Dance and Theatre Summer Institute

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The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University is offering a wide variety of summer workshops in both Dance and Theatre for summer 2021. The four-day dance intensives are offered in a wide variety of movement practices including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, postmodern contemporary, flamenco and more! The four-day theatre intensives include a broad range of opportunities including puppetry, screen acting, auditioning, production and much more!

The summer intensives are designed to give students an immersive experience, where students will work with faculty and professional artists on creative projects that represent the variety of courses offered in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. The summer institute is open to students who will be moving into grades 7-12 in the fall of 2021, and welcomes everyone from beginners to students with advanced levels of experience. All students receive a certificate of completion at the end of each workshop.

Early Bird registration fee is $275 for the full-day (9-4p.m.), 4-day intensives. Early Bird registration ends 4 weeks before the start date of each workshop. Need-based scholarships are available. All scholarship applications due May 14. Scholarship form

Please note: We encourage students to take classes in both dance and theatre!  We are offering a range of dates for multiple opportunities to learn in both art forms. 

Animated Puppetry with Olivia Hernandez, Half-Day, Online

June 21-24 | Mon-Thu | 1-4 p.m.

Animation takes many forms, but its oldest form is the art of puppetry and puppeteering. What happens when we combine old and new methods of animated storytelling? In this DIY puppetry workshop, students will craft their own puppets using a variety of objects, devise a short narrative around their puppet, then employ stop motion techniques to create a story using hybrid animation that is both low and high tech, and a lot of fun!

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 21 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Designing Projections for Theatre Production with Olivia Hernandez, Half-Day, Online

June 21-24 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Transform anywhere into a whole new world using virtual backgrounds and visual projections. You can use projection design skills to enhance ordinary and theatrical spaces. Learn how to create imaginative and exciting digital backdrops for Zoom, TikTok, Instagram, and live performance. Play with video framing, angles, and basic projection mapping software to create your own visuals and innovate familiar places. Create your own handheld projector for your camera phone and take your projections with you anywhere you want to go!

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 21 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Tap Dance Intensive I with Serena Christianson, Half-Day, Online

June 28-July 1 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This dance intensive will focus on the fundamental building blocks of tap including vocabulary, technique, balance, weight shift, and clarity of sound. We welcome the “never tapped before” dancer or the “I took a class one time when I was younger” performer. (It’s always good to review the basics!) All levels welcome. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 28 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Tap Dance Intensive II with Jennifer Miller, Half-Day, Online

June 28-July 1 | Mon-Thu | 1-4 p.m.

The Tap Dance Intensive will cover: Technique and Rudiments, Across the Floor Movement, Choreography, Tap History, and Improvisation. The camp is an opportunity for dancers of any level to approach the dance as both a dancer and musician. Tap students will explore the history of tap dance as well as explore music theory while simultaneously working to expand terminology and technique with a modern approach to the art form.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 28 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Flamenco I with Julia Chacon, Full-Day, Online

June 28-July 1 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Flamenco is the music and dance of Southern Spain. It is a percussive dance, influenced by Gypsy, Judaic, Arabic, and Spanish cultures. Through rhythmic patterns, the performers communicate, creating a powerful dynamic between dance, vocals, and music. Explore and learn flamenco dance techniques and work with guitar and vocals to apply new skills.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $300
Registration deadline: June 28 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Let’s Get Writing with A.R. Corwin, Half-Day, Online

July 12-15 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. We'll explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can expand and submit to writing competitions.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 15 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy with A.R. Corwin, Half-Day, Online

July 12-15 | Mon-Thu | 1-4 p.m.

Do you love fantastical and adventurous stories? Are you into creating new worlds and imagining what it might be like in the future? In this exciting and interactive writing workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres so you can write your own thrilling and thought-provoking stories! Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can expand and submit to Science Fiction and Fantasy writing competitions.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 12 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Fearless Auditioning with Jesse Saywell, Full-Day, Online

July 12-15 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

It’s time to harness the power of your imagination to kill it at auditions! This intensive will use focus, practice and play to make the most of your audition moments. Improvisation, cold reads, scene work, monologues will all be covered, as well as information on the industry, headshots and more. Students will learn techniques to take control and get cast more often. Join us!

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $300
Registration deadline: July 12 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Jazz with Alyssa Calvano, Half-Day, Online

July 19-22 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This Jazz Intensive will incorporate elements of Classical Jazz mixed with Street Jazz. This will be an upbeat class that will allow students to expand their knowledge in Jazz while giving them the opportunity to explore new elements of the style. We will be focusing on Jazz technique throughout the class then ending with a fun Street Jazz phrase.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 19 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

African and Afro-Caribbean Dance with Benedicta Akley-Quarshie, Half-Day, Online

July 19-22 | Mon-Thu | 1p.m.-4p.m. 

This is a fun, energetic class where we learn about different indigenous African and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. We will learn dance moves and routines from the aforementioned parts of the world, but also explore the language and history behind each dance introduced in class. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 19 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Hip Hop with Leah Roman, Full-Day, Online

July 19-22 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This Hip Hop Intensive will be focusing on elements of Freestyle Hip Hop - Party Dances and Grooves. This will be an energetic class that will allow students to gain knowledge in HIp Hop foundation and movement while exploring their identity and expression within the Hip Hop technique. We will be focusing on Hip Hop technique throughout the week and then ending with a fun Hip Hop combo.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $300
Registration deadline: July 19 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Mueve Juntos. Move Together. With Holly Smith, Half Day, Online

July 26-29 | Mon-Thu| 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Our bodies are powerful on their own, and when we move together with one another we create a new force. Mueve juntos is an experimental workshop to explore personal movement and practice dancing together in ways that harmonize collective connection and express individuality. Dancers will collaborate on artistic projects that combine free movement, choreography, and digital media (such as video) to work with topics involving social and environmental justice. This workshop encourages dancers of all levels and movement backgrounds to join. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 26 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Saving the World through Theatre with Benedicta Akley-Quarshie, Half-Day, Online

July 26-29 | Mon-Thu | 1-4 p.m.

The main goal of this 4-day Theatre for Social Justice workshop is to engage students in physical performance and conversations related to civic involvement. Using a combination of forum theatre – where the viewers are able to interrupt and change the narrative of the piece, process drama – where both the students and teacher are working in and out of role, and story drama – where literature is used as a ‘springboard’ for participants to explore beyond the actual text, students will be challenged to critically think about stories and dramatic content they encounter, make connections to their own lives, and current happenings in the United States. As an ensemble, we will reimagine already existing dramatic texts and use our voices and beliefs to recreate scenarios centered on equity and social justice. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 26 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Devising for Justice: A New Zoom Theatre with Claire K. Redfield, Full-Day, Online

July 26-19 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Have a passion for justice and performance? This class is for you! Drawing from Brazilian director and radical activist Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, we will explore creating an original performance based on a pressing social issue such as violence, wealth and poverty, or education, through research, improvisation, and interviews. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $300
Registration deadline: July 26 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482