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NYC Dance Week = Free Classes

Today marks the start of NYC Dance Week, a 10-day event of free and discounted dance, somatics and fitness classes at studios citywide (including the outer boroughs). Mark Morris Dance Center is this year’s partner studio, although other participating studios include The Ailey Extension, Power Pilates, Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Academy East and Dancewave. (The list of is lengthy—check it out here for free and discounted classes). Registration is needed for Dance Week Passes, which can be printed out and brought to the studios, and some classes require an RSVP.

In addition, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is hosting two informative events: an Injury Prevention Seminar at Peridance Capezio Center today at 2:30, and a Health and Wellness Q&A Session on June 23 at Gibney Dance Center. Attendees can also sign up for free injury prevention assessments during the festival. And don’t miss NYC10 at Dixon Place on June 25, where 10 emerging companies have 10 minutes to showcase new works.

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Dance Training
Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Alexandra Wells can always tell when a dancer hasn't read her summer intensive information packet. Sometimes, says Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's director of artist training, there's a quick fix for the lack of preparation. "You can go and buy a long-sleeve shirt after you burn your shoulder really badly in that first floorwork class," she says. But not bringing enough of your special-order pointe shoes? "That's really dire."

Between reading the fine print, shopping for necessities and ramping up physically, getting ready for a summer intensive takes more than just dancing a lot. We broke down a step-by-step timeline:

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Advice for Dancers
Photo by Ali Müftüoğulları, Courtesy Unsplash

Whenever I'm cast in a solo role, I'm consumed with thoughts of everything that could go wrong. Please help.

—Isabella, Philadelphia, PA

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