Dance Summer Intensives

Core Courses:
Fusion Dance - 2-3wk
By Portfolio Application:
Dance Conservatory - 3wk

Overview:

SOCAPA’s Summer Dance Program offers Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Fusion intensives 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 live theater performances. Specialty classes are also offered in Breakdancing, African, Musical Theater, and more.

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Recommended Experience
Dance Overview
SOCAPA Dancers perform for the final showcase

Fusion Dance, 2 & 3wk

Students learn one or two stylized pieces of group choreography through which they have the opportunity to focus on technique and form in Contemporary and Hip Hop styles. These group pieces are professionally shot and edited by SOCAPA staff and make for a slick demonstration of your skills. Dance students also have the opportunity to 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 (VT)
  • Length: Two or Three Week
  • Receommended For: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography, Second Dance Video (3wk Only)
Teen Dancers at high school dance program

Contemporary Dance, 1wk

A fast-paced intensive with a focus on Contemporary technique. 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
  • Recommended For: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography
Teen Hip Hop Dancers at high school dance program

Hip Hop Dance, 1wk

A fast-paced intensive with a focus on Hip Hop technique. 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 & Vermont
  • Length: One Week
  • Recommended For: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography
New York City teen dancers perform in summer dance video

Dance Conservatory, 3wk

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 Weeks
  • Recommended For: Advanced
  • Projects: Dance Video, Student Choreography, Headshots, Solo Dance Video
New York City Dancers perform contemporary jazz choreography

Dance Video

When you dance for the camera, there’s no hiding in the back row! SOCAPA dancers learn the focus, precision, and confidence that a successful video shoot requires. They learn to tune out the distractions of an uncontrolled film location, to continue their performance boldly with a videographer zooming in on them for a close-up, and how to execute a fantastic routine on every take. Dancers also enjoy being able to access and share their completed dance videos with friends and family after camp!

New York City Dancers perform contemporary jazz choreography

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Recommended experience varies by intensive. All dancers 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.

One-Week Programs: Beginning to Intermediate

Dancers in our 1-week programs should have at least 2 years of training, dancing 2 or more hours per week.

Fusion Dance: Intermediate to Advanced

Fusion Dancers should be familiar with Hip Hop and Contemporary techniques, and have a minimum of 3 years of formal experience dancing at least 3 hours per week.

Conservatory: Advanced Only

Our Conservatory program is open to Advanced dancers, by portfolio application.

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.

dance studio life magazine

"Learning In Reel Time!"

SOCAPA is featured in Dance Studio Life's February issue! Karen White interviewed instructors Aushi Oskarsdottir, Ashley Rich, and Megz Alfonso, along with SOCAPA dance alumni, and gave a fantastic write-up of our dance program! Check out the article "Learning In Reel Time" to read more, including what Ashley and Megz each took from their own on-camera experiences on So You Think You Can Dance!

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 Dance Videos

Change is Everything - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC To Build a Home - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Shot Down - SOCAPA Dance Video, LA Hourglass - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC Crave You - SOCAPA Dance Video, Los Angeles Ending - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC Made for loving you - SOCAPA Dance Video, LA

Hip-Hop Dance Videos

Get Ugly - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC Formation - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC Hey Mama - SOCAPA Dance Video, NYC Pass That Dutch - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City Don't Tell 'Em - SOCAPA Dance Video, Los Angeles IKO - SOCAPA Dance Video, VT Rock This - SOCAPA Dance Video, New York City