Summer Intensive Program

July 9 - August 3, 2018

Announcing the 2018 Summer Teachers

Amy Aldridge, Martha Chamberlain, & William DeGregory


  • The classes are Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Students must be age 11 or older.
  • Class size is limited
  • Tuition: $400.00 per week or $1500.00 for 4 weeks
  • The four-week program includes classes in
    • Ballet
    • Variations
    • Repertoire
    • Classical Adagio (partnering)
    • Modern Adagio
    • Floor Barre
    • Choreography
    • Stretching & Strengthening
    • Spanish Castanet class
  • Live piano accompaniment in ballet classes on a Steinway grand piano.


Registration is anytime by mail to Swarthmore Ballet Theatre, 118 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Please include the completed and signed Registration Form and your payment. Dancers may enroll in one week, two weeks, three weeks or the discounted four weeks. You may reserve your place for 4 weeks by paying for one week then paying the rest by July 1, 2018. Cash or check only.

New students must schedule an audition for acceptance anytime between now and May 11. Please bring the completed and signed Registration Form with your payment to Swarthmore Ballet Theatre.

Registration Form


  • Summer Program Dates: July 9 - August 3, 2018

Dancewear for Summer Intensive

  • Female: Hair in a ballet bun. Pink ballet shoes (split soles preferred) and pink convertible tights. Short sleeve or no sleeve leotard any SINGLE color EXCEPT light pink. Belt required, can be just a piece of elastic; belt color must contrast with leotard, short skirts only. No puff sleeves, ruffles, sparkles or leg warmers and no jewelry except stud earrings.
  • Male: Hair neatly controlled. Dance belt, white T-shirt, black footless tights and white socks(preferred)or shorts,white leather or canvas ballet shoes or black canvas ballet shoes. No black leather shoes.


  • Please bring a yoga mat and lunch.
  • There is a refrigerator but NO microwave.
  • Lemonade and filtered water will be provided.


Amy Aldridge

Former Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet

photograph © Alexander Iziliaev

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Amy Aldridge is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence and had the privilege of studying with Alonzo King, Jacques d'Amboise, Melissa Hayden, and Arthur Mitchell. Ms. Aldridge began her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and continued with The School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School.

Ms. Aldridge rose through the ranks at Pennsylvania Ballet to a promotion to Principal Dancer in 2001. Ms. Aldridge has performed principal roles in numerous works, including The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Ballo della Regina. She has also performed featured roles in Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs ("That's Life"); William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto; and George Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Apollo, Serenade (Russian Girl), Valse Fantasie, Who Cares?, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, and Movements for Piano and Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Aldridge has created original roles for Dwight Rhoden's 2x7, Trey McIntyre's Plush and Cantilena, Matthew Neenan's Keep and As It's Going, and Jorma Elo's Pulcinella.

Ms. Aldridge has appeared internationally as part of the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Northwest Phalen Tanz Festival in Germany (with choreographer Kevin O'Day) and with the Stars of New York Ballet in London. In May 2004, she performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet dancing Tarantella as part of the George Balanchine Centennial Celebrations. She has also appeared with BalletX in Neenan's Broke Apart, Elo's Scenes View 2, and at Jacob's Pillow in Summer 2006.

Martha Chamberlain

Former Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet

photograph © Alexander Iziliaev

Martha Chamberlain began her dance training at age five at the Fellowship House in Media, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. She went on to study with Donna Muzio, Paul Klocke and Cherie Noble at West Chester's Dance Center and The School of American Ballet's Summer Program from 1985 to 1988. She is a graduate of Friends Select and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Chamberlain joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice in the fall of 1989 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet three months later. She was promoted to Soloist in 1997 and to Principal after her premiere as Juliet in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet in March 2000. Ms. Chamberlain has danced several leading roles including Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Copp'lia, Myrtha in Giselle, Dewdrop and Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, and Helena and Divertissement pas de deux in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has also had featured roles in George Balanchine's Ballo della Regina, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Western Symphony, Serenade, Apollo, and Rubiesfrom Jewels; Paul Taylor's Company B and Arden Court; and Christopher d'Amboise's Franklin Court. She has created roles for such choreographers as Trey McIntryre, Kevin O'Day, Jessica Lang, Jeffrey Gribler and Matthew Neenan. She has had the opportunity to dance internationally in Portugal, England, and Germany.

Ms. Chamberlain has designed costumes for Matthew Neenan's The Crossed Line, 11:11, As It's Going, Keep, and At the border as well as for choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jorma Elo, Helen Pickett Zane Booker, and Meredith Rainey. Her jewelry has been sold in stores in Philadelphia and New York.

William DeGregory

Former Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet, Director of Pennsylvania Ballet II and head of the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet

photograph © Alexander Iziliaev

William DeGregory lives in New Jersey with his wife, Tamara Hadley. In 1975, when they were both principal dancers with Pennsylvania Ballet, Bill and Tammy were paired by the P.B.C. director Benjamin Harkarvy, to dance the greatest love stories ever composed They touched thousands of people who sensed their connection to each other in the resonance of every movement.

Bill joined Pennsylvania Ballet at age 18. His excellent technique, strong partnering skills, and winning stage presence quickly advanced him to Principal Dancer. Bill has danced most of the classical principal roles including: Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppélia, and many Balanchine ballets, including: Theme and Variations, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Cavalier in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Robert Weiss created the role of Nicholas for Bill in his full-length ballet, Winter Dreams. In September 1996, the legendary modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham featured Bill in the world premiere of his acclaimed Arcade.

In February 2002, Bill DeGregory became Director of Pennsylvania Ballet's newly-formed training company, Pennsylvania Ballet II. He retired from performing at the end of the 2001-2002 season. With Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Company was able to greatly expand the scope and depth of its outreach effort through theatre and non-theatre-based performances at Philadelphia area schools and other small venues.

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