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SUMMER WORKSHOP at Skidmore College | June 2020

May 31 - June 20, 2020

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Skidmore College | Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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SUMMER WORKSHOP | May 31 - June 20, 2020

Doug Varone and Dancers will be in residence at Skidmore College in upstate New York leading three immersive weeks of technical training, creative work, and exposure to the company’s style. For pre-professional and professional dancers.

Skidmore College | Saratoga Springs, NY

A NOTE FROM DOUG

The 2020 Summer Workshop marks our 21st year of teaching and sharing our work and process. I’ve always seen this intensive as a way of channeling the philosophy of the dances we create into a shared experience. For three weeks, we’ll live together, work together, grow together and create together on Skidmore’s beautiful campus in Saratoga Springs. The Company builds a safe haven that allows you to challenge yourself in both mind and body and explore the individual qualities that we each possess as artists. I am confident that the personal teaching approach of the Company will leave you with new ideas, new answers and new questions about why we all do what we do: DANCE.

CLASS OFFERINGS 

Modern Technique & Ballet
Phrasework
Improvisation
Repertory
Partnering
Choreographic Devices taught by Doug Varone

SPECIAL EVENTS

Lecture/Demonstrations
Repertory Showings
Social Outings
Student Showcase
and more …

Doug Varone and Dancers will also perform June 12, 2020, at The Egg—Center for Performing Arts in Albany.  Enrolled students receive free tickets and transportation. Additional tickets for the June 12th performance may be purchased here.

Workshop classes are held in the College's Dance Center and rehearsal space in our studios is available to students in the evenings and on the weekends. Dancers who choose to live on Skidmore's campus will be housed in one of the College’s apartment buildings. See below for sample daily schedule and course descriptions

TUITION & HOUSING

NON-CREDIT TUITION: $1,720
UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT (2 credit hours): $2,625
ROOM & BOARD (21 meals/week):  $1,433.25
ROOM & BOARD (14 meals/week):  $1,208.25

APPLICATION DUE: APRIL 15

The Summer Dance Workshop has a limited number of scholarships for students with promise who might not otherwise be able to attend the Workshop. A small number of partial scholarship will be awarded in the form of tuition remission. Scholarship assistance application deadline is April 15, 2020.

FOR COMPLETE OFFERINGS, HOUSING OPTIONS, AND APPLICATION INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE SKIDMORE SUMMER DANCE WEBSITE.

Sample Daily Schedule  (in development and subject to change)

Morning Classes:
Morning Warm-Up
Modern Technique
Phrasework

-Lunch-

Afternoon Classes:
Ballet and Improvisation
Electives (choose between Choreographic Devices, Repertory-Large Work, Repertory-Exploring Excerpts, New Work or Partnering)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MORNING WARM-UP (optional)
This class is designed to help prepare the body for each day, while providing knowledge that can be implemented in future self-care and injury prevention.

MODERN TECHNIQUE
This highly technical, movement-based class investigates the line of human movement and how it can affect the broader strokes of our dancing. Through the expansive use of the back and limbs, Varone’s style will be explored through an emphasis on breath, strength, dynamic lyricism and musicality. Technique classes will be taught on a rotating basis by Company members.

PHRASEWORK
This class investigates individual phrases created on the spot as well as phrases from Company repertory. Students will focus on quick assimilation and exploration of movement in terms of quality and musicality. All classes will be taught on a rotating basis by Doug Varone and Company members.

BALLET
This class encourages the individual dancer to be their whole self within the material, and to nurture and expand the form’s technical and expressive parameters from barre work to flight while exploring the ever shifting balance between rigor and ease. Each student will take ballet in the afternoon for half of the three weeks. Ballet will be taught by Natalie Desch.

IMPROVISATION
Improvisation will provide an opportunity for students to hone in on their individuality, creativity, and ability to make choices in the moment. Each student will take improvisation in the afternoon for half of the three weeks. Improvisation will be taught by former company member, Keith Johnson.

ELECTIVES

CHOREOGRAPHIC DEVICES taught by Doug Varone
Varone will emphasize compositional structure and explore new devices for expanding and inventing material. A large body of material will be created, varied and manipulated both in and out of the studio, pushing towards the development of a new work utilizing the material built in class. For students seriously interested in choreography. Students wishing to enroll should submit a resume describing their choreographic experience.

REPERTORY - Large Work
Company members will stage a section of one of Varone’s larger group works on participants for an informal performance at the end of the workshop. The class will focus on movement dynamics and spatial awareness within group choreography, as duets and solos gather seamlessly into group explosions of choreographed chaos.

REPERTORY - Exploring Excerpts
This class will spend short intense spans of time exploring excerpts (i.e. duets, trios, etc.) from a variety of pieces, offering an overview of Varone's work. Through this investigation, the class will experience the wide range of movement dynamics, emotional nuance and spatial architecture inherent in Varone's choreography.

NEW WORK
This class will focus on the creation of a new work by a company member. Participants will be involved in the creative process and will have the opportunity to explore the personal and performance aspects of the dance throughout the three weeks.

PARTNERING
In this class, we will play with a range of partnering skills, working with a dialogue that is at the heart of Varone’s work. Through engaging in daily activities, we will practice ways to move weight through space with other bodies that emphasize coordination and awareness. From theatrical and subtle to physical and momentum driven, excerpts of Varone repertory will be learned and dissected from the entry point of negotiation and collaboration.

SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES  

Daily classes will be supplemented by additional activities including films, lecture demonstrations, talks with Doug Varone and Dancers, and social events. There will be an informal sharing of students’ work at the conclusion of the residency.  

THE SETTING    

Workshop classes are held in the College's Dance Center and rehearsal space in our studios is available to students in the evenings and on the weekends. Dancers who choose to live on Skidmore's campus will be housed in one of the College’s apartment buildings.

Doug Varone and Dancers’ 2020 Summer Workshop is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Jonathan Hsu

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Photo: Maddie Irmen

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