The Cecchetti Council of America sponsors a two-week summer intensive student program. The Summer Intensive program is designed to strengthen the technique, broaden the perspective, and develop artistry of students.
STUDENT International Summer School
The Cecchetti Summer Intensive program for students is designed to strengthen the technique, broaden the perspective, and develop artistry of students ages 11 – 18. The program offers many different dance genres with exceptional guest artists and teachers. The schedule includes ballet technique, men’s class, variations, and jazz. The two-week intensive may include, depending upon the level, additional classes in pointe, pas de deux, character, modern, Flamenco, Pilates mat, yoga, and lecture topics including: Dance History, Nutrition, and Injury Prevention and Care.
Dancers in all levels will participate daily in two ballet technique classes, one dance related class, and one performance rehearsal. The program is open to students of all methods; classical ballet classes taught by the Guest Faculty are free-style and do not include the “set” Cecchetti Syllabus for students. All Classical Ballet Classes will be accompanied by accomplished piano musicians.
Participants are expected to be outstanding students of dance. By signing the application, the sponsoring teacher recommends the applicant for our program. Students must maintain the highest standard of conduct at all times. Refunds are not available to students who leave the program due to misconduct.
- Application must be completed indicating years of serious training; number of ballet classes currently taking per week; and, if applicable, the last CCA exam passed.
- Two 4×5 photographs in solid colored leotard and pink tights must accompany application.
- Photographs must show two poses: tendu a terre to the second position (arms in second) and first arabesque.
- Photographs will be used to assess applicant for acceptance and level placement.
- Final class placement will be determined by the adjudication staff that assesses the dancer’s demonstrated ability within the first two days.
- Students are placed in levels based on age, technique, physique, personal strength and intangibles such as talent, grace and maturity.
Students requesting on campus housing must be 11 years old by December 31 of the current year. Adult supervised housing will be provided for dancers at Kollen Hall on the campus of Hope College. A full nutritional meal plan with three meals per day is provided. Kollen Hall is within walking distance of all classes, and provides double rooms, linen service, and laundry facilities. Students under 18 will be chaperoned by adult counselors throughout the two-week program
Four scholarships will be awarded for the following year’s summer course to dancers in levels C and D. An audition fee is payable the day of registration. Scholarships are awarded at the Awards Banquet held on the Friday evening of the second week.
Scholarships for male dancers are available. Contact Laura McCarthy at Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 734-572-0938.
The Summer School culminates with two public performances at the Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, Michigan. There is no cost to attend the performance.
The CCA offers a shuttle bus from the Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids on the days of registration and at the conclusion of the Summer School. Arrangements must be made in advance.
Hope College is recognized as one of the outstanding liberal arts colleges in the nation with a thriving and expanding dance department. The attractive, first-rate campus is located two blocks from picturesque downtown Holland (view map.)