Workshops, Master Classes & Intensives

Photo: Paul Kolnik Choreography: George Balanchine

Teaching Workshop with Dena Abergel

June 14th-16th, 2022

1630-1900 (CET)

1030-1300 (EST)

5500 kr, $525, €550

We welcome back Dena Abergel for an exciting 4 day teacher workshop. Former New York City Ballet ballerina, faculty at School of American Ballet, and New York City Ballet’s Children’s Repertory Director, Dena will help us delve into technique and artistry-answer the what and why. This workshop is for teachers and adult dancers looking to expand their knowledge base.

Master Class with Madame Olga

April 30, 2022

1700-1830 (CET)

250 kr, $25, €25

Madame Olga is back at Ballet Gothenburg ❤ Madame Olga was born in the desolate snow capped mountains of Russia to her parents Daria and Igor. When Olga was five years old Daria noticed a rare gift in her daughter when she gracefully leaped into a full split across a frozen river to save a baby coyote from drowning. That’s when she knew Olga would become a ballerina. From that moment the family took the brutal trek by foot to the city to audition for the historic ballet school. On the way they battled ice storms, deadly quick sand, and a run in with descendants of Attila the Hun. When they arrived they were told Olga would have to wait five years before being old enough to audition. Olga would not accept this outcome so she put on her point shoes Daria had made of snow leopard skin and performed “The Swan.” The legends who witnessed Olga’s dance were so taken aback by this five year olds interpretation of “The Swan” they thought Anna Pavlova had been reincarnated. She was accepted into the school, the youngest in history. At the age of fourteen Olga was the youngest ballerina to ever join the ranks of the Great Russian Ballet and that same year to perform the title role of “Giselle.” Olga had a legendary career performing all the full lengths. Olga also began a career as a choreographer pushing barriers between the Soviet Union and the world. Her controversial piece “Only Love” won the “Russian Hope Award” encouraging peace with the West. She now lives in Manhattan, teaches ballet all over the country and still performs on occasion. Olga loves her homeland of Russia, and although Russia is her heritage and soul, America is now her heart and home. She wants to change the world one pirouette at a time. Read more about her in our interview with her through blog link above. One hour class, 30 minute coffee and chat with Madame ❤

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Intro to 4 Pointe Master Class

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

1600-1730 CET

500 kr, $50, €50

Join Ballet Gothenburg in welcoming back Master Teacher, Lynne Charles. In this very special workshop, learn the fundamentals of her 4 Pointe method. This class is for all adult ballet students with a good foundation in pointe work. The last 30 minutes of class are reserved for a coffee/tea and chat with Lynne ❤

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Adult Ballet Weekend Intensive

Saturday & Sunday June 12th & 13th, 2021

0900-1700 EST

1500-2300 CET



1000 SEK

Saturday Schedule

  • 0900-1100 (1500-1700 CET) Ballet Class followed by Q & A with Michael Cusumano (Joffrey Ballet School)
  • 1115-1200 (1715-1800 CET) The Journey of a an Adult Ballet Dancer Talk with Julie Gill (Broche Ballet)
  • 1200-1300 (1800-1900 CET) Lunch or Dinner & Fika (Swedish coffee & chat)
  • 1300-1500 (1900-2100 CET) Character Class with Katja Treger (St. Petersburg Ballet Company)
  • 1530-1700 (2130-2300 CET) Fosse Workshop with Michael Cusumano (Joffrey Ballet School)

Sunday Schedule

  • 0900-1030 (1500-1630 CET) Balanchine Ballet Class followed by Q & A with Dena Abergel, (School of American Ballet, SAB)
  • 1100-1230 (1700-1830 CET) Pointe Class with Lynn Charles, Founder of 4 Pointe
  • 1230-1330 (1830-1930 CET) Lunch or Dinner & Fika
  • 1330-1430 (1930-2030 CET) Intro to Progressing Ballet Technique
  • 1500-1700 (2100-2300 CET) Variations & Performance with Katja Treger (St. Petersburg Ballet Company)

In our first annual Adult Ballet Weekend Intensive, we welcome our favorite teachers to give you a well rounded weekend of technique, pointe, character, and variation classes. We also welcome some of our favourite adult ballet experts to give guest talks that will leave you feeling inspired and encouraged. These classes are for all dancers with a good foundation in classical ballet.

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Master Class


Madame Olga

Sunday, November 15th

1030-1200 (EST)

1630-1800 (Stockholm)

250 kr ($25)

Michael Cusumano (aka Madame Olga) grew up in Long Island New York. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994. Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. Michael then danced as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He made his Broadway debut in “All Shook Up” and then went on to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” “SNL”. Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” dancing the Black Swan coda for WE TV. Madame Olga is currently a highly sought out teacher nationally and internationally. Check out @madameolgav on instagram. Michael most recently appeared in the original production of “An American in Paris” on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University.

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Master Class


Fredrick Davis

Saturday, September 12th,

1000-1130 (EST)

1600-1730 (Stockholm)

250 kr ($25)

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Mr. Davis began his training as a full scholarship recipient with Ballet Tennessee.

Mr. Davis was accepted by Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble to have the privilege to work with Arthur Mitchell and then was promoted Company member under direction of Virginia Johnson dancing numerous such as the “Pas de Deux” from George Balanchine’ s Agon, the “Pas de Deux” from Alvin Aliey’s Lark Ascending, “The Male Duet” from Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, the “Pas de Deux” from Darrell Grand Montre’s Vessels, Christopher Huggins “Pas de Trios” In The Mirror of Mind, “Four Men’s Variation” from Freddie Franklin’s Pas de Dix of Raymonda and Donald Byrd’s Contested Space.
He has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem company on National and International tours, and was also a U.S. Ambassador for Dance Theatre of Harlem in Kingston, Jamaica, St.Thomas, and Honduras. Performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, has been a guest artist for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Donald McKayle honors performance in Irvine, CA, The Kennedy Center and Honors in DC, The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA, danced the “Pas de Deux” with Emiko Flanagan from George Balanchine’s ballet Agon for Wendy Whelan’s documentary private presentation of “The Restless Creature” and has performed for Arthur Mitchell’s DTH Vision Gala with Ashley Murphy (Washington Ballet) alongside with Misty Copeland (ABT) and Matthew Prescott (International Freelance Artist).
Mr. Davis was a Guest Principal dancer with Ballet Tuscon casted in roles as The Sugarplum Fairy Cavalier in the “The Nutcracker” Don Quixote 3rd Act Grand Pas Deux, Balcony Pas de Deux in “Romeo and Juliet” and Solor in Kingdom of Shades from “La Bayadere.”
Just recently Fredrick has signed a contract to join as Guest Artist for the New Jersey Ballet Company.
Fredrick has a documentary by WTCI-PBS production from Chattanooga, TN based on his life being homeless child on the street to transcend to be a world class ballet dancer.
 “From the streets to the stage the Journey of Fredrick Davis” that also won an Emmy last January at the 31st Midsouth Regional Awards.
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