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Miss Shelby Bensinger and Miss Ashley Taravella are so excited to offer a 4-day Progressing Ballet Technique Intensive  July 19th-22st!  PBT is “ innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve students' understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.” LEARN MORE ABOUT PBT HERE


Miss Shelby and Miss Ashley are both certified PBT Teachers. During the intensive, students will work to improve understanding of their bodies, strengthen important muscles, and learn how to properly execute movement. Dancers will participate in a blended PBT and Classical Ballet class each day. This intensive is open to all Pre-Professional company members, Sparks, Ignite, and outside advanced dancers, ages 8 and up. Students will be divided into two groups by age, and have the opportunity to work with both Miss Shelby and Miss Ashley.

Space is limited, so register today HERE!

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Shelby ( or Miss Ashley ( 



Students will be responsible for bringing their own equipment to this intensive. Moving into the 2020-2021 season we plan to incorporate PBT into some of the regular curriculum, and students will therefore be needing this equipment for the season. Equipment is cost effective and we have provided links to the following items that students will need (please label with first and last name to prevent swapping/loss of equipment).


1. Exercise Ball

Recommended Size:

Height Recommended Ball Size

Under 4’8” 45 cm ball

4’8” to 5’3” 55 cm ball

5’4” to 5’10” 65 cm ball

5’10” to 6’4” 75 cm ball


2. Resistance Band

Will be available for purchase at the intensive ($5 each)

3. Ages 11 and under: Fusion Ball (Soft Stability Ball/Pilates Soft Ball)


4. A notebook, writing utensils, water, and lunch/snack. 



  • Black leotard and pink convertible tights 

  • Bare Feet

  • Hair in a clean high bun, low pony, or comfortable hairstyle as long as it is back and out of the dancers face (we will be doing work laying on your back, please make sure hair will not get in the way of proper neck alignment. Students can put hair into a bun during lunch break, and if they are young and need help with that Miss Shelby and Miss Ashley can assist.)


  • Black leotard and pink tights

  • Pink ballet slippers

  • Hair in a clean bun

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Spotlight Dance Works is thrilled to be offering an Acrobatic Arts intensive this Summer! Acrobatic Arts is a professional curriculum for acrobatic dance. This program is designed to promote excellence in flexibility, strength, balance, limbering and tumbling. 

There will be two opportunities to participate in this intensive: Session 1 will run July 17 and 18 from 10-2 PM and Session 2 will run August 21 and 22 from 10-2 PM.  The cost per dancer is $100 total for both days. You do not have to be a gymnast to participate! Acrobatic Arts is a great way for all dancers to work on strength and flexibility, as well as develop and refine new skills. 

Register here today to work on your Acro skills with our Acrobatic Arts Certified teachers, Francesca Garippa, Kate Clark-Martin, Ashley Taravella, and Anna Taravella.  Learn new tricks and improve old ones in this 2-day mini intensive! 

If you have any questions, please email  




1. Yoga Block


2. A notebook and writing utensil


3. Water and snack

Please note that spaces are limited*


Ages 8-18 

10-10:30  Group Stretch and Strength

10:30-11:15  Limbering

11:15-12  Balance

12-12:15  BREAK

12:15-1  Tumbling

1-1:45  Partnering

1:45-2  Strength Activities/Cool Down


  • Bare feet

  • Leotard, bra top and shorts ONLY.


  • Hair Must be pulled back into a pony tail or bun. 

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Please join Miss Jenny Meeks and Miss Kaitlin Arena for The Movement Lab:  an exciting 4-day choreography workshop July 26-29 for dancers age 10-18. 


 At The Movement Lab students will work individually, as well as, collaboratively to explore different aspects of movement and choreography. Dancers will gain a  deeper understanding of mechanics and technique through various mind-body practices and improvisation exercises.


The intensive will culminate with a showing/recording on the last day, where students will be able to share what they’ve learned about dance making and the choreographic process.  This event is perfect for any dancer looking to discover and take ownership of their own creative voice.  Register here today, as spots are limited! 

If you have any questions, please email  

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