SLK Ballet NYC

Sara Knight~Artistic Director

380 Broadway NY, NY 10013
2014 Summer Intensive

July 28th - August 22nd

Auditions are open to male and female advanced students, ages 15-19, who are seeking serious training in classical and contemporary dance. Summer intensive students experience world class teaching by Sara Knight and other master guest teachers.
Auditions are made by contacting SLK Ballet at:
Studio: 646.863.2032
or by video DVD

Video DVD auditions should be formatted on a DVD and labeled with the applicant's name, age, mailing address, email address, phone number, years of training and years on pointe.

Audition videos should include barre, center work, pirouettes, petite and grande allegro and pointe work for ladies.

DVD should be no more than 15 minutes in length. 

Please include a $25.00 video fee and send to:

SLK Ballet
1641 Third Avenue, #6B
NY, NY  10128

2014 Summer Intensive Guest Teachers
Classical/Pas De Deux - Brett Bauer began life in Berkeley, California, but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut.  He began dancing at the age of five preferring tap, jazz and hip hop at first. That changed at the age of eight when he began ballet.  When he was eleven he began private training which enabled him to enter the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto.  He spent three years there, followed by a year with the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. Brett then toured with Suzanne Farrell in the Fall of 2001, and finally spent a post high school year training with the San Francisco Ballet School and working with the company.  Mr. Bauer joined the corps de ballet of San Francisco for the 2002 season. In 2010 Mr. Bauer moved his talents to Portland for the opportunity to work with Christopher Stowell at Oregon Ballet Theater.  He joined as a Soloist, but was promoted to Principal at the end of his first season.  In June 2013 he danced at the Kennedy Center with OBT for the “Dance Across America” festival in a piece choreographed by James Kudelka.


Contemporary - Sonia Dawkins is the founder and artistic director of Sonia Dawkins|Prism Dance Theatre. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts and received a Master’s in Dance/Kinesiology from SUNY Brockport. Ms. Dawkins has been a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. She has also been an Artist-in Residence at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Cincinnati Ballet School and Jones Haywood Dance School. Ms. Dawkins has performed extensively with choreographers and companies in the United States and the Caribbean. Her national and international choreography credits include: Seattle Repertory Theatre (Pullman Porter Blues, Three Musketeers, Brother Size, The Breach), Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nevada Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School, Seattle Theatre Group (Dance This), Bulgaria Dance Festival, Mexico International Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Young Arts Recognition, Youth Grand Prix and Broadway Bound ( 13 the Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, God Lives in Glass). She has received Gypsy Rose Lee Award for choreography for Brother Size, 2011 and was nominated for the same award for Pullman Porter Blues, 2012. Presently, Sonia Dawkins has received the New Directors Choreography Lab from Alvin Ailey American Dance and was the musical stager for Pullman Porter Blues at the Goodman Theatre.

Contemporary/Pilates - Carmen Nicole joined Battery Dance Company in 2008 and since that time has performed, choreographed and taught dance technique and Dancing to Connect workshops at the professional, conservatory, university, high school and secondary school levels in Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S.  In 2010, she trained professional dancers from Beijing Dance LDTX and Guangzhou Modern Dance Companies in China in the skills of Dancing to Connect; and in 2011 trained dancers from Alas Abiertas in Madrid, Spain.    She has taught classical ballet and Pilates in New York City, and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerTM and Holistic Nutritional Counselor.  She is pursuing an undergraduate degree from Empire State College, New York, and is writing a thesis on Dance and Community focusing on increasing HIV/AIDS awareness through dance in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Contemporary - Robin Cantrell hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and began her dance training at Midwest Youth Dance Theater.  She attended the University of Utah as a Willem F. Christensen scholarship recipient and received a BFA in ballet performance.  Robin has been a member of City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet Deviare, Rioult, Collective Body Dance Lab and currently dances for Battery Dance Company and Rebecca Kelly Ballet.  She taught and presented her own work in over 35 countries worldwide.  Robin is also the artistic director of her own dance company, Indelible.
Ballet/Pas De Deux/Yoga - Alexander Glaz is originally from the Ukraine.  He began his dance training in New York City and has gone on to dance professionally with various companies throughout Europe, Asia and North America.  Among these companies are the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens De Montreal, Dance Theatre of Harlem and North Carolina Dance Theatre.  Alexander is also a certified yoga instructor, having studied extensively in India, Europe, United States and Canada.  He currently teaches in dance schools and companies throughout the boroughs of New York and develops dance education and outreach programs for public schools.
Musical Theatre - Alyssa Epstein, originally from New Jersey, began her training at the New Jersey School of Ballet under the direction of Carolyn Clark.  Her studies continued as she was accepted to attend both the Jazz and Contemporary programs at the School at Jacob's Pillow.  She now holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  She spent 7 years kicking up her heels as a Radio City Rockette.  During her time as a Rockette, she had the opportunity to tour around the country performing and teaching.  She was seen on national television programs such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show and the Rachael Ray Show.  Her voice can be heard on the Rockettes Sing Your Christmas Favorites cd!  Outside of Radio City she has performed dance works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Tere O'Connor, Heniz Poll; as well as worked with Broadway Choreographers Randy Skinner and Chet Walker.  Favorite regional musical theater performances include 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Showboat and The Merry Widow.  Alyssa is also a certified personal trainer.
Stretch/Strength - Jessica Howard was the three-time Rhythmic Gymnastics National Champion, Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist, World Championship Finalist, and served for six years on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors as an Athlete Representative. She began her career in ballet, and continued to train in the Vaganova style with her Russian and Bulgarian coaches until her retirement from competition in 2003. In addition to her distinguished career as a gymnast, upon her retirement Jessica also performed on Broadway, toured, and has worked with USA Gymnastics as a consultant to help prepare their National Teams for World and Olympic competition. She currently lives in New York City, and has taught at The School at Steps, Ellison Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, SLK Ballet, Premiere Division, and also works privately with dancers and athletes in advanced training programs. Last year Jessica co-founded Ballet Extensions to help driven students achieve their maximum flexibility and strength potential. Jessica received her early training in Jacksonville, Florida, but later split her time between Sofia, Bulgaria and the US Olympic Training Center to prepare fully for her international assignments. 
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