To our great regret, we have to announce the closing of Petipa Marathon 2020. We are sorry to report that due to force majeure, the worldwide Corona pandemic, and Belgian Government “COVID 19” regulations, we cannot implement our Summer Program.

General Information
Petipa Marathon Summer Program 2020
(the classical ballet intensive)

Date: 6 – 17 July 2020

Location: Ballet Studios 52 rue César Franck, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Dancers age: advanced students 14+, young dancers 21-

Program: Russian Classical Ballet, Vaganova Technique (Pointe and Jump Work), Unique Petipa Repertoire, Interactive Ballet lectures, Rehearsals for the Open Door Day and Final Presentation

Classes: from Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 16:30 and Saturday from 9:30 to 16:00

Teachers and Coaches: We offer pure classical ballet, technique and original repertoire of Marius Petipa time, without modern, contemporary and other supplementary classes, instead we offer an educational program, ballet-miming and ballet history.

The classical ballet lessons will be given by excellent teachers from the Mariinsky Theatre, the home of Petipa, where his traditions were kept, “leg to leg and arm to arm”. The original Petipa Repertoire: solo variations, corps de ballet and character dances will be taught by International Team of ballet coaches.

  • Irina Chistyakova from the Mariinsky Theatre will teach the Traditional PetipaShe was a personal coach of Uliana Lopatkina and prepared with her the most important repertoire in Mariinsky.
  • Juan Bockamp, the choreographer-scientist from Spain and Andrey Lebedev a choreographer-scientist from The State Institute for Art Studies in Moscow, who have analyzed the unique Petipa ballets notations from the “Stepanov Collection” located at the Harvard University, will coach the Reconstructed Petipa. Today, the reconstructions based on the documents are highly demanded across theatres worldwide, as an example, the works of Alexey Ratmansky.
  • Toni Candeloro, a most famous Italian dancer and choreographer, will coach the Imperial Petipa collected from great Petipa ballerinas that immigrated from St. Petersburg after Revolution in 1917.

All teachers and coaches as well as, Jean-Philippe Van Aelbrouck, the professor, the author of the study “Marius Petipa, a Brussels childhood (1819-1835)”, will provide the lessons with ballet history. Additionally, we will organize a guide trip on the “Petipa Road” from La Monnaie, where he studied ballet, to the street of his home.

At the final presentation at the end of the 2 weeks course, we will see a different side of Petipa and we will openly discussion opinions between teachers, professors and students.

Requirements for participants: Audition by video, all students should upload the link on a Solo variation video – 2 min on Registration Form.

Housing for Students: Petipa Marathon Summer Program offers a boarding school option in “Internaat Don Bosco” located at Avenue du Val d’Or 90, 1150 Brussels, Belgium. The package includes overnight stays, breakfasts, lunches & dinners from Monday 6 July to Saturday 18 July (on Saturday 18 August only breakfast), the Metro card for 11 days and the accompanying person.

Arrivals: Students must arrive on Sunday, 5 July 2020 from 12:00 and not later than 21:00, the dorm will be closed at 21:00! The dorm will be open ONLY from 12:00!
Departure: all student must leave the dorm Saturday, 18 July 2020 at the latest 11:00. Please plan departure flights accordingly. Dorm’s doors will be closed at 11:00.

Housing for parents: Parents are not allowed to stay at the dormitory.
We recommend searching the housing at in the Brussels area of Ixelles and Free University of Brussels (VUB)

Registration: 30 euro/not refundable
Students accepted before 1 May: 1200 euro/2 weeks
Students accepted after 1 May: 1300 euro/2 weeks
Housing for students: 895 euro/2 weeks
Observers: 30 euro/half-day, after the lunch break

Please, find all detailed information about Petipa Marathon Summer Program 2020 here:
Summer Program
Please, complete your Registration Form here:
Please, learn all the practical information here:
Terms and Conditions
Welcome to Petipa Marathon Summer Program 2020!