How to make the best of your Summer Intensive
Hi there Ballet Freaks!! Some of you may have already begun your Summer Intensives and some of you may be leaving soon! Kyla and I leave Friday and we are super excited! Who else is looking forward to their SI?!
At some point in your training you will adventure away to a Summer Intensive program away from home. These programs are great to get yourself out there in the ballet world and to further your ballet training. Most of the time these programs are expensive…so you definitely want to use your time wisely while you are there.
I think one of the biggest things to do when you attend a Summer Intensive away from home is to keep an open mind about everything. You are there to learn and observe as much as possible in the few short weeks. You may be introduced to new styles of ballet and you might feel uncomfortable about it, or you may simply not enjoy it as much as other styles. Honestly that can be normal, and that is alright. Just remember there is always something to work on and thats one of the greatest things about ballet…you can always find something to keep you motivated and occupied.
Each program varies in length but they are typically between 4-6 weeks long. Most intensives don’t only offer ballet technique classes. From the intensives I have been at we have had character and contemporary classes, pas de deux, along with ballet history and repertoire . Most of the time kids come from studios where these classes are not available to them. (I had little experience with contemporary and character classes.) This is such a great opportunity to get more experienced with other styles of dance. These other forms of dance will also help you with your ballet training, especially since most companies perform a variety of repertoire.
Keeping a notebook to write down corrections, thoughts, etc, can be really helpful to fully absorb all of the information. Once written down you will be able to look back on this in the future. Usually we get an insane amount of corrections, so reviewing them before class may help you remember and apply them better throughout the class.
Being able to work with different teachers is also another great aspect of training away during the summer. Each teacher has something different to offer technically and artistically. Building good relationships with these teachers will benefit your training and your future career, you never know who you may encounter in the future. Depending on the program, sometimes current or former dancers from the past few years will teach some classes. They are up to date with how it is like to be working as a professional ballet dancer. You can gain some good knowledge and perspective from them.
Here it is simplified:
- Keep a notebook
- Write down corrections, comments, questions, observations..
- Keep a positive attitude
- Keep an open mind.
- Take in what the teachers are giving to you..really absorb everything possible.
- Work to your fullest each day.
- Write down your goals and what you want to improve on.
- Be like a sponge and absorb all the knowledge, corrections, technique, styles, etc as much as possible.
In all seriousness…we need to remember why we are dancing….what are we doing all this for… Remember to have fun and don’t go to hard on yourself. Love what you do and do It because you love it.
Have a great summer intensive everyone!!!