INTRODUCING BDF@HOME FALL TRAINING FOR YOUNG DANCERS

Join BDF@HOME for four virtual weekends of rigorous training, thought and creative process. Students 14-18 years old, with previous dance experience train one weekend each month, from September to December. Dancers take four classes each weekend, ranging from Groove, Post-Modern Technique, Hip Hop, House, Improvisation, Techniques from the African Diaspora and Dance-making. Saturday offerings in Post- Modern and Groove Techniques stay consistent for all four weeks, with Rotating Practice courses featuring different faculty each Sunday.

Dancers are supported in their training by a mentorship team who are currently major contributors to the field of dance as performers, choreographers, organizers, and educators. Directly following classes, students join the mentorship team in virtual “hall meetings.” Students will have an opportunity to build life-long connections with peers and colleagues, and gain valuable insight from the mentors about balancing professional and personal interests with successful career in dance. Hall meeting topics will include dance in higher education, self-care and body-awareness, and navigating multiple career paths.

Schedule

Each day follows the EST schedule below. Specific class details follow.

  • 1:45 – 2:00   Welcome
  • 2:00 – 3:20  Class
  • 3:30 – 4:50  Class
  • 4:50 – 5:30   Hall Meeting

Dancers may opt into as many weekends of practice as they’d like. Each weekend of training costs $100, with a discount rate of $325 if dancers register for all four
weekends up front. Please email dancefest@bates.edu with any questions.

If registering for all four weeks, the deadline is Sept 16. Otherwise, registrations are due the Wednesday before the start of each monthly workshop.