Summer Dance Intensive

June 10 - 14, 2019

The summer dance intensive is offered in June for experienced high school and college dance students. The program provides focused time for the student to take a variety of classes with UK faculty and guest artists. Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Body Conditioning, improvisation and choreography are classes part of this immersive intensive.

Enrollment in the intensive is limited to 25 students who demonstrate the required skills, four years of consistent ballet training and at least two years of either jazz, lyrical or modern dance class. Students in this program should be well versed in dance terminology and should be proficient in moving in and out of the floor, turns and leaps.


Ballet: Follows a traditional format, but develops the individual voice of movement. Concentration is placed on quality of movement, refining lines and finding new ways for the dancer to move through space.

Modern: Teaches vocabularies from a range of styles including Graham, Limón, Cunningham, Horton and Hawkins techniques, Bartenieff Fundamentals and postmodern strategies.

Contemporary Modern: Embraces the creative side of modern dance fused with contemporary. The class focuses on using technique, flexibility and performance to allow for efficient and sophisticated communication within the choreography.  

Jazz: Emphasizes technical and artistic skills based on a foundation of correct body alignment, movement isolation, rhythmic awareness, musicality, intermediate to advanced vocabulary, auditioning and performance focus, strength, stamina, and flexibility at the intermediate/advanced level. Dynamic range of jazz influences including traditional jazz, commercial jazz, and musical theatre will be explored.

Body Conditioning: Introduces students to fitness practices focusing on strength, stamina and flexibility. Emphasis is placed on anatomical analysis, individual anomalies, conditioning principles, injury prevention.

Improvisation: Explores new ways to move. Movement based improvisation techniques and structures provides a framework for creative physical and self-expression. 

Choreography: Teaches new approaches to choreography focusing on space, time and energy. Expands on themes through movement studies, discussions and videos. The students use the labs to also create their own works.

Hip Hop: Draws on the hip hop aesthetic to create a movement experience that emphasizes a variety of hip hop dance styles and individual form.