SVB Summer Intensive

dancersThe perfect way to hone your skills and immerse yourself in dance this summer! The SVB Summer Dance Intensive runs Monday-Saturday June 25 - June 30 at the The Star City School of Ballet, temporarily located at 305 E Calhoun St in Salem.

Dancers are split into two levels for instruction.

The Advanced/Intermediate classes are for girls and boys at level Intermediate 1B through Advanced. This curriculum will focus on Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern and Pilates.
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm Sat
Cost: $300 wk

The Beginner classes are for girls and boys at level Prepartory 2 through Intermediate 1A. This curriculum will focus on Ballet technique and vocabulary, including pre- Pointe and Variation classes.

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm Sat
Cost: $300 wk

Dancers unable to attend every day are able to purchase a class card ($100 for six classes) and attend Advanced/Intermediate or Beginner classes in the evening.  Please see the schedule for available options.

Summer Intensive Dance Schedule

Registration Form

Vaszary Scholarships Available

The 2018 Summer dance intensive continues from July 2 - July 29 but is sponsored by Star City School of Ballet. It follows the same schedule and is hosted at the same location. See Star City School of Ballet for details and registration forms. Dancers that desire to perform in the Finale Performance must attend both intensives.

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In 1982 he completed his studies of classical ballet at the Dance Conservatoire in Prague, ten years later finished studying method of classical ballet technique at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts (Master´s degree), and in 1996 achieved a doctor´s degree (Ph.D.) at the Charles University in Prague. He had several residencies abroad; for example, in Italy, England, Holland, USA etc.

Between 1982 and 2000 he was a soloist of Laterna magika, since 1993 he has worked as a specialist lecturer at the Dance Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 1996 he became a teacher and ballet master in Laterna magika. In 1998 he became a dramatic adviser at Prague’s National Theatre Ballet and since 2000 he has been a dramatic adviser at Laterna magika, as well.

In addition to his wide-ranging activity as a guest teacher-assistant both in the Czech Republic and abroad (e.g. IT Dansa – Institut dell Teatro in Barcelona, Mariinsky Theater in St.Peterburg, Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Ballet-Akademie Stockholm etc.).
Also, he is the author of several specialist publications, for example: Methodology of Classical Ballet for Art Schools, Body and Dance, Echoes of Dance, Laterna magika-Theatre of Miracles.

As an assistant choreographer, dramatic adviser and co-author, he has participated in a number of dance and ballet projects, TV documentaries and theatre productions (Graffiti, Legend of Argonauts, Balletmania etc).

A native of Venezuela, Szalay was born to Hungarian parents and is a native of La Guaira , Venezuela where he started dancing in local school by Ms. Machado .He received a scholarship at Ballet Nacional of Caracas, coached by Vladimir Isayev and many other national and international teachers. There he danced many of Nebrada's choreographed pieces. Later he traveled to New York City to be coached by Madame Darvash and performed with New York Dance Theatre directed by Frank Ohman. 
After New York, Szalay was company dancer with Richmond Ballet  from 1996 to 2006 where he was an inspiration for many choreographers and he danced pieces from Balanchine, Burn, Canaporoli, Lang, Soleau , Stevenson, Orff, Wainrot, Winslett and many others. He was also a guest performer and choreographer with the Latin Ballet of Virginia .
He has guest taught in South Carolina, Philadelphia, Virginia School of the Arts, Washington and Lee University and St. Paul's Ballet Company. Szalay served as a coach, choreographer for the School of Richmond Ballet and other Richmond dance schools.  He served as Artistic Advisor for Chesterfield Ballet School . Szalay coached the Wheel Chair Miss Richmond.  He currently teaches at The Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia.  In summer 2016, he was invited to guest teacher in Murcia, Spain at Robles Ballet School.
Szalay for the past 10 years enhanced the lives of many 4th graders through his instruction of the Minds In Motion program in Richmond, Charlottesville, Martinsville, Salem and Roanoke City Schools. Beginning in 2012, Szalay developed a Spanish language, choreographed movement program called Dance Espanol for 4th graders in public schools.  In 2013 created a Ballet program for Middle School in Roanoke City Public Schools.
January 2007, Szalay became Artistic Director of Southwest Virginia Ballet in the Roanoke Valley, since he has brought SVB to be recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  In 2009 he was awarded the Perry F. Kendig Awards for Outstanding Performing Artist and in 2010 named the best Local Celebrity for Charity Events by the Roanoker Magazine.
Szalay is a Resident Artist for Carilion Clinic Healing Art Program. Board member of Thursday Morning Music Club as Dance Chairman - Footnotes and Roanoke City Public School Education Foundation, Inc.
Szalay's choreography credits include : The Long Christmas Ride Home , for Flournoy Playwright Festival, Ties: A Railroad Ballet, Cinderella, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Miss Richmond Pageant(2002-2003), the Miss Virginia Pageant(2009-2012), Like Winter Waiting ( 2012- 2014), Sewing Seeds with Ann Waldrop, Dominos for Charlottesville Ballet. Holidays Pops, Peter and The Wolf, Carmina Burana with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Excerpts of Act II of The Nutcracker, Firebird and Under the Tent with Roanoke Youth Symphony, Nick Cave, Norman Rockwell and many others for Taubman Museum of The Art.  La Traviata and South Pacific for Opera Roanoke.  His newest project for 2017 is a commission to choreograph for an original score in remembrance of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Abigail is the Ballet Mistress for Southwest Virginia Ballet, where she has been dancing since 2003. She has performed lead roles with SVB, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, an Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and Blue Bird and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in Sleeping Beauty. She earned her master's certification in Pilates from FiTOUR in June 2013. Currently Abigail teaches ballet and pilates at the Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia. She has also taught for the Dance Español program in the Roanoke City public Schools and for the Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion program in Roanoke and Salem area public schools. Abigail has received a number of scholarships from the Footnotes division of the Thursday Morning Music Club for dance. She received her associates of applied science and certificate in accounting from Virginia Western Community College in 2014, and lives in Salem.

SamSamantha Patterson - Modern Instructor
Samantha Patterson is a Modern Dance teacher, dancer, and choreographer from Greenville, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke VA. Her work has premiered as part of the Summer Shake Up Series hosted by Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn as well as in the MachineHDance Festival in New York City.

Mary Jo Cruz - Modern Instructor
Biography will be posted when it is obtained.