San Jose Dance Theatre 2017 Summer Intensive

June 19-July 8. No Class on July 4:In-studio showing on July 8; 6pm with refreshments afterwards.

Approximate Ages 8-18. Approximate levels: those entering Level 3 (Intermediate) through to Level 6 (Advanced). Dancers will have separate ballet classes for their appropriate level.

Admission to the Summer Intensive is by audition only.  Register Now

When: Sunday, March 5th at San Jose Dance Theatre
Where: 1756 Junction Ave. Suite E, San Jose CA 95112
Cost: $25
Please bring a headshot to the audition and fill out the registration form online.

Age 8-12 Intermediate Dancers. Females on pointe 0-1 year
Registration 12:30-1pm, Audition 1:00-2:15pm

Age 12+ Advanced Dancers. Females on pointe 2+ years
Registration 2:15-2:45pm, Audition 2:45-4:15pm

Classes in the San Jose Dance Theatre Summer Intensive will include:
Conditioning Classes (Pilates, Yoga, much stretching, core strength training, and teachings on injury prevention.)


Ballet Classes
Pointe and Pre-Pointe Classes for girls
Men’s Class for boys
Pas de Deux Classes
Contemporary Class
Student Choreography
Ballet Education
Repertory and rehearsals for the in-studio showing for all dancers.

Dancers will receive 2 short breaks and ½ hour lunch in which they will be supervised. These will be long days of training and we recommend that the students get much rest after training and on the weekends during the summer intensive. Thank you.

Summer Intensive Class Schedule: 6 hours per day, 5 days per week:

Mon, Wed. 10:15am-4:15pm
Tues., Thur., Fri. 12:00-6:00pm

July 1: 12:30-2:30pm Nutcracker Workshop
Please join Linda for a Nutcracker Workshop in the Summer! Open to the Public and SJDT students can learn choreography for the Nutcracker BEFORE the Sept. 9 & 10 Audition

Meet San Jose Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Faculty:

Linda Hurkmans, M.A., Artistic Director of San Jose Dance Theatre and formerly with The Royal Danish Ballet

Originally Russian trained by Connie Schwartze, Larissa Sklyanskaya, and Natasha Papina, the 1st ballet partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Linda performed as a child for San Jose Dance Theatre. She went on to perform with Utah Ballet/Ballet West, Norwegian National Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet and Andanse Ballet. Original choreography was created for her by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Conrad Ludlow, Ballet West Soloist, Raymond Van Mason, and Oeyvind Jeurgonsen and Jane Hveding of Norwegian Zahkraz Company. She danced leading roles in many classical ballets, appeared on television, and competed in the ITI International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland.

Linda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, with an Emphasis in Ballet Performance, from University of Utah, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University, and full Mat and Apparatus Pilates Certifications from Turning Pointe Studios and The PhysicalMind Institute. She has taught in Europe and the U.S. including Stanford University, De Anza College, Foothill College, and Santa Clara University, where she helped found their Pilates program. Her choreography has been performed at the Norwegian State Ballet, Western Ballet, Santa Clara University, SjDANCE Co. Festival in National Dance Week, and as a guest in Margaret Wingrove’s “Opus of the Soul”. In 2014, she successfully oversaw the re-opening of the San Jose Dance Theatre Academy, where she is the main teacher and choreographer. She has created new productions of The Nutcracker and Spring Performances, and has overseen collaborations with The Montalvo Arts Center, Margaret Wingrove’s Dance Co., Foothill College, Santana Row Christmas Tree Lighting Main Event, SjDance Co., Christmas in the Park, and performances with the international star and Italian tenor, Pasquale Esposito.

Aaron Robison, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet and former dancer with Houston Ballet and The Royal Ballet of England

At San Francisco Ballet, Aaron Robison has performed Tomasson’s The Fifth Season. Elsewhere, his repertory includes principal and featured roles in Ashton’s The Two Pigeons; Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?; Bintley’s Aladdin, Cyrano, Hobson’s Choice, The Shakespeare Suite, and Still Life at the Penguin Café; Bruce’s Ghost Dances; Cranko’s Jeu de cartes and The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio); Elo’s One/End/One; Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated; Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique; Kylián’s Petit Mort, Svedbka, and Wings of Wax; Lander’s Études; MacMillan’s Manon (Des Greuix) and Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio); Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus/Oberon); Nureyev’s Raymonda (Jean de Brienne); Petipa’s Le Corsaire Pas de Deux; Robbins’ West Side Story Suite (Bernardo); Stevenson’s Nutcracker (Prince) and The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund); Vaganova’s Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux;  Welch’s Giselle (Albrecht), Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), Clear, Maninyas, Powder, Tapestry, and Velocity; and Wright’s Coppélia, Giselle, Nutcracker (Prince), and The Sleeping Beauty (Blue Bird).

