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Enrollment is open for summer intensives at the Milwaukee Ballet.

Milwaukee Ballet offers rare, in-person program this summer

The Milwaukee Ballet is one of only a few ballet companies offering "in person" summer intensives this season. Because of COVID-19, most of the programs in the United States this summer are virtual.

The modified program runs from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31. Sign-up is happening now.

The Milwaukee Ballet's program is modified for the health and safety of the staff and students: everyone must wear masks, the common areas and lockers will not be in use, dancers will not partner, there is increased cleaning and sanitizing of the facility and more.

"We are able to do this for a few reasons," says Anne Metcalfe, the managing director for the Milwaukee Ballet.

According to Metcalfe, the main reason this is possible for the Milwaukee Ballet is because the new facility is built for physical distancing. The building has seven huge studios, 8-feet-wide hallways, large stairwells, lots of outside space for breaks, many bathrooms and an advanced HVAC system.

The Milwaukee Ballet also has two doctors on their Health & Safety Committee – an ER physician with a Masters in public health and a neurologist.

"We have been incredibly cautious and science driven in our approach," says Metcalfe. "We are incredibly motivated to make this work."

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