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Adult Ballet [Summer] Intensives, 2015

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We have a long running Adult summer intensive thread, pinned. Loads of useful information. But it started years ago!

 

So I've started this shiny new thread, and hope people will post up details of Intensives (Summer, Winter, Spring) as well as reviews of intensives they've attended.

 

With reviews, we all appreciate hearing about:

* detail of classes, curriculum covered

* what you learnt

* direct personal experience and opinion of the intensive you attended

* performance opportunities

* pointe work taken

* partnering opportunities & learning

* constructive comments on what worked, and what didn't

* Respecting each other's experiences and opinions

 

I know I'm not the only one to get nervous about levels of experience, so that's something that we like to hear about, as well as just -- well, everything!

 

Something about what you did in preparation for the Intensive might help others, and also about the non-ballet bits (social life, accommodation & so on).

 

So opening up for 2015: tell us your summer plans, the intensive near you, the 'hidden gems' you know about, that others may not have heard of.

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Redbookish

And here's the first announcement of a NEW Adult summer intensive in Toronto, Canada, Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26, 2015:

 

http://danceteq.com/summer-dance-camp/

 

Here's a summary:

 

Dance Teq is excited to present its first ever Adult Summer Dance Camp! Our goal is to create a fun and friendly environment where dancers can improve and try new things, and we have enlisted a group of exceptionally talented instructors with experience teaching serious yet recreational adult dancers to bring that vision to life. So that every student can receive personalized feedback, enrolment will be limited to 20 people.

 

 

It looks wonderful -- lucky Torontonians (is that the right word?)

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arciedee

Boston Ballet School offers an Adult Summer Dance Program. This year the dates are August 3rd - 14th, weekday evenings, 6:30-9:00pm with an optional add-on from 5:30-6:30.

 

I took it last summer. The enrichment session from 5:30-6:30 alternated between Pilates and modern -- the beginner and elementary levels were combined in one class and the intermediate and advanced dancers were combined in the other. I'd say maybe a third of participants took the enrichment session (there is an additional cost for this). Ballet technique was from 6:30-8:00 with each level in its own class. Afterwards we would typically have a repertory or variations class (the intermediate and advanced levels were combined for this, but the beginner and elementary levels each got their own). I think they intended to use some of this time for more "workshop" type classes focusing on jumps or turns or whatever, but that didn't really happen. They also sprinkled in some talks during the two weeks: one was a current teacher who was one of the original Boston Ballet dancers, another was current dancers, and a third was the company physical therapist. There was also an option for a few participants to go into the Boston studio on a weekday to watch company class (unfortunately this was limited to 20 people and I had to work anyway). There was no pointe or partnering included; there was a partnering element to the variation we learned, but that was it. The ratio of men to women, especially at the intermediate level and advanced level, was about 2:48, so it would have been hard to make that work anyway.

 

Most of the teachers are on faculty at Boston Ballet School and I was impressed with the amount of attention they gave to everyone. I left the program feeling like I had gained a ton of strength and a lot of tips for how to improve different elements, both technical and artistic. There were (sadly) no miracles, but it was great to be in an environment where adults were taken seriously. We did have an opportunity on the last day to invite friends and family to come and watch us perform the repertory pieces we'd learned. They insisted that it wasn't a "performance" but for a lot of the adults there it was a rare opportunity they had to show off "this ballet thing" for their loved ones, so that was nice.

 

The program was great for me since I work in Boston and it allowed me to do an intensive without having to take any time off from work. I'm not sure if it's intense enough to warrant coming in from out of town for the program, especially since it spans two weeks, but I'm sure you could make a vacation out of it if you really wanted to. It is at their Newton studio which is more suburban. I rarely drive into work (I live about 50 miles outside the city), but ended up driving in during the program because it was too difficult to get to and from the studio using the T (our public transit system) and was much easier to have a car, so that's a consideration, as well. I thought it was great that they offered so many different levels, from absolute beginner to experienced. I took the intermediate simply because the description for the advanced class made it sound scary, but there ultimately wasn't much difference between the two. They ask you to select a level when you register, but you can switch once you get there if you find the level you chose not quite right, so no worries there, and within each level I'd say there was a fairly wide range of abilities.

 

Overall a good program, hoping to be able to do it again this summer, just waiting to hear whether my home studio/company is doing a summer ballet before I commit.

