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2021 Summer Dance Intensive 

Session 1: June 14 -25

Session 2: August 9 - 20

Monday-Friday// 9am-5pm

Taught by Resident Artists and Guest Artists of The Hartford Dance Collective, we will dive into the world of contemporary dance and discover the relevance of contemporary training in today’s professional dance scene. Focusing on performance techniques and teamwork, we will dive into elements of dance that we have not been able to practice for the past year. This intensive focuses on each students’ personal goals in dance to help them achieve the training they are looking for. Each two week program culminates in a choreography showcase on the last Friday of the session, open for friends and family to view in person or via virtual livestream.

10 spots available to hard-working passionate teens ages 13-19. All experience and skill levels are welcome. 

This program is in studio learning only and will not have a virtual option. Strict CDC guidelines for Covid protocols will be followed including mask wearing at all times, extra sanitation & hand washing, and social distancing. Participants are responsible for bringing daily lunch, appropriate attire for dancing including a leotard & tights, ballet shoes, jazz shoes, sneakers, and socks. 

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Curriculum:

Contemporary, Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Street Jazz, African Dance, Improvisation, Choreography, Conditioning, Yoga/Meditation

Special Workshops:

Limon, Cunningham, Broadway Jazz, Audition Preparation, Q & A with professional dancers, Dance Photoshoot with professional dance photographer

 

Guest Teaching Artists:

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TIFFANY GRIFFIN was hired on her very first audition and is living her dream as a Radio City Rockette! She has been kicking up her heels there for 10 years. She started her professional career as a dancer at various theme parks including Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World, where she was featured as the enchantress in Beauty and the Beast. She has traveled the world as a dance captain and company manager for Step One Dance Company aboard Holland America, as well as Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. She has appeared on a national commercial for Chase Bank, and a promo for the Superbowl. She’s danced on TV with Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Michael Bublè. Other TV appearances include the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Live with Kelly, Project Runway, the Tony’s, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, the Wendy Williams show, and many others. She’s been a featured dancer in The Duchess of Gerolstein, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Producers. Tiffany has been teaching students since she was 17 and loves to inspire them to live their dreams!

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TY GRAYNOR grew up in Huntington, New York, studying under Catherine Murphy at Holy Trinity High School. His education continued at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, receiving his BFA in Dance in 2018. During undergrad, Ty worked closely with Nina Watt, Stephen Pier, and Miki Orihara. He also performed contemporary works by Doug Varone, Bryan Arias, and Adam Barruch in addition to classical pieces by José Limón, Martha Graham, and Doris Humphrey. Following graduation, Ty studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and performed with Graham 2. In Graham 2, he was featured in leading roles in classic works such as, “Appalachian Spring” (1944), “Acts of Light” (1981), “Secular Games” (1962) and “Diversion of Angels” (1948). In 2019 Ty joined Robin Becker Dance and the Limón Dance Company where he currently resides as a performance and teaching artist.

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ANDREA WEBER was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 - 2011. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique® at New York City Center and The Hartt School. She has also taught at Barnard College, SUNY Purchase, UNCSA, Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, ArcDanz Festival, NYU Tisch, ABT Studio Company, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Exchange and Scenario for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein and Ballet Vlaanderen, Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon, RainForest for the Stephen Petronio Company, Sounddance at UNCSA, How To Pass, Kick, Fall and Run for Boston Conservatory and the American Dance Festival and the Skidmore Event in the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. Andrea arranged and staged the Events for the Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibit at both the Walker Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. For Merce Cunningham’s Centennial, Andrea was the primary stager for Night of 100 Solos: LA. Andrea has been awarded nine Merce Cunningham Trust Fellowships since 2012, reconstructing dances including Travelogue, Ocean, CRWDSPCR and Second Hand.


Below is a sample schedule for 1 week of the program:

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REGISTRATION:

Session 1 (June 14 -25) must register before June 1st.

Session 2 (August 9 - 20) must register before July 27th.

Please send the following to hartforddancecollective@gmail.com:

  • Registration Form

  • Headshot

  • Short dance video (less than 1 minute; no video requirements, just show us what you got!)


PAYMENT:

1 week // $350 + $25 Registration Fee

2 weeks (1 session) // $625 + $25 Registration Fee

4 weeks (2 sessions) // $1,100 + $25 Registration Fee

*Payment plans available, inquire when registering

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds for cancellations after the start date of registered session. Cancellations before that date will receive a 75% refund.


LOCATION:

The Hartford Dance Collective

30 Arbor St. Unit B14, Hartford, CT 06106

For more information contact the Hartford Dance Collective office at 860.461.0795 or hartforddancecollective@gmail.com.