2019 Summer Activities
Here is what we have planned for your dancers for summer. Summer is a great time to expand horizons – try something new (like a genre of dance you don’t usually study), learn crafts, stories, terminology, increase your strength and flexibility. It’s all low-key and fun while still keeping in touch with the dance world.
June 10-14 9:30-11:00am: Wizard of Oz dance camp for 3-6 year olds ($75)
June 10-14 11:00am – 2:00pm: Dance Camp for 7-9 year olds
Progressing Ballet Technique, Ballet, and Jazz/Contemporary are on tap for this age group. ($125)
June 17-21 10:00am – 2:00pm: Dance Camp for 10-12 year olds
(This would be current Ballet Three dancers and anyone from outside the studio with at least three years of dance experience.) Progressing Ballet Technique, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Pre-Pointe. Bring a lunch ($190) All summer classes have registration fees waived.
June 24-29 9:30am-5:00pm Intermediate/Advanced Intensive
Current performing company members or dancers from outside the studio at an intermediate to advanced ballet level. This week long intensive will include ballet, pointe, variations and partnering, jazz/contemporary, and repertoire, with a demonstration for family and friends on July 29. Special guest master teacher Clarence McDormon will instruct. (See his bio below.)
Clarence McDorman, Special Guest Instructor
Clarence McDorman is a ballet teaching artist, ballet master, and choreographer based out of Greenville, South Carolina, where he is Ballet Master for the International Ballet and on faculty with International Ballet Academy, teaching all levels of ballet technique, partnering, and male technique. He received his ballet training at the Ruth Page School in Chicago and danced professionally with Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Hawaii, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and in numerous musical theatre productions around the country. Clarence has served on teaching faculty with Ballet Academy of Texas, Birmingham Ballet Academy, Ballet Indiana, and Texas Christian University. Choreography includes the musical “Fairy Tales” off-Broadway, as well as works for International Ballet, Ballet Ensemble of Texas, and Arkansas Festival Ballet. He has been a guest teacher all around the U.S., notably for Interlochen Arts Academy and the ABT National Audition Tour. Students have been awarded full scholarships to the nation's leading ballet schools and won top awards at international ballet competitions. Several former students are now in the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre, with many others dancing professionally in regional ballet companies, musical theatre, and commercially. Clarence holds a Master’s degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University and American Ballet Theatre, and he has successfully presented students for ABT Affiliate Examinations.
Stay in shape classes for dancers, three days/weekly from July 1-26, 10:00am – 11:00am: Progressing Ballet Technique, Pilates, and Stretching will be included in these hour long classes. ($10/class or $24/week) Ages 7-11 or 12 and up.
Why Summer Dance Is Beneficial
After an action packed school year, we all feel overwhelmed. Long days, even longer weeks, and months that seem to drag on f o r e v e r r r. Then summer comes in like the breath of fresh air we've all been waiting for! It can be tempting to take the summer off from your dance training, but here are some reasons why training through the summer is a great option!
- Stay in shape!Dance requires a ton of muscles that we don't use as much in our daily lives. Dancers can easily lose a lot of their strength (especially in the feet & ankles)if they aren't keeping up with their classes in the summer, which could result in injury come fall!
- Flexibility is lost. Taking a couple days or even a couple weeks off won't set you back, but taking the summer off will definitely result in a significant loss of flexibility — especially if you're still growing! We work so hard for our flexibility...you don't want to lose it!
- Maintain technique.A lot of dance training relies on muscle memory! When you are in class all year working on certain skills, you are training your muscles so they can start to go on "autopilot" — allowing you to add on more difficult elements, like more challenging arms or more turn rotations! Without regular class, muscle memory can be lost and you might find yourself re-learning skills you had already mastered.
- Embrace the lack of distraction!Even though the summer is our shortest season, we often see the BIGGEST amount of growth in our students during the summer! This is because dancers have less distractions (school work, other activities, weekend rehearsals...) and are able to focus on their training in a totally stress-free manor. Camps in particular have proven to be incredible for huge growth in a super short period of time!
- Summer is the time we can spend more time doing extra things related to dance. For younger children, we love having themed camps so that the children can experience dance, movement, learn a story or ballet and do crafts related to the story. It’s a fun, relaxed time for them to experience different aspects of the arts that we don’t always have time for during the regular season. Slightly older students can learn about famous ballets, learn terminology and history, and variations or new choreography. Learning in longer time periods in consecutive days can help dancers progress and grow exponentially!
- Try something new!Summer is the perfect time to try out a new style of dance without the commitment of joining a full-year class. Some of our summer studies offer jazz and/or contemporary, and we’re offering partnering in the Intermediate/Advanced intensive.
We hope to see you in the studio this summer!! Check out our summer schedule, and invite a friend!