Adult summer intensives / workshops / good classes in Europe?
Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:26 AM
I'm 30 years old and I'm at intermediate level at ballet. I will get to spend a month in Europe next summer in a city of my choice - I'm so excited about it and would like to choose a place where I can connect my stay with ballet.
Any ideas which city / which program would be the best?
Many summer intensives draw the line around 26 - do you think they check the birth certificate? It seems such a pity that suddenly my choices are so limited. I'd also be interested in just a good ballet school that is not closed for the summer....
I love London and it's on top of my list. I speak French and Italian so those countries would be great, too. Copenhague? I love the Royal Danish Ballet but I don't know if they have open classes. Amsterdam? Someplace with good public transportation would be great.
Thank you in advance for any ideas!!
Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:54 PM
Don't be put off by the website. I've only heard good things about this school and know someone who went there, and went on to good things. You can create your own timetable and there's classes for all ages and abilities. I lived in the Hague myself and I can tell you that it's a lovely, leafy city. Everyone speaks English and public transport is excellent. Buy a cheap bike, and it's even easier to get around (cycle paths everywhere).
Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:32 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:26 AM
Personally speaking, I like DanceWorks: http://www.danceworks.net/classes
You'll also find information about Pineapple (but for me, it offers less variety in ballet than I like), but it is the iconic London studio:
The Place offers vacation weeks like intensives. Their ballet is good, although bear in mind it's primarily a contemporary dance studio -- their contemporary work is wonderful!!! Gorgeous studios, too.
Central School also offers intensives, but you'd need to check the age levels.
I think that to join a regular, "youth" intensive, the questions would be about your technical level and stamina. I think you'd need to discuss those with the studio concerned, if possible.
Most of the London studios have been reviewed or commented upon in here somewhere; try out our search software to find what other adult students have said.
Have a wonderful time -- what fun, planning.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:56 AM
I'm thinking about being there this year. I'm unsure if they have an age limit, but honestly, it shouldn't be a problem since it's a small and comfortable intensives (not a huge group of hundreds like ABT or anything). I believe that the director of the intensive will be fine with us older adults attending, really. I can inquire more into it if you're interested.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:15 PM
Sapphire - thanks so much for all the links. London is still on the top of my list!! I loved Central just by looking at it but I think they only take 12-16 yr olds :/. The other schools look like vibrant places for a hang out - yet I'm still wondering if there's anything more old school around?
I 'm risking sounding idealistic, but are there still any old ballerinas around?
In New York I love to take Pat Hayes Dokoudovsky's classes.. She's such a character and her adagios are breathtaking...
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:04 AM
Then you have the Royal Academy of Dance, also a very nice school. They do a summer course but it is a very short one, I believe it is just a few days.
Central school might not have an adult summer intensive but their open classes are normally very good.
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You might check out www.danzainrete.it At the top there is a link "eventi" and then on the left hand side you will find another link "stage". You might check there for summer courses (just now there is nothing online because they will put the days online in spring).