Magazine article Dance Spirit


Magazine article Dance Spirit


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Summer means ballet intensives and Nationals, right' Right. But it also means dancers are descending on college towns around the country for multi-week festivals- opportunities to hone their modern skills and rub shoulders with some of today's star choreographers. Interested in expanding your horizons, working with the pros and getting a taste of campus life-1 Here are three of t he biggest and best summer dance festivals held on college campuses.


Bates Dance Festival is held at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and has a strong relationship with the Bates dance department. "Many artists who teach at the BDF return during the year to teach and set work," says festival director Laura Faure.

The festival's Young Dancers Workshop is offered for dancers ages 14-18, and its Professional Training Program is available for everyone older than 18. BDF is proud of its welcoming, yet rigorous, environment. "You're gaining access to an essential professional network in a noncompetitive community," Faure says. Expect classes from rising modem choreographers like Dante Brown and established masters like Doug Varone.

Because of the campus setting and faculty crossover between the festival and the dance department, participants get a good sense of the college's dance program while still being exposed to a variety of teachers. High school students can meet with a Bates admissions counselor to ask questions about attending the college.

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