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Summer at Cornish

The Pacific Northwest provides a dramatic background for daily classes in our beautiful, historic Capitol Hill campus. Summer at Cornish’s Dance program has a long, reputable history, and integrates current and guest faculty in a classical ballet and modern dance curriculum. Dancers will experience demanding classes that stress technique, artistry, composition, and respect for the health of the whole dancer.

Dance intensives and workshops are designed for pre-college students, young adults, teachers and children. Choose the program that is right for you. Summer dance students may also contact the office to ask about our class drop in policy. Cornish offers a dynamic residential experience in the heart of the city for students 15 years and older. A full schedule of extracurricular activities is included in the residential package. The Dance College Preparation Intensive and Teen Dance Intensives require an audition. We offer two on-campus auditions and accept auditions online. See the course listing for more information. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Sessions

         
Session Dates
Pre-College Intensives June 2 – August 29
Young Adults Intensives June 2 – August 29
Children’s Intensives July 7 – August 8
Dance Conditioning Workshops June 2 - August 29
Teacher Workshops August 4 – August 8

Courses vary in price from $125 to $1400. If tuition is paid in full by May 2, 2014, a 10% discount is available. View individual course listing for specifics. Housing and scholarships are available for dancers ages 15 to 18 attending Dance’s Pre-College Intensives.

Pre-College Intensives

Ages 13 – 18 years

The pre-college intensives are technique and composition based programs which include classical ballet, pointe, modern, composition, jazz, improvisation, Pilates and character dance. The daily format offers intense training for dancers who want to gain strength, improve technique and acquire the knowledge of a new discipline. Dancers are placed in morning technique classes by technical skill and afternoon classes by age. Students ages 15 to 18 are tracked in our Dance College Preparation Intensive which will also include essay writing for college admissions, basic anatomy, college options for dancers, development of artistry, improvisation and the creation of a solo. Students earn two college credits upon successful completion of the Dance College Preparation Intensive.

Teen Intensive dancers 13 to 15 will take afternoon classes in ballet vocabulary, music for dancers, basic anatomy, improvisation and composition. Our experienced faculty nurtures the whole dancer in a healthy, encouraging environment. Musical Theater Intensives are also offered for students that would like to gain advanced ability in dance, vocal and acting skills. All classes will be held at our historic Kerry Hall campus in spacious, sky lit studios. Our program is attended by national and international students. Scholarships and Housing are offered for students ages 15 to 18 years old.

Young Adult Intensives

Ages 11 – 12 years

These intensives focus on technique, strengthening and a clear understanding of dance alignment. In addition to technique classes, creative work is also introduced through composition and improvisation classes. Our faculty has a deep understanding of how to develop confidence and skill in aspiring young adults. Classes are offered at an intermediate level for 11 to 12 years. Intensive classes typically include: classical ballet, modern, composition, jazz, improvisation, character dance and hip hop. Afternoon seminars in ballet vocabulary, music for dancers and tap have also been included.

Cornish has a long-standing tradition in children’s dance programming. Our Preparatory Dance program has been part of dance at Cornish for over 50 years and offers classes throughout the academic school year. All summer dance classes will be held at our historic Kerry Hall campus in spacious, sky lit studios. It is recommended that students attending our Young Adults Intensives have studied 2 to 3 days a week for at least two years. Intermediate students can contact us with placement questions, or request a 15 minute placement audition. Placement classes are held at Cornish and are scheduled January through April.

Children’s Intensives

Ages 3.5 – 10 years

These three day to one week intensives focus on technique, strengthening and a clear understanding of dance alignment. Creative work is also introduced through composition and improvisation classes. Our faculty has a deep understanding of how to develop confidence and skill in aspiring youth. Classes are offered at a beginning and intermediate level for 3.5 to 10 years.

Intensives typically include: classical ballet or creative movement, modern, composition, musical theater, improvisation, acting skills, and character dance. Cornish has a long-standing tradition in children’s dance programming. Our Preparatory Dance program has been part of dance at Cornish for over 50 years and offers classes throughout the academic school year. All summer dance classes will be held at our historic Kerry Hall campus in spacious, sky lit studios. If you are unsure of placement, please contact us with placement questions, or request a 15 minute placement audition. Placement classes are held at Cornish and are scheduled January through April.

Conditioning Workshops

Ages 12 - 18 years

No online registration available. See specific course for information about registration. Dance workshops are offered in June and late August for dancers who want to pick up technique classes to stay fit. A workshop includes pre-registering for a series of single or multiple technique classes in ballet, modern or jazz.

Teacher Workshops

Ages 18+

Cornish College of the Arts has a long standing reputation of addressing the whole dancer and reaching out at every stage of dance training to communicate the most effective training methods to ensure the desired aesthetic and the health of the dancer. Both beginning and seasoned teachers are encourage to participate in our summer workshops to stimulate new strategies and share in dynamic discussions among peers. Experienced presenters will provide materials for instructors to take and use in their practices.  A certificate of participation will be awarded after completion of all of our teacher workshops. 

Summer dance students may contact the summer dance office to ask about our class drop in policy, please contact us.

Dance Schedule

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Course Date Ages Price
August Creative Dance Intensive
August 4— 6
M T W
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
3.5 – 5 $150.00
Back to Dance Workshop
August 18— 28
M T W Th
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
12 – 18 $0.00
Beginner Dance Intensive
August 4— 8
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
8 – 10 $465.00
Bound for Broadway Musical Theater Dance Intensive
July 7— 11
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
13 – 18 $465.00
Dance College Preparation Intensive
July 14— August 1
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
15 – 18 $1,400.00
How Joints Work With Muscles in a Dance Class Instructor Workshop
August 7— 8
Th F
9:00 am — 2:00 pm
18 + $125.00
Introductory Dance Intensive
August 6— 8
W Th F
9:00 am — 3:00 pm
6 – 7 $285.00
July Creative Dance Intensive
July 9— 11
W Th F
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
3.5 – 5 $150.00
Pre-Teen Dance Intensive
July 7— 18
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
11 – 12 $895.00
Show Stopper Musical Theater Dance Intensive
July 7— 11
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
9 – 12 $465.00
Stay in Shape Dance Workshop
June 2— 26
M T W Th
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
12 – 18 $0.00
Teaching the Fundamentals of Children's Ballet Instructor Workshop
August 4— 6
M T W
8:30 am — 2:30 pm
18 + $200.00
Teen Three Week Dance Intensive
July 14— August 1
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
13 – 18 $1,400.00
Teen Two Week Dance Intensive
July 14— 25
M T W Th F
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
13 – 18 $895.00
Summer