BBSI is a pre-professional program designed specifically for male ballet dancers. The program provides personalized training by internationally and nationally recognized instructors and professional dancers. Dancers will receive hands-on, individual attention in a limited class size.

“Boys Ballet Summer Intensive was designed to provide an engaging and educational program for male dancers who seek a higher level of classical ballet training. They are challenged in their daily classes, but the real inspiration for these aspiring male dancers lies in the camaraderie and bonds they make with each other. Men are essential in ballet companies, and there is no better way to prepare these students for professional life than providing them with an intense working environment where they can train hard, dance hard, and have fun. Guys being guys, at the ballet studio… a dream come true.”

American Ballet Theatre Dancer

BBSI 2018 / Patrick Frenette with Lucca Ionazzi in Variations

BBSI Faculty 2024

Faculty is subject to change. 



International Ballet Academy is a professionally established ballet academy providing instruction in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, partnering, variations, jazz, modern, contemporary, and pre-ballet. IBA was named outstanding school in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2015 by Youth America Grand Prix, and won the YAGP Outstanding Coach award in 2017 and 2013.  IBA also was awarded the ADC Outstanding Coach award in 2018, and won for Outstanding School at ADC in 2021 and 2017.  Located in Cary, North Carolina, students attending IBA will discover a nurturing environment that will contribute to their development and success both inside and outside the ballet academy. IBA alumni are currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet West, Sarasota Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, and Colorado Ballet.


Fleecys is a family owned and operated business located in North Carolina. The very first pair of Fleecys were made for my son because it did not matter what dance store we went to, there was next to nothing available for the male dancer. Fleece was the perfect fabric for our products as we founded our business in Vancouver, Canada when my children were training to be dancers. As the children grew, so did the business. We relocated to California in 2008 and zeroed in on two products that would become our specialty: socks and legwarmers. Now that my son is a professional dancer and my daughter a ballet instructor, they have the opportunity to work closely with other members of the dance community on our design ideas. This provides us with invaluable insight as to how we can continue to provide quality products that meet the specific needs of both male and female dancers, student to professional.

RG Ventures, LLC

We are grateful for the sponsorship from RG Ventures, LLC, a Real Estate Development and Investment Company based in the Greater Chicago Area.


Thank you to Maureen Basquill Ruf

We are grateful for the sponsorship from Maureen Basquill Ruf in recognition of Patrick Frenette.



We sincerely thank Foureyes Studio for their sponsorship. They offer graphic design specializing in print, branding graphics, music packaging & reissues.

Partner Intensive

Boys Ballet Summer Intensive is a proud Partner Intensive at the American Dance Competition | International Ballet Competition.

ADC|IBC is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3), Youth International Scholarship Ballet Competition for all nationalities, ages 7-21, that was formed in 2005. Over the last decade, the organization has developed into a leader in its field with an ever growing network that helps connect and facilitate the progress of professional training. The event serves as an annual meeting ground for dancers, teachers, directors, choreographers, professionals, dance media, vendors and dance lovers. With more than $250,000 in scholarship funds being awarded each year through the collaborative efforts of our Scholarship Partners, ADC|IBC is able to carry out our NON PROFIT MISSION to place students into professional training programs.

Dancing Angels Foundation

Dancers accepted to BBSI can apply for a scholarship to our program through Dancing Angels Foundation

Their Story

The Dancing Angels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) founded in September 2014 by Louise Cantrell after she experienced an immense tragedy. On March 6, 2012 her husband Edward and their two daughters Isabella, six, and Natalia, four, died tragically in a house fire.

Edward was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 with 3rd Special Forces Group stationed at Ft. Bragg and had just returned from his sixth deployment.  The girls loved to dance, so in their honor and to perpetuate their memory, Louise created the foundation to provide hope and inspiration to parents who have lost children.

Their Mission

The Dancing Angels Foundation mission is to Celebrate Life Through Dance.

Dancing Angels Foundation enables this by providing valuable summer intensive scholarships to dancers who display a passion for dance and a serious focus on training. Their goal is to help dance students across the globe follow their dreams, and they are committed to building a network of donors, schools, and dance professionals to help facilitate the mission.

The foundation has helped dancers attend training at renowned schools like American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, FINI Dance Italy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Charlotte Ballet, Martha Graham School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Alonzo King LINES, Joffrey Ballet and many more!

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