July 30-August 10, 2018

The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s two week summer intensive program is designed to give serious students ages 11 & up an opportunity to train under MCB’s Artistic Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, as well as guest teachers from across the country. Students enjoy a rigorous schedule, dancing 6-7 hours a day, with a focus on ballet and modern techniques, supplemented by Pilates, jazz, and contemporary repertoire. During this extended time of intensive training, students can significantly improve their techniques. They are able to solely focus on dance and retain more without the distraction of homework and other school obligations. Their new knowledge makes them better prepared for their next level of dance study, and the intensive provides them with a window into what life is like as a member of a dance company. The experience culminates in an end-of-program performance.

To view our 2018 Summer Intensive brochure click HERE!

Audition Requirements

Resume, headshot, and first arabesque photo are required for on-site auditions. If you are unable to attend an on-site audition, you may submit a DVD, along with resume, headshot, first arabesque photo and $30 DVD audition fee to:

School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet
110 Orr Street, Suite 102 Columbia, MO 65201

Videos sent without any of the above information will not be taken into consideration. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes and must include ballet center work consisting of pirouettes, adagio, petite & grand allegro, and pointe work. A contemporary solo (no longer than 1 minute) is also preferred. Results will be sent within three weeks of the audition.

Audition Dates & Locations

You may audition to participate in MCB’s 2018 summer intensive at 1 of 3 locations between January and April.

St. Louis – January 13 & 14, 2018

COCA Center of Creative Arts
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Pre-register at http://www.cocastl.org/event/2018-regional-summer-intensive-auditions/
Audition Fee: $75

January 13, 2018
9:00-10:00am Registration for Dancers Ages 11-12
10:00-12:00pm Audition for Dancers Ages 11-12
12:00-12:30pm Registration for Dancers Ages 13-14
12:30-3:00pm Audition for Dancers Ages 13-14
3:00-3:30pm Registration for Dancers Ages 14-15
3:30-6:00pm Audition for Dancers Ages 14-15

January 14, 2018
9:30-10:00am Registration for Dancers Ages 16-17
10:00am-12:30pm Audition for Dancers Ages 16-17
12:30-1:00pm Registration for Dancers 18 and up
1:00-3:30pm Audition for Dancers Ages 18 and up

Kansas City – February 25, 2018

Kansas City Ballet School – Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Audition Fee: $25

12:00-12:30pm Registration for Dancer Ages 11+
12:30-2:30pm Ballet/Pointe/Repertoire Audition

Columbia – April 8, 2018

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
110 Orr Street, Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
Audition Fee: $25

1:30-2:00pm Registration for Dancer Ages 11+
2:00-4:00pm Ballet/Pointe/Repertoire Audition


Full 2-week attendance or partial attendance permitted.

2 weeks: $630.00
Weekly Rate: $350.00

$100 non-refundable deposit (credited toward tuition) due by June 1st. Balance due by July 1st, 2018. Receive a 10% discount by paying 2 weeks in full by May 1st. Scholarships are available.


Host Family

Limited host family housing is available for $250/week. This fee covers housing, all meals, and transportation. Host families will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Once matched, host family information will be given to the incoming dancer’s family.

Extended Stay Hotels

There are several affordable options for extended stay hotels within 10 miles of the studio. Prices to be determined.


“The MCB summer intensive was a great experience. Dancing all day gives it the same feel of a large institution, yet you get great one-on-one attention here. I highly recommend it for anyone who aspires to dance or wants to get a feel for dancing professionally.” — Camille Laboile, 2013

“Last summer, I attended the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive. It was a fantastic chance to take class and learn repertoire at a high level and see improvement in just two weeks, and it was a safe environment to grow as an artist and benefit from the diverse faculty. In addition to personalized feedback and corrections, we also had a brief lecture on how best to take care of the body while dancing at a professional or college level. Skills such as managing nutrition and preventing or recovering from injury are often forgotten but are essential tools for every dancer. The rigorous schedule prepared me well for the university schedule I am now in the midst of and equipped me to continue making the most out of every class I’ve taken since.”
–Stephanie Bonham, 2014

“I am currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan. This past summer I attended the MCB’s summer intensive. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far in my dancing education. I stayed with an amazing host family and their four adorable dogs. They were very welcoming and made the transition and stay comfortable. My host family made me feel very at home and even helped me experience Missouri. While attending MCB’s intensive, I was fortunate enough to not only take classes from MCB’s company dancers and director Karen Grundy, but also from two guest artists, Megan Pulfer and Peter Pawlyshyn. All of the instructors gave me feedback that helped me grow as a dancer. Megan instructed with impeccable technique and artistic choreography, while Peter was inspiration in work ethic and had a true gift for helping me understand and apply corrections to my ballet technique. Overall I was truly impressed by the personal attention and care that was given to all the students in the program, from the first contact through to the final presentation. My MCB experience was phenomenal and I feel that it shaped me into a more confident and strong dancer.”
–Sarah Byington, 2015

