One thing I tell my dance students is “Don’t stop dance training just because school is out!” Summer dance training is pivotal in a young dancer’s career. Don’t take those summer months off. Get in class, stay in class. A dancer’s life should never be off. For most programs, summer is where dancers will move on to the next level. It is also a good time to train with other companies.
TIP: If you are trying to decide on a school, enroll in their summer intensive program. If you are interested in getting hired by a company take their classes.
Some large companies like The Ailey School and Joffrey Ballet will travel around the country holding auditions to their summer intensive training. Small companies offer programs as well in your geographical area.
Don’t confuse Summer Intensive with Summer Camp.
In intensives, dancers will focus on specific dance techniques rigorously.
Intensives tend to cost substantially more than camps. Dancer’s and their parents, who are serious about their training understand this cost and are prepared for it. I find that parents who are new to the game think that these are too expensive. I hear it all of the time as a dance momager and studio owner. I suggest saving throughout the year and/or asking about payment plans. Some schools offer a payment arrangement.
In most top summer dance intensives, an audition is required; By May, most of those audition have occurred. Look into local studios for intensives as well. They are looking for new students and a lot of them have really great curriculums and classes. Some offer scholarships as well.
A Dance Camp may be focused around a theme. They may also include arts and crafts, field trips and other performing arts. Camps serve early childhood dancers up to tens and novice dancers. Camps are great for discovering other types of dance styles. Some last all summer long. Some are only for a few weeks and times can vary from morning to noon, all day, or evening.
Summer is a transition time for our youth. As a dance mom, I try to use that time planning the next 6 months. My daughters take classes at other studios to learn from other teachers during the summer months. They also have auditioned for summer programs that come to our city. I belong to a network of some great studios around the country. Here are a few, including mine with great summer programming.
Reigning Victory Dance Academy’s Summer Intensive Training is two weeks of very rigorous training for serious dancers ages 7-17. This rigorous program prepares beginning through intermediate aspirants for the dance environment of today.
The Pre-Academy Summer Workshop provide the perfect opportunity to learn from the best. No experience is required for workshop classes. Workshops will focus on Ballet, Jazz, and Modern techniques. Ages 5-7
Each camp has been designed with your child in mind. Summertime is the best time to activate your child’s creativity and imagination. What better way to do that than dance!! We use dance as a tool to teach children about health and fitness, African American heritage, and develop their dreams.
A technique driven performing arts studio in the heart of Raleigh, NC. We provide students of all skill levels a fun and positive atmosphere to learn and express the art of standing out through the performing arts.
Felecia Thomas is the momager of three dancers. Felecia also owns Reigning Victory Dance Studio in Fayetteville, GA where she is the Artistic Director of the Dance Academy.
For more information visit www.reigningvictory.com
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