School of Film, Dance and Theatre Summer Institute

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The School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University offers a wide variety of summer workshops in both dance and theatre. The summer intensives are designed to give students an immersive experience, where students will work with faculty and professional artists on creative projects that represent the courses available in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

Classes open to students ages 13-18.
The Summer Institute is for students who are 13 to 18 years old. We welcome students with all skill levels, from beginners to those with advanced experience.

Institute fees are $275 for the four-day intensives.

Early Bird registration fee is $250. Early Bird registration ends four weeks before the start date of each workshop. Payment in full is due when you register. Please see the Refund/Cancellation Policy for more information.

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!

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

Postmodern Contemporary I

Discover the ways in which we can move efficiently and expressively within a range of postmodern dance techniques. Explore the process of creating your own movement to better understand who you are as a dancer. Imagery, questions and stories will be used to help us creatively choreograph phrases and dance pieces as we delve into the idea that any movement can be dance.

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Jazz Dance Intensive I

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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Tap Dance Intensive I

This dance intensive will focus on the fundamental building blocks of tap including vocabulary, technique, balance, weight shift and clarity of sound. We welcome the “never tapped before” dancer or the “I took a class one time when I was younger” performer. (It’s always good to review the basics!) All levels welcome.

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Urban Dance I

In this experienced-based movement workshop students will learn hip-hop movements of the 2000s as well as revisit hip-hop history through sound and video. Students will have the opportunity to freestyle, learn choreography and create their own solo work.

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Flamenco I

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 I

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

Urban Dance II

This is a freestyle-centered movement course, grounded in popping techniques and “substyles.” In addition to learning and practicing choreography, students will develop these techniques through freestyle exchanges with classmates (“cyphering”) as well as through solo and group exercises designed to engage students physically, intellectually and socially. As an introduction to freestyle urban movement techniques, this course promotes different ways of embodied learning that focuses on individuality, solo and group creative practices, and community building in the classroom.

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Jazz Dance Intensive II

Explore musical theatre jazz through elements of storytelling, building performance qualities and character development. Learn dances from "The Wiz," "West Side Story" and "Hairspray." Not only will you learn choreography, but you will also have opportunity to create your own character-based movement.

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Tap Dance Intensive II

The tap dance intensive will cover technique and rudiments, across the floor movement, choreography, tap history and improvisation. The camp is an opportunity for dancers of any level to approach the dance as both a dancer and musician. Tap students will explore the history of tap dance as well as explore music theory while simultaneously working to expand terminology and technique with a modern approach to the art form.

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Ballet II

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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Flamenco II

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.

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Postmodern Contemporary II

Postmodern Contemporary II will explore the following ideas: challenging our balance and abdominal strength by moving off our "center" of gravity; the ways we can use our spine to both start and finish movements; using our entire bodies or isolating specific parts of our bodies as we dance; and how to move in and out of the floor, including inversions (placing weight on the hands). These concepts will be experienced through quick changes of direction, starting movements with various points of the body, experiencing gravity and momentum through jumping, sliding, rolling and falling, and learning to orient our bodies while upside down. Additionally, students will explore creating unique, individual movement, either "in the moment" (improvisation) or through different processes (composition) in order to understand who they are as a dancer and what type of movement they enjoy doing.

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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

Using Nature to Shape the Body

Inspired by Lecoq, a well-known physical theatre teacher and actor, we will explore how to create characters through movement by exploring the four natural elements – air, wind, water and fire – paying attention to the element's weight, tempo and rhythm to create characters.

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Hip-Hop Theatre with Dontá McGilvery

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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Create Theatre on the Spot! Improvisational Acting for Beginners

Learn how to improvise fun scenes on the spot using just your imagination! Use your improvisational training to create characters and sketch comedy and perform in your very first improv show! Skills learned are great for broadening creativity in all arenas as well as building confidence in public speaking and performance.

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Theatre for Social Justice

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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From Insta + Marco Polo to the Stage

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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A Monologue from a Civil Rights S/Hero

In this intensive, you will have the chance to reflect on some of the champions of the American Civil Rights Movement, a movement that forever changed the course of history. Upon reflecting on this history, you will have the chance to develop a monologue as one of the champions, to be performed.

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Breathing Life into Puppetry: Puppet Design and Puppeteering for Beginners

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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Critiquing the Movies and Theatre

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

Create Theatre on the Spot! Improvisational Acting for Beginners

Learn how to improvise fun scenes on the spot using just your imagination! Use your improvisational training to create characters and sketch comedy and perform in your very first improv show! Skills learned are great for broadening creativity in all arenas as well as building confidence in public speaking and performance.

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“A Chicken Walks Into a McDonald’s…”: Comedy for Beginners

Learn the ins-and-outs of comedy writing and performance for shows like "Saturday Night Live," stand-up, movies and more! Discover why some comedy lands...and some bombs, womp womp. Start crafting a portfolio and practice refining your own material.

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Fearless Auditioning

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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10-Minute Storytelling

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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Performer as Creator

Learn how to create an original performance using your body, each other and the space. This class will draw from Viewpoints and composition techniques to focus on building ensemble and physical training. Viewpoints is a way of thinking about and creating character, ensemble and collective improvisatory movement. Coming originally out of modern dance, Viewpoints breaks staging into its basic components: tempo, duration, repetition, spatial relationship, floor pattern, gesture, shape, kinesthetic response and architecture. We will explore these elements via a series of exercises developed by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau and choreographer Mary Overlie that strengthen the performer's sense of time and space. What does this all mean? Come ready to sweat, play and embrace yourself fully as the artist you are to create beautiful theatre.

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Acting for the Camera

Do you aspire to be a star of the screen? Then Acting for the Camera is for you! Students will get the opportunity to learn the basics, establish the differences between stage and screen acting and practice their craft in front of the camera. Time in front of the camera will include screen tests for monologues, commercials and comedic sitcom scenes – all in a safe and supportive environment.

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Performance During and Beyond #MeToo

#MeToo yesterday, today and tomorrow? We will use collaborative creation of theatre and movement to look at personal and public perspectives of the #MeToo movement.

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

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? Why didn't my family take me to the professional theatre to see a play? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions this class is for you. In this intensive, we will not only address the above questions, but we will also learn how to pass the microphone to minority communities and assist them in telling their own stories using the theatre.

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