Put Your Winter Break To Work

Instead of lazing around the house waiting for classes to start back up again post-Christmas, why not try a winter intensive?

 

Valentina Kozlova invites high school and college–aged dancers to her school in Manhattan from January 2 to 14 for some serious Russian-style ballet. The program is geared towards students who are unfamiliar with the nuances of Vaganova technique and are looking for a quick but intense introduction. Dancers take two daily technique classes in addition to pointe, variations, contemporary and/or Russian gymnastics.

 

American Dance Festival hosts an intensive program in New York City from December 30 to January 9. Students attend classes, panels, performances and more. Although the bulk of the program is modern-based, there are some offerings for ballet dancers, such as Elizabeth Corbett's Forysthe-inspired classes.

 

Complexions holds a five-day workshop at the Dance Arts New York Studios in New York from December 27 to 31. Students train in Complexions' signature contemporary ballet technique and learn bits of repertoire, in addition to taking hip hop, yoga, and body training. All classes are taught by current or former Complexions artists.

 

These are only three of many new programs out there. Most focus on modern dance, but as the winter intensive trend gains popularity, more are popping up for dancers of all genres. If you do a little digging, you're sure to find one to suit your interests and schedule.

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