Summer Dance Intensive Program

By SAMANTHA HINDS

The Outside of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University.  Photo by Samantha Hinds
The Outside of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University.
Photo by Samantha Hinds

With the summer drawing closer, high school dancers from around the state are getting ready for Kennesaw State University’s Summer Dance Intensive.

Summer dance camps are nothing out of the ordinary. But Kennesaw State takes it a step further for high school dancers. It gives dancers the chance to take classes from some of the Kennesaw dance professors.

The one-week summer dance intensive gives high school dancers a chance to see what college dance classes are like.

Professor Marcus Alford shows off some of his dance skills. Photo by Samantha Hinds
Professor Marcus Alford shows off some of his dance skills.
Photo by Samantha Hinds

“They kind of know what they are coming in to. So it really is a guiding tool for them,” said Marcus Alford, adjunct professor of dance, KSU.

The summer intensive first began in 2009. It has been a success ever since. Many of the dancers in the Department of Dance attended the intensive at least once.

Dancers such as Gabby Bicalho say that the program really helped her feel confident about her audition to become a dance major. And actually seeing familiar faces around the studio made the transition into college just a little easier.

The intensive not only gives dancers the chance to meet other dancers. But it also gives them a chance to meet some of the professors at KSU. And learn styles that dancers might have never done before.

“Sometimes they’ll discover a style that better fits their body and their way of moving,” Alford said.

This will be the sixth year of this summer program. It has high expectations from both staff and dancers based on the success of previous years.

The cost of the program is 295 dollars and includes lunches for the entire week. For more information on the summer intensive visit http://www.arts.kennesaw-edu-backslash-dance. The deadline to apply is Friday May 15th.

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