The Hudson Valley's cultural park for dance





Studio Complex


The Dancers' Inn



Tuition: $4,495.00 per session
The fee includes all instruction, room and board at Kaatsbaan in the Dancers' Inn, (double or triple occupancy rooms), liability insurance, all activities and field trips, and supervision by full-time Resident Assistants.


Because of the small selective size of the Extreme Ballet® program, Kaatsbaan cannot offer scholarships. However, students may set up their own scholarship funds. Friends, relatives (not parents), and small local businesses may send donations to Kaatsbaan earmarked for a student. 100% of the contribution will be placed in a particular student's scholarship fund. All monies received offset tuition for that student. Donations are tax deductible for the contributor to the extent allowed by law. In addition many communities offer arts scholarships for summer study.




March 1, 2018
$35 DVD Auditions, Application fee, Video Registration Form, & Photos.


March 15, 2018
Tuition deposit ($1,795.00) due for Sessions I, II & III - Non-refundable deposit on tuition, room & board.


May 2, 2018
Tuition balance ($2,700.00) due for Session I & II & III Balance due on non-refundable tuition, room & board and all forms completed and signed. There will be no adjustment in tuition or fees for late arrival or early departure. All fees are non-refundable.


There will be no adjustment in tuition or fees for late arrival or early departure. All fees are non-refundable.


Admission Requirements

  1. 13 years and older
  2. Minimum 2 years of Pointe work: able to sustain 6 days of technique class per week, and 2-4 hours a day of Pointe class five days a week.


Students may register for two sessions with the director's approval.


Audition Tour

Pre-registration is not required. Registration is 30 minutes prior to audition. One photo in first arabesque and a headshot are required along with a $30.00 audition fee.


Video Audition Requirements

Submit a DVD recorded no earlier than August 2016 along with one photo in first arabesque en pointe, one photo tendu a la seconde, a headshot and $35.00 Audition Processing Fee. The audition should be no more than 15 minutes long (keep it simple).


Video Content

Start the recording by stating your name and age. Create your own combinations both at the barre and in the center.


  1. Grande plie in each position
  2. Tendu en croix with demi plie
  3. Tendu and degages en croix
  4. Rond de jambe en dehors and en dedans
  5. Developpe and fondu en croix, end with an arabesque
  6. Grand Battement en croix

Center Work:

  1. Adage, show ecarte and attitude
  2. Pirouette en dehors and en dedans
  3. Petit allegro
  4. Grand Allegro
  5. Ladies: Pointe work combination
  6. Men: double tours and pirouettes a la seconde en l'air


Mail application form, $35.00 fee, video, and photos to:
Prudence Garcia-Renart, Kaatsbaan
USPS: P.O. Box 482, Tivoli, NY 12583
UPS or FedEx: 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583

Extreme Ballet®

Celebrating 18 years as the ultimate training, coaching and mentoring dance experience.


Session I: June 17 - July 7, 2018

Session II: July 8 - July 28, 2018

Session III: July 29 - August 18, 2018


Join us this summer for Extreme Ballet® Showcases:

These events are FREE and open to the public


Session I: Saturday, July 7 at 12 noon

Session II: Saturday, July 28 at 12 noon

Session III: Saturday, August 18 at 12 noon



Martine van Hamel

Program Director

Stella Abrera

Associate Director

Extreme Ballet® is a unique training program designed for the serious young dancer who wants to develop exceptional technical skills, artistic refinement and a sophisticated approach to repertoire. Students receive superior ballet training with an emphasis on individual corrections.



Small groups are a specialty of the Extreme Ballet® program and offer students the daily personal attention needed to sharpen and refine their skills. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per session. Students are assembled in small groups of approximately 20 dancers for technique classes and pointe classes and into groups of approximately 10 for coaching.



Daily technique class is aimed to improve technical skills, line, movement vocabulary, physical strength and musicality. Coaching of the classical repertoire refines the subtle understanding of movements and musicality and prepares the dancer for a sophisticated artistic performance. 



Contemporary ballet techniques, modern dance and improvisation, and conditioning/cross-training are also an important part of the Extreme Ballet® curriculum, as versatility is essential in today’s contemporary choreography and productions. Flamenco is a required class to assist in character dance preparation, and yoga and Pilates are required to improve the student’s core strength, placement and flexibility.



The faculty at Extreme Ballet® offers a vast range of professional experience coupled with in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance pedagogy. They are well versed in traditional ballet teaching techniques as well as contemporary approaches to dance anatomy and kinesiology.



Kaatsbaan is situated on 153 rural acres in the Village of Tivoli, New York, two hours north of New York City. The state of the art facilities include three premier dance studios, a sixteen-room motel style residence inn: The Dancers’ Inn. Extreme Ballet® offers a peaceful, healthy and safe environment that encourages cooperation, support and long-term personal friendship.




Faculty and Master Teachers for Extreme Ballet®


Session I and II:

Martine van Hamel (Ballet)
Lisa Lockwood (Ballet)
Lorin Mathis (Ballet)
Kati Garcia-Renart (Flamenco),
Oliver Tobin (Modern Dance, Improvisation)
Roman Zhurbin (Strength and Conditioning)
Sarite Sanders (Pilates, Yoga)


Session III:

Martine van Hamel (Ballet)
Stella Abrera (Ballet)
Lorin Mathis (Ballet)
Margo Sappington (Choreography)
Kati Garcia-Renart (Flamenco),
Laura Mead (Modern Dance, Improvisation)
Roman Zhurbin (Strength and Conditioning)
Sarite Sanders (Pilates, Yoga)


Guest Teachers/Master Classes:

Stella Abrera (Session I and II)
Gillian Murphy (Session I)
Maria Kowroski (Session II)
Wendy Whelan (Session III)
Kevin McKenzie (Session III)
Sascha Radetsky (Session III)