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Finlands nationalopera och -balett arrangerar en intensiv sommarkurs för balettdansare 15.‒27.7.2019.

Kursen är avsedd för dansstuderande i åldern 12‒22-år. Kursens ämnesområden är klassisk balett och repertoarundervisning, nutida dans samt karaktärsdans. Äldre studerande har därtill möjlighet att vara med om en workshop, där deltagarna får fördjupa sig in i koreografen Tero Saarinens rörelsespråk.

Intensivkursen arrangeras i Operahuset i Helsingfors. Den arrangeras på engelska.

Läs nedan ytterligare information om kursens program, om anmälning, kursavgift, kursens lärare samt boendearrangemang. Vidare förfrågningar kan riktas (på engelska) till adressen summer.intensive@opera.fi. Vänligen skriv hela ditt namn i titelfältet.

Välkommen till Finland!


Summer Intensive

Our Summer Intensive is designed to give young dancers a chance to get good training and improve their dance skills in classical ballet, but also to give them a taste of other dance techniques and to introduce them to Finnish contemporary teachers and choreographers.

Every morning we will start with an alternative training session to wake up the body in a healthy way and train also with different muscles. These sessions will be Cardio Training, Pilates and Gyrokinesis® and will rotate so that all students get to train in these different techniques.

Participants, who are older than 16, might have a chance to get selected to take a Company Class with the Finnish National Ballet.

All classes will take place in the spacious studios of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and will be taught by an international faculty. As the Opera House is also the place where the Helsinki International Ballet Competition (HIBC) will take place in 2020, this is a chance to familiarize yourself already with the environment. The Summer Intensive is also the perfect place to make new contacts and broaden your network.

Helsinki, Finland’s capital city is a beautiful and safe city in the North of Europe with a good connection to the world and with less than 10 hours flying, fairly close to Asia.

Ballet School presents: Spring recital 2017


The Summer Intensive will take place from 15.7 until 27.7.2019. We highly recommended attending the intensive during both weeks but it is also possible to attend only the first week.

Week 1:
15–20 July 2019

Week 2:
22–27 July 2019

Sunday 21.7 is a free day.

How to apply

Application dates

Applications open 14 January 2019
Applications deadline 1 May 2019

Applying online; (only possible for applicants above the age of 18) Please use the Online Application form.

Applying by email; download our Summer Intensive Application Form and return by email to summer.intensive@opera.fi. Add “Summer Intensive Application + full name” in the subject line of your email.

Please note that all students must be aged 12–22 years.

Applicants attending a professional education program (e.g. students of a National or a Royal Ballet School) can enroll by filling out the application form and include a recommendation letter of their school’s director and/or current ballet teacher.

Applicants who are a member of a Company or Youth Company can enroll by filling out the application form and include their CV.

Applicants of private ballet schools need to fill out the application form and include a video link (e.g. through YouTube or WeTransfer).

Video requirements:

A video with no introduction or fancy editing, consisting of the following performed in leotard and tights for women and tight fitting dance attire for men:

  • 3–5 minutes of barre work, incorporating both sides, danced in soft shoes.
  • 3–5 minutes of center work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro. Some pointe work for female applicants.
  • Optional: a classical variation drawn from the standard repertoire, danced in pointe shoes by female applicants (this can be also from a performance).



Two week Summer Intensive: € 1250 (VAT incl.).

Early birds: € 1100 (VAT incl.), registration latest by 28.2.2019.

One week Summer Intensive: € 750 (VAT incl.).

The tuition fee does not include accommodation and meals. Upon acceptance you will receive a link via e-mail which includes payment instructions. The tuition fee will need to be paid within three (3) weeks. Your registration will not be processed until we have received the payment.

Cancellation policies and insurances

A refund will be possible in case of cancellation due to health problem (with a medical certificate), if the cancellation is made before 30.5.2019. An administrative cost of € 250 will be deducted of the amount to be refunded.

All participants are advised to have an accident insurance. They are not insured through The Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The organizer is not reliable for any injuries and/or health problems.


Barbora Kohoutková

Czech Republic
International Guest Teacher
Instructor Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® Gyrotonic® Pre-trainer
Classical Ballet – Repertoire – Gyrokinesis®

Jason Beechey

Rector of Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Germany
Classical Ballet – Repertoire

Wilfried Jacobs

Artistic Coordinator & Teacher at Ballet School – Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Principal Dancer – Finnish National Ballet
Classical Ballet – Repertoire

Jutta Mustakallio

Character Dance Teacher – Ballet School Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Ballet Production Planner – Finnish National Ballet
Character Dance

David Scarantino

Dancer, Teacher, Training Activities Coordinator – Tero Saarinen Company
Contemporary; TERO technique – Contemporary Repertoire Workshop; Tero Saarinen

Riku Lehtopolku

Dancer & Co-Artistic Director Pori Dance Company
Choreographer & Repetitor
Appointed Artistic Director of Kuopio Dance Festival

Nina Pastel

Pilates Instructor – Self Employed

Henrik Burman

Strength & Body Conditioning Teacher – Ballet School Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Cardio Training



The organization has the right to make changes to the faculty and to the content of the course. It goes without saying that, when needed, we will substitute teachers who are experts in their field.


Download here the schedule of the Summer Intensive. These schedules are preliminary and are subject to change.

Week 1 (PDF)
Week 2 (PDF)


We have reserved rooms in the recently renovated apartments of Töölö Towers. They are situated on a 10 minutes walking distance, or two (2) tram stops, from the Opera house.

We negotiated a good deal for the participants of the Summer Intensive:

Single room € 50/day

Shared room, 2 persons € 33.75/day

Shared room, 3 persons € 30/day

All prizes are including breakfast. The rooms are cleaned and the towels and bedlinen changed once a week.

Reservations are made through us. Bills are paid directly to Töölö Towers.

For more info visit https://www.unihome.fi/locations/toolo-towers/

Pictures of the Finnish National Opera and the ballet studios

ballet school

See you in July!