Next Step Summer Intensive 2018

Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, building his or her own creative power.

2018 Audition Dates

February 18 1:00- 3:00 pm

March 18 1:00- 3:00 pm

June 9 1:00- 3:00 pm


Next Step Summer Intensive

July 30- August 24, 2018

July 30–August 10 
Levels I, II, III & IV
August 13– August 24
Levels II, III, & IV

Next Step prepares dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions and cultivates strong, well-trained, educated and independent dancers. The daily schedule includes:

- Ballet Technique
- Pointe/Pre-Pointe
- Choreography
- Modern
- Musical Theater
- Character
- Variations

Program Fees

1 week: $500
2 weeks: $950
3 weeks: $1,250
4 weeks: $1,500

About The Next Step Program
Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (Ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, upon which to build his or her own creative power. We aim to prepare dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions while cultivating increased technical ability. Students are also offered a performance opportunity where they will collaborate with Brooklyn Ballet’s Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson and Next Step Director, Richard Glover. A culminating performance will be held at The Actors Fund Arts Center, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn.

Richard Glover, Next Step Summer Intensive Director, is from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his training at the Brooklyn Music School. He then went on to study at Dance Theatre of Harlem, followed by The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, both on full scholarship. Mr. Glover began his professional career at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancing in The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, andSerenade. He danced with Colorado Ballet in Denver, performing in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, and a world premiere by choreographer Rennie Harris. Richard also danced with several companies in London, including performances at English National Ballet and The Royal Opera House. He recently appeared in a music video for music artist Asgeir, choreographed by Celia Rowlson-Hall. Along with freelance performing, Richard teaches, coaches and choreographs at various schools in the tri-state area.

2017 Faculty Members: 

Wendy Clark has danced professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego, and Ballet Spokane.  She is currently attending NYU for a master’s degree in Ballet Pedagogy and a teaching certification in American Ballet Theatre curriculum. She has been teaching ballet for the last ten years and continues to work as a freelance dancer. 

Catherine Green began her professional training at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  She performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Met before attending Purchase College, graduating in 1990 with a BFA in dance.  Ms. Green received an MA in dance education from New York University in 2003.  She currently works as a ballet teacher and dance administrator; she teaches ballet in the Hunter College Dance Department and at Brooklyn Ballet.  Ms. Green joined Brooklyn Ballet’s education program, Elevate, as a teacher and became the Elevate Education Director in 2004.  She is delighted to return to Next Step this summer!

Djassi Johnson is a native New Yorker, professional dancer and choreographer who trained at the Harlem School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, Clark Center, Ballet Hispanico and as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has performed, apprenticed and worked with, Dance Brazil, in Bahia, Brazil, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Forces of Nature, AAADTII (Memoria), Bill T. Jones, Ron Brown’s Evidence, Hernando Cortez, Nia Love’s Blacksmith’s Daughter, Urban Bush Women, among others, and toured internationally for eight years as a featured soloist with MOMIX. She has lived in Brazil and Italy, teaching Horton, performing and choreographing for film and television. Djassi received her BA in Anthropology and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, is a published writer and designer of the clothing, costume and accessories line, “dja.” Her choreography has been showcased in several Essence Fashion shows, for Nike fashion and trade shows, and for her own clothing line during 2002 NYFW. In Italy she collaborated with several visual artists as well as the painter, Fabiana Luigi for a tour of performances incorporating dance, paintings and Jazz music, along with Matthew Garrison. Most recently she collaborated with London-based artist Eddie Peak for an installation during Performa 13 in NYC. Her choreographic film credits include Crew 2 Crew,Lionsgate 2010, a dance/ fashion film, “Revelation”, incorporating modern dance and Capoeira. She is currently in production to bring her storytelling, choreography & fashion designs to an international audience through a series of short choreo-films.

Lauren King was born in Massapequa Park, New York, and began her dance training at the age of 10 with Jane Miller, Luba Gulyaeva, Ali Pourfarrokh, and Lynn Glauber at the American Theater Dance Workshop, the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet Company, in New Hyde Park, New York. Ms. King performed with the Eglevsky Ballet Company during its 2000-2001 season. In fall of 2001, Ms. King entered the full-time program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Ms. King became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 2003, joined as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2004, and was promoted to soloist in February 2013. Ms. King has gone back to teach at the year round program with American Theater Dance Workshop, and taught at Carolina Ballet's 2015 summer program.

Andrei Kisselev danced as a principal dancer with the renowned Moiseyev Dance Company, and he has performed internationally and on Broadway with Riverdance, where he was also ballet master. He is the former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, and is currently Professor of Ballet at Manhattanville College. He will be teaching Character Dance during week three of Brooklyn Ballet's Next Step Program.

