Parsons Dance offers aspiring dancers the opportunity to work closely with company members who conduct classes geared towards helping them develop ballet and modern dance skills while learning Parsons Dance repertory and technique, along with instruction in yoga, stretch and strengthening, professional development, and nutrition and injury prevention.
Classes take place from Monday through Friday, with each student receiving an individualized schedule after a placement class. A Parsons Dance audition is held on either one Saturday or Sunday during the three-week intensive. Although optional, students are encouraged to participate.
The choreography workshop immerses students in the study of the choreographic process. Focusing on helping students become confident, innovative, risk-taking dance makers, it is aimed at sparking original movement and composition techniques, with students having the opportunity to both collaborate with their peers and explore their own artistic visions. Students gain insight into David Parsons’ creative process as they learn about the experiences and collaborations that most influence his work. The workshop concludes with a showcase that allows students to demonstrate their growth over this unique week-long immersion.