Dance Workshops...Ballet Intensives...What's in it for my dancer??
What is a dance intensive?
It's an opportunity for a dancer to hone in on their skills and really improve their technique. Intensives can range in length anywhere from 1 week to 8 weeks. They can be hosted by your local studio or be a program offered by top ballet schools like Joffrey or American Ballet Theater that require a successful audition to join. Dance intensive programs, regardless of the location, are typically extended hours, longer than that of a regular dance class. Lasting anywhere from 2.5 hours to 8 hours per day, depending upon the dancer's age, ability, and dedication level, students focus the majority of their day to enhancing their performance. Most programs include a daily ballet technique class, a choreography class learning either classical or original choreography, classes of various genres including jazz, lyrical, modern, and character, and enhancement classes such as yoga or pilates.
Why should my dancer enroll in an intensive program?
The repetitive nature of having focused classes daily, creates a great opportunity for muscle memory, teaching the dancer's body how to retain corrections that positively impact their technique. It also provides a unique venue to educate dancers on lessons outside the four walls, mirrors, and barres of a dance studio by allowing students to watch, discuss, and analyze other dance performances...which is a very impactful instructional tactic that isn't presented during regular dance classes.
It says 'Intensive'...I want them to have FUN!
The word 'intensive' refers to the focus that dancers will use during the concise and consolidated time for the program. However, there is still a lot of FUN that goes on! Learning new choreography...different styles of choreography like classical ballet, contemporary ballet, Fosse jazz dance, Broadway jazz...is always a great opportunity for dancers to show off their performance skills. Working together with other dancers teaches them how to perform together and partner while developing close friendships and relationships. Trying their own 'feet' at creating their own choreography using steps they know gives a great creative outlet! Laughs, smiles, and FUN are part of every 'intensive'!
My dancer doesn't want to be a prima ballerina...should they still join?
YES! Dance intensive programs aren't just for dancers who hope to be the next soloist with ABT! Intensive programs teach children the importance of dedication to a goal, are great for fitness and health, helps with maintaining attention for longer periods of time, encourages memory retention throughout the day and day to day, helps dancers learn to implement and retain feedback, and builds teamwork.
Use the summertime to the benefit of your dancer...and let them have a little 'Intense Fun!'