Long Beach Ballet
5 Week Sumer Intensive

Pan-Pacific Summer Intensive

A Once-In-A-Lifetime International Dance Experience

 June 23rd  -  July 28th, 2014

(Eligible Age: 13 - 20)

Director's Diary of Last Year's Tour

China Tour Video

Slide Show of 2010 Tour

This unique five week program begins in Long Beach, where students train with master teachers, choreographers and coaches.  After three weeks the dancers and artistic staff fly to China to take advantage of Artistic Director David Wilcox's close ties with China and train with the National Ballet of China Guangzhou, China's second largest professional ballet company. The tour will culminate with a full theater performance in Guangzhou.

Artistic director David Wilcox is the only American choreographer to have staged three full-length ballets in China. Over the last 17 years he has produced ten ballet tours to China with American ballet dancers.

Students return from their international ballet experience with greater knowledge, strength, technique and artistry.  More importantly, this unique program provides young dancers with a profoundly enhanced view of themselves, of the world, and of life inside a ballet company.

A limited number of spaces are available for family members to join the dancers in China.

Click here to read letters from previous tour participants


David Wilcox, Artistic Director
Born and raised in Southern California, David Wilcox trained with Yvonne Cusack and Stanley Holden before starting his professional career in Europe at the age of 18.  He joined the Berlin Ballet as a soloist at the age of 24 and returned to the U.S. when he was 28 to launch a new career . He founded Long Beach Ballet Academy in 1981 and a professional company in 1982 which changed its name to the Los Angeles Classical Ballet in 1991.  This company grew into Southern California's largest professional company over a period of 15 years and attracted over 50,000 audience members annually.  Many of Mr. Wilcox's students have competed in international ballet competitions, including the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.  He has produced dozens of professional dancers, students who have joined major companies such as San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Hamburg Ballet, New York Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Sacramento Ballet. He has created and produced more than a dozen full length ballets, three of which were commissioned by the National Ballet of China in Guangzhou.  The list of international ballet stars with whom he has worked is long, and includes Vladimir Malakov, Cynthia Harvey, Maya Plisetskaya, Marat Daukayev, and Patricia Barker. His dancers appeared three times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2007 he was invited by ballet presenters in China to be an official conduit from China to the U.S. ballet world.  He has presided over eight successful ballet tours to Taiwan and China since 1999.


Johnny Zhong
Mr. Zhong graduated from the Shen Yang Arts Institute in China and performed for seven years as a soloist with the National Ballet of China, Guangzhou.  He was featured as the Golden Idol in La Bayadere Cupid in Don Quixote, the Court Jester in Swan Lake, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as many other leading roles.  His father is a well-known Chinese choreographer and Mr. Zhong has continued in his father's footsteps by choreographing for and competing in several international ballet competitions, finishing in 8th place at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2005. 
Mr. Zhong is Resident Choreography of the Long Beach Ballet.

englertShani Englert
Ms. Englert is a Long Beach Ballet alumni and danced professionally with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet for six years. She has performed as a soloist with the Crystal Cathedral and is a co-founder of the Long Beach Ballet performing company, for which she was artistic director for eight years.
She is currently Ballet Mistress for the Long Beach Ballet.

sandvigMelissa Sandvig
Melissa was a soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet for five years. She toured to Asia twice as a featured ballerina with the Long Beach Ballet and is a certified Pilates instructor.  She was the first ballet dancer to make the finals in the TV hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" and became a top five finalist.  Miss Sandvig is now a free-lance dancer in Los Angeles and on the faculty of the Long Beach Ballet Academy.

maricarMaricar Drilon
Miss Drilon hails from the Philippines where she was a soloist with Ballet Philippines.  After immigrating to the U.S. she became a soloist with Ballet West and then with the Long Beach Ballet under the direction of David Wilcox.  She is now director of Northwest Classical Ballet School in Vancouver Washington.
WangZhiwei Wang
Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 21st Varna International Ballet Competition in 2004. Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2005. Performs the principal roles in “Swan Lake ”, “Cinderella”, “La Bayadere”, “ Giselle”, “ Don Quixote”, “Dream of Red Chamber”, “Mei Lanfang”, “La Sylphide” , “Romeo and Juliet”, the Repertoires “The Butterfly Lovers”, “Yellow River”, “Human Sentiment” and Balanchine’s production “ Theme and Variation”, “Serenade”ect. Has toured to the  USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, UK, France as well as the regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
fu-shuShu Fu
Awarded the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of China’s National Ballet Competition in 1994; Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 9th French International Ballet Competition in 2000. Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 21st Varna International Ballet Competition in 2004. Performs principal roles in “Swan Lake”, “La Sylphide”, “The Nutcracker”, “Turandot”, “ Don Quixote”, “La Bayadere”, “Cinderella” , “Mei Lanfang”, “Giselle”, “Dream of Red Chamber”, “Romeo and Juliet”, the Repertoires “The Yellow River”, “ The Butterfly Lovers”,“Human Sentiment”. the Contemporary dance “ Crossing the Permanent Darkness” ,and Balanchine’s production “ Theme and Variation” , “Serenade” .

