The summer program is an intensely charged arena for the development and maturation of young, aspiring dancers. Classical ballet and contemporary dance classes are supplemented with jazz, tap, character dance, and modern. To help prevent injury and improve muscular strength, Conditioning classes are regularly held. To understand the demands of repertory pieces, students will learn the principles of Composition and Choreography, encouraging them to create their own pieces. Furthermore, Theatre and French classes round out the intensive program. It is a complete, consolidated, and comprehensive dance-training package.
Levels: Intermediate to Pre-Professional
The summer program has featured guest teachers in classical ballet and contemporary dance from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Donetsk Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre among others. The teachers introduce the students to varied styles of dance including Horton, Limon and Graham for Contemporary Dance, and Bournonville and Russian in Classical Ballet.
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Her work as a professional performer includes favorite roles in Cats, The Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity. She has staged ballets for numerous professional companies both in the US and abroad. Her contemporary work has landed her several awards including Top Honors and Outstanding Choreography at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York and Outstanding Contemporary at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland as well as gold and silver medals at the 2013 New York City Dance Alliance. She has extensive experience as a director and choreographer for universities, in addition to regional and touring companies including such productions as: Pippin, Urinetown, Annie, Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors, Swing It! (national premiere) and Once on This Island. Ms. Ruark had the pleasure of travelling with the cast from American University to St. Petersburg, Russia for the international debut of their reworking of Jane Martin’s “Talking With” featuring her choreography. In 2012, Ms. Ruark became a resident artist with the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project where she works with such luminaries as Ben Vereen, Lloyd Culbreath, Terrence Mann, John Parks, Donna McKechnie, Christopher D’Amboise, and Debra McWaters. Later that year, she joined the dance faculty of the renowned Imagination Stage in Washington D.C. where she instructs and choreographs the next generation of musical theatre performers.
Summer Intensive Levels
9AM - 3:30PM
MON, WED, & FRI
Students from the Intermediate Program are eligible for the Level 1 Intensive Program Camp. For three days a week, for five weeks, students will dedicate their time and energy in a complete dance training package which includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Production, Tap, and Performance.
Tuition - One payment of $691
Due by 5/15
9AM - 4PM
MON - FRI
Students from the Apprentice Program are eligible for the Level 2 Intensive Program Camp. The camp requires more focus and dedication as students are committed to five days a week of training for five weeks. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance, Performance, and Conditioning.
Tuition - One payment of $1,134
Due by 5/15
10AM - 5PM
MON - FRI
Pre-Professional Students are eligible for the Advanced Intensive Program Camp. At this level, students must engage in a highly focused environment where they are challenged to expand their standards and grow as artists. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance, Performance, and Conditioning.
Tuition - One payment of $1,285
Due by 5/15
Summer Show 2019
La Slyphide, Requiem, and Kosmos