VCU Dance encourages students to continue dancing in the summer. Many current and past students have benefited immensely from summer performance and choreographic opportunities, improved their technique, auditioned for companies, earned VCU Dance course credits and expanded the professional network of contacts by attending international and national dance festivals, schools and programs some of which are listed below:
Accademia dell’Arte invites you to participate in an exceptional study abroad experience that celebrates the collaborative nature of the arts. The Summer Arts Program gives students an opportunity to experience a taste of conservatory-style immersion in the areas of digital filmmaking, theatre, dance or music. Each day begins with all students participating in Scott Putman’s Elemental Body Alignment System warm-up followed by morning and afternoon studio time with outstanding teachers who will structure collaborative components that encourage students to link theoretical work with the immediate creative application in a truly interdisciplinary approach. Students will live, eat and study in the spectacular Villa Godiola, sixteenth century Renaissance structure overlooking the hills of Tuscany and the city of Arezzo. For information on attending the 2012 program through VCU, contact Autumn Proctor.
Dubbed the “world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, The American Dance Festival runs each summer during June and July presenting the finest of major and emerging modern dance companies and hosting a modern dance school attended by some 330 students who converge to share the modern dance tradition of collaboration and creative exploration. The staff, faculty and students who make up the School are a diverse and eclectic group ranging from students seeking an early artistic experience to those with an eye on the professional world.
The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.
Hallmarks of the professional School at Jacob’s Pillow include physical and intellectual rigor, individualized instruction, cultural exchanges, dance history connections, extraordinary contacts, and an atmosphere of collegiality. The Festival provides opportunities to see a wide range of technical accomplishments, choreographic innovations, world traditions, and classics of the dance canon. This environment of riches is critical to artistic development and pivotal to career decision-making.
The Merce Cunningham Studio continues to be the source of Cunningham dance technique at the professional level, providing dancers with an ongoing experience in learning to see, understand, and explore movement. The faculty has expanded to include past and present members of Merce Cunningham Dance Company and other qualified teachers. The diverse student body includes American and international dancers, drawn together by common interest in Merce Cunningham’s groundbreaking ideas about dance.
The School of Richmond Ballet offers dance training from beginner to professional levels. The internationally recognized faculty is committed to providing an environment where students can learn and have fun in the process. Class offerings include ballet, jazz, modern, character dance, adult stretch and more. The summer program features a variety of courses taught by the Richmond Ballet school staff and VCU Dance faculty.
VCU Dance offers a range of dance classes including numerous introductory classes for non-majors May-August. In recent summers, a sample of classes include: