AUGUST 5-16, 2019

LOCATION: 307 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104


All students, ages 10-22, interested in the Summer Intensive program must audition so that Ballet Detroit’s faculty can assess them prior to enrollment. Students can audition during the open auditions, attend a Sunday master class to audition, schedule an in-class audition, or if none of those options are possible, submit a video audition. Regardless of the method of auditioning, results will be emailed within two weeks following the audition. Please email with any questions regarding the audition process.


Students must submit two 4×6 photos (digital is acceptable) when auditioning by any method. They must be:

  • Headshot
  • First arabesque (on pointe if applicable)

Please send all digital materials for auditions to prior to auditioning. Physical photos may be presented at registration before auditioning. Please do not mail any photos.


We have completed our audition tour for this year’s summer intensive program. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at


Video auditions will be accepted on an ongoing basis, but may only be submitted if a student is unable to audition in person by any of the above methods. Video auditions may be no longer than 10 minutes and a YouTube link to the video must be provided in the application. Please include the following:

  • Barre: Plié, Tendu, Rond de Jambe, Adagio
  • Center: Adagio, Pirouettes (en dehors & en dedans)
  • Jumps: 1 Petit Allegro, 1 Grand Allegro, 1 combination of choice
  • Pointe (if applicable): Échappé, Pirouettes (en dehors & en dedans), 1 Traveling Turns combination




After being accepted, all students must register for the session that they would like to attend and pay the non-refundable deposit and registration fee by the deadline indicated in the acceptance letter. After completing initial registration, a student packet will be emailed to each family. The full tuition payment must be made before the start of the program in order for the student to participate.



Initial Non-refundable Deposit & Registration Fee – $175

One Week – $600

Both Weeks – $1,250



Daily Class Schedule:

11:00-12:30 – Intermediate Ballet

12:30-2:00 – Advanced Ballet

2:00-2:30 – Combined Pointe (students not on pointe will take it in flat shoes)

2:30-5:00 – Contemporary

Dress Code:

Female Students – any style black leotard, pink tights, flat shoes with ribbons, and pointe shoes (if applicable)

Male Students – white t-shirt, black tights, ballet shoes


Dmitri Suslov

Dmitri Suslov is Director of the Senior Performance Ensemble and Associate Director of the Trainee Program in the BalletMet Dance Academy. In 2010, he was awarded the “Outstanding Teacher Award” by the Youth America Grand Prix. Mr. Suslov is a native of Moscow, Russia where he graduated from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy with a degree in classical ballet and pedagogy.

Mr. Suslov joined the famed Bolshoi Ballet in 1990 where he toured extensively around the world. He has been a soloist with Bolshoi Ballet and a principal dancer with the Renaissance Ballet Theater, the Sacramento Ballet and BalletMet. Mr. Suslov has been a guest artist and award-winner at the first and fourth National Nureyev Festival as well as performing with the “Stars of Russian Ballet.”  His repertoire includes all major principal roles from classical as well as contemporary ballets such as Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Serenade, Requiem and more. Mr. Suslov was a Guest Artist at the New York City Gala honoring his former teacher, the legendary Peter Pestov of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and has been a guest adjudicator for Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s annual exams.

Irma Cardano

Irma Cardano is an award-winning performer and choreographer for TV and stage. She currently resides in Italy where she teaches at the Artistic center in Portici (Academy of Performing Arts), Rome’s Renato Greco Dance Studio and is a sought-after guest instructor at workshops in cities around the world as a teacher and choreographer for contemporary dance. Her pieces have been set at universities and institutions all over the world, including the United States, Armenia, Russia, India, and Holland. Ms. Cardano’s students have moved on to receive scholarships at institutions in the US and abroad, and to execute successful artistic careers.

Ms. Cardano received her early classical ballet training in Naples with Maestro Pierluigi Marzoni, and refined her technique with masters Robert Streiner and Alain Astiè. She studied modern dance in Rome under the guidance of teacher and choreographer Renato Greco, and later with Mat Mattox, Bill Hastings, Chat Walker, Max Stone, Alain Danielson, Jason Parsons. As a performer, Irma has been privileged to perform on stage at the prestigious Bari, Bologna, Catania, Rome and Trieste theaters, as well as a solo piece in the multimedia show “Faust”, directed by Laura Angiulli, performed at the DAHMS. Her personal style, developed after years of experience, is musical, smooth, emotional and full of movement.

Ms. Cardano is a Guest Choreographer at Ballet Detroit, and most recently set her original piece, “So Close” on the dancers of Ballet Detroit. The world premiere of “So Close” was held at the Detroit Opera House in November, 2016.

Sergey Rayevskiy

Sergey Rayevskiy received his early training as a full-time scholarship recipient at the Vaganova Academy in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and went on to dance professional neo-classical and classical solo and principal roles with Mariinsky Theatre’s North American Tour, Sarasota Ballet and Tulsa Ballet.

Mr. Rayevskiy continues to share his love of dance and technical precision with students worldwide as the Director of Ballet Detroit, and a sought after guest instructor in the US and abroad. As an advocate for the student and professionals he mentors, Mr. Rayevskiy negotiates guest contracts, coordinates performance and repertoire, and arranges auditions. With many years of interaction within professional companies and elite ballet schools, he counsels his students about additional opportunities for them to grow as dancers within dance communities both in the US and overseas.

Alumni of Mr. Rayevskiy’s training can been seen performing in domestic and international classical and contemporary ballet companies, professional competitions such as YAGP and Prix de Lausanne, and prestigious universities around the world.

Ariana Myers

Ariana Myers first began her training in her hometown of Winchester, VA. At the age of 16, she was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet’s year-round program and graduated with honors. Following her graduation, she was accepted into Kirov’s Vaganova technique teaching certification program and received her certification in Vaganova technique after completing an intensive year of study.

Upon graduating from the certification program, Ms. Myers taught in several ballet schools in Virginia and Texas teaching ballet, pointe, character, and variations, setting original choreography, and mentoring students to help them attain more opportunities in the dance world. Some of her students have successfully joined companies and prestigious universities’ dance programs. She is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

*2019 instructors subject to change.

Guest instructors in past summer intensives have included:

Olga Pavlova

Dmitri Suslov

Rasta Thomas

Irma Cardano

Sergei Sidorsky

Patricia Zhou

Portia Adams

Violetta Zhirova

Guest artists in past summer intensives have included:

Daniil Simkin

Iana Solenko

Maria Kochetkova

Mayara Pineiro

Gennadi Nedvigin

Brooklyn Mack

Olga Pavlova

Sergei Sidorsky

Patricia Zhou

Precious Adams

Portia Adams

Maria Mosina

Anton Korsakov

Alisa Sodoleva

Andrei Ivanov

Joseph Phillips

Ludovico Pace

Xander Parish

Keenan Kampa

Courtney Richardson

Irina Lerman

Rasta Thomas

Isabella Boylston

Nikolay Korypaev

Frances Chung

Mike Ellison

Albert Drake