June 22 to July 17, 2020 (4 weeks)

9:30 to 3:30 Monday thru Friday


The Summer Ballet Intensive is for intermediate and advanced ballet students. The program stresses the highly structured Vaganova syllabus and closely resembles the program of study adhered to in the former Soviet Union.

  • Full day program
  • Small Classes
  • Individual Attention
  • Nurturing Environment
  • Ballet and other dance forms
  • Seminars in related subjects
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Variations
  • Character
  • Yoga
  • Historical dance
  • Partnering
  • Modern
  • Jazz

Students should bring a bag lunch and yoga mat.


The program is for students ages 10-22 with at least two years training in ballet. Class placement in the program is on an individual basis and will be determined on the first day of the program. An audition is recommended, but not essential. The audition fee is $17. Students may submit a photograph in first arabesque and a letter of recommendation by a ballet teacher, in lieu of an audition. To schedule an audition, contact Wissahickon Dance Academy at 215-849-7950, or email


Wissahickon Dance Academy will assist those not within commuting distance in finding housing with a host family. Cost is on an individual basis.

$1250 Full program
$325 per week
$25 discount if paid in full by May 1
Full payment due by June 1


A limited number of scholarships are available for the summer program based on need and talent.

Applicants must submit a financial aid form, schedule an audition or, if not within commuting distance, submit a 10 -15 minute videotape showing barre, center, and pointe work (upper levels).

The financial aid form can be downloaded here.

Contact the studio at 215-849-7950 or email for information.

FACULTY (Partial list)

QUYNE RIDER, Character


IRINA KOMARENKO graduated from the Alma-Ata Ballet Academy, Kazahkstan and joined the world-renowned Donetsk Ballet as a soloist. At the 1995 International Festival of Stars World of Ballet she received “The Hope of Ukrainian Ballet” diploma of recognition. In 1993 she received the award of “High Mastership.” Komarenko has toured in Italy, France, Norway, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Canada, China and Switzerland. In 1998 she was a Finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and in 2000 received an award for being the best non-competing partner at Varna’s International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She joined the Indianapolis Ballet in 1999 as principal dancer for six years before returning to the Donetsk Ballet as principal dancer.

ELENA TIURIAKULOVA graduated with excellence in 1975 from the world famous Vaganova Choreography School (Kirov School) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her practical training at the Mariinski Theater of Opera and Ballet. She became Principal Dancer at the Kygyz State Theater of Opera and Ballet, dancing the lead roles in all of the major ballets for twenty years, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora inSleeping Beauty, Nikia in La Bayadere and many more. She received many honors including “Honored Artist of Ballet of the Kyrgyz Republic” in 1982 and “Laureate of the Prize of Youth Union of Kyrgyzstan for Excellence in performance” in 1980. Elena joined the WDA faculty in 2003.


YOSBEL DELGADO -A native of Pinar del Rio - Cuba, began his training at age 9 at the E.V.A. (vocational school of arts).His first professional ballet position was at the Camaguey Ballet in Cuba where he remained for two years performing their repertoire including several works by Osvaldo Rivero.In 1998 he was hired by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba under direction of Alicia Alonso where he performed featured roles including: Von Rothbart and pas de six in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, toreros and sword dance in Don Quixote. In 2003 he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet and has performed numerous featured roles including the jester in Cinderella, chocolate and sugarplum cavalier in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Spanish dance and other roles in Swan Lake, as well as featured roles in Taming of the Shrew,Dracula, Firebird,Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Concert, Kazimir’s colours, Carmina Burana,Five Tangos, Nine Sinatra Songs, Western Symphony, Messiah, Fearful Symmetries, The Four Temperaments, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Carnival of the Animals


NANCY MALMED, Director, performed professionally as soloist with Contemporary Dance Theater, LaSalle Music Theater and Pro Musica and has been teaching the Vaganova Method since 1979. She trained with Lilia Vladimirova and Tamara Lysenko of the Donetsk Ballet, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and Maywood Academy, and served as faculty member of Temple University's Dance Department, where she received her Master's Degree in Dance. In 2007 she served as judge for the International Ballet Competition "Artek Fouette" in Crimea, Ukraine. In 1999, she was honored by the School District of Philadelphia for her work with public school children, and has also been selected to serve on local grant panels. Her choreography credits include Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Carmen, The Four Seasons and Porgy and Bess. Each year she stages a full-length ballet for WDA's annual recital. She has also choreographed for the Delaware Valley Opera Company.


DONALD LUNSFORD, Artistic Director of Danco II, the apprentice company of Philadanco, received his formal training from University of the Arts with a B.F.A in modern dance as well as a degree in Horticultural Science from Temple University. He was a former member and soloist with Philadanco and later a guest artist for the company. He has taught and choreographed for many area colleges and has received awards for both his teaching and choreography. Winner of the American College Dance Festival Award, Mr. Lunsford is listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He has been on staff at WDA’s Summer Intensive for the past 10 years.


SVETLANA ZHERDOVA was born in Russia. She received her choreographic education at the College of Culture and Arts in Perm, Russia. She has performed professionally with several companies and became a Principal Dancer in the Stavropol Cossack's Dance Company. She has toured in Europe and the USA. In 2005 she received her diploma with Honors from Stavropol State Pedagogic University as a Professional Dance Teacher


CARLY MCDADE entered her yoga journey nearly 10 years ago, as a way to exercise while living in the cold, snowy winters of New England. She soon realized that the lessons and benefits of the practice reach far beyond the physical body. What might be the most inspiring to Carly, is the profound revelation that much of her yoga path stems from a truly intrinsic place. In recognizing the interconnections of our universe through yoga philosophy and tradition, she has found a deeper ability to live more presently - and Carly hopes to cultivate a similar space of gratitude during her classes. Through a life-long love of learning, she also adheres to the idea that anyone who teaches, must continue to remain a student. Carly completed both her 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings at the Blue Banyan Yoga Studio in Mt. Airy, PA. In addition to her yoga instruction, Carly works in the field of mental health and wellness as a family therapist.

REGISTRATION: Click Here: Send a $25 non-refundable deposit to Wissahickon Dance Academy, 38 E. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144