DAG Summer Intensive

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Program Overview

“Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box”
― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Dear DAG program families,

We appreciate joining the DAG crew with your child’s dance training. Myself, my husband, Hernan, as well as our main faculty teachers have laid out a great program. In addition, to this program overview letter, our website page has posted specific instructions and information for your child. Please

Our BODY, our tool, our technique is the BOX. Ballet serves as our mainstay, rooted in years of tradition that anchor us and provide a system from which the body organizes itself. This tradition equips us with the tools of alignment, placement, musicality, technical skills, and dynamics. It’s important that this vocabulary is age-appropriate.

Physical intelligence and endurance are integral parts of the journey! You must SWEAT! Expect exhaustion, expect sore muscles. Embrace it, for through this training, you build character. We aim for our students to learn to embrace and navigate the physical demands of dance.

Alonzo King said, “When your body gets tired, the mind needs to participate more. Or the spirit needs to participate more. You know, there is the Triumphant of Body, Mind & Spirit. The hierarchy being spirit at top, mind over body, and how they all work together, and sometimes one is tired so the other one comes to the forward.”

We aspire for our students to be brave and motivated thinkers. We encourage them to cultivate a desire for learning driven by love, rather than seeking quick fixes or tricks. Trust the process. In a world where the younger generation seeks instant results, ballet teaches us that excellence requires patience, care, and guidance.

We’ll delve into ourselves—our strengths, weaknesses, and habits. We’ll examine dance as creators, studying our own work and that of our peers and renowned choreographers.

Writing plays a key role in this process. Journaling helps students refine their mental skills. Our curriculum ensures a balance, incorporating scheduled rest and time for introspection and reflection.

As Samuel Beckett said, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

DAG Summer Intensive offers a three-week program designed for students age 10 – 18 years old with an interest in classical ballet as well as contemporary styles of dance. Our program provides quality training in an inspiring, nurturing, and motivating atmosphere. DAG’s flexible summer program allows students to select what works best for their needs.

DAG’s Summer Intensive is under the direction of Anita Pacylowski and Hernan Justo. Faculty includes DAG instructors and guests.

Performance Track students will have an end of the intensive performance on the evening of Friday, June 28th.

Why dance with DAG this summer?

  • Excellent teaching staff that has experience in instruction during an intensive model
  • Performance opportunity as well as a technique only program.
  • Option of a one, two and/or Three-week experience in the Technique Track.
  • Students will be evaluated daily and placed in classes that challenge and refine their technique.
  • Personal attention: A low teacher to student ratio allows for both individualized and group instruction.
  • Performance track students will perform in a minimum of one classical piece, one contemporary piece, our FINALE!
  • Class genres include, but are not limited to, Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Jazz, Contemporary, body conditioning and Progressing Ballet Technique.
  • Younger students experience a summer dance intensive in a nurturing and safe environment.
  • DAG Summer Intensives’ qualifies for DanceArts Youth Company membership for 2024-2025 season.