Program Overview

The Summer Intensive Program is strategically designed to advance the artistic and technical skills of intermediate, advanced and pre-professional dancers ages 11+ with at least 5 consecutive years of training in ballet and modern dance. Students must attend all three weeks of the Intensive. Visiting students must attend or digitally submit a placement audition prior to attendance. The Intensive emphasizes the technical principles of classical ballet (Vaganova Method), jazz and modern dance (Graham and Horton Techniques) alongside a creative curriculum that includes extensive exploratory work in contemporary dance and improvisation. In a creative and encouraging environment, participants will learn new approaches to expressive storytelling by developing emotional and artistic connections to assigned choreography and related coursework. While choreography is learned across the Intensive, the program is centered on refining and expanding the dancer’s technique. The final showcase involves the presentation of in- progress works and creative demonstrations of solid technique.

For complete program information, including details about curriculum and fees, please review the Summer Intensives Registration Handbook.


Required Placement Audition

Students are placed into Intensives following the required Program audition, to be completed by July 1, 2016. Resumés, photographs, and solo performances are not required for in-person auditions. In-person auditions consist of attending both an intermediate/advanced modern class and an intermediate/advanced classical ballet class on the current class schedule. Call (407) 695-8366 to schedule audition classes. Digital auditions consist of submitting DVD work samples that demonstrate the candidate’s skills in classical ballet and modern dance. Please see the Digital Audition Form on page 11 for complete instructions on applying digitally. Digital auditions must be postmarked by July 1, 2016. All audition candidates will be notified of placement via email within three days of the audition.


Daily Schedule

July 11-29 (M-F) – Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary & Improvisation

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. • Classical Ballet
Vaganova Method with Ingrid Lozano
Pointe and partnering work are included in each class. Female students not yet en pointe will complete exercises without pointe shoes.

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. • Modern
Horton and Graham Techniques with Dawn Branch and Kevin Veiga
Opposition and weight shifts are emphasized, building a stronger movement vocabulary, increased dynamic range and more control. Longer traveling combinations use difficult rhythms along with complicated movement phrases that call for dramatic expressiveness, use of weight and musicality.

11:15 a.m. – Noon • Lunch

Noon – 1:30 p.m. • Jazz
Sam Sinns
Performance aspects of dance are emphasized in this Broadway-style jazz class.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. • Contemporary
Smruti Patel and Dawn Branch
Emphasis is placed on the application of contemporary dance techniques and performance skills along with a focus on expressive storytelling.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Improvisation
Nikki Peña and Dario J. Moore
Spontaneous movement exercises challenge students to expand their personal dance vocabulary while enhancing confidence and performance quality.

Final Showcase: 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016


Early Drop-Off/Late Pickup

7:30 a.m. – Early drop-off (optional)
6:00 p.m. – Late pick-up (optional)

Not included in tuition are early drop-off/late pick-up fees of $5 per hour. Payment for this service can be made on the first day of the program. Please indicate your need for early drop-off/late pick-up on the Registration Forms. A $1.00 per minute late fee will be charged when picking up beyond 6:00 p.m.


Anna Front Parallel Passe

 How to Register

1. Acceptance into the Summer Intensive Program is by audition. Candidates must have at least 5 years of continuous training. Students must attend all weeks of a given Intensive Program.

2. Students may register and pay in advance prior to auditioning; for visiting students, an in- person or digital (DVD) audition is required by July 1, 2016. Please call (407) 695-8366 to schedule an in-person audition; see details below for completing an audition by DVD submission. Auditions are used for purposes of placement; audition candidates not yet at the skill level for the Intensive Program will receive a full refund for tuition fees paid in advance. Current students are not typically required to audition; please see a School Advisor for details.

3. Please read the Handbook thoroughly and contact a School Advisor with any questions by calling (407) 695-8366 or emailing

4. Fully complete the Program enrollment forms on pages 8-10 of the Handbook and return with the $25 non-refundable audition fee (visiting students only) to the lobby service desk (Mon-Fri, noon-8 pm; Sat 10 am-1 pm) or mail to:

The Center for Contemporary Dance
3580 Aloma Avenue #7
Winter Park, FL 32792



DSC_5057The Center for Contemporary Dance does not have on-site housing and most out-of-state students make their own arrangements prior to attending the Intensive. The Admissions Office can assist with limited housing options, including residing with host families and in nearby hotels; additional fees apply. These housing options are very limited and are offered on a first- come, first-served basis. If you are interested in receiving assistance with housing options, please contact



Call (407) 695-8366 or email with questions about the Program.

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