Summer Ballet Intensive

Summer Ballet Intensive
Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 18

A Summer Ballet Program
for Beginning to Advanced Levels

This year's summer ballet program offers three different levels of instruction to accommodate students with as little as one year of training through advanced ballet students.

There is no better way for a student to keep improving as a dancer in body and mind than to participate in a "summer intensive."

With our outstanding faculty of highly regarded teachers, TCAB's program offers a summer intensive that students will only find in larger cities with major companies.

The Summer Intensive will include these dance disciplines and more.
  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre
  • Character
  • Hip Hop
  • Theory
  • Acting
2016 Faculty

Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley received his formal dance training at the School of American Ballet, San FranciscoBalletSchool and with Alonzo King. He danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Sacramento Ballet and Fort Wayne Ballet, where he also served as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer. As a dancer, he had many works choreographed especially for him by choreographers, such as Jill Eathorne Bahr, Philip Jerry and Ron Cunningham. Robert has performed every major classical role and was known for his onstage charisma and sublime partnering abilities.

Robert's choreography lives in the repertoires of many regional and professional companies across the
United States, including his full length "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast." His choreography has earned several awards and two of his works are in the Regional America Choreography Plan. He was the Artistic Director of San Jose Dance Theatre, where he implemented several ongoing community programs. Robert has choreographed over thirty ballets for the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. His "Linear Context" won the RDA Choreographic Excellence Award in 2006, and his "The Condition Hereafter" won the same award in 2008.

In addition to his work for the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Robert sits on the Tannery Arts Center Board and represents Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre as an Associate of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. Robert teaches all levels of students at The Studio of Classical Ballet, of which he is also co-director. Robert and Diane were honored in 2009 with a Gail Rich Award for their contribution to the
Santa Cruz
arts community, and Robert is the recipient of the 2010 Artist of the Year Award, given by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.

Melanie Haller

Melanie Haller received her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under world renowned teacher, Marcia Dale Weary, and with other prestigious mentors such as Darla Hoover, Alan Hineline, Leslie Hench, Richard Cook, and Melinda Howe. Over the course of a decade, her training included the annual participation with RDA/Northeast, the International Ballet Competition, in 2004 and 2008, representing the Northeast region, and attending the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program for four consecutive years in the highest level under the direction of Devon Carney.  With Darla Hoover’s affiliation with New York City Ballet, Ms. Haller grew up performing Balanchine works such as Concerto Barocco, Divertimento #15, Harlequinade, La Source, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Star and Stripes, Valse Fantasie, and Walpurgisnacht. At the age of eighteen, she joined the Sacramento Ballet as an apprentice and was immediately given principal roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Her Balanchine repertoire expanded and was highlighted in Allegro Brillante, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Tarantella, Western Symphony, Who Cares?, and Ron Cunningham’s productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Carmina Burana, Hamlet, A Street Car Named Desire, The Tempest, The Firebird, Carmen, Rite of Spring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. After six years with the company, she retired and began teaching in the Sacramento community. California Musical Theatre credits include playing Tintinabula in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She has also worked with The Sacramento Opera and choreographed their productions of Otello and The Marriage of Figaro. Currently she is the Principal of The School of the Sacramento Ballet and the Artistic Director of their Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble.


Maggie Rupp
Maggie Rupp began dancing at the early age of 3. She started her training at Westside Dance Academy where she studied not only ballet, but tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and theatrical dancing. She then decided to pursue ballet and studied for one year at Oregon Ballet Theatre, and then at The Portland Ballet from 2008-2012 where she got to perform many principal roles such as "Titania" in John Cliffords A Midsummer Night's Dream, "The Blue Fairy" in John Clifford's La Boutique Fantasque, Val Caniparoli's Street Songs, "Odette" in Swan Lake, as well as many Balanchine excerpts. Maggie joined the Sacramento Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2012, and was promoted the next year to The Company and has been there ever since. While at Sacramento Ballet, she has performed roles such as "Tinkerbell" in Ron Cunningham's brand new production of Peter Pan, "Myrtle Wilson" in Ron Cunningham's The Great Gatsby, "Snow Queen" in Ron Cunningham's The Nutcracker, "1st Lead Regiment Girl" in George Balanchine's Stars & Stripes and also "Blue Girl/Just Right" in Ron Cunningham's Carmina Burana. Along with dancing, Maggie has also modeled for Oliver Endahl's Ballet Zaida, such as photos and his short film Nesoi, and has also modeled for Richard Giorla's Cardio Barre, and Adidas. Maggie also loves to sing and act!

