Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to audition.

January 15, 03:30-05:00pm

Dance Theatre Southwest
5505 Osuna Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Tel: 505 296-9465

March 18, 11:00-01:00pm

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Studio
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: 312 850-9766

January 14, 06:00-07:30pm

Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204
Tel: 303 339-1623

Los Angeles
January 28, 03:00-04:30pm

Westside Ballet
1709 Stewart St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: 310 828-2018

New York
April 23, 02:00-04:30pm

School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Tel: 212 769-6606

January 16, 11:00-12:30pm

The School of Ballet Arizona
2835 E Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Tel: 602 381-0188

February 12, 12:00-01:30pm

Oregon Ballet Theatre
0720 SW Bancroft Steet
Portland, OR 97239
Tel: 503 227-0977

San Diego
January 29, 02:00-03:30pm

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park
1650 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619 233-3060

San Francisco
March 04, 02:00-03:30pm

Alonzo King’s LINES Dance Center
26 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 415 863-3040 x 221

Santa Barbara
March 11, 03:30-05:00pm

State Street Ballet
2285 Las Positas Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: 805 845-1432

February 11, 04:30-06:00pm

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
Phelps Center, 301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: 206 441-2435

June 26 to July 21, 2017 in Santa Barbara

State Street Ballet's Summer Intensive is for serious ballet students aged 12-21. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, hip-hop and strength-building. We provide students with the opportunity to learn and perform excellent choreography, which ranges from classical to contemporary in style. The artistry of dance is expressed through choreography, and we place a strong emphasis on its value. Our Summer Intensive Program culminates in a fully-staged performance that friends and families can attend on Friday, July 21, 2017. The cost for the Summer Intensive program is $1925 for tuition, and $2295 for room, board, and transportation (except for airport pick up).

Location and Housing
Classes are held at our home studio, The Gail Towbes Center for Dance, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. With over 10,000 square feet of studio space and state-of-the-art suspended floors, this is the perfect place to refine and enhance dance technique and artistry. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and backed by magnificent mountains, Santa Barbara is safe and easy to get around.

Accommodations for Summer Intensive participants are available at the University of California at Santa Barbara, a short bus ride from our studio. Students may stay in dormitory suites, with bedding and towels available. Accommodations include supervision, meals and transportation. Counselors are available to assist students and handle any medical emergency that may arise. Students may also seek their own housing arrangements.

How to Audition
Attend one of the open auditions shown in the audition schedule at right. Download the application, fill it out, and bring it to the audition along with a headshot, dance photo in first arabesque, and $20 (cash only) for the audition fee.

Contact Information
State Street Ballet
2285 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Telephone: 805 845 1432


Rodney Gustafson is a Founder of State Street Ballet, and has been the Artistic Director for over 20 years. He is a former member of the American Ballet Theater, and has worked closely with Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and many others. He was the director of the ABT Summer Intensive Program in Austin, Texas, and is an ABT-certified teacher at the highest level. Mr. Gustafson has a BS and an MA in Business Administration.

Skyler Rodgers received his formal dance training at San Francisco School of the Arts and The Rock School, where he performed numerous lead roles in classical ballets. He also trained in hip-hop and Afro-Haitian dance, and went on to study at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received further training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and various modern techniques, earning his BFA in dance and dance composition. He has competed and performed as a professional figure skater in the Disney On Ice production of “The Incredibles,” and performed as a back-up dancer for numerous artists including the legendary Lucero.

Marina Fliagina was born in Russia and graduated from Perm State College of Choreography. She has performed roles in all of the famous classical ballets and has toured internationally with the Russian Imperial Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet, and the Moscow Festival Ballet. She joined State Street Ballet as a principal dancer, and in 2001 she was promoted to Ballet Master. She has choreographed several ballets for the company and been a teacher for the Summer Intensive program for several years.

Gary McKenzie is one of the founding dancers of State Street Ballet, and currently a Ballet Master with the company. He has choreographed ballets for numerous companies, including State Street Ballet. Mr. McKenzie received his training in part at the Harkness House in New York, and danced professionally with Ballet Florida, Santa Barbara Ballet, and San Diego Ballet.

Autumn Eckman received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy and Atlanta Ballet. She is a former member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well as State Street Ballet. Autumn danced and served as Resident Choreographer and Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago II. She has created original works for many contemporary and classical dance companies nationwide, and in 2014 she was State Street Ballet’s Artist-in-Residence, creating a reimagined version of Scheherazade. She is currently a member of The Cambrians, and is also pursuing her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa.

Edgar Zendejas, Choreographer, was born and raised in Mexico City. He has held positions with the international Ballet Company of USIU, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and finally, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal where he has danced for the past 15 years. Edgar has created several pieces for les Ballet Jazz de Montreal—notably Besame...Besame Mucho—and been commissioned by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet de Monterrey, and Playhouse Dance Company, among others.

Drew Sandbulte graduated from the Perpich Center Arts High School in Minneapolis, going on to study at Julliad where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiři Kylián. Upon receiving his BFA, Drew went on to dance for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and EZ Danza also in Montreal. He currently teaches at New World School of the Arts in Miami.

Lynn Glauber began her training at the Ballet Center of Buffalo. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Joffrey School in NYC. She joined the Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the Twentieth Century in Belgium as the youngest member of the company. Bejart created ballets especially for her. Ms. Glauber returned to the U.S joining the Joffrey Ballet dancing principal roles created by notable choreographers including A. Tudor, R. Joffrey, and many others. Her teaching credits include; A. Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Academy East, Elliot Feld School, N.J Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet School, American Theater Dance Summer Workshop, Jacob's Pillow, National Ballet of Prague, in addition to being a guest teacher and ballet mistress for the Ballet Hispanico. She is currently teacher and Co-Chair of the Ballet Department at The Ailey School’s Professional Division and an Adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College.