Summer Ballet Intensive – July 1st through July 31st

For Summer Ballet Intensive Registration CLICK HERE

  • Level placement by the Director required
  • Intensive Summer Ballet training program for Fresno Ballet Theatre
  • Members of the Company will have performing opportunities in “Nutcracker” and “The Firebird” with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara for the 2021 – 2022 season.

Ballet 1B Summer Camp Tues 5:00 – 6:00pm, Wed. 6:00 – 7:00pm, Fri. 5:00 – 6:00pm

Ballet 2 Summer Camp Mon-Thurs. 5:00-6:00pm

Ballet 3 Summer Intensive Mon-Thurs. 11:00am-1:40pm (Technique / Pointe & Pre Pointe)
Fri. 11:00am-2:00pm (Technique / Stretch & Conditioning / Pointe & Pre Pointe)

Ballet 4 & 5 Summer Intensive Mon, Tues, Thurs. 12:30-4:30pm (Technique / Pointe / Variations or Repertories)
Wed. 12:30-5:00pm (Technique / Pointe / Variations / Stretch & Conditioning)
Fri. 12:30-5:00pm (Technique / Stretch & Conditioning / Contemporary)

Students may take less than 4 weeks but must take a minimum of 3 weeks. Notification of specific missing weeks must be submitted and scheduled in advance.


4 Weeks Summer Program
Ballet 1B $240
Ballet 2 $320
Ballet 3 $650
Ballet I4 & 5 $750

3 Week Summer Program
Ballet 1B $185
Ballet 2 $250
Ballet 3 $500
Ballet 4 & 5 $600

Two Payment plan is available. Please contact office for terms and conditions.

Other Ballet Classes – July 5th through July 31st

Registration Fee $50

Tuition for 4 weeks
One class a week $80
Two classes a week $160
Three classes a week $240
Four classes a week $320

Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5) Mon. 5:30-6:30pm OR Sat. 9:00-10:00am

Ballet 1A (Ages 4-6) Required 2 Classes a Week Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, Wed. 5:00-6:00pm, Sat. 9:00am-10:00pm

Open Ballet Class (Adults & Teens) Mon. 6:30-7:30pm & Wed. 7:00-8:00pm

For information & free placement class contact 559.432.0155

Summer Ballet Faculty

Yukari Thiesen – Artistic Director: Former soloist Matsuyama Ballet, Tokyo, Japan: Director Valley Performing Arts Council: Artistic Director Fresno Ballet Theatre. She has been the Producer of “The Nutcracker” with the Sacramento Ballet and also with Russian Festival Ballet, “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs”, “Cinderella”, “The Jungle Book”, “The Secret Garden”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Don Quixote” with State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. She is the director/choreographer for outreach productions of “The Little Match Girl”, “Snow Queen”, ”The Red Shoes”, “Cinderella”, “From the Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake Act III” and other ballets for over 200,000 grade school students from 23 school districts. She is an artist in residence with four school districts and oversees ballet programs for three school districts. She was the recipient of the Fresno County Office of Education Artist in Residence grant in 2013. In September 2017 she was awarded the Outstanding Educator in Arts for 2017 by the FOUNDATION at Fresno County Office of Education.

Aaron Smyth: Born on the Gold Coast Australia, Aaron Smyth dancer, actor and entrepreneur has been a company member with the American Ballet Theatre II in New York, The Royal Ballet in London where he created a role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Titian: Metamorphosis, a collaboration with the National Gallery and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago were he danced soloist and principal roles. He travels the globe as a guest principal artist and recently performed on London’s West End in Christopher Wheeldon’s New Musical An American In Paris. He’s danced on TV, appearing on two series of the Got Talent. He appeared as the Snow Cavalier in Disney’s upcoming feature Film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms in 2018. Mr Smyth has also won numerous medals in International Ballet Competitions and is the Founding Director of his company “Dance For Humanity” and wellness house EC1 Studios in London.

He was Basilio in “Don Quixote” in 2015, Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” in 2017 and Cavalier in “The Nutcracker”2018 with the State Street Ballet Fresno tour and danced with Fresno Ballet Theatre. He was Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake” in 2018 and Frantz in “Copėlia” in our 2019 recital. He is scheduled to perform as Solor in “La Bayadėre” in Northwest Studio Recital 2021 and as Cavalier in “The Nutcracker” 2021 Fresno Tour with State Street Ballet. He joined Northwest Studio Summer Program as a guest faculty member in 2019 and will teach for the 2021 Northwest Studio Summer Intensive Ballet Program.

Alexey Kulpin: Alexey Kulpin is a graduate of the Institute of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ballet pedagogy and choreography. In 1998, he was the Grand Prix winner at the Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition. As a professional dancer, Mr. Kulpin has performed soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets in Russia, Israel and the United States. He danced professionally with St. Petersburg State Opera Ballet, St. Petersburg State Male Theatre by Mihailovsky, Ballet Israel, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Stars of St. Petersburg Municipal Theater of Music and Dance and Krasnoyarsk Dance Ensemble.

Mr. Kulpin specializes in teaching classical ballet, male and female variations, and character dance. His teaching career includes the Ballet Israel School, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet and Charleston Ballet Company, where he taught company classes and served as director of the Charleston Ballet Young Artists Group. Most recently, he served as principal ballet teacher for Northern California Dance Conservatory. He has staged classical variations and choreographed solos for performance and ballet competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix. Mr. Kulpin joined The HARID Conservatory’s faculty in August, 2016. He remains active as a guest teacher and a ballet-competition judge. He joined Northwest Studio Summer Intensive Ballet as guest faculty member in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Sergei Domrachev: Sergei Domrachev was born in Russia and graduated from the Perm Ballet Academy. He was a bronze medalist in the Vaganova Competition and the International Arabesque Competition in 1992, also earning the Audience Favorite Award. He has danced professionally as a Soloist with both Moscow Classical Ballet and Los Angeles Classical Ballet. Domrachev joined SSB in 1997, and throughout his 20-year tenure has performed Principal and Character roles to critical and popular acclaim.

Leeza Domrachev: Following her parents Marina Fliagina (SSB Ballet Master) and Sergei Domrachev, Leeza Domrachev is studying at the prestigious Perm Ballet in Russia where she will shortly graduate. She has already been offered a contact with Moscow Classical Ballet. She will co-teach with her father at Northwest Studio where she has spent her past summers attending the Summer Ballet Intensive Program.

Yulia Gamboni: Yulia Gamboni is a native Ukrainian from Odessa, Ukraine. She was trained in the classical Russian Vaganova Ballet method in Odessa Ukraine. In 1993 she received a bronze medal and Title of Laureate at the Moscow International Ballet Competition of “Ballet Russ”.