Looking back at LINES Ballet Summer Program 2016

LINES Ballet Summer Program 2016 was truly a blast and ended with a bang! We embraced 235 talented students from across the country along with many international students representing Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Cyprus and Canada. We extend a special congratulations to our Summer Program Homer Avila scholarship recipients Kennedy Howard age 16, Taylor Olson age 19 and Malik Burnett age 20.

“‘Nothing to prove, only to share.’ Throughout my five weeks at LINES Ballet I played this quote on repeat in my head, and even after it has continued to echo throughout my daily life. This Summer Program taught my vulnerable mind, heart, soul, and body to live in the present through dance and be truly mindful in every action that I get to share.”

– Taylor Olson, Summer Program Session Two dancer and Homer Avila Award Recipient

LINES Ballet Summer Program shared our session-end showcase performances with over 800 audience members at prestigious Bay Area theaters to standing ovations. We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments. Thank you to everyone involved!

With the assistance of Andy Mogg of Dancing Images, Summer Program also hosted its first-ever livestream of our Session One Showcase performance. We were joined by over 100 viewers from across the country and hope to make this an annual event.


“This past summer at LINES Ballet was liberating being able to explore my individuality as an artist. You’re not only learning tools to progress as a well rounded dancer but as a human being.”

– Malik Burnett, Summer Program Session Two dancers and Homer Avila Award Recipient

Save the date!

A complete listing of our 2017 National Audition Tour will be available in November. Our tour will take us to locations around the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Texas, Florida and more. Don’t miss out, visit summer.linesballet.org in November for detailed information on locations and how to audition in a city near you.


Alonzo King LINES Summer Program was extremely rigorous, but they work hard to create a nurturing environment that fosters personal and artistic growth. I was taught to experience dance as a language – a form of expressive communication that translates values into movement. While helping me to realize dance is a uniquely human endeavor, the program challenged my previous definition of ballet, and where in myself it should come from.”

– Kennedy Howard, Summer Program Session One dancer and Homer Avila Award Recipient

The Discovery Project 2017:

Our 4-day workshop intensive, Discovery Project 2017, is on the road with stops in West Palm Beach, FL, Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA and Kansas City ,MO. Please check back in November for a complete list of locations, dates and details on how to register. Visit us at summer.linesballet.org/discovery

Captured moments from LINES Ballet Summer Program Session One:

And Session Two:

We can’t wait to experience this magical intensive again next year with returning and new dancers! Please keep in touch – follow us on our blog and social media for more photos and videos and see you all very soon.

Photos by Andy Mogg