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ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre to host Summer Institute online for younger students

As the nation continues to overcome and flatten the curve of the COVID19 outbreak, the arts for students has had to shift into methods of teaching and programming that allows for virtual participation. In efforts to help those families looking for summer activities to keep their children active, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre will offer a wide variety of workshops in both dance and theatre for students aged 13-18 years old online.

Running from June 1 to August 6, these four-day workshops are designed to give students an immersive experience, where they will work with faculty and professional artists on creative projects that represent the courses available in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. The dance intensives are offered in a wide variety of movement practices including tap, jazz, ballet, urban, postmodern contemporary, flamenco and more. The theatre intensives include a broad range of opportunities including comedy, screen acting, devising, hip hop theater and more. Students are welcomed with all skill levels, from beginners to those with advanced experience.

Originally priced at $275 for the four-day intensives, the school is offering a $75-COVID19 discount for everyone registering for the workshops. Due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, all summer workshops have been moved online, which will include the use of a variety of teaching modalities specifically designed for online formats. Students will need access to the internet and a computer to participate in the workshops.

Register four weeks before the start of the workshop and receive an early bird discount!

 

 

Summer Institute 2020 courses

Dance student at ASU

Dance

The four-day dance intensives are offered in a wide variety of movement practices including tap, jazz, ballet, urban, postmodern contemporary, flamenco and more!

Although we understand that physical classes are unable to take place at this time, we want to guarantee that our students receive the best experience possible. In order to do so, we have modified the way our dance classes are structured to make them compatible with online learning. Though the typical studio-and-mirror layout is not present, these classes are now designed to be taken in your home, in close quarters, without the need for a large space or a specialized floor. See how much fun it can be and how much can be accomplished taking a dance class online!

Dance workshops for those who will be going into grades 7–9

Jazz Dance Intensive - CLOSED

  • June 29–July 2   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 7–9

Have fun in this musical theatre-focused Jazz 1 class! Students will learn exciting choreography to some of their favorite Broadway songs. The workshop will emphasize performance quality and expression all while exploring high-energy movement and musical theatre-based dance technique. Dancers will learn about some of the most iconic musical theatre dance scenes and create their own character dance together.

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Flamenco - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Julie Chacon
  • For grades 7–9

Flamenco is the music and dance of Southern Spain. It is a percussive dance, influenced by Gypsy, Judaic, Arabic and Spanish cultures. Through rhythmic patterns, the performers communicate, creating a powerful dynamic between dance, vocals and music. Explore and learn flamenco dance techniques and work with guitar and vocals to apply new skills.

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Ballet - CLOSED

  • July 13–16   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 7–9

Ballet I covers the basics of a ballet class. Students will learn ballet vocabulary and technique to build their ballet knowledge. We will watch clips from famous ballets and explore our creativity by creating our own dance.

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Dance and Popular Culture - CLOSED

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 7–9

Tik Tok, The Greatest Showman, BTS's music videos, So You Think You Can Dance...what do these all have in common? They are all icons within popular culture AND all feature dance! This exciting workshop will dive into the many ways that dance is used within the media and within our daily lives for entertainment, celebration, storytelling, personal expression, and so much more! Together, we will watch clips from a variety of iconic dances popular culture, discuss their purpose and impact, and even learn some simple movements and dances!

This workshop is great for those who love and enjoy dance and is an excellent introduction to dance for those without any dance experience. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

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Creating Your Own Dances - CLOSED

  • July 27–30   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 7–9

Have you ever watched a music video, a musical-theatre movie, or even a Tik Tok and wondered, "How does someone just create a dance?" In this workshop, you will learn how to do exactly that! And the best part is that you don't even have to have a dance background to learn how to create something amazing! Together, we'll explore many different ways to create a dance through the use of personal stories, themes, and creative activities. We'll even start to create our own dance compositions so we can learn how to express ourselves in a new, creative way!This workshop is great for experienced dancers and choreographers, as well as those who are brand new to dance! All ages and experience levels are welcome.

