Summer Intensive

CBA is offering a world class  Summer Intensive Program right here in Denver, and we hope your dancer will join us. With new classes, an extended day, and a formal culminating performance, it promises to be one of the best in the country! 

Here are some highlights of the Program:

    • Daily pas-de-deux classes to develop partnering technique
    • Master artist Sergii Sydorskyi to teach technique, repertory and a dedicated men’s class (see bio below)
    • Final performance on July 6 to be produced in a professional theater
    • Additional classes, including technique, variations, repertoire, strength/
    • conditioning, acting and historical dance, to provide an additional half hour of programming daily
    • Early dates (6/11 – 7/6) to allow time for family vacations and other activities
    • Train at a world class program right here in Denver and save on travel and room & board costs

We’re thrilled to have Sergii Sydorskyi join the SIP faculty. Mr. Sydorskyi earned a diploma in choreography and teaching from the famed Kiev State Choreographic School, and has been named an Honored Artist in Ukraine. Currently, he is a principal dancer with the National Opera Ballet of Ukraine and the Dance Alive National Ballet in Florida. Mr. Sydorskyi had performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Coppelia, among others. (Please see the Faculty Biography page for full faculty bios.)
For young students not yet dancing on pointe (age 9 & up), CBA’s summer program is the perfect opportunity to take this next step. Professional staff will be on hand for pointe shoe fittings. Skilled faculty, committed to making the transition to dancing on pointe a safe and unforgettable one, will be working with the young dancers every day.
Current CBA students receive a 35% discount on the full program tuition. Please register by February 15 to receive this offer.


1 week $700 2 weeks $1260 ($1190*)
3 weeks $1785 ($1680*) 4 weeks $2240 ($1820*)
*Tuition for currently enrolled CBA students.


We look forward to an amazing summer of dance and hope that you’ll be a part of it!

All the best,

Classical Ballet Academy




February 17 & March 10


2:00 pm to 4:00 PM
Registration opens at 1:30 pm


CBA Studios
6740 East Hampden Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80224

Audition Fee  $20 (waived for currently registered CBA students)

Class placement will be determined by the artistic staff, based on age and ability.

CBA will accept DVD auditions if circumstances prevent you from attending a live audition. Video audition fee: $45. 


Video Audition Requirements

The video should be 15 to 20 minutes in length and include the following elements:

  • Barre:

o   Plié 

o   Battement tendu

o   Adagio 

o   Grand Battement

  • Center:

o   Adagio  

o   Battement tendu

o   Pirouettes 

o   Jumps:

  • Petite allegro
  • Grand Allegro 

o   Pointe:

  • Echappe
  • Pirouettes 


2018 Summer Intensive Program Faculty Biographies


Elizabeth Shipiatsky
CBA Founder, Artistic Director

Elizabeth Shipiatsky trained at the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Upon graduation, she was invited to dance with the Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theater. She then completed a Master’s Degree in Choreography with the Leningrad State Conservatory. Ms. Shipiatsky choreographed for major ballet companies in Europe and North America, including the Kirov Ballet and the Vaganova Academy. Several of her original ballets have been adopted by the Vaganova Academy as part of its curriculum and are being performed by Vaganova Academy dancers all over the world.

Maestro Pyotr Gusev launched Ms. Shipiatsky’s career as a ballet mistress by inviting her to assist him in staging Le Corsair for the Kirov Ballet. Since then, Ms. Shipiatsky has staged classical ballet repertoire for a number of major ballet theaters and companies including the Kirov Ballet, Vaganova Ballet Academy, Academy of the Russian Ballet, Kuibyshev Opera and Ballet Theater, Brighton Ballet Theater, Minnesota Classical Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. Ms. Shipiatsky served as a Principal Choreographer and Associate Director of Colorado Ballet II, and as a faculty member of DanceAspen and Colorado Ballet. She was the co-founder and artistic director of Classical Ballet of Colorado.

