Last week was the Passion 4 Dance summer intensive at Cecil Dancenter. There were 12 dancers between the ages of 11 and 15 that attended the intensive Monday-Friday. I taught on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I had a great time. This group of dancers are the ones that I taught during the year, and I also taught the same intensive last year. So, for the past 2 years I have seen them all grow tremendously right before my eyes. Not only have they grown in height and maturity, but they are growing into beautiful dancers and artists.
During the week we did a wide variety of techniques and styles which included classical ballet, contemporary ballet, improv, choreography, jazz, contemporary/modern, lyrical, conditioning, jumps/tricks/turns, and stretch. This was a chance for the dancers to gain more experience in other genres and therefore, become more versatile. They also had a lot of practice with learning choreography as well as fine-tuning their technique. For every style of dance, I taught a routine that was over a minute long. They say you should be able to really learn a minute of choreography in an hour, but these dancers were learning it in about 40 minutes. Picking up choreography and truly learning it so that you could do it on your own takes a lot of practice. It's just like improving your technique; you have to continuously do it in order to get better. Even though there were times when the dancers forgot the choreography, I was so impressed with the way they took on the challenge. It's not about being perfect, it's about giving it your all.
contemporary- group 1
contemporary- group 2