Students Program

August 15 – 27, 2022

Gaithersburg, MD

About Event

Super-Intensive Program 

& Competition Prep

This super-intensive is geared towards professional students with a primary focus on classical ballet technique & classical variation coaching.


Weekly classical mock competitions & direct feedback from jury members & international faculty to help students prepare for the upcoming competition season.


Audition required. Must be 14 years or older.

The Experience



Primary focus of the training will be the Vaganova Method including daily technique & pointe classes.


Variation Coaching

Learn 2 to 3 classical variations per week from the best teachers.

Individual variation coaching included to prep for upcoming competitions.

Mock Competitions

We’ll be inviting judges to give you a real simulation of competitions and provide direct feedback on your classical variation performance.

Professional Experience

Special sessions with current professional dancers to gain an understanding on what it looks like to be a professional ballet dancer.

Meet Your

Expert Teachers

& Jury Members

Runqiao Du

Artistic Director

Riccardo Riccardi

Certified Teacher by Vaganova Ballet Academy

Andrey Klemm

Ballet Teacher at Paris Opera Ballet

*Joining virtually*

Erin Du

Former Principal Ballerina at Washington Ballet

*2nd Week Only*

Ninel Cherevko

Outstanding Faculty Award | 2022 YAGP Pittsburgh

Anastasia Vasilieva

Vaganova Ballet Academy

Barry Kerollis

International Master Teacher | Choreographer | Jury Member

*2nd Week Only*

Olga Roberts


Jury Members


Other world-class teachers to be announced soon.

Choose Your Access

1-Week Access

Student Program
$ 1499
  • Classical Ballet Training
  • Variation Coaching
  • Mock Competition
  • *10 Class Pack Included

2-Week Access

Student Program
$ 2799
  • Classical Ballet Training
  • Variation Coaching
  • Mock Competition
  • *10 Class Pack Included

Join us virtually with 10 Class Pack before this in-person event!

Tentative Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30 - 11:00 AM Ballet Technique Ballet Technique Ballet Technique Ballet Technique Ballet Technique Warm-up Class
11:00 - 12:30 PM Pointe/Repertoire Pointe/Repertoire Pointe/Repertoire Pointe/Repertoire Pointe/Repertoire Prep
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Mock Competition
1:30 - 3:00 PM Variation Variation Variation Variation Variation Lunch
3:00 - 5:00 PM Variation Coaching Variation Coaching Variation Coaching Variation Coaching Variation Coaching -
5:00 - 6:00 PM Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner -
6:00 - 8:00 PM Special Seminars* Special Seminars* Special Seminars* Special Seminars* TBD -

Actual schedule may vary during the event.

*Special Seminars include sessions on injury prevention, career development, live demonstration, and parents’ Q&A.

How the Audition Works

You will attend one of our regular virtual classes with Mr. Du listed below.


Upon assessment, we will send you your results within 1 week after completing your audition class.


If the dates & times do not work for you, please email us at


Gaithersburg has many hotels within 5 min drive to the studio as well as great restaurants.

Downtown Crown and Rio Lakefront have many great restaurants.




Berrend Dance Centre

9264 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877




Making this experience possible.

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Register for Auditions

*We have a 60-day policy window where all purchases will be non-refundable starting June 16, 2022.*


We have rented out a studio in Gaithersburg, MD to host this event!

Yes! Mr. Du will be doing his best to make sure that he’s teaching every day. We’ve also invited top-class teachers for this special event.

Yes, audition is required for students to attend this program.

For best results, it’s recommended for students to have experience with some classical variations and competitions. This is not designed for beginner students.

This entire experience is in-person.

All students are responsible for their own meals. There are many shopping centers nearby including Harris Teeter, Target, Whole Foods, etc. as well as restaurants.