Schedule

The Pre-Professional Dancer Institute is a carefully designed experience consisting of classes, workshops, individual critique, personal and career exploration/goal-setting and other educationally and socially enriching outings. All activities are designed 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.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:  Parents are an important part of their young dancer’s journey and thus an important part of PDI. Parents and guardians are invited to all of Thursday evening’s activities, numerous workshops, and the closing session on Monday.  PDI also opens up classes throughout the weekend for parents to observe. And in what has become a highlight of the program, Director Francisco Gella will host a parent reception on late Friday afternoon.

*Schedule subject to change

Thursday, August 29

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 30

9am – 7pm

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

*4:30pm – 6pm – Parent Social with Director Francisco Gella

Saturday, August 31

9am – 6pm

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

Injury Prevention Workshop

Career Exploration and Goal-Setting Workshop

Theatre Dance Performance Techniques

 African/Haitian Dance Class

8-9:30p

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Performance at the Lensic Theatre

9:30-10p

Meet and  Greet with the Company Backstage

Sunday, September 1

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 social back at the Drury Inn Rooftop Hotel

Monday, September 2

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