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July 2nd – July 28th, 2012
No classes on the 4th of July.

  "I found a love for dance which I know
     I will always keep with me."


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Daily Schedule | Repertory & Final Performance | Audition Process |Audition Schedule |Tuition & Fees
Peridance Capezio Center's Summer Intensive is a 4-week comprehensive training program designed for dancers ages 12-17 with serious goals to develop, increase, and strengthen their level of technique, self-confidence, and artistry. An experienced and knowledgeable faculty strongly emphasizes clean technique and self-discipline within a nurturing and supportive environment. In order to prevent injuries and promote wellness, special attention is given to proper body placement and work habits.
Beyond working to achieve technical strength, students work to understand the value of dance as an art form and to recognize as well as develop the artists within themselves. Peridance takes pride in drawing students for the Intensive from both the United States and around the world, giving them the unique opportunity to become immersed in its diverse community. Intensive participants will demonstrate their amplified understanding of technique, movement, and performance skills in a fully produced performance presented at Peridance's new in-house Salvatore Capezio Theater.

The program's Artistic Director, Igal Perry, is a critically acclaimed choreographer, director, and teacher whose work is known around the world. Mr. Perry's international engagements as a choreographer and teacher include The Scapino Ballet & Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden, and The National Ballet of China, among others. In May 2007, Mr. Perry was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.

Mr. Perry will be teaching ballet class daily throughout the Intensive. His class introduces a fresh and open approach to the study of traditional ballet vocabulary, fusing the different elements of ballet from correct placement and alignment to the utmost in technical execution, coordination, musicality, and phrasing.

igal perry


Igal Perry
Artistic Director

Take a look at what to expect for Summer Intensive 2012!

Summer Intensive

Weekly Curriculum

The Intensive accepts students at an Intermediate to Advanced level. Level placement is determined by technical skill and age appropriateness, both evaluated during the audition process and within the first few days of the Intensive. Students train in a variety of disciplines including Ballet, Pointe/Men's Technique, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Theater Dance, and Improvisation. In addition to the 25 mandatory classes per week, students are permitted to take Open Classes for an additional fee. Workshops are given through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries on injury prevention, anatomy, and nutrition. College preparation lectures are also provided.

Summer 2012 Faculty includes

Igal Perry: Artistic Director of Peridance Capezio Center
Jose Manuel Carreño: Former Principal dancer with American Ballet Theater
Drew Jacoby: Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Jacoby & Pronk and DancePulp
Francois Perron: Danced with New York City Ballet for six year, former principal with the Joffery Ballet
Jeanne Solan : Former dancer with Netherlands Dans Theater
James Kinney: Broadway dancer in Fosse, resident Choreographer of the Broadway Dreams Foundation
Sidra Bell:
Sidra Bell Dance New York
Gregory Dolbashian: Artistic Director of The DASH Ensemble
Korhan Basaran: Up and coming New York choregrapher, former dancer with the Cunningham School
João Carvalho: Co-Director of LúdicaDança, former dancer with Paul Taylor Dance Co.
Kristina Berger: Lester Horton Dance Theatre, Inc. (soloist), Erick Hawkins Dance Co. & SWATT (Principal)
NIna Goldman: Matthew Bourne's New Adventures (soloist), National Ballet of Canada, Broadway performer
Liza Kovacs: Former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, Lalala Human Steps
Becky Brown: Limón Institute Faculty Member 
Raegan Wood: Former principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Co.
Marnie Thomas: Former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, faculty at the Martha Graham School
Jana Hicks / Marijke Eliasberg: The Next Stage Project
La Jon Dantzler: Member of Rhapsody the Company, Step Up 2, Stomp the Yard

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Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday for 4 weeks, dancers train for approximately seven hours each day in a variety of disciplines. Ballet, modern, and contemporary classes are scheduled for both the Intermediate and Advanced  students in the mornings and afternoons, with pointe and/or men's class for the Advanced students and pre-pointe for the Intermediate students. Supplementary classes like Jazz/theater, Pilates, yoga and stretch are included in the students' schedules throughout the week. Students spend the end of each day learning repertory from Summer Intensive faculty and guest artists and the end of each week with a Hip Hop class on Saturday taught by one of the latest choreographers, master teachers, and/or dancers in the industry.

Here is a sample of a daily class schedule:

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10:00-11:30 Ballet
11:30-12:00 Pointe/Variations
12:00-1:00   Break
1:00-2:30     Contemporary
2:30-4:00     Choice Class*
4:00-5:30     Repertory


8:30-10:00    Ballet
10:00-11:30  Modern
11:30-12:00  Break
12:00-1:00    Pilates
1:00-2:30      Choice Class*
2:30-3:00      Break
3:00-4:30      Repertory

 *From Adult Open Class Schedule

Peridance's Summer Intensive offers the unique experience of taking both closed classes with Intensive participants ONLY and of taking classes from our Open Class Schedule. Students will be able to select from a variety of techniques and styles, dancing alongside working New York City professionals!

Repertory & Final Performance
Dancers are given the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform choreography from emerging and well established choreographers. Each Summer Intensive participant will be cast in at least two of the five repertories offered. Repertory has included renowned artists, such as Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's Artistic Director - Igal Perry, former ABT Principal - José Manuel Carreño, the director of the Limón Institute - Alan Danielson, Nederland's Dance Theater's Jeanne Solan, former Battleworks Artistic Director - Robert Battle, Nina Buisson and others. Summer Intensive 2011's choreographers and artists included: Korhan Basaran, Sidra Bell, Jana Hicks, Nina Goldman, Mary Ann Lamb, and Mary MacLeod. 

