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I have made a sticky post about the most popular Adult Summer Intensives available.

It contains information taken from previous posts that can be found on this board.


There have been numerous posts and there are even great online photo albums of what its like. So its best if you use the Search option to find more detailed/personal information relating to these summer schools.


So thanks to Ed (2 Left feet), BarreTalk, PrinceRob, Psavola, Jaana Haino, Dancerwannabe (for the update :(, Attitudegirl, Veronica, Rebornbyballet, AJG and manymore of you who have contributed over the years?sorry if I left someone out.

If you want to contribute some more info whether it be pertinent to the intensives discussed in this post or to ask me to add another

to this list (or if I?ve left off your name), please PM me.


This post is for information purposes only and is not a recommendation for one program or another.


There are 3 courses discussed in this post:

Richmond Adult Intensive,

Sammatti-Finish Intensive and

Jilianas Technique for Taos.


Richmond Adult Summer Intensive.


Where is it? Richmond Ballet, Richmond, VA


Who can I contact for more Info?


or write to

Adult Dance Camps

3218 Seminary Ave.

Richmond, VA 23227

Better still, visit the following website and it will give you all the information you could ever need.

Richmond Adult Dance Camp website


Or read Ed's (2 left feet) article in the Dec/Jan (2002/2003) Pointe Magazine Issue.


What is it? This is an excellent intensive program for adults at all levels. The program was expanded for 2002- with 2 separate weeks for ballet and 1 week modern dance intensive was added.


Do I have to audition? No audition is required for the program at Richmond. You do have to register though.


What does it cost? Tuition is $560 for the week, including lunch mon-Saturday,a catered dinner SUnday evening prior to the intensive and drinks throughout the day.


Whats the best way to fly there? You can fly into Richmond, but you may have to make connecting flights to get there. Several airlines service the city. Southwest and United for example.


Where do you stay? There is a hotel right next door, Crowne Plaza, which is about $72.00 a night +12.5% tax (2003 prices), but they can fix you up to share rooms with people if you want.


Do they have parking? Richmond ballet has a parking structure, and is about $7 a day.


How many hours of dance do you do during the day? You do what you can. They have a room set aside so people can rest between classes, watch videos, etc. Wednesday will be a shortened day.


Is there a show at the end? There will be a performace at Grace St Theater.


How many people do they enroll? They have a limited number of spaces available for both sessions of ballet and they may have enrollment caps this year as well, but the number in 2002 year was ~47 people, normally less for the August session.


Will I improve during just one week? ?You bet! I was doing things by the end of the week I thought it would take me years to master. Some of it I've lost as I can't take 8 hours of classes a day, but you do learn so much. ?


Do they have lectures? Yes, on heath and body care for the "mature" dancer, and various others on ballet related subjects.


Where can I find out more? If you search on this board using the keyword Richmond, or you can search under username such as 2 left feet, BarreTalk, PrinceRob and various others.


Also, 2 left feet did an excellent write up about this program in 2001. Go to www.criticaldance.com.


For direct links to thread on this board:


For Things to bring by BarreTalk



For a picture of the place



For Richmond teachers



For wonderful photos of ballet alert members at Richmond http://www.balletalert.com/forum/showthrea...hlight=Richmond


More photos







For August session at Richmond from dancerwannabe.





Richmond Dance camp photos (PrinceRob)



Info on character shoes



More2 left feet







Sammatti Dance Camp-Finland (from users Psavola and Jaana Haino)


Where is it held? Sammatti is 75 kilometers from Finnish capital, Helsinki. Both links below are in Finnish.

School: http://www.helsingintanssiopisto.fi/

Flyer: http://www.helsingintanssiopisto.fi/kesa20...irit/index.html


Info: My dance school is arranging a dance camp in Sammatti, Finland - and the very brief description in the flyer sounds very much like the summer intensives I've heard of on this board. The camp is targeted to adult dancers and those older teens who do not have interest to pursue a professional career.


How long is it for? The camp is one week long, the dates are 28.7. - 4.8. The fee, 275 euros, covers 6 hours of teaching per day, a bed in a 2-person room and 3 meals.


Curriculum: The teaching curriculum contains classical ballet technique and repertoire, irish dance and stretching. The camp has two separate skill levels: The first is Beginner II & Advanced I, the second Advanced II & III. There is also an end performance.


The camp has been arranged two times before, but I do not know anybody who has been there on the previous years.


Lodging and food are apparently at a live-in school, which means there will be washing machines and kitchens available.


The dance lessons are at two other locations, 80 and 800 meters from the lodgings respectively.


The teachers are Jane Spackman (classical ballet and repertoire) Ann-Sofi Kyrklund (irish dance) and Susanna Calcagano (stretching) Jane Spackman teaches in english. Her style is most strongly influenced by RAD, but she does not teach the syllabus.


