During the summer, BSD offers a three-week dance intensive at our studios at 22 High Street. This intensive, divided into three levels, is jam-packed with classes in many different styles and techniques. Students will continue to take the basics, such as ballet and modern, while also being exposed to other classes such as ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, improvisation, bellydance, viral dance, and more! Featuring guest artists and teachers from around the country. Summer is the BEST time to improve as a dancer. Come sweat with us!
In August, we hold a two-week-long intensive for Intermediate/Advanced teen and adult students ages 12 and up. This intensive is for the experienced dancer who is looking to push their technique and artistry to the next level. Guest teachers will expose dancers to cutting-edge techniques and choreography, and dancers will have the chance to develop and refine skills in ballet, modern, and contemporary forms.
Participating in a dance intensive is a wonderful way for a dancer to improve quickly. Not only is the student fresh in the morning and ready for optimal learning; they will also feel a significant and satisfying difference in their strength and ability in a short period of time. Working with students every day allows the teachers to develop specific themes in depth, without having to wait a whole week to work with a student again. We highly recommend taking all available weeks of the dance intensive for maximum benefit.
Students in the Level I intensive take eight classes per week at a Beginning to Advanced Beginning level. Students in Level II take two classes per day for a total of ten classes per week, and students in Level III take three classes per day for a total of fifteen classes per week, both at an Intermediate to Advanced level. Students study ballet, jazz, modern, improvisation, and conditioning. Students should check with the director to confirm the appropriate level.
During June/July intensive weeks, additional classes in pointe are offered at two different levels – Level I Pointe on Tuesday and Thursday; Level II Pointe on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Pointe classes are optional and require director approval.
Ballet Bootcamp for teens/adults is for those who wish to learn the basics of ballet in a safe yet challenging classroom setting. We will learn the steps that constitute the foundation of ballet, along with their French names. We will emphasize concepts such as balance, grace, flow, and stretching so that dancers receive a well-rounded understanding of this beautiful art form. After this week-long bootcamp, dancers will feel more confident and graceful.
This year’s dance intensive will feature Robert Royce of Dayton Ballet and Ballet Fleming, Jesse Tidquist of Ballet Fleming and Ballet Theater of Maryland, Rohan Bhargava of ROVACO Dance, Sandra Parks, Gierre Godley of Project 44, Michaela Mann, Dimitri Kalaitzidis, and Angie Moon.
In past years, our intensive staff has included Oliver Greene-Cramer of Ballet Austin and Lar Lubovitch; Molly Christie, a certified Dunham teacher; Richard Rein, a former ABT dancer and Director of St. Paul’s School Dance Department; Alex Brady, who danced with Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Twyla Tharp; Maxx Passion, who dances with numerous modern companies in NYC including Edisa Week’s; and many of our talented local dance instructors.