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Redbookish

And here's another announcement of an Adult Summer Intensive in Winnipeg, kindly forwarded to me by one of our Teen Dancers -- Thanks, ascballerina!

 

http://rwb.org/school/recreational-division/programs-rec/adult-summer-dance

 

There must be something in the water up there in Canada ... two major intensives for Adult Dancers.

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Redbookish

And thanks, arciedee for a really detailed & informative account of the Boston Ballet Adult Intensive.

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gav

here must be something in the water up there in Canada ... two major intensives for Adult Dancers.

 

Well, there is a lot of water up here! :wink:

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candice

 

And here's the first announcement of a NEW Adult summer intensive in Toronto, Canada, Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26, 2015:

 

http://danceteq.com/summer-dance-camp/

 

Here's a summary:

 

 

Dance Teq is excited to present its first ever Adult Summer Dance Camp! Our goal is to create a fun and friendly environment where dancers can improve and try new things, and we have enlisted a group of exceptionally talented instructors with experience teaching serious yet recreational adult dancers to bring that vision to life. So that every student can receive personalized feedback, enrolment will be limited to 20 people.

 

It looks wonderful -- lucky Torontonians (is that the right word?)

Yes, Torontonian is the right word :)

 

I was so excited when they announced the summer dance camp because it's in my city. Unfortunately the program's geared for those at an intermediate level or above (I'm not quite there yet).

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gav

Dance Teq is now running two camps in Toronto this summer: one beginner-elementary, and one intermediate. They're in different weeks.

 

There's more info here: http://danceteq.com/summer-intensives/

 

(also posting here because I couldn't distinguish the purposes of the two threads)

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Chasse Away

This is an old thread, but I just competed at winter dance intensive at the National Ballet of Canada (instudioNBC is the subsection that runs the classes) and I figured I'd share it.

It was a 4 day intensive with 3.25 hours of class Thursday and Friday evening and maybe 5.5 hours of class on Saturday and Sunday. I did the advanced level but they have a beginner and elementary/intermediate level as well.  They don't provide accommodation or any sort of non-dance-class itinerary, but most of the people I spoke with were not from Toronto and did not regularly attend instudioNBC classes, i.e. they made the trip for the intensive or were already in Toronto for the holidays.

We started the day with conditioning/pilates, it was thankfully very chill as to not wear us out before the intensive began. Then we had ballet class, which was a very American style type class with lots of tendus, shorter exercises that we do 2 - 4 times repeated, etc. There was accompaniment for the first portion of the class (on the longer days the jumps and turns a portion of the class was offered after lunch and the pianist was not around for this part). The teachers, it seems, were just hired for the intensive and do not regularly teach at NBC. I would say the level was comparable to other 'advanced' level classes I've taken in Toronto. There was no pointe class offered. I enjoyed the class but it wasn't amazing, although I do find I always prefer Vaganova classes, I always feel significantly more warmed up. But I am not going to find a 4 day Vaganova workshop just after New Years with a pianist so I am happy with the class the way it was none the less. 

Then we did repertoire, which I am sad to say disappointed me. We worked on Waltz of the Snowflakes, which was a weird choice in my opinion for a few reasons. The first is that Nutcracker Season just finished, so any dancer who just finished their local production is probably sick of snow. The second reason is that she gave us all spacing for the corps, which is weird because dancers could also drop into the intensive classes, and some dancers dropped down a level after the first day, so our spacing was never correct. It just seems strange to block and space such a complicated piece in a repertoire class when the time could be better spent learning choreography because there was no performance anyways and the people in the class were always changing. The third reason it was strange is that this teacher privately coaches a student and gave that student the soloist role, and had everyone else dance in the corps around her, which I thought was a little rude especially because the corps choreo was not what I would consider 'advanced' at all, it was a lot of sitting and standing and doing 'snow' fingers. Anyways I think this reflects more on the teacher then it does on the intensive, but it was definitely annoying to me because I thought I was signing up for a more traditional repertoire class.

So overall I enjoyed this intensive, I would recommend it if you enjoy more American style classes. I probably won't go back unless I can confirm what kind of repertoire we will be doing, repertoire is my favorite part of dance and I was disappointed this week, I wanted to finally do some choreo that was full of expression and instead I got spirit fingers in the background. But otherwise, I think it is a good opportunity, worth the travel if you are near Toronto, but don't fly in from anywhere.

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