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Winter Contemporary Intensive

2021 WINTER INTENSIVE information and applications are COMING SOON!

The current plan is to host the intensive IN-PERSON in NYC.

2020 info is below, as a reference.

Questions? Email intensive@nycdance.com

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(Dancers age 16-21)

Under the leadership of the former Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alexandra Damiani, the mission of the NYCDA Winter Contemporary Dance Intensive is to offer an insight into international contemporary dance. The program allows aspiring professional dancers the opportunity to experience the work of established and emerging international contemporary choreographers, within a classroom and rehearsal setting. This intensive lays the groundwork for the expectations of any prestigious college dance program or a first exposure to the concert dance company experience. This winter session will focus on the repertory work of 3 selected choreographers.

Past choreographic repertory has included the works of:

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter…. and more.

December 27-31, 2020


Virtual: $600

In-Person: $750*

*Current plans do not include in-person dancers. Everyone will be notified if circumstances change and in-person classes are a possibility – with limited capacity.

This program is presented through the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF). All proceeds will benefit the NYCDAF College Scholarship Program. There will be no financial assistance or scholarships available for the Winter Dance Intensive.

The current plan is to host this program virtually. Should a ‘hybrid’ approach be possible, program participants may travel to NYC and are responsible for their own housing and food. A hybrid approach will offer limited in-person capacity.

The NYCDA Winter Contemporary Dance Intensive will accept a limited enrollment of aspiring professional dancers ages 16- 21. Admittance is granted by video audition only. Entire Application process and video placement is required of ALL dancers.

All prospective Contemporary Dance Intensive students must provide:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Photo or headshot
  3. One letter of recommendation from a dance instructor or qualified dance professionals. Dancers that have received an invitation of automatic acceptance to this program may upload their award certificate in lieu of the recommendation letter.
  4. Video (required of ALL dancers in attendance for audition/placement – see guidelines below). Simple in-studio cell phone video is acceptable.
  5. Copy of Birth Certificate
  6. Non-refundable Application Fee of $40.00 paid by credit card.

All applications must be submitted via online link by November 18, 2020.

Dancers who have complete applications/videos prior to November 18 may receive early notification regarding acceptance. We encourage early applications – first come, first served – subject to availability.

All dancers with complete applications will be notified of acceptance by November 25, 2020. A wait list will be utilized.

Accepted dancers must confirm their spot with a $150 non-refundable deposit – due upon acceptance.

Full payment is due by December 4, 2020.

All audition videos must include the following:

  1. Video intro of dancer that includes name and age.
  2. Ballet (required) - Present a short adagio and a grande allegro combination demonstrating control, line, extension, jumps and turns.
  3. Contemporary (required) - Present a short 1 minute solo.

Maximum video length is 5 minutes.

Dancers will be divided into groups for morning ballet, modern and contemporary technique classes. Afternoons and evenings will consist of choreographic work sessions/rehearsals, where dancers will learn the repertory of selected international contemporary choreographers. The work is always presented by a company representative sanctioned by the actual choreographer. Improvisation, strength training and professional forums are also included.

Informal Zoom Showcase on December 31. More details will be provided.

Apply HERE for the Winter Intensive →

Questions? Email intensive@nycdance.com