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Armitage Gone! Dance just moved into a fancy new arts building in Jersey City, and they've got some pretty cool plans for how to use their first-ever permanent space. This weekend, the company will hold an audition for an awesome-sounding workshop. Called a “Professional Project,” the three-week intensive will give 20 advanced students and recent graduates a peek inside the reality of a dance company. “It’s a whole big jump from being a really good student to being a professional,” says choreographer/director Karole Armitage. “You have to go much further than you realize. Having to deliver, seeing how hard you have to work, how much you have to understand music. How much you have to work with a partner. How much bigger the movement has to be. How much more imagination you have to have.”

Each day will begin with a ballet or modern technique class taught by Armitage or her dancers. Then students will learn composition techniques and participate in Armitage’s creative process as she makes new work. 

 

The best part? The workshop is more than just a learning experience: Up to four students will be offered a paid position with AG!D during the company’s New York season.

 

The project runs from January 7 to 26, and costs $1225. Audition this Saturday, October 6, at Mana Arts Center in Jersey City, NJ.

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