Summer Intensive Survival
Caralin Curcio at the International Summer Course for Professional Dancers. Photo Courtesy Kathleen Breen Combes.

While New York City Ballet was off last August, corps member Sasonah Huttenbach was hard at work at the Danish Ballet Masters program, a two-week Bournonville workshop in New York City led by former Royal Danish Ballet dancers Mogens Boesen and Linda Hindberg. While they have always offered a student intensive, last summer Boesen and Hindberg added a program for working dancers. “A lot of professionals just lean toward open classes or giving themselves class during layoffs, but sometimes you need the basics because you're rehearsing and performing so much," says Huttenbach, who attended the student intensive twice before joining NYCB. “It was great to spend time off perfecting my alignment and technique."

Wondering about how to spend your summer layoff weeks this year? While teaching or performance gigs are good ways to stay busy, off-time can also be perfect for brushing up your technique, exploring another style and networking with a broader range of dance professionals. From big cities to the beach, programs geared towards professionals can help reinvigorate your career and remind you that you can always go back to summer camp.

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Move over New York—Montréal is the new Mecca for dancers who love pushing boundaries. One of the many artistic opportunities this city offers is Springboard Danse Montréal, a summer project where advanced dancers work directly with multiple companies and learn ballets by several top choreographers. Plans for 2012 include Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar teaching William Forsythe's Herman Schmerman, Compagnie Marie Chouinard rehearsal director Ami Shulman setting Chouinard's Orpheus, and Margie Gillis, Victor Quijada, Goteborg Ballet rehearsal director Stephan Laks, and Luna Negra artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, among others, will all be there.

 

If you're looking to network or find a job in the contemporary realm, get thee to an audition:

 

New York City

Dates: Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5

Time: Registration 11am, studios available for warm-up 11am-12pm, audition runs 12pm-6pm

Location: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY (Studio 6A)

 

Montréal
Date: Wednesday, March 7

Time: Registration 5:00 PM, audition 6 pm to 10 pm

 Location: Ballet Divertimento, 3505 Durocher Street (corner Milton)
To reserve a spot: e-mail us with your name, age,and telephone number and mention you are reserving for the Montreal audition to: dance@balletdivertimento.com

Toronto

Date: Thursday, March 8

Time: Registration 5 pm, audition 6 pm to 10 pm

Location:  Ryerson University Theatre School, 44, Gerrard St-East 

Note: Dancers must wamr themselves up for all auditions. There is no class, only work with contemporary choreographers.

 

Bring: Two Copies of your CV, two photos (headshot), two copies of your letter of recommendation, $25 CDN or US in cash. Ladies who do pointe should bring your pointe shoes.

 

If you can not attend a live audition you may submit a DVD before January 31, 2012.

 

For more information, visit:

http://springboarddansemontreal.com/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/69251697652/

 

...or check out:

http://vimeo.com/34589823

 

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