PREBALLET CAMP- "Mermaid Camp"  Ages:  4-7

June 24-June 27, 2019


Preballet camps teach ballet and creative moment and include various activities such as gymnastics, folk dancing, and snack time. Parents are invited to watch camp on June 27 from 11:30-12:00

Tuition:  $60.00    

Faculty:  Ballet Arts Staff


Tuesdays, July 16-August 15, 2019

Preballet classes develop a foundation in dance by working large & small muscle groups while learning rhythm, spacial awareness, and improvisation.


3&4 years      $35.00             4:30-5:10

5, 6, 7 years   $45.00             5:15-6:10

Faculty:  Janelle Holland



July 8-July 11, 2019


Activities include; ballet, tap and jazz classes, costuming, set design, character, pantomime, etc.  Students will present a program on the last day at 1:30 pm.  Students receive a camp T-shirt (please include T-shirt size on registration).  Students need to bring their own lunch daily.

Tuition:  $100.00

Faculty:  Ballet Arts Staff



June15-18 (4 day workshop)


Tuition:  $170.00


Christina Salerno & Margaret Huling 

June 22-28 (4 day workshop)


Tuition:  $170.00

Designed for students currently taking PrePointe, Intermediate and Advanced Ballet


This summer intensive is designed to continue the dance education of intermediate and advanced level dancers.  Ballet, modern, pointe, and variation classes are a part of this intensive offering. 

Guest Factuality 

James Cunningham





James Cunningham is originally from Little Hocking, Ohio.  His early dance education began at age 10 from the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Academy.  


In 2010, he graduated magna cum laude from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. While earning a BFA in dance on full scholarship, he was also able to begin his career as a professional dancer with Cincinnati Ballet in 2008. He danced with Cincinnati Ballet for 11 seasons and was promoted to Soloist in 2016.  


Cunningham has worked with many choreographers; Adam Hougland, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jennifer Archibald, Justin Peck, Ma Cong, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Val Caniparoli, Danielle Rowe, Nicolo Fonte, and Yuri Possokhov. In 2016 and 2017 James was selected to be a dancer for the National Choreographers Initiative.


Beginning in 2014, James taught year round for the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. His choreography "Prohibition Condition" was selected for Director's Cut in 2016.  That year he also created a ballet for the fall showcase at the University of Cincinnati.  James has also contributed choreography for an annual benefit concert in Columbus, OH. Proceeds go to the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. He has also created works for Cincinnati Ballet II.  


In 2017 he made a duet in collaboration with musician Brice Dessner that opened the Music Now Festival.  His most recent solo work, “Mercurial Impulses,” appeared at the 2018 USAIBC for bronze medalist Chisako Oga.  James currently dances as an artist for the Grand Rapids Ballet.

Chisako Oga


Chisako Oga is currently a Second Soloist with the Boston Ballet. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship, which she received at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition. She was promoted to a San Francisco Ballet School trainee in 2015, then became an apprentice in the company the following year.


In 2016, Oga joined Cincinnati Ballet, quickly rising to principal dancer. Some of her repertory while at Cincinnati Ballet includes Devon Carney's Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Victoria Morgan's Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Kirk Peterson's Coppelia (Swanilda), Balanchine's Rubies (principal) and Serenade (Russian Girl). Immediately after joining the Boston Ballet in 2019, Oga was given the opportunity to perform the title role in Larissa Ponomarenko’s adaptation of Giselle. 


Throughout her career, Oga has received several awards. In 2016, she participated in the Shanghai International Ballet Competition among select dancers from all over the world and received a Silver medal. Two years later, she competed in the USA IBC and won the Bronze medal.

Oga was named one of the "25 to Watch" in Dance Magazine for 2019. Steve Sucato graciously remarks that Oga is a "technical wunderkind" with "riveting acting abilities." "Oga's passionate dancing melted hearts and sent pulses racing with daring runs and leaps into her partner’s arms.”


Tuesdays, May 21-June 18

Two levels of ballet are offered for teens and adults.


BEGINNING:  Focus on introductory ballet skills


Tuition:  $50.00 ($12.00/class)

CONTINUING:  Intermediate level ballet


Tuition:  $50.00 ($12.00/class)

TAP-all levels 


Tuition:  $40.00 ($10.00/class)

Faculty:  Debby Norton

Guest Faculty cont.

Christian Salerno



Raised in Westmont, IL, Ms. Salerno received her formative ballet training and performing experience with Salt Creek Ballet as a pupil of Founding Director Patricia Sigurdson and completed her ballet training as a scholarship student at San Francisco Ballet School.


In 1993, Ms. Salerno took a position with Boston Ballet II, joining the full company the following year. She was promoted to Soloist during her eight-year tenure with the company, before moving to Switzerland to join Zurich Ballet as a Soloist.  In 2002, Ms. Salerno was invited by Monica Mason to join The Royal Ballet, where she spent five years as a Soloist.  Her repertoire includes principal and soloist roles in the Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Patineurs (Ashton), Danses Concertantes (MacMillan), Cinderella (Ashton),  Symphonic Variations (Ashton), Sleeping Beauty,  Grosse Fuge (Van Manen), Apollo (Balanchine), Theme and Variations (Balanchine), Symphony in C(Balanchine), Agon (Balanchine), Four Temperaments (Balanchine), The Tales of Beatrix Potter (Ashton), Giselle, Company B (Taylor), Waterbaby Bagatelles (Tharp), Four Last Songs (Van Danzig), Songs Without Words (Duato), and Breakers (Cunningham). Ms. Salerno danced in the world premieres of Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Ecstasies and The Firebird and she assumed the leading role of Winter in Mr. Wheeldon’s Four Seasons.  Ms. Salerno was an original cast member of Lyla York’s Ode to Joy and was featured in the world premiere of Wayne MacGregor’s Qualia.


Ms. Salerno is currently a faculty member of The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and has previously taught ballet classes for young students through adults at the Boston Ballet School and Fresh Pond Ballet (Cambridge, MA).  While in England, she was an instructor at the Sadler’s Wells Summer School in London with other professional dancers of The Royal Ballet. Ms. Salerno holds a Masters in Performing Arts Management from Roosevelt University and is currently the Executive Director of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Margaret Huling


Margaret received her early dance training from Ballet Arts School of Dance and Ballet Arts Ensemble under her mother, Cathleen Huling. In 2004, Margaret graduated with a BFA in ballet from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her professional dance background includes performing with Dayton Ballet and a decade of dance with Ballet Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa.


In 2013, Ms. Huling was awarded the Lloyd Schoeneman Community Impact Award for Arts Educator of the Year from Quad City Arts for her leadership in their Metro Arts Summer Youth Employment Program, provided arts employment to area teens.  From 2011-2018 Margaret was appointed Ballet Mistress for BQC under Artistic Director Courtney Lyon. She created original choreography for the company including her full-length ballet to Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, performed by BQC and Orchestra Iowa in 2017. She played a large role in BQC’s educational outreach programs from 2014-2018 including Assistant Outreach Coordinator and Program director, reaching an estimated 20,000 people of all ages.


Margaret returned to her hometown of Kalamazoo in 2018 to pursue a new degree in Nursing and enjoys guest teaching for Ballet Arts School of Dance and BAE.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
Phone & Fax: 269.345.3433


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