Twin Sky Dance Intensive

July 1st - July 15th, 2018

Photo by Sara Rubinstein.  Dancer:  Laurie Nielson of James Sewell Ballet

The Twin Sky Dance Intensive is a partnership between the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and James Sewell Ballet. The program offers a two-week high-altitude training and performance experience for aspiring young dancers along with career development opportunity for professionals of the highest caliber.

The intensive’s curriculum is designed to build technique and performance skills in an unparalleled natural environment working directly with James Sewell and members of his company. The combination of minimal distraction, high level instruction and the adventurous spirit of the mountains provide a unique opportunity for artistic growth and innovation.


The key is individual mentorship. 

Every dance fellow in the program is paired with a professional dancer, who provides daily instruction and support, on the first day of the program.  Professionals and students intertwine throughout the learning experience in a collaborative setting.  We believe in keeping the program small to facilitate the development of excellent young dancers.   Along with daily ballet, core strengthening and improvisation classes, new choreographic work is developed and presented at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center at the end of the session. Professional dancers in the program continue on to premier new work through the upcoming season at James Sewell Ballet.



artist faculty


Artistic Director: A Minneapolis native, James Sewell moved to New York and studied at the School of American Ballet with David Howard, and began performing with ABT II. He was a lead dancer with Feld Ballets/NY for six years and has performed as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, Zvi Gottheiner and Dancers, and Denishawn. He has choreographed more than 70 ballets for companies in the United States and around the world. Projects include the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts grant to create “Independence In Dependence” for Feld Ballets/NY; “Aida” (1998) for the Minnesota Opera and 11 other opera companies; James Sewell Ballet’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (1995); “Musical Toys” (1996) and “Nutcracker: The Untold Story” (1997) for the Minnesota Orchestra; and “She Loves Me” (2005) and “1776” (2007) for the Guthrie Theater. James also has received commissions, including “Schoenberg Serenade” (2006) and “Passions” (1998), a work with composer Augusta Read Thomas, for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; “Metamorphosis” (2004) for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus; “Awedville” (2004) for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and “Turf” (2006) for the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Sewell received a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship (2002), a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation (2006), and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography (2007). He is a past trustee of Dance/USA and a past director of the American Composer’s Forum.


James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. Combining their expertise, vision and chutzpah they envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Nearly two decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country. The embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of ten dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.

Based in the Twin Cities, James Sewell Ballet studios are located at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Downtown Minneapolis. Annual spring and fall JSB performances are currently presented at The Goodale Theater in The Cowles Center. JSB’s annual cutting edge “Ballet Works Project,” featuring new works by emerging and established choreographers, is presented at the JSB TEK BOX on the second floor of The Cowles Center.

Photographer:  Sara Rubinstein

Photographer:  Sara Rubinstein

  • Up to 14 advanced Dance Fellows and 2 Apprentices are  accepted into the program each summer.
  • Tuition is $2195 for over 90 hours of professional training, shared accommodation at Big Sky Resort, local transportation, and three meals a day,
  • Mountain activities in Big Sky including White-Water Rafting, Hiking, Exploring and more.

  • Culminating performance of unprecedented new work at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.