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 11-25, 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

2018 Summer Program

Pre-Professional Program: June 4 - June 30*
Showcase: 8pm Saturday, June 30
This highly rigorous four-week intensive is specifically designed for the aspiring dance professional ages 16-25. Our program enriches technical and artistic mastery and engages students in an immersive choreographic process, highly valued in today's professional contemporary landscape.

Advanced Program: July 9 – August 3*
Showcase: 2 shows - 2pm and 8pm - Friday, August 3
This challenging four-week intensive supports the growth of the advanced contemporary ballet dancer ages 13-18. Our program focuses on developing individual artistry, increasing technical proficiency, and immersing students in a rich creative process that supports artistic risk-taking and independent thinking.

NEW - Junior Program: July 2 – 6*
Informal Showing: Last day of program
A robust one-week intensive designed for intermediate dancers ages 11-15 that introduces the LINES Ballet philosophy, LINES Ballet Repertoire and supports the technical and artistic growth of the contemporary ballet dancer. An informal showing will be held on the last day of the program.

*IMPORTANT: Please plan travel one day prior and one day after program dates. Advanced Program housing students must arrive at dormitories by 4pm Sunday, July 8.


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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.

LINES Ballet Summer Program

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program is supported, in part, by the SURDNA.