Aaron’s guest appearances include the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg, Germany, and Italy’s Festival di Spoleto. In 2004 he won the gold medal at the Seoul International Ballet Competition; 1st Place Young British Dancer of the Year; and the Encouragement Award at the Prix de Lausanne.

David Fonnegra, former Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Caracas and former Artistic Director of Peninsula Ballet Theatre

Born in Venezuela, David is a former Principal Dancer with Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Channel Islands Ballet, Miami City Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Diablo Ballet. His repertoire includes many of the major classical ballets, neo-classical and contemporary works. He toured extensively with Ballet Nacional de Caracas to South America, the Caribbean, Spain, Mexico, the U.S. and to the Montpellier Fesitval in France, and the Ibero American Dance Gala at Madrid’s Royal Palace. In 1994, Venezuela awarded him its highest artistic honor, the Casa del Artista, for his accomplishments in classical dance. David has taught throughout the U.S. including the Miami City Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Steps in New York, State Street Ballet, and Ballet Torino in Italy, Ballet Nacional de Caracas, and others. David Fonnegra was the artistic director of Peninsula Ballet Theatre for 4 years in which he developed curriculum based on the Vaganova syllabus and extensively taught and choreographed. David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s College.

Nathan Cottam, former dancer with the Serbian National Ballet and current Director of Mannakin Theater and Dance

Nathan Cottam is a dance artist with a passion for creating, performing and teaching dance in a way that makes the art form accessible to a wider audience.  Raised in Buffalo, New York, Nathan was exposed early in life to music and drama and embarked on a formal study of dance upon entering college at Brigham Young University.

Nathan completed a BS in Sociology and went on to earn a Master of Fine Art in dance on full scholarship from the University of Arizona.  He received full scholarships to Ballet West and Brigham Young University and a received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from BYU. Nathan was a Principal Dancer with Bay Pointe Ballet and Peninsula Ballet, and danced Soloist and corps de ballet roles in Northern Ballet Theatre and the Serbian National Ballet in Belgrade.  In 2010, Nathan founded Mannakin Theater and Dance to showcase his own choreography and artistic vision for dance.  With his company, Nathan has created more than 10 new dances and produced two tours of Serbia. He is also a leading guest performer with San Jose Dance Theatre’s productions.

Kim Gardner, founder of ALIGN Pilates and Dance Conditioning and former Principal Guest Artist for San Jose Dance Theatre

Kim has a long history with San Jose Dance Theatre having studied with founding directors Paul E. Curtis and Shawn Stuart from age 6 and then grew through the ranks to perform Sugar Plum Fairy at age 17. She then went on to perform many of the classics with Milwaukee Ballet, contemporary ballet with Margaret Wingrove Dancers and Alonzo King’s LINES, and toured the United States in Oakland Ballet’s eclectic and Diaghilev era repertory. Kim returned to SJDT to teach and coach young dancers and appeared as principle guest artist for several seasons. She is best remembered as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annual Nutcracker and as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast for which she received critical acclaim. All together Kim’s performing career spanned 17 years to which she credits her Pilates training.

Certified in Pilates in 1996, Kim has since combined her skills and experience as dancer, teacher and Pilates instructor to educate and assist dancers of all ages in injury prevention, conditioning and rehabilitation. For 10 years Kim ran the Dance Medicine program at O’Connor Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine. She also gives presentations on the application of Pilates-based exercise for injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement to physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, chiropractors and dance instructors. In 2001, O’Connor Hospital awarded her the Certificate of Excellence. In 2011, Kim opened her own studio, ALIGN Pilates and Dance Conditioning, where she serves dancers and non-dancers alike

Sian Ferguson, M.A., formerly with Paul Taylor Dance Company

With an impressive dancing and teaching career in the U.K. and U.S, Miss Ferguson holds an M.A. degree in Dance Research and Reconstruction from The City College of New York and a Laban Centre Certificate from the Laban Centre, London. Sian has been a Professional Notator Certification from the Dance Notation Bureau in New York, and has served as Paul Taylor’s Notator for several years. She has notated and directed at venues such as the Juilliard School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Hofstra University. She was the Director and Restager of Nijinsky’s “L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune” (Afternoon of the Faun) for Oakland Ballet Company. She directed and restaged Doris Humphrey’s Soaring for Marymount College, New York. She has been a Company Dance Notator and assisted with rehearsal at the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, has performed with SenseDance Company, New York and has been on faculty for many professional schools and universities, such as Dance Theatre of Ireland, Stanford University, Julliard School and more.