The quality of Ms. Shipiatsky’s instruction is reflected in the success of her students, many of whom have been accepted to prestigious dance schools in the U.S. and abroad, such as the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington D.C.), School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Bolshoi Summer Intensive (New York), Bolshoi Academy (Moscow, Russia), American Ballet Theater, and Juilliard. Several of her former students are professional dancers with companies including Colorado Ballet and Sacramento Ballet. Ms. Shipiatsky was the well-deserved recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award at the Denver Regional Youth America Grand Prix in 2012 and, under her direction, CBC was deemed the YAGP Outstanding School in 2013.


Sergii Sydorskyi – Special Guest Instructor

Mr. Sydorskyi earned a diploma in choreography and teaching from the famed Kiev State Choreographic School, and has been named an Honored Artist in Ukraine. Currently, he is a principal dancer with the National Opera Ballet of Ukraine and the Dance Alive National Ballet in Florida. Mr. Sydorskyi had performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Coppelia, among others.


Olga Zaretskaya – Ballet Instructor

Ms. Olga Zaretskaya is a graduate of the Kiev State Ballet Academy, Kiev (Ukraine) and holds a Master’s Degree in Rehearsal Direction from the Kiev State University of Theatrical Arts under Valery Kovtun. Olga as a Principal Teacher with the Academy of Russian Ballet and Assistant Artistic Director of the Russian Ballet company based in Denver, CO. Ms. Zaretskaya has staged full-length 19th century classics as well as numerous contemporary pieces. Her academy students continue to be accepted at leading ballet schools in the United States on full scholarships. She has been a guest teacher in studios on both coasts, in the mid-west, and Europe. She has taught summer intensives at Danceology Performing Arts Campus in San Diego as well as at V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy in Laguna Hills, California.

Currently, Ms. Zaretskaya is a first soloist in National Opera House in Ukraine, and her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Flower Festival, Esmeralda, Le Corsair, Carmen-Suite, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet, Legend of Love, Bolero, and many others. Ms. Zaretskaya will share her talents with Classical Ballet Academy as her performing schedule allows.


Rya Merschat – Modern and Jazz Instructor

Rya Merschat graduated ‘outstanding graduate’ from Arizona State University, where she received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance/Choreography. While at ASU, Ms. Merschat had the privilege to study technique and composition with Daniel Nagrin, Madame Xenia Chlistowa, and Cliff Keuter.  Since moving to Denver in 1994, Rya has had the pleasure to dance with multiple dance companies including Jan Justis Dance Company, Maureen Breeze JUMPSTART/ Dance Works, and Hannah Kahn Dance Company (1997-2017).   Ms. Merschat currently teaches modern dance and dance composition, as well as setting her own choreography, at Denver School of the Arts.


Kimberly Chmielewski – Modern and Jazz Instructor 

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kimberly Chmielewski graduated magna cum laude from The University of Iowa, receiving her BFA and Honors in Dance and Sociology.  While at The University of Iowa, Ms. Chmielewski was a member of Iowa’s elite touring company, Dancers in Company, for three consecutive years, and had the privilege of working with choreographers such as:  Jaime Camarena, Harrison McEldowney, Gina Patterson, Julie Bour, Nina Watt, Karen Burns, and all faculty members at Iowa.  Other outstanding performance achievements at Iowa include: featured dancer in the resetting of José Limón’s “Psalm,” soloist in a new work created by Joanna Rosenthal-Read, soloist in Michael Medcalf’s “Hearthside,” and a cast member in former Trisha Brown dancer, Melinda Myers’, “Green Rooms.” Ms. Chmielewski was also one of twelve students sent to represent The University of Iowa in a cultural exchange and performance with Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.
Currently dancing for Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Apex Dance, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and multiple free-lance projects, Ms. Chmielewski previously danced for Kim Robards Dance and Dance Co. Collective. She spent time in New York City under the artistic advisory of The Joffrey Ballet School’s Artistic Director, George de la Peña.  She began her training under Judith Svalander, Greg Begley, and Altin Naska, director of S.P.A.C.E. Dance Company in Chicago and the Dance Chicago Festival.  During past summers, Kimberly has attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre’s summer intensives on scholarships.  As well as dancing professionally, Ms. Chmielewski also teaches dance and loves the creative intuition and positivity her students constantly supply to her passion of the art form.