Twin Sky Dance Intensive

JULY 5TH – 18TH, 2015

The Twin Sky Dance Intensive is a partnership initiative of 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.

Along with daily ballet, core strengthening and improvisation classes, new choreographic work is developed and presented at the Warren Miller PAC at the end of the session. Professional dancers in the program continue on to premier the new work at a performance at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival later in August.

When the company is not “at work,” they are taking walks by the river, exploring the mountains, engaging in adrenaline filled activities like zip-lining, white-water rafting, and horse-back riding, or enjoying outdoor summer concerts in the town center over a Montana-style barbeque.

To find out more about auditions and daily schedule, please email us.

TWIN SKY YOUTH Mini-Intensive
JULY 13TH – 18TH, 2015

Local students aged 7 – 12 are also invited to participate in the 2nd week of the Twin Sky Dance Intensive.  Students will be instructed in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Choreography with James Sewell Ballet Dancers and Big Sky Local Dance Instructor Jennifer Waters from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.  The total cost for this program is $100.00 thanks to generous underwriters from Big Sky, and registration is open until the first day of the program.

For more information, and to register, email WMPAC Artistic Director John Zirkle at


jamesArtistic 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.

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