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Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute
From Saturday, June 22, 2019 -  08:00am
To Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 05:00pm
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The UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department's Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute is an award-winning, unique, nine-day program for advanced high school students that integrates the disciplines of dance, choreography, spoken word, music, and identity exploration, and offers guidance to students in assessing the role the arts can and will play in the next stage of their lives. The program serves a diverse mix of young artists from Los Angeles, the greater state of California, and beyond. It is offered by The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in partnership with UCLA Summer Sessions and the The Flourish Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to increasing access to the arts in under-served areas of Los Angeles. In addition to partnering in the program, The Flourish Foundation offers a limited number of scholarships to students who demonstrate the following: a) significant financial need, b) residence in Los Angeles Supervisorial Districts 1, 2 or 3, and c) evidence of high quality dance training.

The program is geared towards dedicated, hard-working students interested in taking their artistic abilities to the next level through intensive training and creative collaboration, culminating in a final performance. The intensive is open to students who are high school sophomores and juniors at the time of the application.

Offered by a combination of UCLA's acclaimed dance faculty and high-level professionals from the greater Los Angeles dance community, the curriculum at the Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute includes daily movement classes ranging from forms such as postmodern dance and hip-hop, to world dance genres such as Hawaiian/Polynesian and West-African. Each technique class will also explore the history of the dance form, where students can develop an appreciation of their heritages. Further, students will study dance composition, a choreography class where students learn in-depth how to create and structure their own dance works.

Students will work independently and in groups to create their own material that will be presented as part of the culmination performance. The program also offers a unique, one-of-a-kind Arts and Life class, which will facilitate exploratory discussions about the role of the arts in both a greater societal context and a more local, personal one. Students will investigate their roles as young artists through special sessions devoted to the idea of using art as a tool for individual transformation and social change.

After each intense and rigorous day of dancing, training, sharing, and studying, the students return to their dorms and participate in fun and engaging evening activities. This provides them with the opportunity to explore the UCLA campus, Westwood Village, and get a taste of what it is like to live in a college dormitory.

Students will work hard and be challenged to extend their physical and mental limits in a structured, positive environment that illustrates the benefits of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Students will also benefit from the experience of working with top professionals, creating collectively with these artists, and honing their abilities to represent themselves as professionals in the ever-changing world. They will get the opportunity to apply these skills immediately in a full length, one-hour, professional performance in the prestigious Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater at the end of the week. Open to parents and friends at no charge, this culminating production provides a chance for the students to share what they have learned during the nine-day program. Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, (which includes supervision, a meal plan, and a schedule of activities) is mandatory for all students.
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