Personalized Instruction in a Company Atmosphere

Geared toward pre-professional and young adult dancers with Int/Adv technique who are:
  • interested in experiencing a week in the life of a professional dance company.
  • getting back into practice before the schoolyear begins.
  • looking for a "friendly dance bootcamp."
  • Class Schedule

  • 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday
  • Offering classes in Ballet, JSB Repertoire, new Choreography, Conditioning, and more.
  • World-Class Faculty

    Train with dancers, choreographers and movement experts who value personal growth and agency. We combine rigor with playfulness to foster each student's best potential.


    featuring guest instructor & choreographer
    Shohei Iwahama!

    Overall I loved this intensive! It was amazing. Being in close contact with the company members was definitely my favorite thing. Being able to watch them in class and take their advice gave me an entire new perspective on not only how I dance, but also how I think about attacking or conserving my movements in a step. I am so grateful I was given this opportunity!!

    Student from 2018 Twin Sky Intensive

    I was welcomed each day in class by being pushed to work harder as well as acceptance of where my movement level stands. Each teaching artists had so many unique offerings that each day felt like a whole new world of ideas. Finally, despite the days being long they did not feel that way, it was such a fun program to be a part of!

    C.R., reflecting on JSB's August 2022 Intensive

    I most enjoyed having the privilege of working with such a great group of non-judgmental and passionate people.

    Student from 2018 Twin Sky Intensive

    Over the course of the rehearsals and performance, I realized that effective movement felt like a language I didn't know how to speak, and that the company dancers were completely fluent in. It highlighted my insecurities, but it also felt like it opened my eyes to how dance can serve as a language and a means of communication. I loved the experience overall, learned so much, and developed even more respect for the dancers.

    Big Sky community member, reflecting on a 2019 workshop and performance experience with JSB

    The JSB summer intensive was a lovely experience that helped me to ground myself in my body and my movement style! Every class set me up for success and the reflections from company members and teachers have impacted my dancing in more ways than one! It was an incredible experience to learn from so many wonderful artists and I am extremely grateful for the company, teachers, pianists and my fellow dancers for all of the special moments that have come from this intensive.

    A.S., reflecting on JSB's August 2022 Intensive

    What you need to know:

    Program Basics

    AUGUST 14-18, 2023

    9am-4pm, Monday through Friday

    Classes include Ballet, new Choreography by Intensive teachers, JSB Repertoire, and various forms of Conditioning, among others.

    Program includes thoughtful goal-setting & mentorship.

    Flat rate includes 30 hours of professional instruction and development per week.

    Classes will take place in beautiful studio 2B at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.

    Questions may be directed to

    Health and Safety Policies

    Effective June 20th, 2022, the Cowles Center will require masks only when attending a performance in the theatres. Masks are no longer required in hallways and dance studios. JSB will adhere to this policy, making masks optional in our classes until further notice. JSB reserves the right to make changes to these policies at any time.

    To take full advantage of this program, we expect participants to be well-nourished, well-rested, and hydrated.

    Injuries should be communicated immediately so a plan for best program interaction can be formed.


    Secure your spot now!

    General registration rate is $450 per week.

    You may register one of two ways:

    1. By using the online form, below, or
    2. By completing the pdf version and sending, along with check, to James Sewell Ballet, 528 Hennepin Ave ste 215, Minneapolis MN 55403. Please make payment to James Sewell Ballet with “August 2023 Intensive” in memo line.

    Cancellations will be refunded minus $50 admin fee.

    Registrants will need to send additional paperwork (medical information, asset release, etc.) to be submitted via email.