Adult Summer Intensive

August 18-19, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join BalletNova for our annual Adult Summer Intensive : "Classic to Contemporary"

Ages 18+, for Adult Dancer Levels Advanced Beginning to Intermediate 

Dance Package Offerings:

Ballet & Variations : Spend the mornings perfecting your ballet technique & learning variations.

Tuition: SOLD OUT (10:00am - 1:00pm)


Modern (Graham Technique) & Jazz : Spend the afternoons studying Martha Graham's modern technique with Constance Walsh & harnessing your inner jazz dancer with Jeremy McShan.

Tuition: $175 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

If you're interested in registering for the Modern & Jazz half-day package - please email the studio at


Register for a FULL weekend of classes in Ballet, Variations, Modern & Jazz!

Tuition: SOLD OUT

ALL Adult Intensive Registrants are invited to attend Classic to Contemporary, a wine tasting soirée with sommelier Chad Walsh*, at 5:30pm on Sunday, August 19, in the Fredgren Studio Theater.

*MUST be at least 21 to participate in the Wine Tasting.

Classic to Contemporary : A Wine Tasting Soirée with Chad Walsh

This event is currently SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to a ticket wait list, please email Kacie Peterson at

Enjoy an evening learning the language of wines from Agern's Corporate Beverage Director and Sommelier Chad Walsh. Two flights of four take you on a journey from classic to contemporary wines. Housed in our Fredgren Studio Theatre.

Chad grew up in the restaurant business, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where his father owned a couple of small restaurants. Getting a taste of fine dining at Restaurant Columbia, once one of Maryland’s best restaurants, during high school, when he moved to New York City to study English Literature at St. John’s University (and later, City College), he continued serving to pay his bills.

It was at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, in its original location, that he had tasted a wine, Raveneau’s Montee de Tonnerre Chablis from 1996, that a “switch was flipped,” and he found in wine something that combined his love of narrative with his love of restaurants. 

He eventually became a sommelier for the opening of Aureole’s new location, on Bryant Park, only leaving to open Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch in 2011 as its Beverage Manager. The restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year by both the New York Times and Eater, and Chad has been chosen to both Zagat’s 30 Under 30Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 lists of people to watch in food and wine, and Food & Wine's 2017 Sommelier of the Year.

Chad is currently sommelier at  the famed Claus Myers restaurant, Agern, in Grand Central Terminal in NYC.

This event is a fundraiser for BalletNova Center for Dance and proceeds benefit its mission and vision. If you're interested in making a donation, please click here.

Guest Artists

Guest Artist : Matthew Powell 

Matthew Powell, Assistant Professor of Ballet at Point Park University, received his training at the School of American Ballet, and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story and more. As a choreographer, Powell was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and received a choreographic award at Regional Dance America. He has created works for Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Point Park University, Broadway Dance Center, the art exhibit 'Capturing Nureyev,' and worked as an on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear. Powell's ballet master credits include Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and the television show Flesh and Bone, which aired on STARZ. His teaching credits include The Juilliard School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Rock School for Dance Education, Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Tech, Kansas City Ballet School, Trey McIntyre Project, Matthew Bourne, Karole Armitage, Billy Elliot on Broadway, Universities of Iowa and Alabama, and more. Additionally, Powell has worked extensively as an assistant director for opera productions across the country. Instagram @matchoopowell

Guest Artist : Jeremy McShan

Jeremy A. McShan has over 10 years of teaching and dancing experience at Dance Studios, Amusement Parks, Cruise Ships, Musical Theatres and Dance Teams including a vast range of dance from Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop to Modern, Ballet, Tap, and Ballroom. He has been an instructor and choreographer with Imagination Stage, Contradiction Dance/Culture Shock DC, Joy of Motion, Atlanta Ballet, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, and Fitness Centers around the area.  Currently, he is the producer/choreographer of popular DC Musical Revue Show J.A.M. the Revue.


Guest Artist : Constance Walsh

Constance Walsh (Associate Artistic Director) began her training in New Jersey with Michael Fokine Jr. The French School of Ballet and with William Inglis at the New Jersey School of Performing Arts. After working with Daniel Nagrin, Ms. Walsh moved to New York City to attend the Martha Graham School on full scholarship. Ms. Walsh danced with Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Sara Rudner and John Goodwin. In NY she started her own company Lacey/Strom. Her work was chosen by Martha Graham to be in The Young Choreographers Series in 1975. She began her teaching career in the 1980s and in 1991 she started her own studio, Classworks, in Easton Maryland. Designing a four studio/theater space, she created a new company, Dance Harrison Street. Her work was honored by Gov. and Mrs. Glendening at the Governors mansion in 1998, and she served on the Maryland State Arts Council.