School of Classical Ballet

The best of dance in Billings, Montana

Summer Camps at SCB

SCB offers children's dance camps that explore dance concepts - tempo, level, shape, energy and space - while exciting the imagination, encouraging creativity and developing motor skills. In addition to dance, teachers engage children using art, drama, music and storytelling.

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Summer Classes

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Summer Intensives at SCB 

Every summer, SCB brings in world-class instructors to provide week-long intensive dance classes.  The workshops challenge the dancers to reach a new level of performance while having fun in a creative and non-competitive environment.

For more information, contact SCB at:

406-252-5765 or 406-208-0788 




JUNE 17-21 with Leigh  Schanfein, Teal Darkenwald, and Katie Kitzenberg 

JULY 29-AUGUST 2 with Alexey Kulpin, Jeff Amsden, and Adam McKinney

Click here for July 29th-August 2nd Intensive Schedule 

AUGUST 5-9 with Alexey Kulpin,  Kirsten Cooper, and Adam McKinney
Click here for August 5th - August 9th Intensive Schedule


All intensives will be held at Montana Dance Center, 701 Daniel Street.

Each intensive will offer three levels of dance for ages 8 and up with previous dance experience.  Classes include ballet, pointe, repertory, variations, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop, partnering, tap, pilates, composition, improvisation, lyrical, musical theater, stretch and conditioning.



Look under Tuition and Registration for more information and to print out a registration form for the workshops!


Sample summer intensive schedule: 





Katie Kitzenberg was born and raised in Billings, Montana where she trained at Diversity Dance Studio and The Studio of Classical Ballet in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She grew up competing and received many national awards and scholarships from conventions such as Velocity Dance and 24 Seven Dance. She also received unique and prestigious awards such as being named a 2013 ‘Dance Spirit Magazine’ Future Star recipient and winning the 2014 Discount Dance Supply “Life in Motion” Video Contest. She has danced behind musical artists Pia Toscano, Midnight Red, and Becky G through Velocity Dance Competition opportunities. She started choreographing and teaching when she was 14 years old. She has received choreography awards from Spotlight Dance Cup, Dance Talent, Celebration Dance and Thunderstruck Dance Competition. 

Since moving to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College, on both dance and academic scholarship, she has created three full length pieces of choreography for the dance department’s fall and spring concerts. She is currently receiving incredible daily technique training in classical ballet, modern (Horton, Graham, and O’Donnell techniques), jazz, contemporary, tap, improvisation, and composition/choreography.  Although school is a full time job, she managed to fit in two short tours, one to Mexico and one to Guatemala, with JUNTOS Dance Company in January 2017 and June 2017. She is excited to see where the future takes her after college! 







Jeff Amsden credits two of his teachers from Spokane, Terry Grizzell and Peggy Goodner Tan, for his successful career. He says they taught him ten years of ballet technique in the three years he studied with them and danced in their company, The Spokane Ballet. And he also gives them credit for being so patient with him even though, in his words, he was "full of potential and not much else." After completing his intensive dance training, Jeff made a successful transition into the world of professional dancing, choreography and teaching. Jeff’s teaching career includes, ten years at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, ten years at Edge Performing Arts Center L.A. and the Joffrey Ballet School. He has taught at various dance conventions including, Tremaine, LA Dance Force, The Pulse, LA Dance Magic. Amongst all that he has been a guest teacher at Texas Christian University, University of Colorado, Pace University in NYC, and Cornish Institute in Seattle.  He created the role of Stave Master in the original Los Angeles cast of “Phantom of the Opera” He had the honor of working with the legendary choreographer Michael KIdd on the Academy Awards, as well as with “ Chicago” film choreographer and director Rob Marshall. on Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston. Jeff  was in the original workshop for Jerome Robbins Broadway. He  toured the US with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Chamber Group for 3 years and was a soloist with the Chamber Ballet in New York City directed by Finis Jhung. His media credits include Paula Abdul’s video “blowing Kisses in the Wind”, dancing with Gloria Estefan on the American Music Awards, The Tracey Ullman Show, “Leonard Part 6”. “Back to the Future II, “I’ll Do Anything” with Twyla Tharp, The 100th Anniversary Salute for the Statue of Liberty, the All-Star Salute for the Statue of Liberty and the All -Star Salute Honoring Dr. Marten Luther King at the Kennedy Center.









Teal Darkenwald teaches jazz, ballet and modern technique classes, dance composition, and a variety of science-related dance lecture courses. She has been a guest artist at Ballet Philippines, Visceral Dance Center, Radford University, the University at Buffalo, Glendale Community College, and Salve Regina University, and has taught dancers in several notable companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Boston Ballet and BODYTRAFFIC. Her choreography has been performed at venues including Dance Theatre Workshop (now known as New York Live Arts), the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City and the Cultural Center for the Philippines in Manila. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she taught at the University of Arizona, Glendale and Scottsdale Community Colleges and Ottawa University. Teal earned an MFA in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from the University of Arizona and a BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in New York.









