Dance Summer Intensives

Overview:

SOCAPA’s Summer Dance Program is a Contemporary Jazz and Hip-Hop intensive that also features specialty classes in Breakdancing, African, Musical Theater, and more. Classes are geared towards learning cutting-edge choreography at an accelerated pace in preparation for professional-quality dance videos shot by SOCAPA staff. Students also work in small groups to create their own routines that are featured in a live theater performance.

Required Experience & Audition Guidelines
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Dance Overview
SOCAPA Dancers perform for the final showcase

Core Dance, 2 and 3 Week

Students learn one or two stylized pieces of group choreography through which they have the opportunity to focus on technique and form. These group pieces are professionally shot and edited by SOCAPA staff and make for a slick demonstration of your skills. In addition, students have the opportunity to take class with guest teachers, headshots and dance shots with SOCAPA photographers, and create unique pieces of student choreography in small groups which will be performed live at the final showcase.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Two and Three Week
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography, Headshots (3wk Only), Second Dance Video (3wk Only)

Course is good for:

  • Intermediate to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19
Teen Dancers at high school dance program

Dance Boot Camp, 1wk

A fast-paced intensive that introduces students to the discipline of dance at a professional level. Students work on a single piece of choreography that will be transformed into a dance video to take home as well as performed live at the final showcase.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: One Week
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography

Course is good for:

  • Intermediate to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19
New York City teen dancers perform in summer dance video

Dance Conservatory, 3 Week

For Advanced students only, the three-week Dance Conservatory program provides individual coaching in solo choreography and technique. Students leave the program with a polished solo performance video to send to agents, submit to college or conservatory applications, or send to family and friends.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City & Los Angeles
  • Length: Three Week
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography, Headshots, Solo Dance Video

Course is good for:

  • Advanced
  • Ages 13-19
New York City Dancers perform contemporary jazz choreography

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

SOCAPA offers Intermediate to Advanced dance intensives for teens. All applicants should have at least two to three years of consistent training. Students should dance a minimum of three hours per week and ideally have experience in a variety of disciplines. Students should be familiar with basic dance terminology, be able to demonstrate Jazz technique and/or be comfortable with fundamental Hip-Hop movement principles such as isolations and groove. Most importantly, students should be eager and prepared to dance between 5-6 hours a day and be open to learning new styles while pushing themselves physically and mentally.

Vermont Dancers during assesment class

ASSESSMENT CLASS

There is a placement and assessment class on the first day of the session; students are evaluated by the SOCAPA Dance faculty and assigned to a group based on skill, performance, enrollment, and the dancer's preferred focus (Contemporary Jazz or Hip-Hop). While all classes are taught at their respective level, instructors work hard to cater to each student's individual needs.

Classes are taught to the highest level in the class, while each student is supported and challenged. Our seasoned staff is adept at creating choreography that will showcase each student's abilities while challenging the group as a whole.

Dancers

AUDITION GUIDELINES

SOCAPA asks that all students applying to any of our dance programs include a link to a video sample of their work as a part of the "registration details" section of their application. Any video quality is accepted, but this video should:

For All Dance Applicants

  • Be 1-3 minutes in length
  • Clearly feature the applicant
  • Be shared through YouTube, Vimeo, a personal website, or a similar site.
  • For Conservatory Applicants

  • Feature the applicant in a solo performance
  • Provide full body views
  • We look forward to seeing your wonderful work!

    CONTEMPORARY JAZZ OR HIP-HOP

    In the Registration Details section of your online application, you will be asked which style you prefer to have more classes in: Hip-Hop, Contemporary Jazz, or Both Equally. All students receive instruction in both styles but will focus on one style for the class choreography piece(s) to be filmed. Which style this will be depends on a number of factors such as enrollment, student experience/level, and indicated preference. We cannot pre-determine the levels of our students, nor can students register for a specific level. Grouping of students is determined on the first day of the program. Students are encouraged to state their preferred style when they enroll, and we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Classes are taught to the highest level in the class, while each student is supported and challenged. Our seasoned staff are adept at creating choreography that will showcase each student’s abilities while challenging the group as a whole.

    Dancers perform choreography at Champlain College, Vermont

    STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY

    To round out the curriculum and provide students with a creative outlet, SOCAPA Dance students are assigned a choreography project and work in small groups to prepare a short, original piece. There is allotted time to work on the project outside of class and faculty guidance when needed. Dancers perform the class choreography, as well as their original work, on stage for a live audience in conjunction with the Acting Program’s scene presentations. In this way, students gain invaluable experience in both commercial and concert styles of dance and performance.

    Dance Faculty

    SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals with recent and ongoing experience as performers, educators and choreographers. Drawn from some of the top universities and dance programs, including Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, NYU and The Boston Ballet School, and having taught and performed all over the world, the instructors at SOCAPA guide the students through the Program with delicacy, energy and skill.

    Los Angeles actors and filmmakers celebrate after seeing a movie

    EXTRA-CURRICULAR

    Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Spring Awakening, Hair, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.

    Actress Melissa Leo visits the New York City Campus

    MASTER CLASSES

    At least once per session, SOCAPA invites a top industry professional from the New York or Hollywood film or performing arts scene to come to campus and lead a master class for all students, regardless of focus. Some past guests include Academy Award-Winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams), writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly, Safe Men, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), actor Luis Guzman (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Carlito's Way, Anger Management), writer Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens), actor Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse), the four lead characters from American Teen, filmmaker Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas), actor Sarah Clarke (TV show 24, Thirteen) screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man), director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets), comedian Matt Walsh (The Daily Show, Bad Santa, Upright Citizens Brigade), and the cast of Hair and Spring Awakening on Broadway.

    Sample Work

    We are incredibly proud of the work our students create at SOCAPA. Check out some sample Dance Videos below or explore an actual Student Dance Portfolio!

    Contemporary Jazz Dance Videos

    To Build a Home - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Next to You - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Crave You - SOCAPA Dance Video, Los Angeles Young Blood - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Dark Paradise - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Llorando - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City

    Hip-Hop Dance Videos

    Pass That Dutch - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Don't Tell 'Em - SOCAPA Dance Video, Los Angeles Lemonade - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Rock This - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City
    • New York city teen dancers perform at the final showcase
    • High school dance program dancers in NYC dance video
    • NYC Summer dancers at a loft in brooklyn
    • Solo and group dances at SOCAPA Dance
    • NYC teen dancers on location for summer dance video