The one-week Dance Boot Camp intensive introduces students to the discipline of dance at a professional level. Students focus on one style and work to learn the choreography of a one to two minute piece, which they perform on location in a professional video dance shoot as well as for a live audience at the Friday Showcase.
In addition to learning group choreography, students, in small groups, are guided through the process of choreographing and perfecting a one to two minute dance of their own creation. These student choreography pieces will also be performed live at the Final Showcase.
Perform in costume and on location with a professional film crew in a video dance experience like no other.
"with the explosion of video dance providing opportunities for commercial and amateur dancers alike, it’s important that dancers understand the technical requirements of dancing on camera... SOCAPA lessons include absorbing lessons in onscreen performance... adapting to unusual dance environments... and understand the boldness required when performing for the back row of an audience vs the subtlety necessary when a camera is inches from your face."
SOCAPA's dance bootcamp is intended for beginning to intermediate dancers. All applicants should have at least 2 years of training dancing 2 or more hours per week. Students should be familiar with basic dance terminology and be able to demonstrate technique. 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.
Contemporary dance is informed by and borrows from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it also incorporates elements from many other styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.
"Freestyle" or "improvisational" in nature, hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of styles. SOCAPA teaches a studio dance style of hip-hop that incorporates both creative improvisation and traditional steps.
SOCAPA Dance students are assigned a choreography project and work in small groups to prepare a short, original piece to be presented at the Final Showcase. Students are responsible for everything from music selection to costuming, and are encouraged to explore tempo changes, transitions, floor work, phrasing, and partner work. There is allotted time to work on the project in and outside of class and faculty will be there to guide you through the process and push your work to the next level.
Students at our Los Angeles summer campus enjoy the advantages of being in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. Chosen as home base by the film industry because of its nonstop sunshine and beautiful scenery, Hollywood, California, has become synonymous with making movies. SOCAPA's summer camps in LA are held at Occidental College, known as the Princeton of the West.Los Angeles Campus Details
SOCAPA has two campuses in New York City. Our pre-college campus for ages 15-18 is located in the East Village of Manhattan at Astor Place where we use NYU facilities (classrooms, studios, theaters) and the New School's Residence Hall. Our shorter boot camp programs for younger high school students are hosted at Pratt University and FGSC on the Steiner Studios Film Lot in Brooklyn. Our Brooklyn Campus is temporarily closed.New York City Campus Details
SOCAPA has two summer camp locations in Vermont: one at Champlain College, situated in the picturesque city of Burlington, and the other at the Burke Mountain Hotel in East Burke, a summer haven for mountain biking and other outdoor sports.Vermont Campuses Details