Harlem School of the Arts Summer Dance Intensive 2022 (AUDITION BY AUG 3)
Harlem School of the Arts
The fourth annual Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Summer Dance Intensive 2022 classes will begin on August 8-26 for students ages 8-25. One of the most comprehensive and rigorous programs in the country, the HSA Summer Dance Intensive was designed to advance technique, skills, and the proficiency of participating students. Auditions for this year’s intensive have begun and will continue through August 3rd.
The intensive is ballet based and meant for students with at least three years of consistent training. To complement the ballet focus, the intensive will also offer contemporary, Broadway Dance, Jazz, Horton Technique, Improvisation, Street Jazz, Hip-Hop and more. In celebration of the on-going partnership with the Radio City Rockettes, precision technique classes will be held weekly and led by members of the famed dance troupe. An addition to this year’s curriculum is the weekly Lindy Hop classes, thanks to a new partnership with the Harlem Swing Dance Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Harlem’s signature cultural dance.
“The HSA Summer Dance Intensive is a chance for students to sharpen and strengthen their technique. Students often improve immensely over the summer due to the daily schedule of rigorous classes. There is also the opportunity of working with a variety of teachers and learning different styles of dance,” said Mr. Leyland Simmons, HSA Dance Chair.
Under Mr. Simmons’ guidance an impressive list of returning guest artists has been gathered for this year’s intensive, including Caitlin Abraham, choreographer, teacher, Broadway performer in “An American in Paris”; Kelly Marsh IV, a former member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet; Christopher Jackson a faculty member with Ailey where he once danced under the direction of Judith Jamison; Ashley Mayeux, a current member of the Ailey Company. Each will focus on specific dance styles that will challenge and level up every student's abilities.
Caitlin Abraham: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Broadway Dance
Kelly Marsh: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop
Ashley Mayeux: Ballet, Contemporary, Horton Technique
Christopher Jackson: Ballet, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Improv
Rockettes: Precision Technique
Harlem Swing Dance Society: Lindy Hop
Submit a two-minute video in which you present yourself:
- Dancing in one of the following forms: Ballet, Modern, or Contemporary
- standing in 1st arabesque and tendu a la seconde.
Include your name/age and submit videos to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 3rd. *
*Upon review by Leyland Simmons, HSA Dance Chair, you will receive a link to formally register for the Summer Dance Intensive.
*Students can elect to sign up for one week, two weeks, or the full three week intensive.
For more information on the HSA dance program and more on the organization, visit www.hsanyc.org.
# # #
About Harlem School of the Arts, The Herb Alpert Center
New York City’s premier community arts institution, the Harlem School of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Center stands uniquely apart as the sole provider of arts education in four disciplines: music, dance, theatre, and art & design, all within our award-winning 37,000 square foot facility. The institution’s reputation for artistic rigor and excellence attracts students of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds from the five New York City boroughs as well as Westchester County and the tri-state area, which includes Connecticut and New Jersey. HSA’s alumni and faculty are counted among the most talented leaders in the arts.
Founded by concert soprano Dorothy Maynor over 50 years ago, HSA has enriched the lives of tens of thousands of young people through world-class training in the arts. HSA offers its students the freedom to find and develop the artist and citizen within themselves in an environment that teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self- confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives, empowering them to become creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.
Harlem School of the Arts (HSA)’s programs and general operations are supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and are further made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. HSA also receives major support from the Herb Alpert Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edwin Caplin Foundation, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Ford Foundation, Goldman Sachs, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, New York Community Trust, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Pinkerton Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Verizon; as well as from individual donors.