Dates: 8th-14th July 2024

Hours: 9.00 – 12.00


In-studio: £630 including early bird discount until 1st April,  £700 thereafter

Online: £200

Fee includes video recordings of every class for all participants



Danceworks is proud to invite dancers to join us for this unique Summer Intensive from 8th-14th July  2024, available both in-studio at Danceworks and live-streamed online. Marianela and Alejandro will teach every class.

There will not be an audition process, and there is nothing comparable to this Intensive on offer, so early booking is recommended as in-studio numbers will be limited.

Dancers should be at an intermediate level. This intensive is not suitable for absolute beginners. It is suitable for all genders. The minimum age is 13 (under-16’s with parental permission).

There will be a progression including repertoire each day and classes will focus on superb technique and artistry. There will be many opportunities to meet with and learn from these extraordinary Ballet stars.

Online links will be emailed 30 minutes before the class starts.

We are honoured to welcome Marianela and Alejandro back to Danceworks for the third year for this intensive. They have danced and taught together, most recently in the past 4 years offering extraordinary Masterclasses to dancers of all levels exclusively at Danceworks.

Marianela Nuñez Biography

Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon. Many of her roles have been captured on DVD. She has created numerous roles in Infra, Carbon Life, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Aeternum, Asphodel Meadows, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Human Seasons, Tetractys, Acosta’s Carmen and Multiverse, among other works.  Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra. Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005, 2012, 2018 and 2022 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, Ballet Argentino de La Plata and Australian Ballet, and in galas around the world.

Alejandro Parente Biography

He has performed leading roles in several ballets throughout his career, including Giselle, La Bayadere in Natalia Makarova’s version, The NutcrackerLa Fille Mal GardeeSylvia by Frederick Ashton, Romeo and Juliet by Kenneth MacMillan, Onegin by John Cranko, RaymondaCoppeliaPaquitaLe CorsaireSleeping Beauty by Peter Wraight, Don Quixote. Roland Petit’s Notre Dame de ParisAdagietto and Petrushka by Oscar Araiz. He has also performed in Estaciones Porteñas and Ecos by Mauricio Wainrot and Carmen by Alberto Alonso. Additionally, he has performed in George Balanchine’s SerenadeSymphony in CWho Cares, and Apollo. During the summer seasons in Italy, he worked as a first dancer for the Verona Arena, performing in the work La Strada in the role of Zampanó, and in the tribute to Roland Petit, where Denis Ganio created Il Bambino di Vetro. He has also performed as Ali in Le Corsaire by Anna-Marie Holmes, Lescaut in Manon, and Orion in Ashton’s Sylvia. Furthermore, choreographer Natalia Horecna created the work Illusionary Walls for him. He has collaborated with Marianela Nuñez, principal dancer at The Royal Ballet, on several international tours and galas, performing in complete productions of GiselleOnegin, and The Merry Widow, as well as Nora for Julio Lopez. In 2011, he became a teacher at the Ballet Academy at the Vienna Opera and served as a repetiteur, creating works for the Jungen Ballet Company. He also worked as a ballet master at the Colon Ballet Theater Company and La Scala de Milan. As a guest ballet teacher, he has worked with The Royal Ballet, La Scala, Teatro Colon, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Nacional Sodre (Uruguay), Salzburgo Landtheater, Izbir State Theater (Turkey) and Volks oper Wien. He often offers ballet seminars worldwide. He is currently Guest Repetiteur for English National Ballet.

Please note that Danceworks accepts no liability for injuries or other issues arising from taking part in the Intensive whether in studio or online. All participants are responsible for ensuring they are injury free and for their own health and wellbeing.


Cancellations will only be accepted up to 7th June 2024 with no refunds thereafter.

There is a £20 administration fee for cancellations