Trainee Summer Program

2022 Summer Intensives

Fairy Tale Camp

Ages 3-5 | June 20th-24th

This magical camp is for all dancers ages 3-5 years old. Their mornings will be filled with arts and crafts, stretching, and ballet class. See the schedule down below for more details.

Ballet Camp

Ages 6-9 | June 20th-24th

This camp is for all dancers ages 6-9 who are wanting to keep dancing this summer. They will have classes like Ballet Technique, Modern, choreography, stretching and more. See the schedule for more details. 

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Junior Intensive

Ages 10-13 | June 27th- July 15th

The Junior Intensive is perfect for dancers looking to get in some extra training during the summer to improve their technique and performance quality. Dancers will being their day with ballet technique and make their way to pointe class, jazz, stretch & and strength, and more. See the schedule below for more information.

Senior Intensive

Ages 12+ | July 18th- August 5th

The senior intensive is great for all older dancers looking to further their technique and artistry. Their classes will include daily ballet classes, partnering, variations, modern, conditioning, and more. See the schedule for more information.  

Trainee Summer Program

Ages 15+ | August 8th- August 26th

This program is by invitation or audition only. The dancers will have a chance to work their technique before the trainee program begins with daily ballet classes, pointe, male and female variations, partnering, latin dance styles, and more. See the schedule for more details.

Acro Intensive

Ages 6-18 | July 11- July15th

This intensive is open to all levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. We will spend time focusing on building strength, flexibility, and acrobatic techniques, as well as skills we don’t always get to practice during the year, such as partner tricks. We will also spend time putting dance steps before and after our tricks, learning about the integration of dance and acrobatic skills – all while having lots of fun! 

Price: $150 + $35 registration fee.

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2022 Instructors


Rolando Sarabia

Rolando Sarabia is a Cuban ballet dancer of international acclaim who has danced with companies throughout the world including the Cuban National Ballet, Houston Ballet and Miami City Ballet. He danced with American Ballet Theatre as a guest artist in 2011, and is currently a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet. Sarabia is often compared to the young Mikhail Baryshnikov, and has been called the “Cuban Nijinsky” by The New York Times.

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Sandra Meythaler

Ms. Meythaler was a principal ballerina with the National Ballet of Ecuador. She has performed ballet and contemporary dance around the world in over 10 countries. She began dancing professionally at the age of fifteen before joining the National Ballet of Ecuador in 1989. In 2001 Sandra became a part of Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and was promoted to Director in 2007. Ms. Meythaler also performs and teaches Flamenco, Salsa, Rumba and Afro-Cuban styles.


Norbert Nirewicz

A native of Poland, Norbert began his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Gdansk. After leaving Poland, Mr. Nirewicz joined Ballet Classico de Camara in Venezuela, as a Principal Dancer. After Mr. Nirewicz competed at US International Ballet Competition, he was offered a Principal contract to join Cleveland/San Jose Ballet. After two seasons, Mr. Nirewicz joined Columbia City Ballet with a Principal contract. Since 2002, Norbert has been working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, performing across numerous countries.

Renee Aguilera

Renee Aguilera, born outside of Chicago, Illinois, began dancing at the age of 9. Renee was a summer scholarship winner of CNADM (Chicago National Association of Dance Masters), which she attended for three years. She attended the Virginia School of the Arts full time, graduating in 2005. Ms. Aguilera continued her dancing at Radford University. Renee is currently Ballet Mistress and Pointe Teacher for Roanoke Ballet Theatre and City Youth Ballet, and is a former member of the Roanoke City Ballet.


LeeAnn Elder

Mrs. Elder began her training at the Academy of Dance with Patricia Sorrell and further continued her training with Ballet Virginia International. She spent several summers training with the Allegheny Ballet Company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She graduated in 2014 from Radford University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Mrs. Elder joined the Professional Company in 2014.


Pat Wilhelms

Pat Wilhelms founded and served as Artistic Director of Roanoke Children’s Theatre from 2008-2020. Prior to that, she worked at Mill Mountain Theatre as Director of Education and Resident Director for 10 years. Pat’s theatre education includes a BFA from Daemen College. She attended Penn State for her MFA. Acting credits include residencies with GEVA, Theatre of Youth Co, Idaho Rep, Melic and Mime and Mill Mountain Theatre. Pat is now excited to helm the P B & J Theatre Co. and to bring the art and craft of theatre to Roanoke Ballet Theatre.

2022 Summer Intensive Schedule

Have a question? Send us an email and we will get back to you shortly. rbtoffice@roanokeballet.org