Repertory for Summer Intensive 2012 includes:
Sidra Bell
Drew Jacoby
Gregory Dolbashian
Kristina Berger
Jana Hicks & Marijke Eliasberg
Mary Ann Lamb
Mary MacLeod

Students will perform the innovative, professional repertory rehearsed throughout the 4-week intensive in a culminating showcase at Peridance's new, state of the art in-house theatre, the Salvatore Capezio Theatre. Dancers have the opportunity to demonstrate their growth and achievements to family, friends, and an invited audience as well as share the stage with special guest artists! At the end of the performance, each student is recognized individually and presented with a Certificate of Completion.

Audition Process and Deadlines

The Summer Intensive accepts students by audition ONLY. Students may audition in one of three ways:
  1. Attend one Peridance's public auditions (See "Audition Tour Schedule").

  2. Arrange to take an open class at Peridance as an audition no later than April 30th.
    Please e-mail to arrange this audition.

  3. Send a DVD/Video Link by mail (Peridance Capezio Center, ATTN: Summer Intensive, 126 E. 13th Street New York, NY 10003) or by e-mail no later than May 31st. DVD must include the following:

    • 2 Full Barre Exercises (one side only)
    • Center Adagio
    • Grande Allegro
    • Pointe work: Center Combination or a Classical Variation.
    • Men ONLY: Demonstrate Men's Technical Work with a Center Combination or a Classical Variation.
    • Solo of any style/choreography you choose, demonstrating your quality of movement and musicality (1-3 minutes)

    For all auditions, including video submissions, the following is required:

    • Completed Application Form APPLY NOW!
    • $25.00 Registration Fee
    • Clear Headshot
    •Photo in first arabesque, tendu à la seconde or passé, and brief resume

    Proper dance attire:
    Women: Leotard, tights, ballet slippers, neat hair. (Pointe shoes may be worn for centre work but are not required.)
    Men: Leotard or fItted T-shirt, tights, ballet slippers
For questions and/or additional information, please call 212.505.0886 or e-mail Marlena Wolfe, Summer Intensive Coordinator, at

Audition Tour Schedule

Each audition will consist of a 1.5 hours ballet class followed by a contemporary combination.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition times below. 

New York City*, January 3, 2012, 5:30-7:00 PM

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 11, 2012, 11:00-12:30 PM at The Henny Jurriens Foundation

Milan, Italy, February 13, 2012, 11:30-1:00 PM at Musical, the School

Torino, Italy, February 14, 2012, 3:00-4:30 PM at Nuova Officina Della Danza (NOD)

Rome, Italy, February 15, 2012, 9:00-10:30 AM and 12:00-1:30PM at Accademia Nazionale Di Danza

Naples, Italy, February 16, 2012, 3:30-5:00 PM at School of Teatro di San Carlo

Chicago, February 25, 2012, 11:30-1:00 PM at Lou Conte Dance Studio

New York City*, March 4, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM

Miami, March 24, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM at New World School of the Arts

Tokyo, Japan, March 31, 2012, 4:00-7:00 PM at ARCHITANZ

New York City*, April 15, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM

*All NYC auditions held at Peridance Capezio Center which is located on 126 East 13th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. (view map)

Tuition and Fees

Audition and Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $2150
Housing Fee: TBD

Financial Aid: Two scholarships for half price tuition are granted yearly for both male and female dancers. All scholarships are based on the combination of a dancer's artistic merit and financial need and are awarded by Igal Perry, Artistic Director, after careful evaluation. Please include a letter of request  stating your need for financial aid along with submission of your Application Form.


No matter the facility, students will enjoy being in close proximity to many restaurants, movie theaters, shops, cafes, and grocery store options as this is the make-up of NYC! Housing Fee is not included in tuition and is set forth by the facility. Please notify the Intensive Coordinator if you require housing.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Summer Intensive has been established for the teachers' and students' benefit. Proper dress code allows teachers to identify students' bodies in order to address alignment, posture, and presence. We ask for cooperation from both teachers and students in regards to enforcing the dress code.
  • Shoes:
    *Students must bring Ballet, Pointe, Tap (if they choose Tap as a Choice Class) and Jazz shoes. Capezio Foot Undeez are acceptable for Modern dance classes if a dancer choose not to go bare foot.
  • Hair:
    *Hair should be neat and secure for all classes.
  • Ballet Classes:
    *Ladies must wear a solid color leotard, pink tights, and ballet slippers (Canvas or leather are accepted). Footed or convertible tights free of holes, rips, and tears. Tights must stay over the foot while in ballet class.
    *Ladies must wear hair in a bun.
    *No skirts.
    *Men must wear  white, fitted T-shirts, black tights/leggings, and ballet slippers (Canvas or leather are accepted.) For all other classes, Men may wear whatever is comfortable yet neat and fitted.
  • Modern/Jazz/Repertory Classes:
    * Students may wear a leotard and tights of any color.
    * Dance pants/Capri pants are acceptable for Modern, Jazz & all other classes.
    * No bulky oversized t-shirts allowed.
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Additional Activities
During the Intensive, students get to experience the richness of New York City’s culture through evening and weekend excursions to various landmarks, art institutions, and neighborhoods.  Peridance also organizes exciting cultural outings to major dance performances in NYC theaters.

Words from 2011 Summer Intensive Students

"I wouldn't change anything about the Intensive, because it is well organized. The teachers focused on our artistry!"

"I will take with me the knowledge that I am more confident with myself. I don't mind making mistakes."

"My favorite part was the seminars where we got to learn several new techniques or talk about important things related to dance."

"My favorite part of the program was meeting new people and having a connection with them through dance. I liked having the opportunity to work with professional choreographers. The Intensive was fun while staying serious and focused."

Photo credits : Melissa Birnbaum of Meems Images
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