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Dance workshops for those who will be going into grades 10–12

Jazz Dance Intensive - CLOSED

  • June 29–July 2   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 10–12

Have fun in this musical theatre-focused Jazz 1 class! Students will learn exciting choreography to some of their favorite Broadway songs. The workshop will emphasize performance quality and expression all while exploring high-energy movement and musical theatre-based dance technique. Dancers will learn about some of the most iconic musical theatre dance scenes and create their own character dance together.

View instructor's profile

Flamenco - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Julie Chacon
  • For grades 10–12

Flamenco is the music and dance of Southern Spain. It is a percussive dance, influenced by Gypsy, Judaic, Arabic and Spanish cultures. Through rhythmic patterns, the performers communicate, creating a powerful dynamic between dance, vocals and music. Explore and learn flamenco dance techniques and work with guitar and vocals to apply the new skills.

View instructor's profile

Ballet - CLOSED

  • July 13–16   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 10–12

Ballet II reviews the basics of a ballet class and builds upon that technique and vocabulary. Students will focus on presentation and performance as they discover the artistry behind ballet technique. We will watch clips from iconic ballets as we begin to understand the qualities and characteristics that define the four main schools of ballet.

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Dance and Popular Culture - CLOSED

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 10–12

Tik Tok, The Greatest Showman, BTS's music videos, So You Think You Can Dance...what do these all have in common? They are all icons within popular culture AND all feature dance! This exciting workshop will dive into the many ways that dance is used within the media and within our daily lives for entertainment, celebration, storytelling, personal expression, and so much more! Together, we will watch clips from a variety of iconic dances popular culture, discuss their purpose and impact, and even learn some simple movements and dances!

This workshop is great for those who love and enjoy dance and is an excellent introduction to dance for those without any dance experience. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

View instructor's profile

Creating Your Own Dances - CLOSED

  • July 27–30   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Drew
  • For grades 10–12

Have you ever watched a music video, a musical-theatre movie, or even a Tik Tok and wondered, "How does someone just create a dance?" In this workshop, you will learn how to do exactly that! And the best part is that you don't even have to have a dance background to learn how to create something amazing! Together, we'll explore many different ways to create a dance through the use of personal stories, themes, and creative activities. We'll even start to create our own dance compositions so we can learn how to express ourselves in a new, creative way!

This workshop is great for experienced dancers and choreographers, as well as those who are brand new to dance! All ages and experience levels are welcome.

View instructor's profile

ASU students in a theatre play

Theatre

The four-day theatre intensives include a broad range of opportunities including comedy, screen acting, devising, hip hop theater and much more!

Theatre workshops for those who will be going into grades 7–9

Hip-Hop Theatre with Dontá McGilvery - CLOSED

  • June 8–11   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Dontá McGilvery
  • For grades 7–9

Can you rap? Recite poetry? Dance? Sing? Beatbox? In this class, students will examine hip-hop as a theatrical form as we collaborate together to create our own hip-hop theatre story.

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Let's Get Writing - CLOSED

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. You will explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, poetry, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can refine and submit to writing competitions.

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10-Minute Storytelling - CLOSED

  • June 22–25   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Jesse Saywell
  • For grades 7–9

Calling all aspiring writers! Whether you’re interested in writing for the stage or screen, the ability to write compelling 10-minute stories is in high demand! Learn the basics of storytelling for 10-minute plays and short films, receive guidance in writing and take advantage of this opportunity to have your work read and revised in a safe and supportive environment.

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A Monologue from a Civil Rights S/Hero - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Dontá McGilvery
  • For grades 7–9

In a time when our nation is faced with a global pandemic and racial unrest, it is essential that we reflect on a movement that, through strategizing and organizing, forced change in terms of freedom and human dignity for African Americans. While names like Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks are remembered most, we know the narrative does not end there; there were countless women and men who helped create change. In this 4-day intensive, students will have the chance to reflect on some of the unsung champions of the American Civil Rights Movement and they will develop a monologue to be performed to one another by the final day of class. In addition to utilizing the knowledge gained from years of studying this period in history (including journeying throughout the U.S. Southland studying the movement on three occasions), the class will also view actual recorded footage of “foot-soldiers” of the movement sharing their stories about life in the Jim Crow South and how together they force the walls of segregation to come tumbling down. 