Alex Stewart
A recent graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), Alex Stewart is dancer, singer, actor and teacher. A member of the Sacramento Ballet from 2010-2014, Alex's favorite roles include The Nutcracker and Lead Russian in The Nutcracker and Renfield in Dracula. Alex has taught Musical Theatre Styles, Ballet and Jazz for the School of the Sacramento Ballet and the Sacramento School of Performing Arts and has coordinated the Sacramento Ballet's first musical theatre intensive. Along with his brother, Tim, he has produced, written and directed his popular At The Ballet series to benefit the Sacramento Ballet from 2010-2014. Favorite theatrical roles include Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), Dream Curly in Oklahoma (Sierra Repertory Theatre & PCPA) and Jimmy in Nice Work if You Can Get It (Summer Repertory Theatre). Educational credits include the School of the Sacramento Ballet, Boston Ballet School and the Pacific Conservatory Theatre Professional Actor Training Program.

Brik Middlekauff
Brik Middlekauff started performing with California Ballet in 2012 and has been featured as a Big Swan in Swan Lake, Myrtha in Giselle, and Jordan Baker in Septime Webre's The Great Gatsby. She trained at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento, California and at the Sacramento Ballet, where she performed as a company member for seven years including a tour to China in 2007. Brik has appeared in numerous Balanchine ballets and was featured in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs.  She has worked with many choreographers including Trey McIntyre, Amy Seiwert, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Matthew Neenan. For the past three years, Brik has returned to Sacramento Ballet to act as Ballet Mistress for the company.

Erin Zintek

Erin Zintek is originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin where she started her training under Kellie Plathe from Accent On Dance. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. There she worked exclusively with Dan Stark, Alan Sener, Jennifer Kayle, George de la Pena, Armando Duarte, and Charlotte Adams. She was chosen to dance with the University's Dancer's In Company (DIC), traveling around the midwest. She has performed for ACDFA two years in a row, and received multiple scholarships.

Pre-professionally and professionally Erin has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., and Bill Young. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and dance with the company Bale Folclorico. Since moving to Portland she has worked with KO&Co., Paige McKinney, Esther LaPointe, The Detail, and Jim McGinn in "Top Shake Dance". Erin is the assistant coach for the Multnomah Athletic Club pre-professional company, and specializes in contemporary/modern movement. She choreographs for the MAC and studios around Portland. Erin is also certified in pilates, yoga and is the co-creator of Evolution PDX.

Lisa Buchmiller

Lisa Buchmiller began dancing at an early age at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet in Richland, WA. She also performed with Mid-Columbia Ballet under the artistic direction of Debra Pearse Rogo. In college, Lisa discovered her true passion - teaching movement. Lisa resides in Portland, OR where she is a certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, dance instructor, co-creator of Evolution PDX and the yoga supervisor at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Whether working with clients individually, or teaching a class, Lisa combines her expertise in many different disciplines to help students prevent injury, and, through Evolution PDX, to become stronger, longer, balanced and more connected to their bodies. 

Class Schedule and Tuition




1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

Level 3


10:00am - 4:00pm




Level 2


10:00am - 4:00pm




Level 1


10:00am - 4:00pm




Level #3 (Int Teal - Adv Rose)
Level #2 (Adv Beg Teal - Int Navy)
Level #1 (Beg Aqua - Beg Navy)

Discounts for multiple weeks will be applied after you enroll and before any charges are made to your account.

Serving Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco
Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet & Music
21 Aaron Dr., Richland, WA 99352  946-1531

Summer Office Hours: 10am-5pm M-F
Saturday 10am-3pm