SUMMER WORKSHOP | June & July 2019

June 16 - July 6, 2019


The College at Brockport | State University of New York | Brockport, NY


SUMMER WORKSHOP | June 16 - July 6, 2019

For pre-professional and professional dancers, the Summer Workshop provides three immersive weeks of technical training, creative work, and exposure to the company’s style.

The College at Brockport | State University of New York | Brockport, NY


The 2019 Summer Workshop marks our 20th 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, create together, and grow together. 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.


Modern Technique & Ballet
Choreographic Devices with Doug Varone
New Work
(find detailed descriptions below)


Daily company rehearsal open for student observation
Improvisation Jams
Special Workshops
Social Events
and more …


TUITION: $1,500



  • $   300 - PART TIME (Mornings only; $300/week–up to three weeks)

We award a limited number of work-study scholarships each year based on an application process. Application forms are included in the confirmation email that you will receive after registering and must be submitted electronically by May 10th. Awards generally range from $50-350, with a workload that corresponds to the amount of the award. Work-study assignments will not conflict with your attendance in the workshop, and are generally scheduled during lunch breaks or at the end of the day.

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March 31: Last day for Early Bird registration
April 15: Deadline to apply for a Work-Study position
June 1: Last day to register
June 1: Final payment due
June 16: Check in (12 - 3 pm) and orientation at The College at Brockport
June 17 - July 5: Summer Workshop
July 6: Check out (11 am - 2 pm)


A series of mat exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in combination with somatic and rehabilitation exercises that strengthen the body’s core muscles and connect the mind and body. This class will prepare you for a full day of dancing!

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. 

Investigate 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.

Encourages the 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.

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.



Choose one elective from the list below for the entirety of the three weeks.

REPERTORY - Large Work
Company members 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
Offering an overview of Varone's work, short but intense time exploring excerpts (i.e. duets, trios, etc.) from a variety of pieces. Through this investigation, the class will experience the wide range of movement dynamics, emotional nuance and spatial architecture inherent in Varone's choreography.

For students seriously interested in choreography, 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. Enrollment is based on choreographic experience. **Students who rank this as their first or second choice should submit a choreographic resume and a link to video footage of a recently choreographed work. Please send to no later than May 15.                

An opportunity to 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.

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.


THE COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT is located along the Erie Canal. The Village of Brockport is a quaint town with around 8,100 residents. The campus is conveniently located between two major metropolitan cities within commuting distance of Buffalo and just a 25-minute drive to Rochester.

Students will be housed in Student Townhomes at The College at Brockport. Four students, each with a single bedroom, will share an apartment with bathroom, living room, kitchen and laundry facilities.  For an additional charge, Linens are provided.  Apartment living allows our participants to be self-sufficient in their food planning and preparation. Meals are not included but there are convenient stores on campus or in grocery stores a short bus or car ride away.


How can I pay for this program?

You can pay either by check or by credit card. To pay by check, please contact our office by phone at 212.279.3344 or by emailing  To pay by credit card, there's no need to contact the office; you'll be asked for your payment information during the online registration process.

Is there a payment plan?

Upon registration, you will have the option to pay in full or to pay an initial $1,350 installment. If you pay an installment upon registration, your remaining balance will be automatically billed to your credit card on May 15. After May 15 payment must be made in full. A $160 non-refundable registration fee is included in your initial payment.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. We award a limited number of work-study scholarships each year, based on an application process. Application forms are included in the confirmation email that you will receive after registering. Applications must be submitted electronically by April 15. Awards generally range from $50-350, with a workload that corresponds to the amount of the award. Work-study assignments will not conflict with your attendance in the workshop, and are generally scheduled during lunch breaks or at the end of the day.

What is the refund policy?

All refund requests must be submitted in writing. $160 of your tuition is a nonrefundable registration fee.

If you decide to drop out of the workshop before April 30, you will be refunded in full (less the $160 nonrefundable registration fee). If you decide to drop out of the workshop between April 30 and May 15, DOVA will retain half of total fees owed + the $160 registration fee, and you will be refunded the balance. If you decide to drop out of the workshop after May 15, we cannot offer any refunds.