Sevin Ceviker was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She was born dancing. She trained in classical ballet starting at an early age, and while still in conservatory she performed professionally at the Istanbul Opera House. During this period, she appeared in Giselle, Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, La Corsaire, to name a few. She was intrigued by other dance forms as well; at a dance workshop at the Royal Opera House, Istanbul, she received a young star award in Jazz.  Sevin’s emergence onto the New York dance scene began in 1997, when she received the opportunity to study at the Alvin Ailey School, and where she performed with Sharon Wong. At Marymount Manhattan College, from which she ultimately graduated, she explored an array of dance forms, beginning the eclectic, multi-cultural approach to dance that has since characterized her work. At Marymount, she was awarded the Excellence in performance Title under the direction of Katie Langan, and was honored to have worked with David Parsons, Christopher D’Amboise, Geoffrey Holder, Jim May, and Dunlin Foreman. In 2006, she joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she spent the next six years performing solo and chorus roles around the world. Currently, in addition to dancing with FJK Dance, Sevin is resident choreographer for Turkish American Repertory Theater and Entertainment (TARTE). She performs community outreach, and is committed to bringing cultures together through dance.

Jessica Azenberg was born and raised in New York City. She made her professional debut on ABC’s One Life to Live as “Baby Jessica.” Jessica was a serious ballet student growing up and trained at Manhattan Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, Miami City Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She also started tap at 8 years old and still loves it today! She attended high school at the Professional Children’s School and received a B. F. A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  Since graduating college, Jessica has worked at many theaters around the country. Some of her favorite theatre credits include, Spamalot (Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre), Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed Musicals), Mary Poppins (Alabama Shakespeare Festival),A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Will Rogers Follies (Pioneer Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ogunquit Playhouse). In addition to performing, Jessica is a passionate dance teacher and currently teaches tap, ballet and jazz at Shuffles Broadway Tap and Musical Theatre School in New York City.

From Mandeville, Louisiana, Tobin Eason began his ballet training at the Apetrei Dance Center. He later continued his ballet studies at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA with Richard Rholdon and Joseph Giacobbe. While in New Orleans, Tobin performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet Company. He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet where he received a full scholarship in 2000. While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award.In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship. Eason joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in April 2003. His roles with the company include the Cockerel in La Fille mal gardee, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Groom in Petrouchka, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, and roles in classical ballet repertory such as Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Firebird, Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Company B, to name a few. After leaving ABT, Tobin joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing in various operas including Aida, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Richard Strauss’s Arabella, Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Tales of Hoffman, and Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to performing, Mr. Eason also choreographs.

Jessica Flynn began dancing at three, and continued on to study at the New Jersey School of Ballet where she performed in numerous productions with the company. She moved to New York City at age 15 to attend the School of American Ballet in the Lincoln Center while simultaneously attending LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she studied modern dance and dance composition. Jessica was invited to join the New York City Ballet company as an apprentice in 2002, and quickly became a member of the corps de ballet. During her six seasons with the New York City Ballet, Jessica toured Russia, Japan, Denmark, and the U.S, and danced roles in over fifty ballets. Since her departure from the company, Jessica has taught ballet, art, and gym to children of all ages and spends her mornings teaching preschoolers.

Margaret Jones fell in love with dance at a young age. She grew up training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary in Raleigh, North Carolina. She continued her education and training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she majored in contemporary dance. Upon receiving her BFA in 2015 Margaret moved to New York City and began her career as a professional dancer. Thus far she has performed in various choreographic showcases including Pushing Progress, APAP, Making Moves Festival at JCAL, Reverb Dance Festival, among others.  She has also presented her own work as part of Mare Nostrum's Emerging Choreographers Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.  Margaret continues her work as a freelance dancer and choreographer while picking up projects with Gaspard & Dancers, Monteleone Dance, BARE Dance Company and Abarukas.  She continues to seek movement inspiration in her daily life.

Nicholas Rodrigues is a 2015 graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a BFA in contemporary dance. While at UNCSA, he danced in works by Juel D. Lane, Kimberly Bartosik, Larry Keigwin, Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham. Nicholas also has a passion for choreography; he most recently presented a new work “Mobile Sanctuaries” at New York Live Arts in April 2017 as a recipient of the New Choreographer’s Grant presented by Eryc Taylor Dance, Inc. Nicholas freelances as well, and has performed with Abarukas, Chris Choreography, vessels.

Elisabet Rubio is originally from Havana, Cuba and is a graduate of The Cuban National Ballet School. She interpreted different artistic roles within the company’s classic repertoire and worked with other Cuban and emerging choreographers. Ms. Rubio was part of the cast of Ballet Laura Alonso (Center of Pro Dance of Cuba). She has performed in the ballets Dracula, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, and Yarini choreographed by Ivan Alonso. During Cuballet Summer 2012, she danced in Sleeping Beauty in the roles of the Fairy of the Beauty, Pas de Sept and Snow White. She was recently awarded a Merit Scholarship for her outstanding ability from Ballet Hispanico.

Jillian Greis began her early dance training at Lowe Dance Studio and Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts. Jillian then entered Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s rigorous training program; her teaching is heavily influenced by CPYB’s Artistic Director, Marcia Dale Weary. Jillian’s philosophy involves introducing the technical elements of ballet slowly and strategically in order to inspire confidence and competence. Jillian recently spent two years with the Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Villella to develop a comprehensive and cohesive ballet curriculum and she is very excited to bring this work to the Brooklyn Ballet School for the upcoming school year. In addition to teaching, Jillian is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Harvard University. 

In addition to training for greater technical ability, students of Next Step summer dance intensive train for performance. On the Friday of each week, students will perform in a showing for friends and parents to demonstrate the choreography and class exercises they have worked on throughout the intensive. 

For more information email with the subject line Summer Intensive or call 718-246-0146.