Summer Intensive

2018 Summer Intensive Program

Juneau Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive is a two week program featuring guest faculty and classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, and new contemporary choreography. Students can enroll for one week, or two weeks of classes, and enrich their ballet training under the guidance of world-class faculty. New students and visitors traveling to Juneau should contact the office for guidance on placement.

Financial aid applications are available upon request. Please contact the office for more information (907) 463-5327.

Summer Intensive Student Manual


Nadia J. Thompson

Nadia J. Thompson, A.R.A.D. Solo Seal

Co-Director and Ballet Master, Ballet Hagen

Nadia Thompson is a Ballet Master, Master Teacher, Repetiteur and Choreographer, and has held faculty positions at prominent ballet companies all over the world. She is the Former Ballet Mistress at Royal New Zealand Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet; and she is a Repetiteur for, and stages ballets for numerous choreographers, such as Riccardo De Nigris, Michael Pink, and Timothy O’Donnell.

Ms. Thompson trained at the Royal Ballet School, in London, and at the Frances Davis Thompson School of Ballet, in Brisbane Australia. Dancing as a leading artist throughout Europe and the USA with Boston Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet, Ms. Thompson performed all major roles in the classical repertoire and created many modern and contemporary works working with Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris and Lila York, among others. She obtained her Solo Seal and was awarded the Adeline Genee Bronze medal by Dame Margot Fonteyn. Ms. Thompson has taught and coached throughout Europe, Australia and the United States, with guest appointments as Master Teacher and Repetiteur, for dozens of companies, including English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.


Riccardo De Nigris

House Choreographer/Soloist

Ballet Augsburg

Riccardo De Nigris’ professional dance experience has included ten years performing to principal level in international companies and seven years working as a guest choreographer. He has performed leading roles in many new creations from some of the most outstanding choreographers on the world circuit.

Born in Trani, Southern Italy, Mr. De Nigris trained with the prestigious La Scala Di Milano, where he performed with the company in his graduate year. He continued his professional career with Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre in Houston Texas, and the Czech National Theatre Brno, and is currently a soloist with Augsburg Ballet in Germany under the direction of Robert Conn. Mr. De Nigris has been featured in numerous works from world-renowned choreographers, including, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Itzik Galili, Robert North, Young Soon Hue, Michael Pink, Mauro De Candia, Bridget Breiner, Angel Rodriguez, Francesco Ventriglia, and more. Many of these artists created roles for him and inspired him to follow his own passion and desire to choreograph. As a choreographer, Mr. De Nigris has showcased his talents in several creations for the Augsburg Ballet, among them a series of solos, Po Poff, Modo, and Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The past two seasons he has premiered new works, Ascending Glide, and Narcissis/Bolero. The first for Augsburg Ballet’s triple bill, Of Men and Gods, sharing alongside two choreographic icons, Edward Clug and George Balanchine.

Mr. De Nigris is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Augsburg Allgemeine award for outstanding artist, and the audience prize for his choreography, Can I Say Something?, at the Genesis International Choreographic Competition for the Milwaukee Ballet. Following the premiere of his work, Ascending Glide, in 2016, Mr. De Negris was hailed as one of the young new choreographers to watch.

Students are encouraged to enroll for our summer intensive to continue their progress and growth, improve ballet technique, and experience working with instructors they might not otherwise have an opportunity to work with. Placement guidelines for current students are as follows:

New students, and visitors traveling to Juneau should contact the office for guidance on placement.



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Juneau Dance Theatre
8420 Airport Blvd Suite 202
Juneau, Alaska 99801