Summer dance intensives are a fantastic way to continue training throughout the off-season. They last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month, depending on the program. They’re called intensives and not camp because – well, they’re intensive.
Dancers are often expected to audition for acceptance into intensives, where they are likely to dance for 6-8 hours a day under the supervision of high-level instructors. Whether you’re an intensive expert or this is your first experience, we’ve compiled five must-know tips to ensure a successful — and enjoyable — experience.
Arrive in shape
An intensive isn’t an opportunity to get in shape. It’s an opportunity for growth. You worked hard to get accepted and prepare for this opportunity. Don’t get stuck on the sidelines with an injury.
Check the dress code
Most summer dance intensives demand a uniform dress code. Depending on the school and the style, requirements could vary from a black leotard with footed tights to just dance basics. You will thank yourself later if you order everything you need ahead of time. Bring all of your supplies with you because it will save you loads of stress once you get there.
It can be scary to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Whispers of self-doubt swirl around in your head. But, challenge yourself to say YES to at least one new class. You might surprise yourself. At the very least, you will gain a better understanding of what styles you enjoy the most. Dance intensives aren’t just for ballet. Research the different programs and choose one that has at least one opportunity for a style that you haven’t experienced before, such as:
- Hip Hop
Always prioritize self-care because no one besides you can do it. Some activities, such as stretching or rolling, might seem like a no-brainer. But you might be surprised how many injuries can be avoided by proper stretching. Other things you can do to prioritize self-care are:
- Writing a gratitude list
- Healthy eating
- Drinking enough water
- Getting adequate sleep
This could be an opportunity to make friends that last a lifetime. So, be sure to exchange contact information with everyone that you hit it off with. Follow them on social media. Maybe you will be at another Intensive or competition with them in the future!
Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s how we learn things. Learn to laugh at yourself.
This is an exciting opportunity for you. It might be the first time that you’re away from home. Or it might be your first peek at what it’s like to pursue dance professionally. Either way, take these suggestions and remember that everyone is doing their best and you’re all there to learn. Good luck!
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