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Fearless Auditioning - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Jesse Saywell
  • For grades 7–9

It’s time to harness the power of your imagination to kill it at auditions! This intensive will use focus, practice and play to make the most of your audition moments. Improvisation, cold reads, scene work and monologues will all be covered, as well as information on the industry, headshots and more. Students will learn techniques to take control and get cast more often. Join us!

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Creating Original Performances with Technology - CLOSED

  • July 6 –9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Sarah Tan
  • For grades 7–9

Filter it Lo-Fi, make a meme, and POST! Grab your phone or tablet and let's create theatre together. We will learn how to devise new works using social media as a creative tool.

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Breathing Life into Puppetry: Puppet Design and Puppeteering for Beginners - CLOSED

  • July 13–16   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Alli St.John
  • For grades 7–9

Explore different styles of puppetry with this comprehensive intensive. Students will build different types of puppets ranging from glove puppets, finger puppets, shadow puppets, and junk puppets. Adapt familiar stories and tell new stories while learning the performance techniques behind puppet manipulation and storytelling.

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Performance During and Beyond #MeToo, # BlackLivesMatter and more - CLOSED

  • July 13–16   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Sarah Tan
  • For grades 7–9

#s are used all over social media to promote a message. But how do we understand what these hashtags do for a social movement? This class will use collaborative creation of theatre and movement to look at personal and public perspectives of one to two social movements the students will decide on. Performance and creation in this class will be used as a mode of processing and understanding social movements with young people by using their words, thoughts, and opinions.

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Critiquing the Movies and Theatre

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Sarah Tan
  • For grades 7–9

How do we talk about film and theatre? What should our eyes look out for? We will learn about the elements of theatre and film and how each of those elements can be used to help us become critical thinkers, audience members, performers and producers.

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Pass Us the Microphone, Please: Devising Theatre with Marginalized Communities

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Dontá McGilvery
  • For grades 7-9

Is the theatre accessible to every community? Who decides what stories make it to the "main stage"? Why are there only a few minorities in the theatre productions I see? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, this class is for you. For far too long people in marginalized communities have been excluded from presenting their own narratives on stage. As a result, negative stereotypes and false images of people and groups have been perpetuated. This class teaches students how to be co-creators with people within marginalized communities. As someone rightly said, "it's not that communities of color don't have a voice, they just don't have the mic;" this class prepares students by teaching them the art of passing the microphone so everyone can tell their own stories on stage.

View instructor's profile

Let's Get Writing - CLOSED

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. You will explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, poetry, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can refine and submit to writing competitions.

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Theatre for Social Justice

  • August 3–6   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Claire K. Redfield
  • For grades 7–9

Have a passion for justice and performance? This class is for you! Drawing from Brazilian director and radical activist Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, we will explore creating an original performance based on a pressing social issue such as violence, wealth and poverty, or education, through research, improvisation, and interviews.

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Theatre workshops for those who will be going into grades 10–12

Let's Get Writing - CLOSED

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. You will explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, poetry, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can refine and submit to writing competitions.

View instructor's profile

10-Minute Storytelling - CLOSED

  • June 22–25   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Jesse Saywell
  • For grades 10–12

Calling all aspiring writers! Whether you’re interested in writing for the stage or screen, the ability to write compelling 10-minute stories is in high demand! Learn the basics of storytelling for 10-minute plays and short films, receive guidance in writing and take advantage of this opportunity to have your work read and revised in a safe and supportive environment.

View instructor's profile

Fearless Auditioning - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Jesse Saywell
  • For grades 10–12

It’s time to harness the power of your imagination to kill it at auditions! This intensive will use focus, practice and play to make the most of your audition moments. Improvisation, cold reads, scene work and monologues will all be covered, as well as information on the industry, headshots and more. Students will learn techniques to take control and get cast more often. Join us!

