There’s something uniquely crushing about summer intensive rejection. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first time many students have ever experienced this kind of rebuff. Or perhaps it’s simply hard to not think, If I can’t even get into the summer program, how am I ever going to be good enough to make it in dance?
Summer intensive auditions can turn dancers into a bundle of nerves. With so many decisions to make each step of the way, you might end up second-guessing every choice. Will breaking out four pirouettes, when the audition proctor only asked for a double, be well received, or will it be seen as disrespectful?
I was at the end of a trainee stint with no second company or apprenticeship offer for the next season. I knew I needed to go…somewhere. Then, at an open cattle call audition for a different company, I wasn’t offered the contract I was hoping for, but, along with a small group of other dancers, […]
Are online-only intensives are a relic of the past? Not necessarily. Here are some things to consider as you make your summer plans this year.
When the entire world seemingly shut down in early 2020, dance schools were thrown into a precarious limbo. Many summer intensive acceptance letters had already been sent out while programs faced the question: Could they still hold their sessions during a pandemic? If so, how to safely? Program directors landed on many creative solutions. And […]
For many young dancers, attending a summer intensive is their first major training experience outside of their local dance studio. Whether it’s a classical ballet program or a weeks-long workshop with a renowned modern dance company, a summer intensive can kick off the transition from student to professional. But how can you make the most […]
Many high school students figure out where they might like to attend college by visiting campuses. But for dancers, there’s often an even better research opportunity that involves top-notch training, networking opportunities and a chance to perform: the college program summer intensive. University dance departments around the country offer summer intensives for high school students, […]
No question, the novel coronavirus has turned ballet training upside down. But if you think you can’t have a great summer intensive this year, think again. Over the past few months, ballet schools have learned how to deliver classes and workshops online, and some have created online and hybrid summer programs that offer unique learning […]