Structured improv by Kathleen Ochoa at Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno (July 2011)
TUSCAN SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE
for advanced dancers
COME TO DANCE.
GO HOME CHANGED.
June 13-July 11, 2015
CHOOSE YOUR WEEKS, CHOOSE YOUR CLASSES!
Join us in magical Tuscany on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea for Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive, a unique program of dance training and cultural tourism sure to push your artistic edges and open your heart and mind.
MORE THAN JUST DANCING
Although training is at the core of this program, we believe it's also important to have a cultural experience that touches you in a meaningful way.
Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive is based in the decidedly NON tourist city of Livorno (Leghorn), where you will get a real cultural immersion and see a more normal side of Italy. You'll be housed in apartments, do your own grocery shopping, take public transport, and get along in a place where English is not widely spoken! Although it can't boast the beauty of Florence, Livorno is really quite delightful in its own modest way, and the seaside here in summer is absolutely fantastic.
Our goal is to help you get a taste of la bella vita -- the beautiful life in which we slow down and take time to enjoy a place, its food, its art, and each other.
OUR EXCELLENT & ECONOMICAL TOURISM OPTIONS
If you'd like an organized, economical way to experience some of the most legendary, beautiful and fun places in Italy, you can participate in our:
- 3-day excursion to Rome
- Day trip to Florence, Pisa and a Chianti winery
- Day trip to Cinque Terre
- Afternoon at the seaside and cocktails/dancing at groovy nightspot Calafuria
Knowing that many students are on limited budgets, these bits are optional.
Prices and more info at the bottom of the page.
MORE ABOUT THE DANCE WORKSHOP
Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive offers solid dance training in the major genres plus significant opportunity to broaden your scope as a dancer thru an excellent selection of interesting forms. (More details available once faculty is finalized.)
We're delighted to announce that Natalia Iwaniec from Poland will be joining us again this year to teach GAGA MOVEMENT LANGUAGE the week of June 29. Natalia trained and was certified as an instructor of Gaga in Israel.
The setting is intimate and you'll get lots of personal mentoring.
Class size is typically 10-15 dancers.
Performances and site-specific dancemaking. Each week will contain some sort of unique opportunity, such as site-specific dancemaking at the beautiful seaside or performing an original work set on the dancers at historic Teatro Goldoni in Livorno.
Add to all of this yoga, pilates and body conditioning and you have a recipe for an experience that will leave you stronger but more serene, more technically capable, and full of ideas to enrich your main dance focus.
Important note: you will be dancing in professional, modern studios with proper floors and AIR CONDITIONING at Studio Live. If you are considering other dance programs in Italy, ask them about their facilities. Without AC, the summer heat can really diminish your dance experience.
OUR TERRIFIC FACULTY
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Angela Banchero-Kelleher (USA): Modern, Rep, Body Conditioning
Arianna Bracciali (Italy): Contemporary
Bob Boross (USA): Jazz
Holly Matyas (USA): The Dance-Voice Connection, Ballet
Natalia Iwaniec (Poland); Gaga movement language
Nichole Ortega (USA): Ballet, Creative Composition
Sharon Richardson (Canada): Yoga
Vic diMonda (USA): Theatre Dance
Denise Storti (Italy): Hip Hop
Elena Chirchietti (Italy): Body Conditioning, Lyrical
Leonarda Raimondi (Italy): Ballet
Maxine Steinman (USA): Modern (Limón focus), Repertory
TO REGISTER: Go to the REGISTERING section to download the form.
Registrations are processed as received. Spaces are limited.
MINIMUM AGE: 17 (16 year olds accepted on a case by case basis)
LEVEL: Advanced (intermediate dancers accepted on a case by case basis)
AUDITION: Required unless you are a dance major at university. One or two short pieces of any style. The audition is not competitive, it is to ensure that a dancer can work at the required level. Video posted to YouTube, please.
TUITION: (in dollars, US or Canadian)
4 weeks, $3,120
3 weeks, $2,460
2 weeks, $1,720
1 week, $895
(To our knowledge we are the most economical/best value summer workshop in Tuscany. Estimates of living expenses happily furnished upon request.)
-Lodgings in a shared apartment*
-Transportation to/from studio
-Hands-on cooking lesson (selected weeks)
-Wrap-up dinner party (a full Livornese feast!)
-Full cultural and locale orientations
-Staff available 24/7
Tuition does NOT cover:
-Flight or transfers upon arrival or departure
-Museum/attraction entry fees
-Cultural tourism options
CULTURAL TOURISM OPTIONS:
3 Days in Rome, which includes:
-3 nights lodgings in a friendly hostel*
-Orientation and group activity the first night
-Guided tour, lunch and gelato the next day
-The last full day free to explore on your own
-Accompanied transport from Rome to Tuscany
Day trip to Florence, Pisa & a Chianti winery, which includes:
-Private VIP tour service in air conditioned vans
-Winery tour & tasting at San Michele a Torri
Day trip to Cinque Terre, which includes:
-Englsh speaking chaperone
Afternoon at the seaside followed by cocktails and dancing, which includes:
-One aperitivo (drink)
-Dancing on the terrace overlooking the sea at Calafuria
*In Rome, we will stay at the Alessandro Palace, a top rated hostel. In Tuscany our lodgings will be typical Italian vacation apartments with full kitchens, conveniently located.
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DAILY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
All program events, schedules, faculty and lodgings are subject to change. Exact classes offered will depend on teachers. Faculty substitutions will be of comparable qualifications, skill and reputation. If events must be modified, we will make every effort to substitute an experience of equal type, significance and value. In the event of a train strike or other occurrence that forces us to remain in a excursion city beyond the planned duration, students are responsible for the cost of any extra overnight lodgings.
Please note we are not the same as, nor are we affiliated with, Toscana Dance Hub, Prodanza Italia or Florence Summer Dance Intensive.