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Students in the three-week Dance Conservatory program receive individual coaching from our professional dance faculty in solo choreography and technique. In addition to developing and performing group choreography for a professionally shot dance video, each student choreographs and performs a solo dance piece that will be filmed on location in a city venue that engages viewers while complementing the mood and expression of the student’s performance. Students leave the program with a polished solo performance video to send to agents, submit with college or conservatory applications, and send to family and friends.
No two dancers share the same style or stage presence. The Dance Conservatory program allows students to receive individualized attention from our professional dance faculty and work one-on-one to develop new techniques. The solo choreography that students create reflects their unique style and personality while showcasing the full range of their talents.
The first week of SOCAPA's Dance Conservatory program follows closely, and shares classes with, our two-week Core Dance program. Students develop techniques and learn group choreography in order to perform in the two-week group dance video. During this first week, conservatory instructors will get to know the abilities and strengths of each dancer, and help students generate ideas for their solo choreography.
The second week of the program focuses on the development of compelling solo dance choreography. Students are coached one-on-one by our professional dance instructors to develop new skills and perfect technique.
During the third week, each dancer performs their solo dance on location at a unique venue around the city. From a Dumbo loft to a Manhattan rooftop, Venice Beach to Downtown Hollywood, each solo features a cool and compelling backdrop. These performances are professionally filmed and edited by our SOCAPA staff, and are screened for the entire camp and parents at our Final Friday Showcase. Solos are hosted online on each student's SOCAPA Portfolio page, making it easy to share. Students also have the opportunity to perform live, for an audience and their parents, at the Final Showcase.
SOCAPA asks that students applying to our Conservatory Dance Program 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:
We look forward to seeing your wonderful work!
SOCAPA's Dance Conservatory is reserved for students who wish to develop new techniques in contemporary dance. Classes and individualized coaching will not be provided in the hip-hop style.
Students in SOCAPA's Photography Program take professional-quality headshots and dance shots for each three-week dancer to use for applying to jobs or showing off to friends and family.
Cutting-edge choreography combined with professional-quality cinematography and editing make for an instantly compelling dance video to share with friends and family or to use as an audition piece.
Dance Conservatory students perform their own original choreography in a dance video that combines their creativity, talent, personality, and style. Each video is completely unique, and features a cool and compelling back-drop that will complement the choreography. Solo videos are tailored to spotlight the individual abilities of a dancer, making them ideal for submissions to colleges, conservatories, and agents.
"My daughter Nikki had a fabulous time from the beginning to end. She totally enjoyed the classes, meeting new people, dancing and the evenings out and about. Everything was great! Thank you!"
Karen D., New York, USA