Stephens Summer Dance Intensive
Stephens Summer Dance Intensive (SSD) is an exciting opportunity for aspiring young dancers to study with international guest faculty in the Stephens College studios. Students will receive professional, individually focused training that prepares them for success in today’s diverse dance world. In addition, they will have the opportunity to perform in the Summer Dance Concert.
- Full Session: May 14-June 28
- Half Session: June 9-June 28
Open to high school and college students ages 16 and older
SSD prepares aspiring young dancers to meet the challenges of today’s diverse dance world. Students will study with international guest faculty, taking daily technique classes in classic and contemporary styles of dance in an intensive conservatory environment. The training students receive will stretch their talents and broaden their understanding of what it means to be a dancer. An emphasize is placed on technical growth and artistic performance. Entrance is by audition only. Guest and Resident Faculty will share their professional expertise through technique classes, individualized attention and rehearsals — providing students with an opportunity to experience the real world of dance in an educational setting. The culmination of the experience is the Summer Dance Concert in June, with a performance in the College’s Macklanburg Playhouse.
Entrance into SSD is by audition only, either in person or electronically. Students may audition by attending a class with our majors; or electronically by submitting a link to your audition video (consisting of ballet barre-work, modern or jazz center-work and/or a short video of a performance. No more than seven minutes total). If the performance video is a group piece, clearly indicate where you appear on the tape.
Classes and rehearsals are held on the Stephens College campus. Performances are held in the College’s 314-seat Macklanburg Playhouse. While on campus, Stephens Summer Dance students will live in an air-conditioned residence hall with laundry facilities and recreation lounges with cable. Local students may request to live off campus by contacting Carol Estey at (573) 876-7211 or [email protected].
Stephens Summer Dance students eat in the Stamper Commons dining hall, which is located in the center of campus. Included in the program are three meals per day (Monday–Friday) and two meals per day on weekend.
Summer Dance Faculty
Carol Estey – SSDI Director: Coordinator of Stephens College Dance Program. Carol has performed in eight Broadway shows, directs and choreographs, and was a founder and co-artistic director of Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House.
2014 faculty will be announced in the spring.