Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program offers a unified approach to training that is rooted in the philosophy of Alonzo King. Students are guided on a collaborative journey that values artistic risk-taking and independent thinking. They are encouraged to problem solve through exploration and a tenacious work ethic. Emphasis is placed on cultivating the dancers’ ability to recognize their individual gifts, realize their full potential, and express their self with fluency. Our aim is to supply a solid technical underpinning, based in classical training, and to provide an environment for the unfolding of the students’ own creative power.
Designed for aspiring artists ages 11-24, this intensive program supports the growth of the contemporary ballet dancer. Students study at our LINES Dance Center located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. They have a unique opportunity to study with founding Artistic Director Alonzo King, learn LINES Ballet repertoire from former and current Company members, and train with a diverse roster of highly-respected dancers, teachers, and choreographers from around the world.
"Everything in the phenomenal universe is straight line and circle. The horizon, our heads, arms, electrons, the oceans, planets and stars. Their principal function is to radiate. The task of the human being is also to radiate." Alonzo King
Geared toward intermediate to advanced level dancers ages 13-17*
Geared toward pre-professional dancers ages 17-24*
*Age is used as a general placement guideline. Each student will be individually evaluated and placed in the session that best matches their maturity and technical level.
All students are required to attend the full session. Under no circumstances are students permitted to arrive late or leave early.
Students benefit from a small student-to-teacher ratio and a rigorous schedule that includes a minimum of 40 hours of dancing per week. They train with current and former LINES Ballet company members as well as with a stellar roster of renowned choreographers, dancers, and teachers from around the world. Students collaborate with these artists on the creation of new work, which they perform at each session’s end. When available, Alonzo King teaches technique classes and choreographic workshops – a wonderful opportunity for young artists to work with a master.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program is supported, in part, by the Crescent Porter Hale Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.