A Modern Master

College students tackle William Forsythe’s technique and rep. Widely regarded as one of the most inventive choreographers of our time, William Forsythe creates movement that dancers long to perform. “It is extremely beneficial for young dancers to be exposed to his techniques, which have globally influenced late 20th-century and current approaches to dance,” says JillMore »

Getting Into Character

As a student at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, American Ballet Theatre soloist Christine Shevchenko’s first experience with character dance was learning the Paquita harp variation. “It was challenging,” she admits, “because I hadn’t taken character class yet.” For extra training, Shevchenko enrolled in character at a local university—and went on to earnMore »

The Waiting Game

You’ve been wait-listed to the summer intensive of your dreams. Now what? You’ve found the perfect summer program. You audition, and wait weeks for the fated acceptance or rejection letter. An envelope with your dream school’s logo arrives. You excitedly rip it open to find that you’ve been…wait-listed. Your ideal intensive, that just seconds ago seemed within reach,More »

The Company Question

Should you attend an intensive connected to a company? It depends on your stage of training. A summer intensive can be a chance to be taught by artistic directors, to learn repertoire that you dream of performing and maybe even land a contract. But with so many options and only a handful of summers, aMore »

Transform Yourself

Countertechnique and catharsis rule at BODYTRAFFIC’s summer intensive. As choreographer Rosie Herrera shepherds 25 students through her own brand of warm-up, the campus dance studio at Loyola Marymount University is charged with emotion. Sitting in a circle, the dancers must share three things about themselves: “Where you’re from, if you’ve been in love and ifMore »

Stepping Into the Role

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Company Experience gives aspiring professionals a taste of the ballet life. A group of young women in colorful ballet skirts waits quietly for Arantxa Ochoa to start. The director of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet plunges in: “Juliet has a new dress on, and while she is dancing with Paris,More »

More Than Dance

The Broadway Experience aims to show students what it’s really like to perform in musical theater. The energy at Mark Morris Dance Center is palpable. In one studio, young dancers are learning a routine to music from the Broadway show Fela! “I need to see the characters,” teacher Lauren Cox says. “Men, you are kings! Ladies, youMore »

“If I Only Knew…”

Five pros reflect on their pre-professional years. You might find it difficult to imagine that even the most beloved dancers had doubts about their own eventual stardom. But in truth, everyone travels a long way to become a professional dancer, and the journey is filled with challenges, doubts and victories. Here’s what five pros wish they’dMore »

Company Life

Get a taste of the professional world while earning your degree. Your first dancing job after college can be a bit of a culture shock. But what if you already had firsthand knowledge of what professional life is like? College dance departments that have their own companies allow dancers to experience the ins and outs ofMore »