If you need to drop out of the workshop because of a documented medical situation, an exception to this policy will be considered.

If you are no longer interested in on-campus housing, you must notify us in writing on or before May 15.  You will be refunded $1,200 (full amount paid, less a $50 administration fee). No housing refunds can be guaranteed after May 15.

When do I know what elective I'll be in?

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to an online form for elective requests.  You'll rank the electives in order of your preference, and we'll get back to you with your class assignment.  Priority in assigning students to electives is based on registration date, so for the best shot at getting the class you want, register early!  

I want to take more than one elective. Can I alternate between multiple classes?

Because of the relatively short span of the workshop, we cannot allow students to alternate between multiple electives. We've learned that a deeper involvement in one area provides a more fruitful course of study, allowing for a more significant comprehension of the subject matter.

Is there a dress code for the workshop?

There is no dress code for our workshop, however we ask that you wear clothes that don't obstruct your dancing; sweats and a tank top or t-shirt is fine, or you're welcome to wear leotards and tights, as long as you're comfortable. Please don't wear excessively baggy clothes that could hinder your movement. Please bring ballet slippers for ballet class. We strongly recommend that you bring knee pads as well.

Do I have to audition?

No auditions are necessary for admittance into the workshop.  There will be a placement class on the first day to divide technique classes into levels. We ask that you not send videos or photos unless you are applying for financial aid or the Devices elective, in which case you must also submit additional materials. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you register, the better your chances are of being accepted into the workshop.

How large are the classes?

Class sizes depend on the total enrollment. In past years, technique classes generally range from 15-20 people per class, and afternoon electives vary depending on the class. Generally, there are no more than 20 people in any given class.

Is there a performance at the end of the workshop?

There is an informal showing by each elective class at the end of the workshop, which you are welcome to invite your friends and family to attend. There are no costumes or lights, and showings are usually either in a studio or black-box theater.

Can I pick my own roommates?

Yes. In the housing section of the registration form, we ask for some information about your lifestyle so that we can match you up appropriately with other workshop participants. There is also a space on the form where you can give the name of a specific workshop participant if you know a particular person who you want to live with.  It is best to communicate with each other so that you both request each other. Roommates will be assigned after registration closes in May.

What do people do in their free time? Is there any free time?

During the week, we have events scheduled almost every night. They are all optional, but a majority of students choose to attend most everything. Events include company showings, which are a wonderful way of dissecting the work; special Q & A nights with Doug Varone and with the company dancers, when you can ask questions about their lives in the company, as professional dancers in New York, and where they came from; bowling night; improvisation jams; special showings by guest artists, and many more. Although the weekly workshop schedule is very full, your weekends will be free. We will distribute information packets to workshop participants with details on things to do in town and neighboring cities.

Can I get college credit for taking the workshop?

We do not offer college credit, however we have been able to work one-on-one with students who have coordinated with their individual universities. We will gladly provide documentation detailing your involvement in the workshop, so that you can negotiate with your college to get credit.

I'm coming from out-of-town. When should I plan to arrive and depart so that I don't miss anything?  

On June 16, check-in will take place between 12-3pm; please plan to arrive at The College at Brockport within that window. Our welcome/orientation activities begin at 4pm.  On July 6th, there are no workshop activities scheduled. Check-out will occur that day between 11am-2pm.

I am from out of town. What do those logistics look like?

The closest airport to The College at Brockport is the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC).  We will have some ability to pick up students from there when they arrive and drop them off for departure.  More information on that DOVA-run shuttle will be distributed after registration closes. This shuttle can also include pick up of students from the bus and train stations at the beginning and end of the Workshop. Again, those arrangements will be made after registration closes.

Have another question that isn’t answered here? Send us an email:, or call 212.279.3344 today.

Doug Varone and Dancers’ 2019 Summer Workshop is made possible in part by The College at Brockport and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Erin Baiano

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