UPDATE May 23rd 2021
It’s with great sadness that we have to CANCEL our 2021 edition. This decision is directly linked to the covid-19 pandemic and subsequent governmental rules. Believe us when we say it was not an easy decision to accept nor to announce, as we had great hopes the past 2 weeks. Unfortunately the newest french quarantine rules (requiring a 7 days quarantine after arriving in the country via public transport), make it impossible for us to receive our teachers and dancers, for both schedule incompatibilities and financial reasons. In addition, this governmental decision makes it hard for participants to join us as well, and without teachers nor participants, we can’t have a camp. We are, once more, really sorry to announce such a bad news, and we hope that 2022 will bring us more luck, and hopefully we will see you there!
We’ll keep this website updated as soon as we have our new dates. You can expect the announcement in autumn 2021.
Designed for adults amateur dancers, this international summer camp is a unique opportunity to learn and perform a complete ballet from the classical répertoire alongside professional ballet dancers.
You will spend 8 intensive (yet fun) days taking a morning ballet class and learning the répertoire with our international team of teachers.
Exemple of a typical day :
- 9-10.30am : ballet class in groups
- 11-12.30am : rehearsal in groups
- 2pm-5pm : rehearsal together or in groups
- 5.15-6.15pm : Pilates & stretching class
Participants should have at least an intermediate level of ballet training (at least 2-3 years of practice). Dancing on pointe is not mandatory.
Participants will be divided in groups by our teachers. Ballet classes will be at one of our studios: Le studio de la Manu (for the whole week) or La Barge (only for the first couple of days). Rehearsals will be held either in one of our ballet studios or directly on stage.
There is no selection, we run on a first come first serve basis. The number of participants is limited to 35. Participants must be at least 16 years old on the 1st day of the course.
The camp starts on Friday July 3rd with a welcoming event in the evening (after 5.30pm, exact time to be announced). Ballet classes and rehearsals will start on Saturday 3rd at 9am.
The ballet learned during the week will be performed, in costumes, at l’espace du Roudour theater, a local theater. The performance will be open to the public.
The Stage from L’espace du Roudour theater where the performance and most rehearsals will be held.
Join us to experience this amazing week dedicated to Ballet. It’s a unique time to meet other fellow adult ballet enthousiasts from around the globe. You won’t regret it!
Teachers and Repertoire
This year we will dance Napoli (a Bournonville ballet) at l’espace du Roudour. The version danced will be adapted from the original version to fit in a 1h30 performance.
Teachers and dancers: to be confirmed and completed
Laura Poikolainen: Laura got her initial dance training from Helsinki Dance Institute and Finnish National Opera’s ballet school. She attended courses in Denmark, United States and France and worked in the Finnish National Ballet briefly. During the courses in Denmark, Laura got to train both Bournonville technique as well as repertoire and work with such Bournonville experts as Vivi Flindt, Dinna Björn and Johnny Eliasen. During her last year of ballet school, Dinna Björn staged the third act of Napoli for the FNOB school and Laura got to dance a few parts in it and familiarize herself with the ballet. Laura became a ballet teacher in 2010 and got her master’s degree in dance pedagogy in 2012. She is now a ballet teacher at Helsinki Dance Institute, where she teaches students of all ages as well as one of the Institute’s pre-professional classes.
Alexander Negron: Alex is an American dancer and a ballet teacher. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam (the Netherland). He previously danced with the Oregon Ballet theater and Opera Wroclawska. He’s the founder of 31/20 Dance collective in Amsterdam. He will also dance the role of Gennaro
Julie Dupas: Julie is a Pilates teacher. She worked as a Biology teacher for 5 years and has a PhD in Biology. She is passionate about ballet and danced at the Brest Conservatory for 4 years, she also participated in 5 editions of the original Finnish ballet camp that inspired this French edition. She’s a certified Pilates teachers and currently teaches Pilates, mat and reformer, in Amsterdam. She’s the founder of this ballet camp for adults.
Sara Antikainen: Sara is a professional ballet dancer and will dance the role of Teresina in this years production of Napoli. Sara is originally from Finland but currently lives and works in Plzeň (Czech Republic) as a soloist. She started her career in the Finnish National Ballet and since 2018 she has been dancing with the Divadlo J.K. Tyla. In her own words Sara is “looking forward to being part of this unique event next summer”.
€400,- if registered before March 21st 2021
€460,- starting from March 22nd 2021
This fee doesn’t include food, accomodations or travel. Travelling needs to be arranged by the participant themselves. However, you can find some help in the next sections “Travel” and “Accomodation”.
We are currently working on organizing a “Room & Board” option for our participants. This will be offered separately and will have to be paid at least 6 weeks before registration. Price and fees will be updated as soon as it is arranged.
Fees can be paid in 2 installments, the first installment has to be paid upon registration and the last installment will have to be paid at least 6 weeks before the course starting date.
Only full applications (fees included) will be taken into account.
