2021 Schedule

Choose your own adventure!


We want to make Dance West available to suit your independent needs and desires as artists.

  • Block 1 technique classes will be assigned to registrants on an A/B alternating schedule.

  • Registrants will select their Block 2 class for the entire week upon payment.

  • Block 3 offers career development or a choreographic mentorship course option. The mentorship has very limited availability at this time.

Classes are Monday - Saturday. There will be no classes Saturday afternoon to make time for a festival gathering.





Class Descriptions

 August 9-14 

subject to change​

 BLOCK 1 (9:00 - 10:45 am) 


Contemporary Technique - Kate Skarpetowska

Drawing from a variety of contemporary techniques, this class will concentrate on bringing clearer understanding of movement initiation, it’s energetic intention, as well as muscular imagination. We will be working in a style organic to the body, lyrical and lush in movement, soft-boned yet full of gravity and swoop. Through phrase work of singing, melodic quality, we will investigate how to recycle the momentum of a preceding movement and use it to create the following one, therefore discovering elastic transitions, musical phrasing and dynamic choices.

Contemporary Technique - Daniel Charon

The goal of this contemporary technique class is to cultivate individual expression within the confines of set material in an effort to develop a unique dancing voice. This class encourages a versatile approach to movement which prepares a dancer to adapt quickly to the various styles and approaches of today’s choreographers. Movements range from simple and pure mappings of the body’s pathways to physically charged, technically demanding phrase work. The class encourages alignment, clarity of intention, and line and addresses specificity of timing, musicality and attuned rhythmical prowess. 

 BLOCK 2 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) 


Lar Lubovitch Repertory

Instructor: - Kate Skarpetowska

Participants will learn alongside RDT Company Members sections from Lar Lubovitch’s Marimba, choreographed to the music of Steve Reich in 1976.

Ririe-Woodbury Company Repertory Sampler

instructors: The Ririe-Woodbury Company Dancers past and present

Learn excerpts from various pieces that are part of the company repertory. This experience will encourage the development of skills such as: the art of learning material in an efficient and specific manner, the ability to adapt to different styles, and performance techniques. A new phrase of repertory will be shared each day.

 LUNCH (12:30 - 1:45 pm) 

 BLOCK 3 (1:45 - 3:00 pm) 


Careers in Dance - Dance West Seminar Series

A series of enlightening seminars designed to highlight non-performance careers in the field of Dance. Led by professionals on staff at Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, participants will join in on a series of daily conversations focusing on various aspects of non-profit organizations and working in the dance field. These seminars will expand and explore potential alternative careers in dance, such as marketing, self-promotion, production, artistic and executive directorships, etc.

  • MONDAY - Executive Extravaganza - up close and personal with the Executive Directors of both companies

  • TUESDAY - Education Excellence - everything you need to know about Dance Education

  • WEDNESDAY - Partake in Production - hear directly from technical directors

  • THURSDAY - Dancing for Development and Artistic Antics - learn about grant-writing & the artistic side of running a company

  • FRIDAY - Marketing Madness - social media, growing audiences & more

Choreographic Practice (rehearsal space available until 4 PM)

Under the direction of Daniel Charon, Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, this class is a forum centering on choreography and creative practice. Students participate in a workshop environment where they have an opportunity to explore tools, tasks and exercises to deeper understand and develop their choreographic practice. It will be structured with a daily check-in including an improvisational exploration to begin. Then, dancers are given studio time to work on their own choreographic process. Select mentors are available to work with throughout the week. This class may or may not culminate in a final informal showing depending on individual needs.​