The curriculum isn't completely decided yet, but at least 3 hours will be ballet, 1-1,5 irish dance (no previous experience necessary) and 1-1,5 stretching. There will be also be some number of additional rehearsal hours for the end performance.


The students will have a meeting sometime in June when camp practical arrangements will be made more clear and the performance costumes fit checked.


The meals are a breakfast, a light lunch and a dinner.


There will be a reception party, a possibility for swimming and sauna at the local lake and a tour of Sammatti in addition to the end performance, which will feature (in addition to the camp students) dancers from the "vocational" track of the school and from the Finnish National Ballet. The camp spirit has reportedly been excellent in the previous years.


The place reservation is finalized (must be made, and you're committed to pay) on 25th May. The camp will be arranged if at least 30 students enroll. (I understand this hasn't been a problem in the previous years; I do not know if filling up too

fast has been)


The schools reservation desk number is +358 9 681 2120,

and the person who is especially knowledgeable about the

camp arrangements is Anita Remitz (+358 50 336 2208) (You cannot enroll to her, though)








Technique in Taos-at Jiliana school (from users Veronica and Rebornbyballet)

Go to: http://www.techniqueintaos.com/


Jillana 's school Tecnique in Taos" is run by Jillana for teachers and adults July 28-August 11. You can take it for 1 or 2 weeks.

Be aware that this program is run in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, at a very high altitude--if you want to go, make sure that your body can handle it! Nothing worse than altitude sickness and not being able to function when you plunk down that amount of money.






Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at "Le Domaine Forget"


This information has been kindly provided by our balletalerter Dick...


The summer dance session is given by Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at "Le Domaine Forget" which is a international music and dance academy. It is located north of Quebec City, above the St-Laurent river in a beautifull setting which is an old "Seigneurie".


I cannot comment on the dance session because I have never attended it nor heard of anybody who did, but I took several summer intensive music sessions with them and have always enjoyed it.


So here is the URL:




They have an English version of their site. And make sure you don't miss their photo album, even if it's marked "Under construction".

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The new dates are up for this summer's Adult Dance Camps at www.sunkingdance.com


but the application still has the 2008 dates and info on it.


I'm already so excited!!


Edited bit: Hmm....seems the site's just reverted BACK to last year's dates. I guess they're playing around with it at the moment. It was so weird. It had all four 2009 weeks on it only a few moments ago!

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I would like to recommend the Adult Summer Intensive at Maryland Youth Ballet, Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 19-21, 2009.


I took the intensive in 2007. There was a technique class in the morning. Then we were taught choreography. A new adagio ballet was taught to the group in 2007. A Broadway jazz piece to "There's no business like show business" was taught to the group. Variations were taught to men and women. Women learned Paquita. Men learned the variation of Colas from La fille mal gardee. We performed all the pieces at a studio showing for invited guests on the last day. The faculty accomodated the needs of the students. Some students had conflicts so they learned only one piece. A pregnant woman learned and performed only the adagio ballet without jumping.


The faculty were sensitive to the needs and limitations of adults.


It was strenuous. I enjoyed it a lot. I have registered to take the advanced intensive next month. This year there will be both beginner/intermediate and advanced groups. The beginner/intermediate group may participate in a Broadway jazz piece to be performed on the last day. The advanced group must perform the variation at the showing on the last day.


I encourage those who love ballet to take the intensive at Maryland Youth Ballet next month.

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David, can you provide a link to confirm your belief? I've looked at the Boston Ballet site, but the server times out when I try to use the "Adult Programs [sic]' link. We don't want inaccurate or incomplete or hearsay information on this Sticky.

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The Maple Conservatory in Irvine, CA just announced a new Adult Ballet Workshop for summer. Here are the details from their email newsletter:


Adult Ballet Workshop. Class will be led by guest faculty Kathy Kahn and will be held on Mons. at 6:30pm-8pm (technique) and Sats. at 11am-2pm (tech. & repertory) from July 6-August 15. The workshop will culminate in an in-studio showing on Aug. 15. Workshop fee is $275.


They list their contact info on their website for questions & signup:



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A question about summer intensives and age limits - I seem to be too old for most of the pre-pro-level summer intensives - I'm 26 now. I see that most of these adult SIs are only a week long; I'd be interested in looking at a more intense "intensive." Are there any SIs that admit 26-year-olds and are two weeks or longer?


ETA: I'm looking basically for the pre-pro SI "experience" - e.g., the Maple Conservatory workshop that only offers 1 technique class daily is less intense than I'd want.

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Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is great for anyone who wants to spend two weeks in Alaska for the summer! The schedule is full of classes, you can pick which ones you go to. A lot of kids in the program, but everyone, all ages, is welcome to all classes. 4 hours of ballet every morning, jazz, tap, modern, middle eastern, swing, ballroom, theater dance, balance yoga, the offerings are diverse and new things are added all the time.
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