!!!NEW!!! We are now offering a Room and Board option to our participants. Check the “Accomodation” section for more information.
By train: MORLAIX Train Station is directly connected by TGV (fast speed train) by the line PARIS -BREST (multiple daily trains). Other local and national lines also operate on this station.
By plane: Brest Bretagne airport is located less than 60km away from Morlaix and has a direct line to multiple national and european cities. If you need to transfer in Paris, avoid changing airport during your transfer. From Brest airport, you can rent a car, or take the free shuttle to Brest city center and take either a bus or a train to Morlaix.
From Morlaix train or bus station, transports may be arranged. Feel free to contact us!
By car: Morlaix is directly located on the RN12 (freely connecting Brest to Rennes).
UPDATE May 10th 2021
Because of the current situation, change to our room and board option had to be taken to comply to the protocols.
Please read below for a full update.
This year we are now offering a “Room an Board option”. You will be hosted in vacation apartment in Morlaix, with maximum 5 other participants (most likely only 3 more). You’ll be spending the week only with other ballet camp participants. You will be provided with breakfast ingredient off your choices and if you choose the option, and home made meal for lunch and diner. A transport (no extra cost) will be organized between the rooms, the studio and the theater.
For Sanitary reason, bed linens will not be provided, depending on the space you ‘ll be in lanket and cushion may also not be provided (it’s a rare cas but if you are in this one we will keep you posted and will also try to find a solution for it). If you come by plane we advise you to come with a sleeping bag and a fitted bed-sheet. New cushions will be provided on demand for our international participants (especially those taking the plane, no extra cost). Fitted sheets can also be arranged upon request as well as a few sleeping bags.
Room and Board is offered from Friday july 2nd at 4pm to Sunday 11th at 10am.
For local participants a “Meal Plan” only option is available.
Meals will be vegan and vegetarian friendly. However, this year we are NOT able to accomadate any severe allergies except for breakfast. Breakfast will be served as a self-service, so we will be able to provide the ingredients for it. A refrigerator and an equipped kitchen will be at your disposal at the accomodation site.
Room and Board Fees
Full room and board 500€ (room +3 meal/day from friday 2nd diner to sunday 11th breakfast)
Half Room and board 420€ (room + only 9 breakfasts)
Lunch 70€ (8 lunch from Saturday 3rd to saturday 10th)
Lunch +Diner 135€ (8 lunchs and 8 diners, from friday 2nd diner to saturday 10th lunch)
If you wish to take care of your accomodation and meals by yourself, Morlaix as numerous hotels as well as a hostel (Auberge de Jeunesse de Morlaix). The hostel is located directly across the road from one of our ballet studios and offers an affordable 3 meals/day option.
Houses and appartements for rent can be found on airbnb, booking.com as well as on the “office de tourisme de Morlaix” website (https://www.baiedemorlaix.bzh/fr/ ).
In order to reduce your costs, if you wish to share a room (in a hostel) or a house with an other participants, don’t hesitate to let us know, so we can put you in contact with other willing participants.
To help you choose your accomodation, you’ll find below the adresses of our different studios:
Théâtre Espace du Roudour : rue Park ar Roudour, 29600 Saint Martin des Champs
La barge : 34 route de Paris, 29600 Morlaix
Le studio de la Manu : Cour des artistes, 42 bis Quai du Léon, La Manufacture, 29600 Morlaix
Sign up and Contact
To sign up for the camp or to contact us, please fill the form below.
!!!NEW!!! You can know download the registration form directly from this website by clicking on the “Registration” tab.
Terms and Conditions
1. Participants will be divided into groups by the coaching team.
2. The organization must be informed if the participant has any allergies or other health problems, and an accompanying letter must be submitted.
3. All participants must bring normal practice wear, including pointe shoes for female students willing to participate on Pointe.
4. The organizers will not be held responsible for any damage or injury, however caused, to any person attending the course, nor for the loss of any property.
5. The organizers reserve the right to retain all or part of the course fees in the event of the applicant’s withdrawal. Withdrawal within a month of the camp starting date will not be reimbursed.
6. The organizers reserve the right to change the teachers or artists in the event of illness or any other unavoidable causes.
7. The organizers reserve the right to cancel and/or change a part of the course or to cancel the entire course. If the course is cancelled, and only if this occurs, the organizers will only refund the course fees excluding any additional cost (f.ex.: accommodation and travel expenses). In case of change in part of the course, no reimbursement will be emitted.
8. It is recommended, as whenever traveling abroad, that the candidate takes out personal travel insurance.
9. No candidate can attend the course injured.
10. Photo- and video shots are property of « le petit ballet international » and can be used freely by « le petit ballet international » of for promotional and marketing purposes.
11. All participants must have health insurance.
12. All participants must have a liability insurance.
13. All participants younger than 18 years of age must send us, prior to the start of the course, the Authorization for underage person fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian.
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