XinXin Sun

Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of China, Guanghzou.  Graduate of the Shen Yang Arts Institute, Xin Sun joined the Guangzhou Ballet in 1999, was promoted to soloist in 2001, performed the lead role of Nikya in La Bayadere in 2002 and the title role in Cinderella in 2004. Gold Medalist at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2005.  Guest Artist in Long Beach Ballet's production of The Nutcracker in 2006.  Silver Medalist at the Seoul (Korea) International Ballet Competition in 2007. 


Alexander Kalinin
Mr. Kalinin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his dancing career at the age of 4 with his father. He graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow and has performed and toured as s soloist in over 60 countries with the most prestigious dance companies in the Soviet Union. He has taught dance for over 30 years in the US and abroad, including at the Washington D.C. based Kirov Ballet. He  appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on the Life with Bonnie show, and has performed for Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. He was praised in the Reno Gazette Journal as "a choreographer able to set new standards in Russian Dance."  Gelsey Kirkland of the New York City Ballet said of him, “Character Dance is greatly needed in this country, and Alexander Kalinin is a true inspiration as an artist and teacher.”  

Additional faculty to be announced

 National Audition Tour 2014 |  Click to Expand/Collapse Tab
Location Day Time Studio Address
Vancouver Sat, Jan 11 3:30pm Northwest Classical Ballet 14511 NE 10th Ave Ste D, Vancouver, WA 98685
Seattle Sun, Jan 12 12:30pm Pacific Northwest Ballet 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Albuquerque Fri, Jan 17 6:45pm Dance Theatre Southwest 4200 Wyoming NE Suite B-2, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Phoenix Sat, Jan 18 2:30pm School of Ballet Arizona 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
San Diego Sat, Jan 25 5:00pm California Ballet 4819 Ronson Court, San Diego, CA 92111
Sacramento Sun, Jan 26 3:30pm Sacramento Ballet 1631 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Santa Barbara Sun, Jan 26 2:30pm State Street Ballet 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Salt Lake City Sat, Feb 1 1:30pm Rose Wagner PAC Studio B 50 West 200 South, SLC, UT 84112
Las Vegas Sun, Feb 2 3:30pm Backstage Dance Studio 3425 Backstage Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89121
Long Beach Sat, Feb 15 1:30pm Long Beach Ballet 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807
    • Arrive at audition site at least 30 minutes prior to audition start time above.
    • All auditions are conducted as a Master Class and are 90 minutes in length.
    • Audition fee: $20.00 cash or check made out to Long Beach Ballet.
    • Bring photo in arabesque.
    • Class begins on flat and progresses to pointe.
    • Audition attire: Ladies -- black leotard, pink tights. Men -- white t-shirt, black tights.

Video Audition

If you are unable to attend an audition, you may also audition by video (DVD or YouTube).
Download and print out the Video Application.
Complete the form and return to the Long Beach Ballet with video and support materials.

Summer Intensive 2014: Information Accommodations

During the weeks in Long Beach,studenthoused at the beautiful dormitories of California State University Long Beach, Hillside College. Hillside College is the name of the university's on-campus dormitory and is located 5851 Beach Dr., Long Beach, CA 90815. The residence provides a safe and secure atmosphere with its own security system, including television monitors and on-campus security guards.  Bedspreads, linens, pillows and bath towels will be provided for Long Beach Ballet Summer Intensive residents, however students are not provided with an extra "beach" towel and can not take anything belonging to the college off-campus.  Laundry cards will be available for purchase upon arrival to the dorms.

Hotel in Guangzhou is the Eastern Cornucopia. Students stay two to a room. All meals are provided.

All meals are provided for dorm students in Long Beach.  Non-dorm students will be expected to bring a sack lunch.  In China the meals are spectacularly diverse, delicious, and healthy.


Trasportation as part of the program includes the following:

  • Airport to Dormitory transportation the day before the program begins available for additional fee
    "Student Transportation information" Form Required
  • Daily transportation between the dorms and the studios for students residing at the dorms
  • Transportation from dorms to LAX (dorm students only)
  • Round trip airline travel between Los Angeles and China
  • All transportation in China

Transportation that is not provided:

  • Transportation to Los Angeles/Long Beach from the dancers home town.
  • Transportation from LAX at the conclusion of the tour

Program Cost

  • $1,900 Five week tuition (Long Beach and China)
  • $1,400 Airfare LAX-Guangzhou-LAX (Approximate. Final amount determined Feb. 2014)
  • $ 950 Two weeks accommodations, meals, local transportation in China.
  • $85.00 registration fee.
  • $1,500 Three weeks dormitory housing and meals in Long Beach.
  • A limited number of spaces are available for family members to join the dancers during the tour in China. 
    ur Companions" pay for Airfare to China, China Expenses (2 weeks), and Visa Fee -- .
  • Non refundable registration fee of $85.00 and non-refundable program fee deposit of $200.00 due upon acceptance to ensure a place in the program.
  • 50% of balance due no later than April 1st.
  • Remaining balance due no later than June 1st.
  • All participants must have a valid passport by May 1st, 2014.

2014 Class Schedule
Class Attire Requirements

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