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Summer Dance Intensive 
2023 Dates Coming Soon
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Ages 10 - 18 

LDA’s Summer Dance Intensive brings nationally recognized  dance professionals  to New Hampshire. LDA's renowned guest artist faculty of currently performing professional dancers, and company directors will inspire dancers to reach their next level of achievement. Individual attention and diverse curriculum provide students with the tools to enter the next school year with a leg up. Class placement will be determined on the first day based on age and ability. 


Curriculum: LDA’s  Summer Dance Intensive includes a variety of dance classes and genres. Ballet Technique will be daily.  Additional classes will be offered in Pointe, Contemporary, Conditioning, Jazz, Character, Partnering Improv and Workshops.  There will be 4-5 classes each day. There will be a lunch break midday. Students are asked to bring their own lunch and healthy snacks. 

There will be an in studio presentation at the end of each week, for friends and families to attend. 


Students and families are invited to attend an evening performance of the Broadway National Tour of "Anastasia" at the Boston Opera House on Thursday, August 18th. Attendance not required, tickets are not included in tuition. Please contact us to reserve your tickets. 

Tuition for each individual sessions is $495.  Enroll for both sessions and save. Tuition for both Session One and Two is $850.

A limited amount of drop in places are available, please email us to inquire on tuition and enrollment 

Guest Faculty include:   

*  Garritt McCabe - Company Member with Nashville Ballet

* Sara Knight - Director of SLK and Artistic Director of Chevalier Ballet

 *  Dean Vollick - Professor of Dance Boston Conservatory 

With - Barbara Mullen, Kayla Carvalho, Lauren Jbara and Jackie Allen

 Sterling Baca is a Principal dancer with Philadelphia Ballet. He began his ballet training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet at age eleven. He attended five ABT summer intensives as a National Training Scholar and Bender Foundation Scholar and enrolled in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 on full scholarship. He was an inaugural recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship.

Baca joined ABT II in September 2010. He joined ABT as an apprentice in May 2011 and became a member of the corps de ballet in December 2011. He was chosen for and featured on the cover of Dance Magazine’s January 2016 '25 to Watch' issue.  He has been featured on Dance 212 Season 4. Mr. Baca joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2016. He has performed annually with LDA’s New England Dance Ensemble. He has taught throughout the USA as well as internationally.


Sara Knight is a graduate of England's Royal Ballet School, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance ( A.R.A.D.), graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teacher's Training Course ( R.B.S. Dip. TTC.) and first British graduate of Russia's Vaganova (Kirov) Ballet Academy. Sara is a recipient of the Royal Ballet School Award for Excellence personally awarded by Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet. 

Upon graduation Sara was accepted to the Eifman Ballet Theatre. She remained in Russia and went on to become soloist with the Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg. In Western Europe she danced with England's Northern Ballet Theatre and was principal dancer with the European Ballet of London. In the USA, Sara has guested as principal dancer with Configuration Dances and Rebecca Rice Dance Company.

Sara has been invited to teach world wide including: Boston Ballet Company, Boston Ballet School, Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education, Cincinnati Ballet School, Laban Centre London, Northern Ballet Theatre of England, Arts Educational School of the UK, Boston Conservatory, and The International Festival of France.  Sara has also served as Ballet Mistress for both London's Central School of Ballet and Ellison Ballet of NYC.  She was the Artisitc Director for the Ballet School of Stamford as well as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Greenwich Ballet Academy.

In September 2010, Sara founded SLK Ballet. A school for gifted dancers to prepare for a career as a professional ballerina.  Sara continues to teach worldwide.


Garritt McCabe began his training in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Fran Jones Evers. He studied various styles of dance, including tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. When he was fifteen, he was asked to join Artists Simply Human as an assistant for the convention, working closely with faculty members such as Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Jojo Gomez, and Judy Rice. In 2016, he was offered a full scholarship to train at Boston Ballet School, where he performed as a trainee from 2017 through 2019. McCabe joined Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company in 2019 and was a member until the end of the 2020-21 Season. In addition to dancing himself, Garritt also teaches contemporary dance and ballet to students ages ten through eighteen and loves to choreograph for any studio or project that will have him. He is also a certified group fitness instructor through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) who enjoys training clients.


Lauren is thrilled to share her passion, experience and love for dance with her students. Upon receiving her BFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lauren has danced her way to over 50 different countries on Regent Seven Seas Cruises where she served as dance captain, and has also performed at multiple

professional regional theaters across the country. Favorite
theater credits include JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, HAIRSPRAY, LEGALLY BLONDE, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Fireside Theatre, WI) A FUNNY THING...FORUM ( Theater by the Sea, RI) and many more! Lauren has also been a featured dancer in commercials for the University of Massachusetts and The Connecticut Lottery, as well as a dancer/choreographer on an episode of MTV's Say it in Song. While living in New York City, Lauren continued her training at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, the Ailey School and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. Since returning to her New England roots, she has taught at many dance schools in both private and public settings, specializing in ballet and jazz techniques. Her choreography has been recognized with multiple special and high score awards on the New England competitive dance circuit. She believes in the physical, spiritual and emotional wellness of dance and its ability to change lives. Dance is a beautiful, positive force that can lead to life long careers and opportunities.


Dean Vollick is an associate professor of dance, and joined the Boston Conservatory in 2007 to teach ballet technique to both dance and theater students.

Vollick discovered ballet as a first-year student in the Drama Department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The following year, he entered the ballet program at George Brown College/Lois Smith School of Dance in Toronto and studied with prominent Canadian teachers including Lois Smith, Glen Gilmour, Luc Amyot, and Mavis Staines, the artistic director of Canada’s National Ballet School. For three summers he was a scholarship student at the Banff School of Fine Arts, where Laura Alonso acted as his mentor. There, he met David Earle, one of the founders of Toronto Dance Theatre, who fostered in him a love of Graham and Limón technique.

His career as a dancer spanned two decades and included work with Ontario Ballet Theatre, Ballet Omaha, Ballet Florida, Toronto Dance Theatre, Omega Dance Theatre, and Dance Theatre David Earle. Dancing with these companies, and as a freelance artist, Vollick toured Canada, the United States, and Europe.

In 2001, he completed the two-year Teacher Training Course for Professional Dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School and graduated valedictorian of his class. That summer, he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Ballet and continues to be an instructor in their annual Summer School of Excellence, held at SUNY Purchase. For four years, Vollick was a full-time teacher at Boston Ballet, where he served as principal of their groundbreaking Citydance outreach program for three of those years.

He continues to work as a freelance teacher and choreographer and has been a guest instructor for US Ballet Associates, Jessica Lang Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. He has served on the faculties of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Tufts University, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and is a certified Gyrotonic® instructor.

Sample Schedule:

9:00 - 10:30     Ballet Technique

10:30 - 12:00   Contemporary 

12:30 - 1:00     Lunch

12:30 - 1:00    Workshop 

1:00 - 2:15       Partnering

2:30 - 4:00       Jazz

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