Student ballet dancers auditioned for the Magnifique International Winter Intensive, a five-day training program in January with internationally-renowned French ballet teachers, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
57 students, grades 4-12, auditioned for the Intensive.
Jean-Hugues Feray, a French master teacher and founder of the Paris Ballet Conservatory in Jupiter, established the first Winter Intensive in 2017. He brought in French colleagues with distinguished ballet careers to help him teach the annual event.
Some students come to Florida from as far as France and Canada for the opportunity to train with the team of elite master teachers.
Feray says most students with basic ballet skills are accepted to the Winter Intensive. Getting into the most advanced of three groups is more difficult.
"They need to have a certain degree of technique and strength," he said. He looks for students with "talent, determination, commitment, the ability to be coached."