Master Class and Audition Series

Program Dates: June 10 - 21

(*Option to attend both weeks or one week)

During this two-week intensive, students will have the opportunity to train with leading directors from around the country including : Tracey Alvey (Alabama Ballet), Dierdre Miles Burger (Florida Ballet), Christopher Hird (Sarasota Ballet), and Olivier Munoz (Maryland Youth Ballet).

Daily classes will be offered in ballet, pointe, and contemporary. Separate auditions will be held within the two-week program for dancers to be considered for apprenticeships, studio companies, and training opportunities at Alabama Ballet, Florida Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet.

Program Cost:

1-week: $400

2-weeks (full program): $750



For students ages 13 and above who are currently enrolled in a weekly pre-professional program:

  1. A letter of recommendation from a current teacher/director
  2. A photo in arabesque
  3. Completed Master Class and Audition Series Application
  4. $25 Application Fee - checks made payable to The Florida Ballet

Application materials can be mailed to The Florida Ballet, 300 East State Street Suite E, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2019. For online submission and credit card payment information please email

For students ages 13 and above who are NOT currently enrolled in a weekly pre-professional program:

We strongly encourage an on-site audition, however, video auditions can be accepted.  Deadline for video submissions is May 1, 2019. For further video submission information please email

2019 Summer Audition Schedule




2019 Guest Teachers

In addition to our accredited staff the following guest teachers will be joining us for Summer 2019.

Dierdre Miles Burger:

Master Class and Audition Series Program Director

Ms. Miles Burger has an extensive dance performance and teaching background. She danced professionally in New York City, Houston Ballet, and was a full-time company member for the Boston Ballet from 1983-1993.

 In June of 1993 Ms. Miles retired from performing and joined Boston Ballet’s Artistic Staff. In 1998, she was promoted to Artistic Coordinator and in September 2002 was appointed Principal of Boston Ballet School. While in this position, she established Boston Ballet School Ensemble, Boston Ballet Trainee Program, and instituted a new school curriculum.

 Ms. Miles Burger relocated to Florida in 2006 and during that time became an ABT® Certified Teacher of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and was later appointed to the prestigious Board of Examiners for the curriculum.

 From 2008-2009, Ms. Miles Burger was a guest ballet mistress and taught in Orlando Ballet School’s Summer Program.  In July 2010, she was appointed Director of Orlando Ballet School. Under her leadership OBS Ms. Miles Burger developed “Come Dance with Us” a program for children with physical challenges and the “OBS Academy” a program which develops young dancers for professional careers. At the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals in Tampa, FL Ms. Miles Burger was awarded “Outstanding Teacher”.


Tracey Alvey:

Artistic Director, Alabama Ballet. 

Tracey Alvey was born in Kent, England and completed her training at The Royal Ballet School. Alvey then went on to become a Principal Dancer with London City Ballet. In January 2001, Tracey accepted a position as teacher of classical ballet at Elmhurst School of Dance, which is recognized nationally and internationally as a Center of Excellence and is one of only three UK Schools receiving recognition and financial support for its exceptionally gifted students under the Yehudi Menuhin Scheme. Tracey is also the Director of the Alabama Ballet School where she recently introduced the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Tracey lives in Birmingham with her husband, where she is enjoying her thirteenth season with Alabama Ballet. 


Christopher Hird:

Director of Education, Sarasota Ballet

Christopher Hird is from England and studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi before training at The Royal Ballet School. He toured Europe as part of a company headlined by internationally acclaimed ballerina, Sylvie Guillem. After retiring from the stage, Hird worked as the Assistant Director of the British Ballet Organization, and later as Assistant to the Development Manager at The Royal Ballet School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Roehampton and a Diploma from Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program.

Hird joined Boston Ballet School in 2003 and was promoted to Artistic Manager in 2009. Hird has staged numerous ballets including Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère and Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Les Rendezvous and La Fille mal Gardée.  Hird has served on the international jury of the Japan Grand Prix in 2008 and 2010, the Surrey Festival of Dance (Canada) in 2007 and 2008, the Goiania Dance Festival (Brazil) in 2012 and 2015 and the Connecticut Classic in 2012. He has been a guest teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Canada’s National Ballet School, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Cecchetti Council of America and Harvard University.

Currently, Hird is the Director of Education and Principal of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory at Sarasota Ballet.


Olivier Munoz:

Artisitc Director, The Maryland Youth Ballet

Olivier Munoz is the new Artistic Director of The Maryland Youth Ballet. Prior, the Principal Teacher at Orlando Ballet School for 14 years. Mr. Munoz began his studies at the National Conservatory of Dance of Lyon, France then went to the International Ballet School of Rosella Hightower in Cannes, a Laureate of the Prix de Lausanne. He has performed internationally all the leading roles of the classical repertoire; was a former Principal for the English National Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Northern Ballet Theater; and a Principal Guest Artist with Teatro Alla Scala, Tokyo Ballet, The Bolshoi, Ballet Philippines, and Ballet Nuevo Mundo.

Mr. Munoz is a certified Professor of Dance from the French Ministry of Culture in France and also an ABT Affiliate Teacher, award certified in all levels of the ABT curriculum. He has served on the panel of the National Foundation for the Advancements in the Arts, selection committee for grants for the dance department. Mr. Munoz was also involved with several movies: Blue Suede Shows for PBS 1998, Drew Carey Show in 1997, and Love in 4 Acts for PBS in 1995. He has choreographed for Cleveland Ballet, Orlando Ballet School, Geoffrey Beene fashion show, and the Orlando Symphony.

Mr. Munoz has been a recognized coach for YAGP since 2011, awarded Best Teacher several times, and is a renowned International Guest Master Teacher. For several years, he has served on the panel of judges for YAGP regional and international competitions from which he selects students to award with scholarships to study.

*Other Guest Teachers soon to be announced.