Summer at Cornish

Beginner Dance Intensive



July 20 –July 24, M, T, W, Th, F, 9:00am – 4:00am


Kerry Hall 301, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $500.00

Registration for this course has been closed

If you have any questions, please contact us.


This course is designed for beginning level dancers who have studied ballet for a year or more. Dancers have morning technique classes in ballet, followed by a modern dance class. Afternoons classes include jazz, character, improvisation and composition. Additional classes in acting for the dancer will round out this full week. 

No audition required but a minimum of one year of dance training required.

An informal showing of class work for families and friends will be held on Friday, July 24 from 3pm-4pm at Kerry Hall.

What to bring

Bring a lunch and ballet shoes.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    8 - 10
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available


Vanesa Wylie

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Vanesa Wylie graduated from Cornish College of The Arts in 1994 with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduating she worked and performed with many local choreographers including Kristina Dillard, Pat Graney, Michelle Miller, Jessica Jobaris, Lynn Simonson and the Big Red Dance Company. In 1998, Vanesa and her husband formed The Bleeding Hearts Theatrical Dance Ensemble where they directed, choreographed and self produced their own shows.

Vanesa’s choreography has also been seen at Bumbershoot, The Fringe Festival, The Moore and 12 Minutes Max. In 2000, she began teaching and fell in love with it. She joined the Preparatory Dance faculty teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Primary and Modern. Vanessa has taught dance at The Dance School, Studio One, Immaculate Conception, The Country Day School and in the Snohomish School District. She recently joined the dance faculty of Vashon Allied Arts where she is teaching modern and ballet. Vanesa is passionate about sharing the experience of dance.

Amelia Bolyard

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Amelia Bolyard is a native of Seattle, and received her dance training in the Cornish Preparatory Dance department in the 80’s and 90’s. She also spent a year in the college dance program in 1994. From there, Amelia performed with various local modern dance companies from 1994-2002, and has been teaching ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and primary dance since 2004.

Amelia teaches adult ballet locally, as well as being a faculty member for the Preparatory Dance Department. Since sustaining several injuries leading up to 2002, Amelia has made it her mission to teach conscious, considerate movement, particularly ballet, with her goal being injury & pain prevention. Amelia is pleased to be a part of the Cornish Summer Dance Program and the Preparatory Department, where she can share her desire to inspire young people to dance with respect, awareness and excellent ability with like-minded conscious instructors.

Naomi Glass

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A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Naomi Glass trained at Cornish College of the Arts, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy before joining Houston Ballet in 1994. In 1997, she was nominated by Ben Stevenson to represent Houston Ballet for the Princess Grace Award.  Her favorite roles include Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Indigo; Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes; Dusk; Twilight; Evening Pas de Deux; Five Poems; Nacho Duato’s Without Words; Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground and Wendy in his Peter Pan.

Naomi has danced in the full-length ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Manon, Sleeping Beauty, Cleopatra, Snow Maiden, Firebird, Don Quixote, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and Nutcracker. Naomi was featured in neoclassical works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Lila York, Helgi Tomasson, Glen Tetley, and Dominic Walsh. Following a ten-year performing career, Ms. Glass retired from her soloist position in 2004. Naomi is faculty at the University of Houston and freelance teaches children and adults throughout Houston. Naomi has enjoyed guest teaching engagements at the University of Iowa, Wichita State University and Rice University. Naomi is married to former Houston Ballet dancer Damian Schwiethale and they are the proud parents of two sons.