“I have taken the MCB summer intensive for the past 2 years! I am so impressed with the faculty and program. It took me to the next level in my ballet and the guest teachers were incredible!!”
-Savanah Wozny, 2015 & 2016

“I have been going to Missouri Contemporary Ballet summer intensive since 2015 and it’s amazing. I enjoy it because I get a lot of one-on-one attention and it helps me improve. I recommend it to dancers everywhere! They do many different styles of dance with an emphasis on ballet and contemporary. They bring in spectacular guest teachers and I love their resident staff. The focus is on technique as well as artistry.”
-Sophia Schepers, 2015 & 2016

“I am currently enrolled as a Dance Pedagogy major at Butler University in Indiana. This past summer, I chose to attend the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive. Having never been to Missouri before, I was graciously welcomed by my host family and their two adorable dogs. My host family made the transition and stay comfortable and showed me all that Columbia had to offer! While training at the MCB Summer Intensive, I was able to work not only with company dancers and artistic director Karen Grundy, but two guest artists as well. Kristopher Estes-Brown and Meg Paul were able to spend a substantial amount of time each day with us, which resulted in each creating and rehearsing a piece on us for the final performances. The personalized corrections and relationships which the MCB Summer Intensive fosters are truly exceptional and I am so grateful that I was able to experience them. As I embark on my senior year of college and completing my undergraduate career, I believe that the MCB Summer Intensive was the perfect choice to attend, as it immersed me into the professional dance world and gave me a glimpse of professional life for two weeks in the heart of Columbia under an impeccable faculty and other dancers!
-Ashley Tomaszewski, 2017

Guest Instructors

2018 Guest Instructors 

July 30-August 3
Hayley Meier

Hayley received her early training from the Draper Center for Dance Education in upstate New York under Timothy M. Draper. In the summer of 2005, Hayley accepted an invitation to partake in the 14th annual International Festival of Ballet in Trujillo, Peru as the representative from the United States. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where she had the opportunity to perform in many renowned works including the lead in two Balanchine works, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Serenade, and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time pas de deux, to name a few.

Upon graduating in 2009, she joined the Rochester City Ballet for two seasons under the direction of Jamey Leverett. During this time, she performed numerous principal roles including Lead Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade and the lead in Gerald Arpino’s Valentine pas de deux. Hayley then went on to join River North Dance Chicago in 2011 for five seasons under the direction of Frank Chavez. It is here that she had the opportunity to travel and perform all over the world with the company, most notably as the lead in Ivan Perez’s U.S. premiere of Flesh.

Hayley has also been performing as a guest artist with C5 ‘Create with No Limits’ under Jeremy Plummer, RPM Productions under Gordon Pierce Schmidt, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in both of their productions of Les Troyens and My Fair Lady.

In 2016, Hayley completed for 450-hour comprehensive course in Pilates and is a fully certified Pilates instructor in Mat, Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac as well as continuing education courses in pre and post-natal and jump board workshops. Since the Fall of 2017, Hayley has been invited as an Artist in Residence at the University of Arizona where she has been both teaching and performing for the School of Dance under Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe-Hancock. Within the next two years, Hayley plans to attend the University of Arizona as a graduate student where she will obtain her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance.

August 6-10
Joshua Blake Carter

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Joshua Blake Carter joined the Giordano Dance Chicago in 2009 as a member of Giordano II. He then danced for seven seasons with the GDC main company where he had the opportunity to work with a multitude of artists while touring nationally and abroad. Joshua is currently the Director of Giordano II, a position he’s held since 2013, as well as the Operations Manager for GDC.

Joshua earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Arizona, where he began to find his choreographic voice. In 2009, he was selected as the winner of Wonderbound’s (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) national choreography competition, dancemakers2.0, and in the spring of 2013 he was one of six winners commissioned to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves choreography competition. Later in 2013, Joshua was awarded the Producers’ Panel Prize by the Ruth Page Foundation for his work, Ripen, as part of Dance Chance: Redux 5.0. His 2015 work for Giordano Dance Chicago, the only way around is through, was referred to as “fresh and cohesive…honest and genuine” by Halfstack Magazine, and his 2017 Before My Eyes drew the attention of Chicago critic Lynn Shapiro stating, “Carter’s skill in use of contrasting group movement patterns adds depth and interest to a piece that begs more to come from this promising young choreographer.” Other commissions include Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Artifact Dance Project and Glendale Community College (Artist in Residence 2012), as well as an original work for Embarq with The Joffrey Ballet. Additionally, Joshua created the finale for the 2016 event Sing! featuring Elton John. As a dance educator, Joshua travels throughout the country in addition to being on faculty to several Chicago dance institutions.