5-Week Summer Ballet Intensive Program
in Lenox, MA
Dena Abergel, Artistic Director
Monday, June 28th – Sunday, August 1st, 2021
Belvoir Ballet: The Program
This Summer 2021, Belvoir is opening an exciting new program: Belvoir Ballet with Artistic Director Dena Abergel. Currently featured in the Disney Plus series On Pointe, Ms. Abergel danced with New York City Ballet for 18 years before bringing her passion and artistry to teaching. As New York City Ballet’s Children’s Repertory Director, Ms. Abergel trains students from the School of American Ballet to perform in all NYCB performances that involve children: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppélia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream among others. She is also on the faculty of the School of American Ballet and has taught for ballet schools across the country and internationally.
Belvoir Ballet’s debut 5-Week Summer Program will provide unparalleled training from Dena Abergel and her colleagues. As a Belvoir Ballet student, you will experience a program focused on advancing your ballet technique, strength, and creativity. Join Belvoir’s supportive community, improve your skills, build confidence as a dancer through our comprehensive dance curriculum and unparalleled dance faculty in our fantastic facilities. Classes include: ballet technique, pointe, character, variations/choreography, stretch/conditioning, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theater dance.
Additional Professionally Taught Optional Classes Include: Acting, Musical Theater, Private Music Lessons, Visual Arts Classes, Tennis, and Swimming in the Heated Pool.
Belvoir Ballet offers a 5 or 6-week option, both of which include a large dance performance opportunity. 4-week options are available.
In 1954. Edna Y. Schwartz, a renowned ballet teacher from Boston, purchased Belvoir Terrace, a Lenox cottage estate, to create an individually structured educational and supportive summer program for girls interested in the visual and performing arts. Nancy Goldberg, 2nd generation director, Masters of Education from Harvard University, and founder of the Children’s Program at Steps Studio NYC continued her mission. Diane Marcus, 3rd generation director, with Masters of Music from The Juilliard School, and a doctorate in Piano Performance, grew up at Belvoir has been director of Belvoir Terrace for over 25 years.
Zoom Interview with Director
Video Clip required for acceptance and placement
A Sampling of Belvoir Alumnae Professional Dancers
Belvoir terrace was my sanctuary as a child. I was able to explore my creative side in a thoughtful, supportive, and nurturing environment. Not only was I able to hone my craft of ballet, leading me to a successful professional career, I was able to explore musical theater, jewelry making, sculpture, and created life-long friends. Returning to Belvoir as a staff member has been incredibly rewarding. The campers are committed and excited to be at Belvoir year after year. Students work hard, play hard, and create meaningful experiences that lead them towards future possibilities.
– Jennifer Polyocan
Miami City Ballet, Principal Dancer Alabama Ballet,
Soloist/Principal roles Washington Ballet, Adjust Professor Univ. of SF
I treasure my summers at Belvoir deeply in my heart. I was able to continue growing in my ballet training while opening up to learning other styles of dance, such as modern and jazz, as well as learning how to sing and participate in the musical theatre program. Performing in all those different styles at the end of the 8 weeks was also incredibly empowering. I was also able to adventure beyond, like learning to play tennis and creating my own jewelry.
All this was experienced embraced by nature in the beautiful Berkshires surrounded by the most nurturing and positive staff and shared with what have now become lifelong friends. Belvoir is a magical experience. The artistic seeds that were sowed those summers at such an impressionable age continue to fuel me today.
– Patricia Delgado