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Performing in New York

is the New York Ballet Intensive of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre. Our summer program for Dance Students, Professional Dancers, and Dance Teachers pursuing a professional career and interested in enhancing their preparation to further their careers in the industry. 


Beginner Dance Students and Dance Teachers please visit our Dance Education

New York Summer Intensive of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Program Overview

Our Performing in New York program comprises of advanced ballet training and hands-on understanding of the Ajkun Ballet Company's Production and Performance time, fully allowing participants to experience subjects not conventionally accessible in a study setting.


Admission and financial aid are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for merit and additional grants may be offered by the AjkunBT Fund to qualifying dancers. Early application is strongly encouraged. Admission for all Dates listed in Next Sessions is currently Open.


Upcoming session

July 20 to August 17, 2024


Next sessions

July 19 to August 16, 2025 | July 18 to August 15, 2026 | July 17 to August 14, 2027



Determinant to the success of emerging Artists is the inspirational relationship with the Company's Artistic Director Dr. Chiara Ajkun and our Company Dancers who mentor and perform alongside Participants daily, and the opportunity to be part of the creative process of our Resident Choreographers. Specialty classes expose participants to subjects critical and instrumental to the success of a professional dancer.


Dancers joining our program are challenged and inspired to achieve the very best through four high-level daily classes, in a nurturing environment considerate of age and dance level, and then to convey their skills during performances. We believe in the importance of providing strong ballet, pointe, and repertory training that broadens modern dance techniques and an injury prevention-physical strengthening plan (IPPSP) in support of a healthful and long career in the field.

Training in the Ajkun Methodology & Specialty Classes

  • Ballet Technique with Dancer’s Injury Prevention Integration

  • Pointe Variations and Male Variations in Ballet Repertory

  • Contemporary Repertory of the Ajkun Ballet Company

  • Staging & Performing

  • Cross Training (Body Conditioning & Pilates)

  • Workplace Awareness

  • Makeup

  • Professional Networking & Social Media



Our performance schedule allows participants to learn many aspects of a Ballet Dancer's life, from touring to public speaking. Lectures and active cooperation with our production staff guide and thoroughly expose dancers to the specific requirements of a professional career.


Our Wardrobe provides performance costumes. Public Performances may be sided by: Arts in Education Events, followed by a question/answer period with the audience, Press Presentations, discovering promotional topics, Showcases for potential donors to a participant’s career, Open Rehearsals for a targeted audience leading to potential contract opportunities.

  • Employment Opportunities
    Dancers seeking for employment typically embark in an expensive audition tour that often overlooks organizations not internationally renowned. Equally, Dance Companies may overlook some dancers in the short time of an audition. The Ajkun Ballet Theatre created a network to serve as a platform for dancers to broaden their exposure across the globe. Our organization is regarded by Dance Companies worldwide as a primary source to explore some the world's finest artists for employment openings. A list of companies who have employed AjkunBT Alumni & Artists is available online: Alumni
  • Worldwide Promotion
    Our Press & Communication Division promotes all Company Artists & Participants in our programs on a global scale. Dancers are referred by our Artistic Staff, based on several weeks of training and performance, and supported by the international reputation of our Artistic Director. The network created by AjkunBT Arts Administrators, Artists, Alumni, Patrons and Partners along with our partnerships with many Dance Companies helps dancers to move effortlessly toward a professional career.
  • Stay Information
    The Ajkun Ballet Theatre is truly committed to make your stay with us an unforgettable one. The international environment of our Program, the expertise of our Staff and their welcoming warmth, the extraordinary venues that are home to our Company and the variety of scenarios that only New York has to offer, all contribute to creating life lasting experiences and memories. Participants may elect to commute into our program or reside in our accommodation. Accommodation Our fully monitored living facilities provide accommodation from two days before the commencement of classes through the night following the last event. Friendly property and company staff is on premises at all times and available 24/7 to address your concerns. Supervision and Live-In Chaperone for minors is provided. Included in Housing Air-conditioning, wireless internet, laundry facility, gym. Company Tour Travel Travel is provided by Charter Bus, when requested by our performance tour. Medical In the rare event of a medical emergency, our Staff will refer participant to a certified nurse, licensed physical therapist, or a nearby emergency medical unit as needed. Additional Services To make your stay more enjoyable, a list of Optional Services, including event tickets, individual Pilates sessions and Company dancewear, is available to enrolled participants.
  • Admission Process
    The repertory performed for the season dictates the number of positions available, typically 20 Dancers and 2 Dance Teachers. Minimum age for Dancers is 14 years old and for Dance Teachers is 18 years old. Participation is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis to the exhaustion of places available to candidates of any citizenship who can demonstrate having mastered a strong ballet technique and have the physical prerequisite to sustain an intense daily training and rehearsals. To maintain the remarkable artistic standard required by our Company, positions may be divided for countries. Official application deadline is April 30th. Past experience indicates that all positions are filled prior to the deadline. Applications are accepted as early as three yers in advance of the intended year of participation. Early Registration is strongly recommended.
  • Qualification Process
    Candidates are admitted through an Audition in person or by video. Auditionees for the program are required to send in the registration fee along with the Audition Form and fee to preserve the availability of their spot. The registration fee is reimbursed only in the case acceptance is denied. Visit our Audition page, or request the audition form Successful candidates will be provided with a complete informational package and guidance to join our Summer Intensive.
  • Program Cost, Tuition and Housing
    Registration fee is US$95. Tuition: Funding by federal, state, and local government and public contributions cover a portion of the cost, and individual merit and need-based scholarships, grants and outside awards (AKA extramural contributions) may make up for the difference. When you qualify for the program, we use a combination of resources to determine your contribution and communicate it to you with the audition outcome. Your contribution may be referred to as “tuition”. The tuition is payable in full at registration or in four installments. Housing is guaranteed if the deposit is paid at registration. Housing may be purchased at any time before June 30th, subject to availability and rate increase.
  • ​Scholarships and Financial Aid for Training, Housing and Airfare Costs
    Participants are selected for the summer program without regard to their finances. ​Public and private contributions keep the program tuition considerably lower than the program's actual cost. ​Merit and Need-Based Financial Aid may be awarded for the Training Program, Housing Cost and Airfare Travel. The AjkunBT Fund may award additional financial assistance based upon individual qualification, up to the annual budget for dancers, to cover additional costs.

Any question about our program? We welcome all inquiries by email

For Dancer's Programs Voicemail call + 1 (347) 346-9951

More Dance Programs

The Ajkun Ballet Theatre offers a variety of programs in New York City and abroad and opportunities to earn a New York State Certificate in the Ajkun © Methodology.

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