Schedule

The Pre-Professional Dancer Institute is a carefully designed experience consisting of classes, workshops, critique, personal and career exploration/goal-setting and other educationally and socially enriching outings, to better prepare students for the rigors of professional dance and performing arts education.  Classes (ballet, contemporary, modern, theatre dance, african/haitian, improvisation, pointe/men’s), panels, and discussions will run full days, with social and cultural outings planned for the Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Thursday, August 30

6pm-7pm Check-in

7pm-8:30pm Orientation and Kick-Off (Parents Invited)

8:30-9pm Career Planning Perspectives: Making the Most of Your PDI Experience (Parents Invited)

Friday, August 31

9am – 6pm

Barre Work I

* Regular barre sequence from plie to grande battements interspersed with conditioning and stretching elements designed under Francisco Gella Dance Work’s methodology

Center Barre Work I

*Tendu, Adagio, Pirouette Prep Drills, Grande Battement 

Across The Floor Work I

*Waltz, Petite Jumps, Petite Allegro, Grande Allegro and Coda

Modern Technique

Jazz Technique

Mindfulness and Meditation for Dancers

Saturday, September 1

9am – 5pm

Morning Warm-up (outdoors)

Barre Work II

* Regular barre sequence from plie to grande battements interspersed with conditioning and stretching elements designed under Francisco Gella Dance Work’s methodology

Center Barre Work II

*Tendu, Adagio, Pirouette Prep Drills, Grande Battement 

Across The Floor Work II

*Waltz, Petite Jumps, Petite Allegro, Grande Allegro and Coda

Career Exploration and Goal-Setting Workshop

Theatre Dance Performance Techniques

 African/Haitian Dance Class

7:30p

Arrive at Lensic Theatre

8-9:30p

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Performance

9:30-10p

Meet and  Greet with the Company Backstage

Sunday, September 2

9am – 7pm

Ballet

Contemporary Ballet

Modern Rep

Careers in Dance Panel

Individual Performance Critique

*Each dancer is asked to bring a 2-3 minute solo which will be critiqued by the faculty and peers

Debrief with entire institute group and the faculty

7:30-10p 

Evening all-student pizza social back at the Hilton Pool/Hot Tub

Monday, September 4

9am – 1pm

Morning Large Group Warm-up 

Improv: Discovering Your Voice

Presentation: College & University Dance Programs (parents invited)

Professional Career Paths (parents invited)

Wrap-up and Goodbyes