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 looses strength and technique. Dancers do not want to regress 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 durning the summer. The main reasons dancers look to take summer dance intensives is to reduce the risk of injury when they start a regular regimine 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 commentments 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. BDCS Dance Intensive program is designed to push dancers to the next level. We keep dancers engaged all day with different classes in technique, conditioning, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Improvisation, and Choreography. Our faculty have experience in dance, theater, musicals, and film. We also invite guest artist each year giving students in our program a wide range of style, technique and experiences. BDCS provides a safe environment for students to explore movement and technique that will only enhance their overall performance.
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.
BDCS' Summer Dance Intensive program runs for two weeks starting July 10th through July 20th. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Students enrolled in the program will need to wear a leotard, tights, dance shorts and appropriate shoes for each class. Hair is to be worn pulled back and out of the face for all classes. Students need to bring a bagged lunch, snacks and plenty of water daily.