in the Summer Intensive Showcase. Students attending only one of the last two weeks will be allowed to learn the repertoire piece but not perform in the Summer Intensive Showcase. Students who experience a contagious illness must stay home and not attend classes in order to prevent the spread of germs to other students.



Family members are invited to attend open classroom observation on Friday, June 15, 2018. Family members will be allowed to watch all classes. 




The Gulfshore Ballet dress code applies to all students participating in the program, no exceptions. For the Summer Intensive Showcase, all female students must have a black camisole leotard with simple straps and a black skirt (no embellishments, no skirts attached and no ornamentation). Students may also bring a long black skirt to wear in the Character class and shorts to wear in the Contemporary class.


In daily classes, female students may wear any black leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers or pointe shoes, depending on level.  Female students will also need a black skirt for variations and repertoire classes.  For daily classes as well as the Summer Intensive Showcase, all male students must wear a white fitted shirt or men’s leotard, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. Young boys under the age of 13 may wear black shorts over their tights.


Hair must be worn in a bun with no bangs or fly-away hairs. No jewelry (except for small non-dangling stud earrings) or nail polish is allowed. A mat is required for Vaganova floor barre and similar classes that involve floor work.





Karen P. Brown, Instructor

Tamara Savage, Instructor

Nicole Johnson, Instructor

Edwin Navarro, Instructor

Trinka Lowe, Ballet Mistress

Jose Gamero, Instructor

Carolina Machado Gamero, Instructor

Lisa D. Tafel, Ed. D., Executive Director

Iliana Lopez & Franklin Gamero, Artistic Directors and former principal dancers with Miami City Ballet







Additional Special Guest Faculty is subject to change. While all students will attend special classes and work with a variety of faculty members, not every student will work with every faculty member and special guest faculty, and special guest faculty will work with appropriate class levels suited to their areas of experience and expertise, in order to provide the best training experience for students. 


Mary Carmen Catoya

Duncan Cooper

Douglas Gawriljuk

Marife Gimenez

Kleber Rebello

Jermaine Thornton



Placement day for non-GSB students will be during classes on each Monday of the Summer Intensive.  Placement results will be posted prior to the start of daily classes on each Tuesday of the Summer Intensive. Placement is determined with each student’s best interest in mind, in order to provide each student with optimal opportunity for growth and development. Determinations are based on the sole judgment of Gulfshore Ballet faculty and artistic staff. A variety of factors are considered during placement, including technical and artistic ability, development and strength. Each faculty member involved with the placement process is an expert in ballet technique.​  



Classes for all levels will take place at the Gulfshore Ballet studios, 5636 Youngquist Road Units 1 & 2, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Please follow the class schedule class times. Parents and students are responsible for checking their schedule for the start and finish time for their level. Additional classes and/or rehearsals may take place and students will be advised of any additions or changes through email.


Students may be dropped off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of their class. Students must be picked up no later than their last class end time each day. Parents are expected to check the class schedule on a daily basis to ensure timely daily drop off and pick up. Earlier drop off and pick up times may be arranged in advance and will require an additional fee.


Students will be given a lunch break each day. Students are responsible for bringing food items that do not require refrigeration or microwaving. Meal planning is important to ensure that an adequate amount of nutritious food is available to provide the energy to fuel an active day of dance. It may be possible to order daily delivered lunches from local sandwich shops or restaurants. Water fountains are located in the Gulfshore Ballet studios.


No students, regardless of age, are permitted to leave the Gulfshore Ballet studios during scheduled class times without written permission from their parent or guardian. 







5636 Youngquist Road Units 1 & 2, Fort Myers, FL 33912

(239) 590-6191  | www.gsballet.org  | gulfshoreballet@gmail.com

Gulfshore Ballet is Southwest Florida’s premier not for profit school of classical ballet.


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