School of Classical Ballet

The best of dance in Billings, Montana

Summer Intensive 2020


August  3 - 7

August  10 - 14

Ballet • Pointe • Variations Repertory • Jazz • Contemporary 

 Modern • Pilates • Stretch • Lyrical Musical Theater • Character

Improv • Conditioning • Yoga




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Deliver or mail to:  Montana Dance Center, c/o summer intensive, 701 Daniel Street, Billings, MT 59101



Now entering it’s 5th decade, School of Classical Ballet in Billings, Montana, provides high quality dance instruction for all ages.  Emphasizing both artistry and technique, SCB has a strong history of bringing world-class instructors to Billings for many years, providing young dancers with the motivation and skills they need not only as developing dancers but as developing people. 

SCB finds its home at Montana Dance Center, a spacious and welcoming center for dance that supports the highest quality of dance instruction in a motivational and encouraging environment. Our studio features state-of-the-art sprung floors with specialized marley surfaces in all four studios.

This year had a promising start, a rocky and uncertain spring, and now we leap into summer with hope and excitement!  

This year, dancers have a choice to attend one or both weeks of the summer intensive.  Due to health and safety measures in response to the covid-19* pandemic, we are strictly limiting class sizes.  Dancers can, therefore, benefit from more individualized training and attention.


SCB Brings the world of dance to Billings, Montana.

Registration is open to dancers ages 9 & up who have had at least two years of previous dance experience, and who perform at the intermediate to advanced level. Experienced younger dancers may inquire. Dancers will be placed into three levels, with the youngest dancers participating in the morning only. The two older levels will participate in a full day of dance.


$350 - one week full day

$650 - two weeks full day

$150 - one week half day (youngest level only)

$270 - two weeks half day (youngest level only)

Due to restricted class sizes and minimum enrollment requirements, all students must enroll by July 15th.  A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due at time of enrollment. Payment in full is due one week before the student’s first day of classes.





and more to be announced!

Kirsten Cooper ( both weeks)


Ms. Cooper trained in Los Angeles with many teachers, assisting Rhonda Miller and Jeff Amsden. She danced in various stage, film, and video productions, and was a principal dancer for Costa Cruise Lines. She now runs a pre-professional jazz company in the Seattle area, and is teaching for the 8th year at Pacific Northwest Ballet Summer School and 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 on 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 Hysterica Dance Co., Evolutions, and Soul Escape.




Timothy Lynch (August 10-14)


Mr. Lynch is from Mineola, NY. He received his dance training from the School of American Ballet, his BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In 1993, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, and performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Four Temperaments, and works by Jerome Robbins, Kent Stowell, and Paul Taylor. He originated roles in works by Donald Byrd, Val Caniparoli, Kevin O’Day, Mark Dendy, Kent Stowell, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Film works include the role of Nick Bottom in the BBC Production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



He became co-director of PNB’s Outreach Youth Performing Group in 2001 and began teaching in PNB’s Dance Chance program. In 2003, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a full-time faculty member, where he choreographed and helped shape the men’s program for over 10 years. He has been a guest faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and Western Washington University. He founded Seattle Dance Project in 2007, earned the KOMO Kids First Award for mentoring local youth in 2011, and was awarded Educator of the Year 2012 from the Dance Educators Association of Washington.  From 2014-2016, Mr. Lynch served as the Academy Director for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio.  Most recently Tim and his wife Alexandra opened their own studio, Lynch Dance Institute, in San Diego. Tim is also a certified yoga instructor.




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 (August 3-7)


Mr. Kulpin is a graduate of the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in ballet methodology and choreography. Mr. Kulpin joined the faculty of The Haird Conservatory in 2016. In 1998, he was the Grand Prix winner at the Muse of St. Petersburg Ballet Competition. As a professional dancer, he has performed many soloist and principal roles in both classical and contemporary ballets in Russia, Israel, and the US. He has danced 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, Stars of St. Petersburg Municipal Theater of Music Dance,  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, Charleston Ballet Company and Northern California Dance Conservatory. Currently he is a master guest teacher across the US, adjudicating, coaching, choreographing, and instructing upcoming generations. He has staged classical variations and choreographed solos for performance and ballet competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix.










Leigh Schanfein (both weeks)


Ms. Schanfein is a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher, and independent researcher in the fields of kinesiology and biomechanics.  Leigh trains and performs in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance with various small dance companies and venues, and has performed in commercial productions including on stage with comedian Hannibal Buress as part of the Oddball Comedy Tour, during Fashion Week NYC for designers such as Malan Breton, and for brands such as Xerox, Suave, Oreo, and Estee lauder.  She is a regular guest instructor and choreographer for dance schools around the country. 


Leigh received her M.S. in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. She has received multiple awards for her research including two through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and worked for five years as the research associate at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Her research has largely focused on the mechanisms by which humans control balance and how sensory feedback is integrated for the control of posture, but has also covered a wide range of topics concerning injury prevention among dancers.  In 2015, she joined the faculty at Barnard College as adjunct lecturer of biomechanics in the department of dance.  Leigh is a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine.






Montana Dance Center and School of Classical Ballet are acting within the guidelines from Yellowstone County and the CDC.  Several steps we are taking include the following:  ballet barres and other common surfaces will be cleaned between each class, all individuals will be set up to and asked to maintain six feet of personal distance, students must bring their own daily use items including water and eating utensils, all individuals must keep a mask on correctly at all times outside of actively dancing and eating, other family members will not be allowed in the building or to congregate outside.

*Due to covid-19:


Class size is strictly limited.  Once enrollment is full, a waitlist will be created. Deposits will be refunded to those who do not get off the waitlist.


If a level does not fill, single day or partial day passes may be purchased on an individual basis.


Studio access will be restricted.  Certain rules are in place, such as that students must wear a mask any time they are not actively dancing, bring their own water bottles, and come already dressed.  All rules will be provided upon registration.


Failure to follow rules will result in the student being asked to leave without refund.  



Level 3 - 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 1 - 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. 

Sample Schedule / *subject to change

Advanced Alternate Day A

9:45 - 11:30 am Ballet
11:30 - 12:30 pm Pointe and Variations
12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 - 2:00 pm Conditioning
2:00 - 3:15 pm Lyrical
3:15 - 3:30 pm break
3:30 - 4:45 pm Improvisation and Composition

Advanced Alternate Day B
9:45 - 11:30 am Lyrical
11:30 - 12:30 pm Jazz Progressions
12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 - 2:45 pm Ballet
2:45 - 3:45 pm Pointe and Variations
3:45 - 4:00 pm break
4:00 - 5:00 pm Character Dance

Intermediate Alternate Day A
9:15 - 10:45 am Lyrical
10:45 - 11:45 am Jazz Progressions
11:45 - 12:30 pm Lunch Break
12:30 - 2:00 pm Ballet
2:00 - 3:00 pm Pointe and Variations
3:00 - 3:15 pm break
3:15 - 4:15 pm Character Dance

Intermediate Alternate Day B
9:15 - 10:45 am Ballet
10:45 - 11:45 am Pointe and Variations
11:45 - 12:30 pm Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:15 pm Conditioning
1:15 - 2:30 pm Lyrical
2:30 - 2:45 pm break
2:45 - 4:00 pm Improvisation and Composition

Beginner (Half Day)
9:00 - 9:30 am Warm Up
9:30 - 10:50 am Ballet
10:50 - 12:00 pm Jazz, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, or other style