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SVB Summer Dance Intensive

Our summer intensive is the perfect way to hone your skills and immerse yourself in dance this summer! The SVB Summer Dance Intensive runs Monday – Friday June 20-June 24 at Star City School of Ballet, located at 1005 Industry Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.

The cost for the full week of instruction is $350. Applications must be received and paid in full by June 13, 2022.  Students with financial need may complete the Vaszary Scholarship application forms.  Scholarship Forms must by received by June 4.  Applicants will be notified by e-mail of any award by June 10, giving opportunity to complete the required Summer Intensive Registration Form by June 13, 2022. We will have a limit  of the number of students we can accept. A Wait List will be created, if necessary.

Dancers will likely be split into two levels for instruction, assuming we met our maximum of 30 students.

The classes are for girls and boys at all levels of dance.  The curriculum will focus on Ballet, Pre-Pointe,  Pointe, Variation, Men’s class, Modern, Jazz or Musical Theatre, Pas de Deux, Character, Pilates and Enrichment classes, depending on the students level of knowledge and experience.

  • Time: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $350/week (No part-time offerings this year.)

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Summer Dance Intensive 2022

All levels welcome. Ages 10 to adult Cost $350. Checks made payable to SVB can be mailed, if received by June 15. Call Megan to pay by credit card over phone through Square. Need more information? Pedro Szalay, Artistic Director: pedro@svballet.org Megan Potter, Interim Director: info@svballet.org 540-387-3978
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Vaszary Scholarship Available

The Vaszary Scholarship fund was created in 2008 to recognize the talented youth of Southwest Virginia dancing in the Roanoke Valley. A scholarship committee comprised of SVB board members, and SVB’s Artistic Director, consider financial need and the student’s ability and attitude toward dance. Merit and financial-based scholarships starting at $100, are awarded annually for summer programs.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Mark the envelope “Confidential” and send to:
Southwest Virginia Ballet Scholarship
1005 Industry Ave. Bldg 7A
Roanoke VA 24013


  • Applicants must be residents of the United States.
  • Applicants must reside in the greater Roanoke Valley Region.
  • Applicants must be students that actively participate in weekly dance classes.
  • All types of dance are eligible: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, etc.
  • Applicants can apply for only one scholarship each year.

To apply you must submit

  • The Parent or Guardian application (only required for financial need based scholarships)
  • The Dancer application
  • A short essay discussing your experience of dance as it impacts you as well as your community

The dancer may also submit an optional letter of recommendation from their current dance instructor. The questions asked in this application are designed to help us understand fully the family’s financial position and make certain that aid is awarded to those qualified students whose need is greatest.

The information in this application is strictly confidential.

For more information please contact Carol Jessee at info@svballet.org

Guest Teacher – Summer Intensive

Prima ballerina of Venezuela at the National Ballet of Caracas – Teresa Carreño.  She was born in Venezuela. She began her training at the age of seven in Caracas and began her professional career at the age of 13. She danced with the Youth Ballet of Venezuela, directed by Vladimir Issaev actual Artistic Director of the Arts Ballet of Florida, National Ballet of Caracas directed by Vicente Nebrada and the Contemporary Ballet of Caracas. Monica have been coached and trained by remarkable artists such as Vicente Nebrada, Vladimir Issaev, Ruta Butviliene, Rumen Rachev, Zane Wilson, Willy Burman at the Ballet Nacional de Caracas. She danced as a principal at the National Ballet of Caracas- Teresa Carreño from 1991 to 2004 after that she dance with The Contemporary Ballet of Caracas, Her repertoire includes works of George Balanchine, Vicente Nebrada, Alberto Mendez, Oscar Araiz and principal roles such as Odette/ Odile in The Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Swanilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker Ballet among others. Mrs. Tortolero has danced extensively abroad at many festivals and galas, including The International Gala in Washington D.C at the Kennedy Center as prima ballerina representing her country, receiving a representative ovation from the public and critics. She was also invited as an international guest artist to participate in the 80th anniversay at The Lituanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius, where she danced together with the stars of the Moscow Ballet, Saint Petersburg, Riga, among others.

She received the award “National Artist Award Venezuela” as Best Classical Dancer of the Year in 1997  and “The Arts and Letters Major Competition” as Best Neoclassic Pas de Deux in 2005.

In her role as a teacher, she began her position as a ballet teacher at the Emil Friedman School in their Ballet Dance Program for middle and high school students, as well as being part of the staff of teachers at DANZARTE, Classical Ballet Academy in Caracas.

She obtained different accreditations and international certifications of methodology for teaching classical ballet such as the “American Ballet Training Curriculum (ABT)” and the Russian Vaganova certification method for Ballet Teachers granted by Ballet Master Mr. Vladimir Issaev. Recently she obtained the certification as a teacher of the method “Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT)”.

Aug. 27-28, 2022Nutcracker Auditions

Are you between the ages of 7-18 and want to audition to be part of Southwest Virginia Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker?  It’s a FUN experience to be part of such a BIG Professional performance!!!