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International Summer Intensive 2020 – CANCELLED

Due to the Corona virus outbreak, the current challenging times we all are living in, and the fact of not knowing when we can get back to our normal lives, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s  International Summer Intensive.

We will be in contact with all confirmed participants to organize the refunds of already paid tuition fees. In addition, all selected applicants will be offered a place in our International Summer Intensive 2021.

Please take good care of yourselves, your families and your loved ones.

Stay healthy and well!


Suomen kansallisooppera ja -baletti järjestää kesäintensiivikurssin balettitanssijoille 20.7.–1.8.2020.

Kurssi on tarkoitettu 12–22-vuotiaille tanssinopiskelijoille. Kurssin aihealueita ovat klassinen baletti ja repertuaariopetus, nykytanssi, karaktääritanssi sekä jazztanssi. Vanhemmilla opiskelijoilla on lisäksi mahdollisuus osallistua nykytanssityöpajaan, jossa perehdytään suomalais-englantilaisen koreografi Kristian Leverin liikekieleen.

Intensiivikurssi järjestetään Oopperatalossa Helsingissä. Kurssi järjestetään englanniksi.

Lue alta lisätietoja kurssin ohjelmasta, ilmoittautumisesta, kurssimaksusta, kurssin opettajista sekä asumisjärjestelyistä. Lisätietoja voit tiedustella (englanniksi) sähköpostitse osoitteesta Laitathan viestisi otsikkokenttään koko nimesi.

Tervetuloa Helsinkiin!

Summer Intensive

“I’m really happy with this Summer Intensive. It’s really well organized with nice and prepared teachers…Thank you for this amazing time!”

By a senior participant

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 a Floor Barre and will rotate so that all participants get to train in these different techniques.

All classes will take place in the spacious studios of the Finnish National Opera, the house of the Finnish National Ballet and will be taught by an international faculty. 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.

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Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive will take place from 20.7 until 1.8.2020.
We highly recommended attending the intensive during both weeks but it is also possible to attend only one week.

Week 1:
20 July–25 July 2020

Week 2:
27 July–1 August 2020

Sunday 26.7 is a free day.

How to apply


Application dates

Applications open 10 January 2020
Applications deadline 1 May 2020

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 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).


Summer Intensive

Two week Summer Intensive: € 1350 (VAT incl.)

Early birds: € 1200 (VAT incl.), registration latest by 31.3.2020

One week Summer Intensive: € 800 (VAT incl.)

Sibling reduction: 50% of the normal price starting from the second child of the same family.

The tuition fee includes all classes and a warm lunch. The cost of accommodation is not included. 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 and reservation for Töölö Towers will not be processed until we have received the full 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 31.5.2020. 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.

Summer Intensive

“The teaching was of a high standard, nicely challenging us.”

By a Junior (age 12-13) participant


HuaFang Zhang

International Guest Teacher
Classical Ballet – Repertoire

Mia Stagh

Ballet Teacher & Artistic Director Alhanko Academy of Ballet
Classical Ballet – Repertoire

Ophélie Rodighiero

Ballet Teacher Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Classical Ballet – Repertoire

Sylviane Bayard Phillips

International Guest Teacher
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

Kristian Lever

Artistic Director, Choreographer
Contemporary – Contemporary Repertoire Workshop

Riku Lehtopolku

Dancer, Choreographer & Repetitor
Artistic Director of Kuopio Dance Festival

Francis Guardia

Argentina / Finland
Ballet Mistress – Finnish National Ballet
Floor Barre

Henrik Burman

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

Nina Pastel

Pilates Instructor, Jazz Teacher – Self Employed
Pilates & Jazz Dance

Steven Mitchell



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.

Summer Intensive

“All the teachers taught us politely. I learned a lot and it was very much fun.”

By a Junior (age 14–15) participant


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

Summer Intensive

“I liked the fact that we had for example Pilates first thing in the morning because it warmed our bodies nicely.”

By a senior participant


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 € 61/day

Shared one-bedroom flat, 2 persons € 51/day

Shared two-bedroom flat, 4 persons € 43/day

All prizes are based on a stay of 14 nights (period 19.7.–2.8.2020) and include 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. Your reservation will only be confirmed after we received your payment for the Summer Intensive. The rooms go on a first come/first served basis.

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Pictures of the Finnish National Opera and the ballet studios

“I have spent a beautiful week in Helsinki last week, I have learned and grown so much, it has been helpful for many aspects and I will take everything to improve for my future.”

By a senior participant