38th Annual

White Mountain

Summer Dance Festival

July 9 - July 29, 2017

Curriculum

“… The training at WMSDF was the crucial missing link in my life as a dancer and educator.”

—Rebecca Lazier, WMSDF Participant (1988-1993), Princeton University

 

Participants at WMSDF are immersed in a complete dance experience. The curriculum is based on the theory that material is best learned when approached from many different angles. Starting with the conceptual structure of Laban theory, our faculty combines forces each day to present a single dance or performance skill from their diverse perspectives.

Full-time participants may meet the prerequisites for the Laban Institute for Movement Studies certification program by the end of the festival. Participants will also receive 3 college course credits.

 

I Want the Whole Festival!

At WMSDF, full-time participants can attend all of the classes and workshops we offer and experience the full range of possibilities at the festival. In addition to technique and theory classes, participants can take one repertory and one composition class each day, and they have the opportunity to perform repertory in the weekend concert series.

Most participants choose to maximize their time at the festival by attending all classes. But we also believe that the festival should meet individual needs, and so have designed the festival to be flexible. Participants can choose to tailor the curriculum to meet their individual goals.

 

Technique Classes

  • Pranayama
  • Pre-Technique Warm-Up
  • Ballet Technique (2 levels)
  •  Modern Technique (2 levels)
  • Yoga

Theory Classes 

  • Anatomy/Kinesiology
  • Movement Laboratory
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals™
  • Laban Movement Analysis™
  • Composition/Choreography

 

Academic credits available: All participants who successfully complete the program will receive 3 pass/fail academic credits

 

Repertory Performance Class: This class offers the opportunity to dance in original and repertory works by festival faculty members, choreography participants and select repertory of Works/Laura Glenn Dance for performances throughout the festival.

 

Ted Hershey Weekend Workshops: Master classes expand on festival themes of alignment, efficiency, and range, and focus on a particular movement idiom. In Contact Improvisation, participants develop and use improvisational and partnering skills. This workshop is followed by an improvisation jam and concert.

 

Concert Series: Participants have the opportunity to work side by side with professional artists and perform in weekly concerts.

 

In Addition …Faculty lunches, Dance on Film nights, explorations of Amherst and surrounding Pioneer Valley and more!

 Most participants choose to maximize their time at the festival by attending all classes. But we also believe that the festival should meet individual needs, and so have designed the festival to be flexible. Participants can choose to tailor the curriculum to meet their individual goals.

 

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Festival Focus

Some participants choose to focus their experience at the festival. Below are options for shaping the festival curriculum. Click on the title link to see a sample schedule for each focus.

Performance and Technical Achievement

After completing the first week with an I Want It All schedule, participants of the Performance and Technical Achievement focus will adapt their daily schedule to include an extra repertory for an expanded opportunity to perform in our weekend concert series. If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

Choreography and Creativity

Participants will explore new creative territory. Create a work to be performed by participants at the Festival and receive support and mentoring from Festival faculty. Participants will have a free creative period in place of participating in a faculty repertory. (Limit: 3 participants. Participants interested in this Focus must submit a sample of their work). If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Work individually with faculty to create a personal healing program for recent and recurring injuries, and also learn to recognize and correct habits that lead to injuries. Emphasis is placed on using the injuries as a learning tool for growth and development. (Full participation in technique classes, repertory, and composition classes is flexible and individually adapted.) If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

Yoga and Dance/Healing Modalities

Adapt your coursework to focus on yoga, and work with mentors involved in the physical therapy,
and Laban disciplines to explore how these modalities support one another. Also appropriate for the
transitioning, injured, recovering, or mature dancer to create a personal healing program and learn to
recognize and correct habits that lead to injuries. Full participation in technique classes, repertory and
composition classes is not a requirement of this focus. If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

In Addition                                           

For the Dance Student in High School

Immerse yourself in a college dance experience, Participants discuss college programs with faculty who teach in highly regarded programs, including those at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Five College Dance Department in MA, Princeton University, and SUNY Purchase. (Limit: 6 participants). If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

For the Dance Professional

A Focus for those Who wants to invigorate him/herself with new approaches to training and choreography by working with faculty to select a course combination that inspires you and suits your goals. Participants are welcome for single weeks if unavailable to attend the entire Festival. If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application. 

For The Dance Educator

Focus on integrating concepts presented in technique, choreography lab, anatomy/kinesiology, and yoga classes. Invigorate yourself and your teaching with new approaches to training and choreography by selecting a course combination that inspires you. You will work one on one with faculty to develop a strategy that best suits your goals. Participants are welcome for single weeks if unavailable to attend the entire festival. If this might be the right focus for you please indicate so on your application.