Session 2 July 20 - August 2
EMIA's summer dance intensive enables each individual to achieve the highest level of excellence in a positive collaboration between dancer and artist in an environment where they can feel safe and motivated. Day and residential students, ages 14 and above, elect to attend either a two-week program or the full four-week institute at The Marvelwood School in the rural hills of Kent, CT. Dancers take classes in ballet, modern, African, tap, hip-hop, theatre jazz, yoga, composition, percussion and repertory taught by an outstanding team of nationally and internationally known artists/teachers and choreographers. In addition to rigorous technique classes and repertory rehearsals, students are encouraged to choreograph their own works or participate in works choreographed by other students. Each week different guest artists will teach classes concluding in weekly student performances for families and open to the community. A variety of activities are woven into each session including the history of dance; the business of dance; dance programs and degree institutions; tips on body conditioning; safety and health. Students focus on learning from one another, creating a global community of dancers who have the opportunity to experience and share the traditions and the arts of many cultures.
To attend one or both sessions of EMIA's 2013 summer intensives, you must audition and complete the online application. You do not however need to audition before you apply. The sooner you complete the online application the better.
Acceptance to the program following the audition, does not guarantee a space. We would like to accept everyone, but we are limited by dorm space. Your space will be guaranteed if you apply (and do not intend to apply for a scholarship) and send in a deposit of $150. If you are applying for a scholarship, your space will be guaranteed after the awards are made in May, you accept the terms of the award and send in your deposit.
If you have any questions email steffen@EMIAdance.org or call Steffen 860.350.6494 during regular business hours. All application and audition forms, materials, etc. should be emailed, faxed to 860.210.1986, or mailed to EMIA at 2 Merry Acres Lane, New Milford, CT 06776
All dancers must audition prior to acceptance into the program. Acceptances will be sent out two to three weeks after auditioning. If there is no audition location near you, you must send in an audition DVD as described below.
Applications are being taken online to insure accuracy of information. Click here or on the link below to complete the application. You will be notified that your submission was successful. If for some reason, you can not apply online, please contact us. It is important that you contact us as we can not be responsible for applications not received. Pay particular attention in the application to the letter of intent. This should explain what you hope to learn at EMIA this summer and why you would like to attend.
For dancers interested in receiving a partial scholarship, you must complete the online application in addition to the general application. Click here or on the link below to complete the application. You will be notified that your submission was successful. Pay particular attention to the statement of need in the online application explaining why you need financial assistance. In addtion, you will also need to submit page one ONLY of your family's most recent IRS 1040 tax form via email, fax or mail.
Scholarship awards notifications will be made in May. Note, all dancers must pay something toward tuition and there are several levels of scholarship awards. All dancers who are awarded a scholarship will be considered work study with small tasks to complete throughout the intensive. Work study captains and resident assistants will be selected by Mr. Mosley..If the link above does not work click here
Audition sites are listed below by state, then location. Please note, as dates and times are confirmed, they will be updated on this web page. Once you have selected a site, please download the Audition Application form and email, fax, mail the completed form to EMIA or bring it with you to the audition. If the specific location, date and time are not posted at this time, you may send in your audition form noting the desired location, and you will be notified of the date and time of the audition as soon as it is available.
Promptness: Please arrive promptly at the registration time posted, which will allow for warm-up time between registration and audition start time.
Photo:A clear head shot must be emailed to steffen@EMIAdance.org prior to or immediately following your audition. It must be a close up of your face.
Attire:Please be dressed, with all jewelry removed, hair pulled back tightly (secured in a bun if possible), warmed-up and ready to start at the posted time wearing the following:
Women: black leotard, pink or black tights, and ballet shoes.
Men: white fitted tank top, black tights, dance belt and ballet shoes.
Women: black leotard, pink or black footless tights.
Men: white fitted tank top, black footless tights, and dance belt.
For students OUTSIDE the audition site areas, in lieu of an audition, please:
Email a head shot as noted above and mail Audition Form and an audition video (preferred). Or mail an audition DVD. Make sure that your name is printed on the DVD. If you wish to have the DVD returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
The BRIEF audition footage, clearly showing the applicant, should include: a combination of no more than 32 counts that includes an adagio, pirouette, and petite allegro. You should also show a 90 second solo preferably modern or contemporary.
|Trumbull/ Bridgeport||Regional Center for the Arts||Monday||2:00-4:00pm|
|30 Lindeman Drive,||February 10|
|Trumbull, CT 06611||snow date March 4|
|New Haven||Educational Center for the Arts, ACES||Thursday||4:30-6:00pm|
|55 Audubon Street||February 27|
|New Haven, CT||snow date March 10|
|Hartford||Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts||Friday||4:15-5:45|
|15 Vernon St.||February 21|
|Hartford, CT 06106||snow date Feb. 28|
|Waterbury||Connecticut Dance Theatre(Gym)||Wednesday||3:30-5:00pm|
|120 Bank Street||February 26|
|Waterbury, CT 06706|
|Boston, MA||Origination Cultural Arts Center||Interested MA Students||Contact Sheryl Thomas|
|11 Walnut Parkemail@example.com|
|New York, NY||Manhattan Movement||Sunday||1:30 Registration|
|Arts Center||March 9||2:00-5:00 Audtion|
|248 West 60th Street|
|New York, NY 10023|
|Brooklyn, NY||Broolyn High School||Friday||4:00 registration|
|of the Arts||March 7||4:30-6:00 audition|
|345 Dean Street|
|Brooklyn, NY 11217|
|Bronx, NY||Cultural Arts Center||TBD|
|4450 Broadway 2nd Fl||TBD|
|New York, NY 10033|
|Montclair, NJ||Montclair State University||Sunday||10:30am registration|
|123 Life Hall||March 2||11:00-1:00audition|
|Montclair, New Jersey 07043|
|Philadelphia, PA||University of the Arts||Sunday||1:00 registration|
|Terra Building, Studio 205, 2ndFl||March 2||1:30-3:00 audition|
|Philadelphia, PA 19107|
|Washington, DC||Princess Mhoon Dance Institute||Saturday||5:00pm|
|932 Philadelphia Ave.||March 15|
|Silver Spring, MD 20910|
|Lakeland, FL||Florida Dance Theatre||Interested FL Students||Contact Freddie DeJesus|
|305 West Mainfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lakeland, FL 33815|
|ST. Petersburg, FL||Gibbs High School||Interested FL Students||Contact Freddie DeJesus|
|Pinnellas Count Center for the Artsemail@example.com|
2014 Tuition Rates
Residential Tuition (incl. room and board)
Session 1 Only $1,600
Session 2 Only $1,600
Sessions 1 and 2 $3,200
Day Student Tuition (incl. lunch daily)
Session 1 Only $900
Session 2 Only $900
Sessions 1 and 2 $1,800
EMIA provides an environment for each individual to excel in a positive collaboration between dancer and choreographers. The summer intensive offers students the opportunity to widen their range of experiences with classes in multiple genres.
