Well. Such as it is, here is your 2014 Summer Intensives List including 379 high quality programs complete with direct links, dates and age restrictions! It’s actually not as complete as I would like with some of the dates, but more schools than usual are behind in updating their site so I’ll be updating this list as I receive more information. Audition season is already well underway, so merde to all!
And as usual here’s my list of a few SIs, in no particular order, with strong reputations that you may want to put at the top of your list.
Please send me a message if you encounter any broken links. As always, if you have any questions about particular SIs, please refer to Ballet Talk for Dancers, where you can create a free account and peruse first-hand reviews by dancers and parents.
P.S. I will be posting a separate list of Teacher Training programs in the next couple weeks, so teachers who have requested that: I hope to publish that before year end.
UPDATE: A reader emailed me the other day, “I can not open the link for the si”s its it listed on the web site?” My response received a bounceback, so I’d like to broadcast that the list is in xls (Microsoft Office – Excel) format. You will only be able to view it if you have that capability. Right now because of the data size, it doesn’t make sense to put it in any other format. However it is downloading properly on both PC and Mac right now so it might be an issue on your end. I even checked it on iPad.
Since last month I’ve been working on the annual SI list for you beautiful dancers out there! You’ve sent quite a few inquiries about when I will be publishing that, so I this is just a quick note to let you know that I plan to post it at the end of this Thanksgiving week.
There’s extra delay this year due to a number of intensives who have not published their 2014 information yet. For that reason, a number of schools will have TBA listed for dates with a link to their general site or 2013 info. I am limiting this as much as possible by making individual calls to these schools to supplement my data with unpublished, verbally confirmed updates when possible, but my many phone calls have also added to the delay.
Thanks for your patience and your excitement for this year’s list. There are many lovely opportunities this year and a number of schools have widened their age acceptances. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holidays and see you on the other side!
An excellent package of three awesome dance books is available in eformat now until September 28 for the crazy nice price of 99 cents. The collection includes three full length novels for teens. The price increases on September 29 to 9.99 (still a steal), so catch this while you can! Check out the trailer and make your purchase at one of these links:
Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company is under the artistic leadership of Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, whose vision is to maintain an ensemble company capable of realizing diverse and compelling theatrical ideas through specialized, comprehensive training and direction. Contracts are typically 32 weeks.
The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet is proud to announce that we will be holding an audition for our PAID Male & Female Studio Company positions and our year round professional and pre-professional academy programs.
When: Saturday, August 17th at 12:00pm
Gelsey Kirkland Academy
355 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013 (212) 600-0047
What To Bring:
Please bring proper audition attire, pointe shoes, and an 8×10 headshot along with an action shot in arabesque. $35.00 Audition Fee. DVD auditions are accepted.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet at (212) 600-0047 or by email: misha AT gelseykirklandballet DOT org
Capezio’s classic Pro canvas ballet shoe is a sturdy shoe that’s built to last. The heavy-weight canvas with traditional split-sole construction does not mold to the foot exceptionally well, nor is the thick fabric as soft as other shoes offer, but the durability may outweigh those issues for some dancers. The shoe gives a rounded appearance at the toe and U-shaped throat for a modern American style look but the lines are marred by a sequence of V-shaped stitches in the center.
I personally prefer a shoe with more bells and whistles and a lot less bulk. My feet want luxurious details and thoughtful features if they are going to put in hours of dancing! And I prefer a shoe that’s more flattering in appearance and conformance to the arch. But this shoe is fine if you just want something simple that’s built to withstand hours of class time on roughly taped or even wood surfaces.
The Juliet ballet shoe by Capezio is a step in a slightly more advanced direction, but offers nothing exceptional. The material is much thinner and lighter than the Pro but could use more softness and stretch and the pink color should be deeper.
The split-sole construction is evolved a little with a diamond-shaped arch gusset. The shape is more streamlined than the Pro and therefore more flattering, but could do a lot more to maximize the lines of the foot and arch.
I’d love to see softer, stretchier fabrics on these shoes and light padding for impact protection on the heels. I’ll be moving on soon to ballet shoes offering more modern touches, including the Capezio Cobra, Capezio Sculpture II, Grishko Performance, Bloch Proflex, and the MDM Intrinsic. The search for the perfect shoe continues!