Schedule

Check-in begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 1, 2022. The program begins with our kick-off and orientation at 6:30pm. The Institute will end no later than 1:30pm on Monday, September 5, 2022. Students are required to attend the entire program.

*The schedule below is a sample based on our 2019 in-person program and is subject to change.

Thursday

5:00pm – 9:00pm 

  • Check-in
  • Orientation and Kick-Off (Parents Invited)
  • Career Planning Perspectives: Making the Most of Your PDI Experience (Parents Invited)
  • Opening Master Class


Friday

9:00am – 8:00pm

  • 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
  • Parent and Student Social with Director Francisco Gella

Saturday

9:00am – 10:00pm

  • 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
  • Evening showcase performance with selected members of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre


Sunday

9:00am – 7:00pm

  • 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
  • Evening all-student social back at the Drury Inn Rooftop Hotel


Monday

9:00am – 1:30pm

  • 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