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 …


EARLY BIRD TUITION: $1,350 (register by March 31st)
TUITION: $1,500 (register April 1 - June 1)


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 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.

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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. Ballet will be taught by Natalie Desch.

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 5.                

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.

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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DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC 2019

Led by Doug Varone and the Company Dancers  |  Enrollment: 10 – 12 choreographers

Designed for experienced choreographers of all levels, this unique mentorship with Doug Varone is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months beginning on May 26 with an intensive retreat in New York City. Up to 12 participants are selected through application.

Be sure to join us in August in NYC when the choreographers will show their work. Details to come.

Photo: Matt Furman

Teaching Spring 2019

Another way to enjoy Doug Varone and Dancers:

Take a class taught by one of our Company members at studios in New York City this spring.

Schedules may change, so make sure to check back regularly.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Studios | 10:00-11:30 AM, Fourth Friday of each month (except May)

Gibney | March schedule available

Workshops for Pre-Profession & Professional Dancers

Our annual intensives for pre-profession and professional dancers are designed to train the next generation. 


At New York City's Hunter College, this one-week intensive celebrates the company's movement style, creative ideas and artistic philosophy. The 2018-19 Winter Intensive will he held January 7-12, 2019.


For three weeks at a university campus, we'll live together, work together, create together, and grow together. Dates, location and tuition for 2019 to be announced. The 2019 Summer Intensive will be held at SUNY Brockport, June 16 - July 19, 2019.

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