Workshops for Choreographers

Intensive Retreat May | Mentorship Jun & July | NYC Showcase Aug


Intensive at Hunter College NYC | Showcase at Gibney



Led by Doug Varone and the company dancers  |  Enrollment limited to 10 – 12 choreographers

DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship is specially designed for emerging choreographers at varied points in their career. Up to 12 participants are selected through application. Please note that DEVICES is intended for emerging choreographers who have already begun making work in the field. Current MFA students who have already established themselves as professionals outside of their master’s program are welcome. Accomplished undergraduate students may be considered. 2019 Dates and application period to be announced.

DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship unfolds in three distinct parts:


DEVICES kicks off with an intensive retreat from 9 am - 5:30 pm in the dance studios of Hunter College in New York City. Over the course of six days, Doug will share ideas about craft, design and composition.

Key to Doug's process has been the development of finely honed creative games and devices, in which an abundance of material is built quickly then shaped and molded carefully to the specific needs of each dance. A “creation board” of dancers selected by Doug and the Company will be on hand so that participants can create their exercises and studies with dancers versed in this way of working. Company members will serve as guides and moderators throughout the week.

Each day will begin with a warm-up improvisation class to prepare for the day’s activities. Various devices will be explored daily, allowing participating choreographers ample time to create small studies that embrace each new idea.


Following the conclusion of the week-long retreat, Doug will continue to mentor the participants one-on-one over the summer as they each create a new dance on their own dancers. Doug will be available for studio and video feedback. 

NYC SHOWING: August 2019

The full slate of new dances will be presented at Gibney Dance in NYC in August 2018 (date to be announced).



Photo: Maddie Irmen

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SUMMER WORKSHOP | June & July 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


On-campus housing available.

Photo: Erin Baiano

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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