1. 3  WEEK BALLET INTENSIVE June 3 – 21, 2019 (Tuition $510) – SIGN UP
  2. SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE – July 22 – 27, 2019 (Tuition $310) – SIGN UP

Marshall Ellis Dance School will offer two summer intensives for dancers in Central Florida and beyond: a three-week ballet intensives, and a one-week dance intensive focusing on ballet, contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Other class styles will be offered during the program.

These rigorous training programs are designed for motivated dancers ages 10-14, and aspiring pre-professional and early-career dancers ages 15-21. Attendees will take daily classes in ballet and other techniques, plus choreography progressively integrated through The Fusion Powered by ME Program. This is a unique opportunity for committed dancers to refine their skills in multiple forms, broaden their dance vocabulary and grow as artists.

On National Dance Day – July 27, 2019 – ME Dance School will host a live performance at ME Theatre. Students who took part in the one-week dance intensive will perform original works and showcase skills they’ve adapted during the program.

Students in the three-week ballet intensives will have an opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of each session in the ME Theatre on site.

Classes will run from 9am-3pm Daily. Students once enrolled in Summer Intensive will gain access to all night classes offered at Marshall Ellis Dance School.

GUEST FACULTY – Coming Soon!

Past guest faculty:

Brandon Ragland 

Born and raise in Birmingham, Alabama, Brandon received his early training from Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart and continued his dance training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In 2007, he graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Dance-Arts Administration and joined Alabama Ballet, where he danced for 3 years. Since joining the Louisville Ballet in 2010, he has had the opportunity to perform leading roles in classical and neoclassical works such as, Andre Prokovsky’s The Three Musketeers; Val Caniparoli’s The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, Lamberena, Lady of the Camellias, and Spaghetti Western, Robert Curran’s Coppelia & Swan Lake, Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc, George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Kammermusik #2, and Western Symphony. Other works include Bruce Simpson’s Swan Lake, La Slyphide, Ma Cong’s Tethered Pulse, and works by Adam Hougland, Lucas Jervies, and Alun Jones. As a choreographer and teacher, he has worked with the Louisville Ballet, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Ballet School, AROVA Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Next Generation Ballet, J. Lockhart Performing Arts Institute, and Sedona Chamber Ballet. In April 2017, Brandon had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Black Iris Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of their Dance Across America Program.

Sara Havener

Sara Havener is originally from North Carolina where she began dancing at the age of 5 and went on graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010 with a focus in ballet. Sara began her professional career at the age of 18 with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, performing soloist roles in productions such as Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty.  Sara also spent three years as a company dancer with the Atlanta Ballet, where she performed roles such as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, the lead Pas de Deux in Amy Seiwart’s Home in 7, and performed Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 in the Fall for Dance North festival in Canada. Sara has extensive teaching experience with ballet schools in the Southeast and in New Zealand and is currently the ballet director for Variations Dance Studio in Auburn, AL. At Variations Sara has had several choreographic opportunities including creating a brand new snow scene for their annual production of The Nutcracker, in addition to creating several other contemporary and ballet pieces. One of her pieces, Paper Swans, recently won the “Best of Radix Award” and was selected to perform in their closing show in Atlanta, GA. Sara has also judged for Rising Star Talent Productions and is currently a judge for On Point National Dance Competition. Sara feels very fortunate to be able to do what she loves every day and to be able to share this beautiful art form with others!


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