The School of Ballet Arizona Students. Photo by by Brianne Bland.
For most kids, summers are a time for vacations and days spent at water parks but for ballet students, summers present an opportunity to mix fun with rigor by attending a Summer Intensive program. The School of Ballet Arizona (SBAZ), like most major ballet schools, will be holding its sixth summer intensive from June 11th – July 20th.
The purpose of an intensive is twofold, benefiting our students and our school. For the students, it is an opportunity to grow and develop their skills as dancers. As to why the program is called an intensive, students from across the Valley and the country will grace the studios Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 4:30 pm, taking 6 classes a day for 6 weeks straight. The curriculum varies from classical technique, pointe, and pas de deux to jazz, modern, and flamenco. Not only does the program expose students to new types of dance but it exposes them to students from different backgrounds who have trained in other techniques. For the school, it is an opportunity to grow our reputation on a local and national level.
Throughout the intensive, students will learn specific repertoire and pieces that will culminate in a performance held for their friends and families at Ballet Arizona’s Dorrance Theatre. In addition to their dance classes, activities are set up for students to experience everything Phoenix has to offer. School Director Anthony Jones’ wish for the Summer Intensive is “to be a rich program in and out of the studio, with students experiencing a diversity of classes and experiencing life in Phoenix. And of course for them to leave feeling they have learned something, enjoyed a fantastic summer and want to return. Plus, tell their friends about it!”
The School of Ballet Arizona students. Photo by Brianne Bland.