What I Wish I Knew About Getting Rejected from Summer Intensives

I’ve never been much of a crier, but there was one part of my life that pretty consistently involved tears: summer intensive audition season. Rejection is never pleasant. But rejections from summer programs can feel particularly gut-wrenching. In a classic case of catastrophizing, I remember always thinking, If I can’t even get into this summer […]

Every Day is a Performance at The School at Jacob's Pillow

Since she was little, Hannah Kravec, 16, had been watching videos of dancers she revered perform on the Inside/Out stage, a serene venue overlooking the Berkshire mountains on the campus of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Suddenly last summer, she was dancing on it herself as a student in the school’s tap program. “It was […]

The Summer That Shaped Me: 5 Dancers Share Their Intensive Stories

While some dancers return year after year to the same beloved summer intensive, others travel the globe seeking novel ways of moving. Aspiring dancers can find myriad possibilities for their summer months, and with so many choices, such varied costs and so much competition, summer study can be tough to navigate. Dance Magazine asked five […]

What To Do When You Hate Your Summer Intensive

You’ve spent all spring preparing for this. You killed it in the audition, obsessed over the packing list, connected with your roommate on social media, and taken so many extra pointe classes that your Band-Aids need Band-Aids. Bring on the summer intensive! A summer spent studying with a well-known company or prestigious academy can be […]

What It's Like To Attend the Rockettes' Summer Intensive

On a humid summer day in midtown Manhattan, construction goes on outside the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Inside, another type of building goes on: In separate basement studios, two groups of 40 dancers focus their attention on their instructors. It’s the Rockettes’ summer intensive, a rare chance for students to work with professional […]

Audition Advice from Three Top Summer Intensive Directors

For many students, attending a summer intensive can offer the chance of a lifetime to focus exclusively on dance and experience the rigorous lifestyle of a pre-professional dancer. But with so many options and increasing competition, auditions can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, we gathered insider tips from three top summer program directors. Tammy Cheney, Alonzo King […]

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