Kate B Posted August 21, 2006 Report Share Posted August 21, 2006 Hi there, I've just done a search for summer intensives as I'm thinking about next year already... And I was thinking, perhaps we need to update what we've got in terms of information, since quite a few of us have been going on intensives all over the US and Europe (sorry if you're not in the US or Europe and I've missed you out!) Basically, I thought it would be quite nice if we could write up the ones we've been to all in one single thread so that there's lots of information for adult-specific dance intensives. Also, ideally, I'd like to go to the Martha Graham Center next year, but a year ago I gave up flying for environmental reasons, so I was looking for alternatives in Europe. You can get most places by train or boat in less than 24 hours, while the boat to New York takes 6 days and I don't get that much time off work! I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good intensive that has contemporary as well as ballet. The problem is, I am not very advanced, so when I've been looking at various European intensives they tend to say you need to be pro or pre-pro and I am so never going to be that good...! And here's my intensive review - it's for The Place in London, where I've been going for a few years now. This summer I took Graham Technique with Nya Bowman of the Martha Graham Center and Contemporary with Francesca McCarthy. I had such a good time and learnt a great deal. I have posted some stuff about it on The Winger. The Place intensives are good because there are always 2 ballet classes a day for 3 weeks, plus contemporary every day in four levels and many different styles are taught. Each class costs about £50 for a week, so if you do two classes a day for 2 weeks it costs about £200. Besides classes there are film showings and live performances from the various workshops, including that of the Richard Alston workshop, which is really interesting. There's also massage available, which really helped! Every time I've taken an intensive here I've noticed how my technique has improved and how strong I get in a relatively short space of time. The teachers are all excellent and they get some great people in from companies and schools around the world. I hope other people think that doing a thread like this is a good idea - I hope to hear about your experiences soon! Quote Link to comment
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