Ballet Intensive
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Join us June 7-9 for our 2018 Summer Ballet Intensive. Led by Geralyn Garner, our ballet mentor for the 2018-2019 season, this three-day intensive in June is open to both new and current students. It’ll be an amazing experience for any dancer looking to refine technique, further development, and kickstart summer dance training. Open to any dancer with 2 or more years of ballet training.

Dancers will receive instruction on:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Variations
  • Ballet History
  • Terminology
  • Theraband Exercises
  • Conditioning
  • Pre-Pointe

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Ages 12+Thursday, June 7

Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9
Ages 8-11Thursday, June 7

Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Meet the Mentor: Geralyn Garner

Geralyn Del Corso Garner (learn more) began studying dance at the age of three and received honors in all her exams taught under The London Royal Academy of Dance. At age 12, Geralyn attended The School of American Ballet in NYC on full scholarship. She studied with several world renowned teachers, including; Madame Danilova, Madame Tumkovsky, Suki Schorer, and Stanley Williams, all of whom were hand picked by Mr. George Balanchine. While attending SAB, Geralyn attended summer intensives at The Houston Ballet Academy and The Joffrey Ballet School.

In her youth, Geralyn participated in the SAB annual workshops dancing roles in Western Symphony, Serenade and more, and was chosen for featured roles with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Berlin Opera Ballet, and The Royal Danish Ballet. She was hand picked by Mikhail Baryshnikov for a televised performance of ABT’s production of, The Sleeping Beauty. Upon leaving SAB, Geralyn continued her training with such notables as; David Howard, Robert Denvers, Maggie Black, Kim Abel and Gelsey Kirkland.

At age 17, Geralyn studied on full scholarship and stipend with The Houston Ballet Academy and at age 19, returned to NYC to audition for The Eliot Feld Ballet, a contemporary ballet company.

She was accepted as a principal dancer and eventually was added to the position of Ballet Mistress. In 1993, Geralyn auditioned for Broadway and quickly landed her first principal role as (Francoise) in The Red Shoes, with directors Susan Schulman and Stanley Donan and choreographer Lar Lubovitch.

Geralyn’s students have been accepted and attended professional dance programs. Namely, but not limited to; SAB, ABT, PNB, HB, The Joffrey, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street Dance, Alonzo King’s Lines, Juilliard, Cedar Lake, Complexions and Netherlands Dance Theater. Her students have competed at Youth America Grand Prix in Dallas from 2013 to present, garnering spots in the Top 12, in both Classical and Contemporary Divisions each year. Geralyn’s ensemble choreography has also been invited to compete at the NYC Finals. Recently, Geralyn served as Artistic/Executive Director at Int’l Conservatory of Performing Arts for three years before venturing out on her own to form her own pre-professional repertory company, GDCdance Co.

Jamey and Geralyn Garner made their way back to Music City in Nashville, TN this past summer of 2017 where she intends to continue sharing her vision and vast experience as a master teacher, choreographer and performance coach, in hopes of guiding talented children of today into our future stars of tomorrow!

What You Can Expect

ROOTS is a fun, engaging and safe place for students of all ages to learn the art of dance. We are a performing arts academy that’s designed to teach with excellence and committed to empowering our students to do their best.

The ROOTS Philosophy

ROOTS was created to give students of all ages a chance to explore what’s possible in the world of performing arts. Whether it’s music lessons, dance classes or summer camps, we build all of our programs around the same three foundations:

1. Creativity

We believe every student possesses a unique gift of creativity. Our mentors tailor each experience to help students to foster, uncover and explore their creative and problem-solving potential.

2. Discipline

Journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. At ROOTS, we are committed to instilling discipline in our students to achieve their highest potential.

3. Performance

We are committed to teaching our students to perform at their best. Whether that’s in a recital, concert or a performance event, our students will be coached on self-awareness, presentation and audience engagement.

This is our philosophy and our promise to you.


Don’t take our word for it…


“I LOVE Roots! I haven’t even been dancing here for that long, but so far I have had one of the best experiences of my life. The teachers are caring and loving. All of the students are like a family to me. I love how I can dance in a safe…place without being judged…” Annabelle Mae, ROOTS Dancer


“We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Roots! We love that our daughter is doing what she loves in a Christian environment. The teachers are amazing and incredibly encouraging. We’ve been to different studios and hands down this one is the most organized, responsive and has the most wonderful instructors/mentors.”
Christina Brown, ROOTS Dance Parent


“My daughter has participated in dance (class + camp) in the past and is now going on a year of violin lessons at Roots. We have loved our experience there. The atmosphere is so fun and inspirational. The teachers and staff are positive, encouraging and helpful.” – Jessica Wolstenholm, ROOTS Parent



The ROOTS camp staff includes a dedicated group of vetted and experienced teachers. Most are year-round ROOTS mentors, but some have been hired specifically for their camp because of their expertise in the summer camp topic.

All lessons, classes, and camps are lead by instructors that we purposely call “mentors.”

We take the responsibility of training the next generation seriously.

Each mentor is trained and empowered to develop the student’s gifts and talents, but also to build trusted and reliable connections. We believe that if the students trust the environment and mentor, they will thrive and grow faster.

Registration, Withdrawal, & Reimbursement Policy:

  • Payment for camp is due in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to camp, will receive a refund for the cost of the camp minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made within 30 days of a camp’s start date are only eligible for a refund of 50% of the camp cost.
  • All reimbursements, minus the processing/cancellation fee, will be refunded in the form payment was initially received.
  • ROOTS reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. Any and all decisions to cancel a camp will be made no less than 2 weeks prior to the camp’s start date and a full refund will be issued. 

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