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Teen Intensive

Details for the 2015 Teen Intensive are not available yet. Please review previous years' information and check back regularly for additional details.

From July 6-10, 2015, this half-day dance program from 1-5pm has been designed for the experienced dancer, born 1996-2000, who is ready for rigourous, highly-focused, and thorough dance training.

Information from 2014’s Summer Teen Intensive

Robert Desrosiers, of the famed Desrosiers Dance Theatre, will challenge dancers to develop stronger technique through a modern ballet class. The second part of the afternoon will allow dancers to participate in Robert’s creative process as a new short work is developed. In a celebration of dance, young artists will experiment with raw, primal, rhythmical movement as they work inside a sphere of classical music.

Classes are geared to the pre-professional level dancer and will feature a small student/teacher ratio and a live accompanist. You no longer have to travel to Toronto or New York for this outstanding level of training!

Tickets can be purchased through the River Run Centre. The cost of the program is $150 for the full week and the program will be held at the Dancetheatre David Earle Studio.

Desrosiers Dance Theatre.

Robert Desrosiers, the Montreal-born dancer, choreographer, and director, has gained international renown as a choreographer of startling imagination and originality. He is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and danced with the National Ballet of Canada before continuing to perform and train in France, England, the US and Canada. In 1980, Desrosiers formed “Desrosiers Dance Theatre” in Toronto. He was awarded the first Jacqueline Lemieux Prize 1981, and Jean A. Chalmers Award in 1985 for his innovative choreography, which is defined by its theatricality and imageries.

Amongst his most acclaimed works is Blue Snake, which was commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada. The work premiered in 1985, and was subsequently performed at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1988 and then featured in the 2002 Robert Altman film The Company. For the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, Desrosiers created Incognito. He recently choreographed Rendezvous and Bouffonia for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen.

He has worked and collaborated with Canadian artists such as Leonard Cohen, Eric Cadesky, John Lang, Toller Cranston, Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, Neve Campbell, Claudia Moore, Anne Bourne, Cheryl Lalonde, Jerrard Smith, Dan Salomon, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. We are so happy to add the Guelph Dance Summer Teen Intensive to this list!

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