July 31-August 11, 2017
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.
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 2017 summer intensive at 1 of 3 locations between January and March.
St. Louis – January 14 & 15, 2017 – CANCELLED
COCA Center of Creative Arts
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Audition fee $75
1:30-4:00pm Ballet/Pointe/Modern Audition
Columbia – February 18, 2017
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
110 Orr Street, Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
Audition Fee $20
Kansas City – March 5, 2017
Kansas City Ballet School – Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Audition Fee $20
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, 2017. Receive a 10% discount by paying 2 weeks in full by May 1st. Scholarships are available.
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
“I appreciated getting to work with great teachers, and I can’t wait till next summer.” — Helena Jordheim, 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
2017 Guest Instructors
July 31-August 4, 2017: Kristopher Estes-Brown
With a strong desire to create in multiple idioms, Kristopher Estes-Brown has choreographed more than 40 pieces ranging from full-length story ballets to modern and contemporary repertory pieces. He has worked with dancers from companies such as Milwaukee Ballet, Colorado Ballet, BalletMet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. Kristopher’s works have been performed at numerous dance festivals and workshops, and he has had the honor of guest choreographing for Ball State Dance Theater, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Classical Contemporary Ballet.
In 2014, Kristopher Estes-Brown founded Concept Zero, a contemporary dance theater project. Concept Zero focuses on the creation of full- length dance theater pieces and social commentary.
Estes-Brown performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho, and Sacramento Ballet. He is also currently the co-Artistic Director of the American Youth Ballet and the co-founder of the choreography creation project known as Project Premiere in his hometown of Kansas City.
August 7-11, 2017: Meg Paul
Meg Gurin-Paul received her early training with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Florida. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, Meg was invited to train on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. At fifteen, Meg began her pre-professional career touring with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group and the Joffrey Ballet II apprentice company. She was promoted to the Joffrey Ballet at nineteen, rising through the ranks to perform leading roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker-Sugar Plum Fairy, Love Songs, Italian Suite, La Vivandiere Pas De Six, The Clowns, Valentine, Suite Saint-Saens, Light Rain, Billboards, Les Sacre Du Printemps, A Trifling and more.
Meg is a recipient of The Princess Grace Award and has been a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She co-directed Ballet Builders, a NYC showcase for emerging choreographers and was the ballet master for the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. Meg was a faculty member at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has taught master classes around the nation.
Along with her husband Vince Paul, Meg co-founded World Arts Inc., a performing arts agency that represented national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, The Washington Ballet, and more.
Meg assisted Twyla Tharp as dance captain for the creation and Broadway run of the Tony-award winning show Movin’ Out and was lead understudy and full swing. Meg also staged the national touring cast of Movin’ Out.
Meg was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored as a ‘Detroit’s Renaissance Hero’ by the Detroit Free Press.
Currently, Meg is a full time faculty member at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, serves as Artistic Director of the WSU Dance Workshop company and is as Program Director for the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive. Meg is the ballet master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and directs the 313 Choreography Expo at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, showcasing Detroit’s creative impact within other major cities, such and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Meg’s recent choreographic work, ‘seed’, was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the 2016 American College Dance Association festival.
Former guest instructors have included:
Samantha Shelton (American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive Faculty, Grand Valley State University Ballet Professor)
Matthew Rich (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC)
Joshua Blake Carter (Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago)
Tauna Hunter (Ballet West, Mercyhurst University Dance Chair & Professor of Dance)
Peter Pawlyshyn (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Former Director of Kansas City Ballet School)
Megan Pulfer (Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Kamea Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company)