Registration open for Broadway Commercial Dance Lab, July 12-23

UNCSA is accepting applications for its premier Broadway Commercial Dance Lab summer intensive program taking place online July 12-23. Led by faculty-artists who are at the top of their field, this highly sought-after program is more accessible than ever.

Broadway Commercial Dance Lab will take place online with a one- or two-week option. Video auditions are being accepted now through April 15; a live Zoom audition day for all of UNCSA Summer Dance (including Broadway Commercial Dance, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Professional Studies) will take place on April 11. More information, including registration and application details for summer programs at UNCSA are available online.

Directed by Tony Award-nominated actor/dancer Elizabeth Parkinson, the Broadway Commercial Dance Lab focuses on the unique and varied skill set that every dancer needs to work on Broadway and in the commercial dance industry including dance, singing, acting, audition techniques, and more. For summer 2021 the Broadway Commercial Dance Lab will provide practical instruction using Zoom that mirrors changes in the industry due to COVID-19, such dancing for the camera, self-producing and editing high-quality dance videos for creative expression, video auditions, and self-promotion on social media platforms.

Elizabeth Parkinson is director of Broadway Commerical Dance Lab at UNCSA

Elizabeth Parkinson is director of Broadway Commercial Dance Lab.

“The Broadway Commercial Dance Lab at UNCSA gives young dancers the opportunity to train with some of the best in the industry – dancers who are working and thriving in a variety of settings,” said Parkinson. “The training is intensive yet practical, expressive and fun – and will equip students with key tools for success in the current environment for dance.”

Students attending the full two weeks will work on repertory with three-time Tony Award and 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Andy Blankenbuehler ("Hamilton," "Bandstand," "In The Heights”). All attendees will have additional master classes and Q&A sessions with renowned choreographers and industry professionals such as Tony Award nominee and actress/dancer Karine Plantadit (“The Lion King,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “After Midnight,” “Movin’ Out,” “Come Fly Away,” “Sex and the City,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Smash,” “Frida,” “Chicago,” “Across the Universe” and “Mozart in the Jungle”); Noel Bajandas (Madonna, Cirque du Soleil, Adam Lambert, Toni Braxton, Miley Cyrus, Gloria Estefan and Skrillex); UNCSA’s own Krisha Marcano (“The Color Purple,” Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham); and many other talented industry professionals.

Additional workshops will be given in financial literacy for freelance dancers, marketing and branding, and audition techniques. All dancers will receive an introduction to singing workshop and the opportunity to schedule 30-minute private coaching sessions. Acting classes will focus on individual monologues, two-person scene work, and self-taping techniques.

UNCSA Summer Programs

UNCSA Summer Programs include a range of options to study with talented faculty-artists and industry guests across the disciplines that make up the top-ranked conservatory. Programs in Animation, Dance, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, and Visual Arts are offered throughout June and July for students ranging in age from 12-21 depending on the program. Typically in-person on the UNCSA campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., programs have been offered online since last summer, expanding their reach and accessibility. Students still receive hands-on experience, performance opportunities and individual attention from professional artists, many of whom are on faculty at UNCSA. 

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March 25, 2021