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Advanced Summer Intensive

June 21-July 31, 2021

Who is this for?

Preparation for emerging artists

The Advanced Summer Intensive provides multi-disciplinary training in ballet and modern dance in a rigorous and nurturing environment geared towards fostering individual growth through technical proficiency and movement literacy. This program runs June 21-July 31 for ages 12-22. Students will train up to 8 hours per day Monday-Friday. An optional 2-hour ballet technique class is also available on Saturdays.

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Jennifer Howard
Director of Summer Programs

Dominic Walsh
Director of Movement Lab and Compass Coaching Project

Julia Wilkinson Manley
Artistic Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance


Sarah Hillmer

Terrell Davis

Roger C. Jeffrey

Alex Ketley

Maria Konrad

Rosalynde LeBlanc

Doug Letheren

John McFall

Tilman O’Donnell

Caili Quan

Rachel Oliver Young

*International Faculty subject to change

Read about all our Summer International Faculty here.

Summer Intensive Dancer
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“Hello! I just wanted to say I LOVE this intensive!! You are nurturing artists through opportunities to choreograph. You are educating athletes about their anatomy and how to take care of it. You have an amazing faculty. I couldn’t ask for a better program for Kailey, especially at this time. I am seeing her creativity come out again, and she is excited about improving her skills. You all are so wonderful. Thank you for your program and dedication to fostering artists. Brilliant! I just had to share my love for you all!”

Warmest regards,

– J. Goldstrohm 2020

Advanced Summer Intensive Tuition – Advanced 1 & 2 Tuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2021 After March 1, 2021
Per Week $381.90 $402
6 Weeks $2,053.90 $2,162
Advanced Summer Intensive Tuition – Advanced 3 & 4/PPP Tuition (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2021 After March 1, 2021
Per Week $430.35 $453
6 Weeks $2,344.60 $2,468

Students who are enrolled during Week 3 through 6 (July 5-July 31) of the Advanced Summer Intensive are invited to perform in CCD’s Summer Moving Project (SMP). This valuable program allows students to learn contemporary choreography and classical repertoire in an intensive rehearsal process with nationally recognized artists. Students enrolled in all 6 weeks of the Advanced Summer Intensive receive 2 weeks of additional rehearsal time and will be cast in additional works for the showcase. This extensive rehearsal process will culminate with the Summer Moving project performance on July 31, 2021.

Summer Moving Project Fee (Paid in Full) Before March 1, 2021 Fee After March 1, 2021
Includes digital video, performance photos and a summer t-shirt $351.50 $370
Ballet TechniqueDancers will be placed in a level that best supports their progress. Classes will focus on technique with an emphasis on proper alignment, functional anatomy, musicality and artistry.

PointeDancers will be placed in a level that best supports their progress. Pointe classes will focus on foot articulation and strength.
Power, Flight & TurnThis class is designed to gain full-body strength, while perfecting the technical requirements necessary when performing jumps and turns. Dancers will learn variations and other excerpts from classical repertoire typically attributed to male danseurs.

Variations and RepertoireThis class will cover classical variations, and contemporary and modern repertoire by such choreographers as Crystal Pite, Yvonne Rainer, Twyla Tharp and Bill T. Jones, to name a few.
Modern DanceThis class will focus on building fundamental modern dance skills including floorwork, the dynamic use of weight, improvisation and elemental concepts of effort, space and time.
Dance and MeditationThis class, taught by Doug Letheren, explores the science behind the synchronicity of mind and body, and introduces the practical application of meditation to dance training.  Sitting meditation will be taught, and then channeled into the mindfulness and awareness already present in a dancer’s body and daily practice.
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) – PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon. PBT focuses on training muscle memory to strengthen and enhance technique.

Classes may also include: Partnering, Anatomy & Kinesiology, Composition, Dance History,  Jazz, Somatic Awareness, and Yoga.

“I have never excelled more as a dancer than while at CCD. With new friendships and supportive faculty members, you have a foundation to achieve anything.”

– Lindsay 2016 & 2013

Housing Information

For a list of housing resources, please contact Jennifer Howard at jhoward@ccdance.org.

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