Dance Intensive

dance intensiveThe Summer Intensive will take place in the University of Iowa's Department of Dance, Halsey Hall, on the campus of the University of Iowa. Summer Dance Intensive will be limited to 25 students. We will accept students on a first come first serve basis. UIYB offers a six-week summer program, offering classes in creative movement; preballet; ballet; children’s tap and jazz; and adult classes in ballet, modern, and jazz.

Summer Ballet Workshops are available for children ages 5-10.

A Summer Dance Intensive is offered for students at an intermediate level for ages 10-17.


Intermediate Ballet Class

1.5 hours. Class will always begin with exercises at the ballet barre, followed by center combinations, progressions across the floor, and then typically end with a stretch and reverence. The goals for all students in this class are increased strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Class size and levels of participants will determine if two levels are needed. Class on day one will be a placement class for the week.


1.5 hours. Students in this class with be taught selected small group choreography from classical Ballet variations.

Dance Appreciation

1 hour. This class will feature selected video clips of dance as art, entertainment, and as part of the human experience. The class will be an overview of a variety of styles of movement with time given for discussion.

Contemporary Modern

1 hour. Students will enjoy studying a style of dance that blends modern, ballet, and creative movement.


1.5 hours. A fast paced energizing class designed to explore the variety of forms of jazz styles. From theatrical to
contemporary, this class will emphasize isolation, suspension, turns, and leap combinations.

Dress Code

Ballet: Females - pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and a black leotard. No skirts and
no warm ups. Hair pulled tightly off the face and neck.
Males - white T-shirt, black leggings, and black ballet slippers

Variations: Skirts may be added to leotard.

Modern: Leotard, dance pants, bare feet.

Jazz: Dance pants, t-shirt, jazz sneakers

Dance Appreciation: Notebook and pen.


Britta Lazenga
Ms. Lazenga danced professionally with the Los Angeles Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. She has trained at the Harid Conservatory, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Pittsburg Ballet Theater.

Jason Schadt
Mr. Schadt is the Artistic Director of the University of Iowa Youth Ballet. He earned his M.F.A in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2008 and has taught at the UI Youth Ballet since 2006.

Rebekah Chappell
Ms. Chappell earned her M.F.A in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2016. She has taught for the University Department of Dance and has extensive teaching experience in modern and jazz.