Extreme Ballet®

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Celebrating 20 years as the ultimate training,
coaching and mentoring dance experience

Session I: June 16 - July 6, 2019
Session II: July 7 - July 27, 2019
Session III: July 28 - August 17, 2019


The Program

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.

CLICK HERE for more information regarding curriculum, technique class, coaching, master classes, performance showcases, excursions, meals, accomodations, and transportation.

Master Teachers

Martine van Hamel, Program Director
Stella Abrera, Associate Director

Stella Abrera, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Ann Marie DeAngelo, former dancer, Joffrey Ballet (Masterclass)
Maria Kowroski, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet (Masterclass)
Lisa Lockwood, former dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Lorin Mathis, former dancer, Boston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre (Masterclass)
John Meehan, former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Sascha Radetsky, Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company
Martine van Hamel, former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Modern & Conditioning
Jessica Lang
Laura Mead
Margo Sappington

Roman Zhurbin
Sarite Sanders

Character & International Folk Dance
Carmela Gallace
Livia Vanaver


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, 2019

$35 Video Auditions (DVD or link to Vimeo, YouTube etc.), Application fee, Registration Form, & Photos.

March 15, 2019

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

May 2, 2019

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.


Admission Requirements


13 years and older

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

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 video recorded no earlier than August 2017 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.

Video Content

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


  • Grande plie in each position

  • Tendu en croix with demi plie

  • Tendu and degages en croix

  • Rond de jambe en dehors and en dedans

  • Developpe and fondu en croix, end with an arabesque

  • Grand Battement en croix

Center Work:

  • Adage, show ecarte and attitude

  • Pirouette en dehors and en dedans

  • Petit allegro

  • Grand Allegro

  • Ladies: Pointe work combination

  • Men: double tours and pirouettes a la seconde en l'air

Email video links, photos, and registration form to: info@kaatsbaan.org

Mail DVD, photos, registration form and $35.00 fee to:


USPS: P.O. Box 482, Tivoli, NY 12583

UPS or FedEx: 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583