Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops

We will be offering three professional development workshops this year for teachers and directors.

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2021 Workshop Descriptions

Dance Injury Prevention and Recovery

Saturday, February 26 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Led by UNCSA adjunct faculty member, Taryn Griggs

Dancers are dedicated, powerful and resilient. Even with these amazing qualities they still get hurt. Supporting our students when they are injured and helping them get back to doing what they love is an important part of our role as teachers. In this workshop we will look at common dance injuries, exercises geared towards injury prevention, establishing a healthy environment for healing and ways to keep injured students engaged in their training and recovery.

Concepts in Composition and Choreography

Saturday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Led by UNCSA faculty member, choreographer and Summer Dance director, Ashley Lindsey

This workshop will explore the principles of dance composition, including creativity, movement invention, and choreographic structure. With the assistance from School of Dance college and high school students, we will present a live demonstration of Ashley’s choreographic process and create a movement study in real-time. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of key choreographic tools and concepts and how to apply them to their own choreographic processes. 

Training Young Dancers

Sunday, February 27 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Led by UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program faculty member, Alberto Blanco

The very first years of a young dancer’s training are crucial in building a strong foundation for correct coordination and proper muscle development to ensure success in their future careers. In this workshop, we will take a look at the correct buildup of the classroom work based on a student’s age and strength level, in order to progress in a healthy and safe manner without any affectations. From simple exercises to train and target specific coordination, to when to begin barre work and how, to developing jumps and arm coordination for the center.


Fees for Workshops

One workshop $75
Two workshops $100 
Three workshops $125