Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive

July 8 - August 2
Refine your skills over the summer with the distinguished HDA faculty and world class guest instructors Riccardo Di Nigris and Nadia Thompson. Information coming soon!

Young Children's Summer Program

Summer Camps for Children age 3-6
July 8 - August 2
Information coming soon!

Young Children's Program Summer Classes
Summer Session I - June 3 - 22
Summer Session II - July 8 - August 2

Age requirements as of September 1, 2024

Melissa Gramman
Nadia Thompson
Guest Master Instructor Classical Ballet

Nadia Thompson was trained in Australia by her mother, Frances Davis Thompson, and graduated from the Royal Ballet School after winning the bronze medal at the Adeline Genee Awards. Before moving to the United States and to Boston Ballet, she worked with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet, performing for such dignitaries as HRH Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, the Duchess of York and Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Command Performance.Nadia has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote and Abdallah, Twyla Tharp’s Upper Room and Waterbaby Bagatelles. In addition, Lila York created Brown Girl in Celts and Principal Lady in Ode to Joy on her. Her vast Balanchine repertoire includes Russian and Elegy in Serenade, Principal Lady in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #2, Divertimento #15, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Mozartiana, Rubies and Choleric in The Four Temperaments.Nadia has worked as a guest teacher with Trey McIntyre Project, White Oak, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Harvard University, Wellesley College, West Australian Ballet and Queensland University of Technology Australia. She also works as a répétiteur for Michael Pink’s ballets, setting Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and stages Ballet Augsburg's House Choreographer, Riccardo DeNigris' works and Milwaukee Ballet's Resident Choreographer, Timothy O’Donnell’s works.  Ms. Thompson is currently serving as the Co-Director of Ballet Hagen, Germany.

Melissa Gramman
Riccardo DeNigris
Choreographer and Guest Faculty

Graduate of La Scala Di Milano, Riccardo’s professional dance experience has included 10 years performing to principal level in International companies and 7 years working as a guest choreographer. He has performed leading roles in many new creations from some of the most outstanding choreographers on the world circuit.

Riccardo De Nigris was born in Trani Southern Italy and trained with the prestigious La Scala Di Milano, where he performed with the company in his graduate year. Riccardo continued his professional career with Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre in Houston Texas, the Czech National Theatre Brno and is currently a soloist with Augsburg Ballet in Germany under the direction of Robert Conn. During his career Riccardo has been featured in numerous works from world renowned choreographers, including, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Itzik Galili, Robert North, Young Soon Hue, Michael Pink, Mauro De Candia, Bridget Breiner, Mario Schroder, Kevin O’Day, Christian Spuck, Amanda Miller, Maurice Causey, Demis Volpi, Alejandro Cerrudo, Georg Reischl, Angel Rodriguez, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Marco Goecke. and Francesco Ventriglia. Many of these artists created roles for him and have had an influence on him following his passion of also choreographing. In the 2012/13 season, the Augsburg Allgemeine awarded Riccardo the prestigious theatre award for outstanding artist.  As a choreographer, Riccardo has already showcased his talents in several creations for the Augsburg Ballet, among them a series of solos, Po Poff, Modo, and Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as several ensemble pieces for the young choreographers series, Destillationen. His versatility lends itself to the theatre's yearly Opera Ball and Augsburg's annual International Ballet Gala, where he charms the crowd with vibrant crowd-pleasing finales each year. Stepping into the realm of Opera and Musical Theatre, Riccardo choreographed the State Theatre's season finale musical, My Fair Lady and the Operas’, Die Fledermaus and Carmen.  In February 2015, Riccardo was awarded the audience prize for his choreography, Can I Say Something?, at the Genesis International Choreographic Competition for the Milwaukee Ballet in the USA. His choreography, Dove Sei, Chiribim, To be….Continued, Samba 4 Us, and Tico Tico have featured in numerous galas throughout Germany and the Czech Republic.  This past season, Riccardo premiered his new work, Ascending Glide, for Augsburg Ballet's triple bill, Of Men and Gods. He shared the evening alongside two choreographic greats, Edward Clug and George Balanchine. Riccardo was hailed as one of the young new choreographers to watch in 2016 after his premiere of Ascending Glide.  Riccardo recently premiered his new Narcissis/Bolero for Augsburg Ballet on April 7th 2017.