Irina Tomushev. Pre-Ballet, Level 1, 2, 3 Faculty

Originally from Ukraine, Miss Irina studied ballet in her native city of Lvov at Lvov Opera ballet school. After moving to Bay Area she continued studying under Christine Morgan at L’Ecole de Dance and Florian Saqellari at Ballet Expression performing solo pieces in company productions. Miss Irina also studied under Luana Hidalgo at San Jose Ballet school. In 2009, she joined Cassand Ballet and studied under Maître Rodolphe Cassand, for whom she performed solo pieces in his original works for several years and assisted Mr. Cassand with rehearsals. Miss Irina loves teaching and choreographing for children, developing their understanding of music and movement.

Tuition Information

(No Registration Fee;
our gift to you!)
Early Bird Tuition Rate
(Pay by April 3, 2017)
Regular Tuition Rate
(Due May 1, 2017)
Tuition Rate Per Week
Summer Intensive
(3 Weeks)
June 19-July 8, 2017
(No Early Bird Special if paying per week)

Please note full tuition due on May 1.  No credits or refunds. Sorry, make up classes will not be given.
Acceptance Letters will be sent out on March 13.
Deposit Fee: $125 due on March 20 (non-refundable).


Dress requirements:
Females please wear a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, pointe shoes if appropriate, hair neat and secure in a ballet bun. Please no jewelry other than small earrings.

Males please wear a clean white T-shirt, black tights, dance belt, black ballet shoes. For Lyrical class and Contemporary class, males and females can wear ballet slippers, “foot undies” or go barefoot.

It is recommended that dancers bring a back up set of dance clothes in their bag, in case they need to change.

Dancers Should Bring These Items to the Summer Intensive:
1. A dance bag with his/her name on all belongings.
2. Plenty of water. We also have a water cooler for refills.
3. Lunch and one or two small snacks, like a power bar, fruit, or yogurt. Please feel free to use our refrigerator and microwave.
4. Medium strength theraband. Size 5.5″ X 5′ for Pilates classes and pre-pointe classes. Most dancers already have one in their ballet bag, but if not, please purchase one. We will use them to strengthen their feet for releve, jumping, pointe work, and for abdominal work and stretching in Pilates class. Write your child’s name on the theraband. You can purchase one at any ballet store or online (example here).
5. Small paper notepad and pen for taking notes on corrections from class and also new choreography.
6. Small towel.
7. For female students age 10 and up: small 2 lb. ankle weights for each leg. For male students age 13 and up: small 5 lb. ankle weights for each leg. You can purchase them at a sporting good store, Walmart, Target or online (example here).

Please refer any questions about the above information to our Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans:
Please refer any registration or payment questions to the front desk:

We look forward to a wonderful summer ballet intensive filled with much progress!

Important Dates:

Sunday, March 5SJDT Summer Intensive Auditions. Register now!
Monday, March 13Summer Intensive Acceptance Letters sent out
Monday, March 20$125 Deposit Fee Due (non-refundable)
Monday, April 3Early Bird tuition due (save $100 if you pay by April 3)
Monday, May 1Summer Intensive tuition due
Saturday, July 1; 12:30-2:30pmNutcracker Workshop, learn choreography from Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans before The Nutcracker Auditions
Saturday, July 8; 6pmSummer Intensive In-Studio Showing with Refreshments. Come and see what we have been working on in class this summer!

Pre-Ballet, Level 1, & Level 2 classes will be ongoing June 20-Aug 12:

Tues. 5:00-5:30pm Level 1, 2 Conditioning Class
Tues. 5:30-6:45pm Level 1, 2 Ballet Class
Sat. 9:30-10:15am Pre-Ballet, Level 1 Ballet Class
Sat. 10:15-10:45am Pre-Ballet Level 1 Conditioning Class
Sat. 10:45-11:15am Level 2 Conditioning Class
Sat. 11:15am-12:30pm Level 2 Ballet Class

Linda Hurkmans’ Morning Open Ballet Classes will be ongoing June 19-July 21:

Drop in for age 12+ to adult:
Tues. 10:15-11:45am Open Class Ballet
Tues. 11:50am-12:50pm Open Class Pilates
Thurs. 10:15-11:45am Open Class Ballet
Fri. 10:15-11:45am Open Class Ballet
Fri. 12:00-1:20pm Pilates and Open Class Beginning Ballet

Open Ballet Classes San Jose Dance Theatre:

Thur. 5:45-7:15pm Open Ballet Class
Sat. 10:45am-12:15pm Open Class Ballet

Levels 3 & 4: After the Summer Intensive, Levels 3 & 4 should take afternoon classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Levels 5 & 6: After the Summer Intensive, Levels 5 & 6 should take afternoon Levels 5 & 6 classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and are encouraged to take Linda’s Morning Open Ballet Classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Levels 5 & 6 are also allowed to take the Open Class Summer Intensive June 10-21. Contact for more information.