View instructor's profile

A Monologue from a Civil Rights S/Hero - CLOSED

  • July 6–9   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Dontá McGilvery
  • For grades 10–12

In a time when our nation is faced with a global pandemic and racial unrest, it is essential that we reflect on a movement that, through strategizing and organizing, forced change in terms of freedom and human dignity for African Americans. While names like Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks are remembered most, we know the narrative does not end there; there were countless women and men who helped create change. In this 4-day intensive, students will have the chance to reflect on some of the unsung champions of the American Civil Rights Movement and they will develop a monologue to be performed to one another by the final day of class. In addition to utilizing the knowledge gained from years of studying this period in history (including journeying throughout the U.S. Southland studying the movement on three occasions), the class will also view actual recorded footage of “foot-soldiers” of the movement sharing their stories about life in the Jim Crow South and how together they force the walls of segregation to come tumbling down.

View instructor's profile

Performance During and Beyond #MeToo, # BlackLivesMatter and more - CLOSED

  • July 13–16   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Sarah Tan
  • For grades 10–12

#s are used all over social media to promote a message. But how do we understand what these hashtags do for a social movement? This class will use collaborative creation of theatre and movement to look at personal and public perspectives of one to two social movements the students will decide on. Performance and creation in this class will be used as a mode of processing and understanding social movements with young people by using their words, thoughts, and opinions.

View instructor's profile

Critiquing the Movies and Theatre

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Sarah Tan
  • For grades 10-12

How do we talk about film and theatre? What should our eyes look out for? We will learn about the elements of theatre and film and how each of those elements can be used to help us become critical thinkers, audience members, performers and producers.

View instructor's profile

Pass Us the Microphone, Please: Devising Theatre with Marginalized Communities

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Dontá McGilvery
  • For grades 10–12

Is the theatre accessible to every community? Who decides what stories make it to the "main stage"? Why are there only a few minorities in the theatre productions I see? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, this class is for you. For far too long people in marginalized communities have been excluded from presenting their own narratives on stage. As a result, negative stereotypes and false images of people and groups have been perpetuated. This class teaches students how to be co-creators with people within marginalized communities. As someone rightly said, "it's not that communities of color don't have a voice, they just don't have the mic;" this class prepares students by teaching them the art of passing the microphone so everyone can tell their own stories on stage.

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Shakespeare’s “Tempest”: The Hunter Heartbeat Method - CLOSED

  • July 20–23   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Blake Edwards
  • For grades 10-12

A fun, full-body workout that teaches you how to be "big" enough for the stage! Shakespeare’s verse mimics the human heartbeat: ba-BUM, ba-BUM, ba-BUM. The Hunter Heartbeat Method introduces game-based acting techniques created by Kelly Hunter, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company. These games and techniques allow actors to surprise themselves physically, vocally, and emotionally. This method instills great confidence in those actors who choose to really commit! No prior experience with Shakespeare necessary!

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Performer as Creator: Site-Specific on Zoom! - CLOSED

  • July 27–30   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Claire K. Redfield
  • For grades 10–12

In Site-Specific performance, artists use their body, each other, and the physical space to create an original performance. But what about creating a performance online? Could chat be used to create a narrator? Can the squares of Zoom be used as the "set" for choreographed movement? What about a customized journey for the audience where they start in break-out rooms and then gather together towards a climactic finish? In this class, we will look at Zoom specifically as a space to create an entirely new form of performance. Come ready to get curious, play, and embrace yourself fully as the artist you are TODAY.

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Let's Get Writing II - CLOSED

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. You will explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, poetry, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can refine and submit to writing competitions.

View instructor's profile

Theatre for Social Justice

  • August 3–6   M-TH   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Claire K. Redfield
  • For grades 10–12

Have a passion for justice and performance? This class is for you! Drawing from Brazilian director and radical activist Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, we will explore creating an original performance based on a pressing social issue such as violence, wealth and poverty, or education, through research, improvisation, and interviews.

View instructor's profile