Below is an overview of classes taught during the intensive. Various workshops are held each session, such as wellness and nutrition, body conditioning, college preparation, the business of dance, theatre talks with artists, and more. To download class descriptions or sample class schedule click below.
Modern Faculty specializing in Classical Modern and Release Techniques will teach Modern classes that involve a strong emphasis on the alignment of the body, dynamics, musicality and phrasing of movement while using Horton and Ballet vocabulary. Warm-up, center and floor work will prepare students for progressions across the floor and combinations will be used as a tool to explore different aspects of performing and develop students' aesthetic sense and appreciation of dance as an art form.
Ballet classes for all levels provide a comprehensive study of the artistic and technical elements of classical movement that are specific to aesthetic qualities used in this communicative performance art form. Used as a reference tool relating to other dance techniques as well, it develops strength, length, alignment awareness, presentational skills, and detailed coordination for each line and combination of vocabulary given. Usage of ballet terminology and refinement of musicality at the barre will have a direct relationship to center work with an emphasis on supporting each dancer's individual potential for building a quality foundation.
Traditional African Dance Faculty will present an introduction to West African Dances, representing both a creative expression and communal response to the events of everyday life. Students will learn the movements from imitation (the traditional approach) and will be encouraged to allow their individual movement personality to enhance their execution of what is learned. Moving in this way will allow, joy and exhilaration, and universal spirit of the dance for all!
Roderick Jackson, coordinator of percussion at EMIA, is music director of Batoto Yetu Children's African Dance Company. Students will learn the technical aspects of Percussion, as well as, develop a vocabulary, that will allow for a deeper understanding of African music and dance. In playing a variety of instruments from drums to shakers and bells, students will enhance their musicality and general understanding of African polyrhythms.
Jazz - Tap
Jazz and Tap Faculty will teach Jazz, combining modern, Hip Hop and Jazz techniques, including cross floor movements, stylized walks and turns. Broadway musical techniques and choreography styles will be incorporated. Modern Tap dance, a uniquely American form of dance, has its own colorful and unique language which provides a wealth of clues to the history and nature of percussive dance in America. Communicating through tapped steps, students will study the traditional rhythms of tap and the combination of forces resulting in modern tap.
Street Jazz - Hip Hop
Hip Hop Faculty will teach Street Jazz- Hip Hop, an eclectic fusion of modern and contemporary dance forms highly influenced by the techniques of West African dance, Ballet, Jazz and Street dance. Geared to strengthen and challenge the abilities of the young dancer through full-bodied movement, rhythm, and cardiovascular exertion, while having an enjoyable experience mentally, physically and spiritually.
Yoga class, Iyengar tradition, will focus on proper alignment, supporting the dancers' strength, flexibility and balance within ones body and mind. Special attention will be placed on use of breath encouraging students to become more aware of subtle but profound shifts in the body during conscious practice. The last part of the class will be used for rejuvenating and restorative poses to aid in dance injury prevention and overall health.
Composition classes will be designed to challenge the students' imagination and willingness to explore movement possibilities through their own movement styles and approach toward moving. This class will enhance the young dancer's knowledge of the fundamentals of choreography. Assignments will be given within several choreographic and improvisational components to help students begin to understand the meaning of making their movement and the use of choreography an understood language for those watching. Showings of such works will be presented in EMIA concerts and showcases.
Repertory class will be taught by the EMIA Artists. The purpose of the class is students are selected by an audition process. The class will take the information the students have learned in their technique classes and propel that energy into the expression of performing dance. This will help each student to connect the studio to the stage and bridge the gap of between technique and expressing dance as an art form.
EMIA has developed a special interdisciplinary project: Movement That Lights the Soul: The Universal Human Experience. Teams of dancers study the life and choreography of selected dance pioneers. In a final presentation each team presents the history and background of the choreography and an original piece in their artist's style or a short section of an existing work.
Students are encouraged to choreograph their own works or participate in works choreographed by other students, for the annual Student Choreography Concert! This is a high-light of the summer, giving students first hand accomplishments on producing their work in every element of the production process. Students will choreograph, audition dancers, conduct all technical aspects of the performance. Mr. Mosley offers the best experience by allowing students to learn from the best teachers...themselves.
Note: Classes, faculty and schedule subject to change.
Summer Class Descriptions
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