The Irvine Barclay Theatre's contemporary dance series whirls on with "Southland Ballet Academy: Summer Ballet Intensive Performance" and "Festival Ballet Theatre: Gala of the Stars."
Summer Ballet Intensive features final performances from Southland Ballet Academy's three-week program, which began 20 years ago, Southland Ballet owner Salwa Rizkalla said.
In late July, more than 90 students from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and the United States began rehearsals at Southland Ballet's studios in Fountain Valley.
Prior to rehearsals, a local audition or YouTube screening helped place students into four levels — junior, intermediate, advanced or professional — based on their age and ability.
"You have to be at a good level of ballet technique because if you are not, you are not going to enjoy it," Rizkalla said. "It's not really for beginners, but serious students that aspire to be professional."