By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 03, 2020 at 11:01 AM

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."

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.