Adam McKinney is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. He has led dance work across the U.S. and in Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. He served as a U.S. Embassy Culture Connect Envoy to South Africa through the U.S. State Department. Other selected awards include NYU’s President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction, a Jerome Foundation Emerging Choreographers grant, and a U.S. Embassy in Accra grant to lead a video oral history project with the Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana Jewish community. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney is the Co-Director of DNAWORKS (, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. He holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Butler University and an M.A. in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU-Gallatin. McKinney is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.




Leigh Schanfein currently performs professionally in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance as a freelance artist in NYC. She has performed with companies such as City Ballet of San Diego, Collective Body|Dancelab, Indelible Dance, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Yoo and Dancers, and the Park Avenue Armory, and has guested with Benjamin Briones Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, Lafayette Ballet, and CONNetic Dance.  She has performed in commercial productions including on stage with comedian Hannibal Buress as part of the Oddball Comedy Tour, company events for Xerox, Estee Lauder, Oreo, and Suave, and during Fashion Week NYC for designers including Malan Breton.  She teaches regularly with NYC Community Ballet, has subbed at major NYC open dance studios including Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway, and Gibney, is a guest instructor for various schools and summer programs, and has choreographed for both students and professionals.

Leigh received her M.S. degree in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. degree in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. As a graduate student, she received multiple awards for her research with dancers including two awards through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and worked for five years as the research associate at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. She is adjunct professor of biomechanics in the department of dance at Barnard College, Columbia University, and is a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine.







Caroline Richardson was born in Colorado, U.S.A. and trained at The School of American Ballet~Juilliard, American Ballet Theater IIand The National Ballet School.  She is a former First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and danced with the company for 10 years from 1985 to 1995.   With The National Ballet, she performed an extensive contemporary and classical repertoire internationally and worked with many of the world’s leading choreographers:  Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, John Neumeier, John Alleyne, Christopher House, David Parsons and Robert Desrosiers.  Coaches and teachers include:  Eric Bruin, Magdalena Popa, Sergiu Stefanski, Joysanne Sidemus, Reid Anderson, Joanne Nisbet, Roslyn Anderson and Natalia Makarova among others.  Aside Caroline also performed as a guest artist at the Hamburg Ballet 20th Anniversary Gala under John Neumeier and assisted William Forsythe in the setting of the second detail on Frankfurt Ballet.

As an independent dance artist, Caroline has collaborated and performed in many projects creating an impressive body of work.  She has danced in:  Andrea Nann's Pulse at theDancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, Toronto’s Dancer's for Life Benefit~National Commission and the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists.  Caroline has also performed numerous pieces in the annual Well World Dance Benefit in Toronto including the solo InsideSand by Peter Chin, Owen Montegue's Arenal and Salmo Del Viento, Michael Ondaantje’s The Nine Sentiments {choreographed by Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek} as well as her first solo work Inda~Horse’s Never Liewith Karen Kain as mentor.  She has worked in studio with Peggy Baker learning selected repertoire and participated in The National Ballet's Choreographic Labs with dance artist Bill James. 

Alexey Kulpin is a graduate of the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ballet methodology and choreography. In 1998, he was the Grand Prix winner at the Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition. As a professional dancer, Mr. Kulpin has performed soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets in Russia, Israel, and the United States. He danced professionally with St. Petersburg State Opera Ballet, St. Petersburg State Male Theatre by Mihailovsky, Ballet Israel, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, and Krasnoyarsk Dance Ensemble.  Mr. Kulpin specializes in teaching classical ballet, male and female variations, and character dance. His teaching career includes the Ballet Israel School, City Ballet of San Diego, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Company, where he taught company classes and served as director of the Charleston Ballet Young Artists Group. Mr. Kulpin joined The HARID Conservatory’s faculty in August, 2016. He remains active as a guest teacher and a ballet-competition judge.








Kirsten Cooper trained in Los Angeles with many teachers, assisting Rhonda Miller and Jeff Amsden. She danced in various stage, film, and video productions. She was a principal dancer for Costa Cruise Lines, cruising the Caribbean. She now runs a pre-professional jazz company in the Seattle area. She is also teaching for the 7th year at Pacific Northwest Ballet Summer School and for the Dance This Intensive with Seattle Theatre Group. Her choreography has been seen at Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Seattle), Tanzommer Dance Festival (Austria), Sign of the Times (Westlake Productions), PONCHO Gala (Seattle) and at Theatre Ballet of Spokane. Many of her students have gone to careers in the professional world of dance, performing and teaching. Her former dancers have performed with Backstreet Boys, Fiona Apple, Black Eyed Peas, Paul McCartney, and Celine Dion, as well as the Broadway tour of "Wicked", LA based Hysterca Dance Company, Evolutions, and Soul Escape.




Additional Information


Level 1 - At least 8 years old with 1 or more years of dance training

Level 2 - At least 10 years old with 4 or more years of dance training

Level 3 - At least 13 years old with 5 or more years of dance training

SCB will place students in the level appropriate for their age and ability and may move them up or down a level after the first class to ensure they will achieve the maximum benefit from the workshop.