It is important to rest and take vacation time over the summer. However taking and entire summer off for the most serious dancers is not an option. It is amazing how fast the body loses strength and technique. Dancers do not want to undo all of the progress made in technique over the past year. Dancers Health rated Summer Dance Intensives as the number one way for dancers to stay in shape during the summer. The main reasons dancers look to take summer dance intensives are to reduce the risk of injury when they start a regular regimen in the fall and to have dedicated time blocks to work on technique and skills they would not be able to do with other time commitments during the school year. Staying in dance shape during the summer will teach you about yourself, your dreams, and your aspirations.
We understand the importance technique has in the overall performance of a dancer. The BDCS Dance Intensive program is designed to push dancers to the next level. We keep dancers engaged all day with different classes in technique including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Acro Dance. Along with regular technique classes, the students will delve into topics such as dance history, nutrition for dancers, injury prevention, stretching and strengthening techniques, the art of improvisation, and the basics of choreography. Our faculty have experience in dance, theater, musicals, and film. Brand new for the 2018 Intensive, BDCS has partnered with CLI studios in California. This partnership allows us to bring over 90 of the hottest top choreographers including tWitch, Kathryn McCormick, and Allison Holker right to our location through live steaming classes straight from Hollywood. Now providing a training experience to our intensive students they will not find anywhere else!
Maureen Rafferty is a graduate of Montgomery County Community College where she was the Vice President/Choreographer/Dancer for the school’s Dance Ensemble. In the spring of 2012, she was honored to have her choreography adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University. She has performed in several plays and musicals at theaters in and around the local area. She also has been a part of numerous films shot in the Philadelphia area.
Chijioke Robinson has a BA in Human Service Counseling and Dance Performance from Old Dominion University. Ms. Robinson also had her MA in Education and Mental Health Counseling from UPenn. She has an extensive performance career and performed with Miss America Pagent, Operation Smiles, Todd Rosenlieb’s Second Company, Dancers and Mina Estrada (D.A.M.E), Philadanco II, and Danse4Nia Dance Ensemble.