2018 BBSI

This year’s session will take place August 6-11, 2018 at International Ballet Academy in Cary, North Carolina for male dancers ages 12-22.

Faculty: Jock Soto, Jeffrey Rogers, Patrick Frenette, & Maxim Ponomarenko


Classes for the men will be held daily from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

Daily classes:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Variations
  • Weight Training
  • Jumps & Turns
  • Partnering


BBSI Male Tuition: $475.00


No audition is required to attend BBSI. Submission of photos upon registration will be required to get an idea of what the dancer looks like. (Audition/performance photos are recommended, i.e. arabesque, etc.). No placement video is required. Dancers can alternatively take a drop-in placement class at IBA in Cary, NC.


Ballet Classes: Fitted white t-shirt, black footed tights, black ballet shoes, dance belt

(No: tank tops, cut off tights, flesh-colored shoes, white ballet shoes, or white socks)

Weight Training: Loose fitting shorts or sweatpants to wear over ballet attire, dance belt, t-shirt or tank top of choice, sneakers. Please note that sneakers are mandatory.

We request that the men bring a braided resistance band (click the link for an example) for Weight Training. The level of resistance depends on the dancer’s age and strength level. If the dancer previously attended BBSI, re-assess resistance on the band to determine if a heavier resistance is needed for this year’s session.


BBSI does not provide dormitory or housing. Group rate code for hotel coming soon.

  • Residence Inn Marriott: 2900 Regency Parkway Cary, NC 27518, 919-467-4080
  • Hotel in the area. 6.3 Miles (11 minutes) to IBA

See the hotel’s website for all of the nearby attractions including golf, spa, site seeing opportunities, and museums. The Residence Inn Marriott includes complimentary breakfast, high-speed internet, free on-site parking, pet friendly rooms, and full access to Lifetime Fitness located next door.

Please note: BBSI does not provide supervision at the hotel or transportation to and from the studio and hotel.

Car rental available at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.


During the week of BBSI, girls will attend girls-only Technique, Partnering with the men, and girls-only Variations classes. Technique and Partnering will be taught by Jock Soto, Jeffrey Rogers, Patrick Frenette, and Maxim Ponomarenko. Ladies Variations will be taught by Nadia Pavlenko.  Please note there is no Variations class on Saturday.

Girls must be ages 12-18 in an intermediate to advanced ballet level with a minimum of two years en pointe. There will be a video audition or in-person audition at International Ballet Academy required for the BBSI Girls Partnering Workshop.

In-person audition date at IBA: March 10th, 2018 from 10:00am-11:30am. (Date and time are subject to change)


Video audition submission deadline: March 10th, 2018.

Class size is very limited. There will be a wait list. 

Female dancer YouTube audition video requirements:

Note: All combinations must be done en pointe in the center

  • Adage combination
  • Échappé and Passé pointework combination
  • Turning combination
  • Grand Allegro combination

Dress code:

  • Black spaghetti strap leotard (cotton or microfiber, no tank leotards)
  • Pink tights
  • Ballet flat shoes
  • New Pointe shoes (to be worn for center and for partnering, NO DEAD SHOES)
  • No skirts, shorts, large hair accessories, or large earrings



Tuition due within two weeks of acceptance.

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