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Summer Dance Programs for Intermediate to Advanced Dancers 

CDA Summer Dance Intensive - LIVE!

3-week session: June 14th - July 2nd

Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm


Division I

A comprehensive study of Classic and Contemporary Ballet for dancers at the Intermediate level who wish to have new creative experiences and rapidly advance their skills.

Division II

A comprehensive study of Classic and Contemporary Ballet for dedicated dancers, entering or working at high intermediate to advanced levels and career dancers.


Submit an online application today and we will contact you to schedule an audition*.

*See audition information below.

CDA provides one of the few intensive studies of this kind and caliber for dancers ages 12-22 and is our most popular summer program. Featuring the curriculum and methods which have established California DanceArts as a premier academy of dancing.

Our Summer Intensive program provides new challenges and opportunity for increasing technical and performance ability and is not to be missed by young dancers with dreams and purpose. It is an equally important program for the potentially career focused dancer. 

Whether you are in need of extra attention to get to the next level in your training, interested in pursuing a career or enhancing your career, our encouraging faculty of renowned teachers specialize in helping you gain technical improvement and performance artistry.


  • Curriculum based on solid foundation of Classical & Contemporary Ballet. Specific instruction (at appropriate level and division) in Turns, Jumps, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux and supplementary training in Conditioning and MPT (Placement Technique).

  • Personalized Attention.

  • Contemporary and Modern Dance, and Dance Essentials™ taught for picking up choreography faster, improvisation, musicality and performance skills.

  • Choreography Workshops.

Curated and taught by CDA Founder and Artistic Director, Aerin Holt with additional instruction from Lynn Bryson Pittenger and Nancy Dobbs Owen


During her career, Aerin has been fortunate to study and perform with a variety of companies and has worked with choreographers from the Martha Graham Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Repertory Company and Momentum Dance Company, to name a few. She has been seen in broadcasts for commercial and educational television, and is an award-winning choreographer of theatrical events, stage productions, competitions and ballets. Her choreographic works have been performed internationally in five countries and her Company has been featured on television broadcasts and in Southern California’s prestigious dance festivals. She has provided her expert level of experience as dance faculty and guest to highly regarded dance institutes, such as;  University of California Los Angeles, American Musical and Dramatic Academy-Los Angeles, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Salzburg International Ballet in Austria and Ostrava Ballet in the Czech Republic. She has provided dance education to literally thousands of school-aged children in the Los Angeles area and has coached many artists in the music and movie industry of Hollywood. Read more


Ms. Pittenger was the recipient of two Ford Foundation Scholarships, one to study with San Francisco Ballet Company and the other personally awarded by Mr. George Balanchine to attend the School of American Ballet in New York City. It was while attending the New York school that Maria Tallchief selected her to perform in lecture demonstrations throughout New York and eastern colleges.

After two years of study at the School of American Ballet, Lynn was invited by

Mr. Balanchine to join the company of New York City Ballet where her professional career began.

In addition to a successful performing career, Ms. Pittenger directed a very extensive program for over 250 children in the course of 23 years and ran her own school of ballet for over seven years, making Ms. Pittenger uniquely and exceptionally qualified to prepare our students at California DanceArts for the world of dance.


Miss Owen's professional career began with an apprenticeship with the Joffery Ballet under the mentorship of Trinette Singleton. She went on to dance as a principal with numerous ballet and modern companies before joining the National Tour of Phantom of the Oprea. Since then, Miss Owen has danced regionally and has gone on to choreograph her own pieces, in addition to working in the film and television industry. She has earned a BA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and has retained teaching and faculty positions at AMDA, The performing Arts Center, and Degas Dance. Read more

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Audition Information

Audition Classes are held Saturdays @ 11:00am

Contact us to reserve your place in an audition class. 

Students are required to audition for the California DanceArts Summer Dance Intensive.

Qualifications & Auditions

Students must audition for program placement by attending an audition class. Students from California DanceArts level 2-3+ may enroll without an audition. We accept dancers based on a common level of ability. Most students at Division I are age 11+ and have already had several years of ballet training. Students in Division I should nearing Pointe training or en pointe.


Dancers placed in Division II are more mature dancers, have experience en Pointe, Variations, Partnering, and/or may be entering advanced contemporary training. Dancers may be considering a career or dancing professionally. Students younger or older than the recommended age may audition when at the appropriate training level.


Please note that this is a physically demanding program and student must be able to work intensively 4-6 hours a day (with breaks) of classes, choreography and rehearsals.

Please RSVP for a place in our class. Spaces in class are limited. Audition Fee: $20

During the audition, your qualifications for acceptance will be determined. All those wishing to participate must audition in person or by sending Photo/ Video Submissions. Dancers who have attended our intensive program in the past or are current students at California DanceArts gain first placement when enrolled by March 16th.

Audition Class Attire

Ladies please wear proper ballet attire, hair up and off the face, and technique slippers. Bring Pointe shoes (as appropriate).

Men please wear clean white shirt, dance pants or tights, and ballet slippers.


Click here for Location & Directions.

Photo/Video Submissions

We do accept photo/video submissions from students that are from a distance or students with sufficient circumstances prohibiting attendance in person. Contact us for submission reservations.

Accommodations for out of town students must be reserved as soon as possible so we appreciate early submissions.

Receive a 10% discount for early registration!

Please submit your dance photo or DVD with a short list of skills and training. 

DVD / Video: 10 minutes (maximum) showing work at the barre and center. 

Entire video should be performed en Pointe (as appropriate). 

Photo: First Arabesque 

Audition Fee for Video Submission: $30 cash/check

Mailing Address:

California DanceArts

4490 Cornishon Ave, #6

La Canada, CA 91011

You may be notified immediately or by email within 2 weeks of your audition or video submission regarding acceptance.

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