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WINSTON-SALEM – The weather outside may still be frightful, but the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is looking ahead to a summer of “serious fun” with its annual Summer Session, which runs June 20-July 23 this year. Full five-week programs will be offered in Dance, Filmmaking, and Music, and shorter programs will be available in Visual Arts, Music and Drama, including a special program on Stage Combat.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as program and residence hall space is limited. The costs for tuition and fees, and room and board vary by session. For more information, contact Admissions, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27127; e-mail admissions@uncsa.edu; or visit the school’s website at www.uncsa.edu/summersession. The telephone number is 336-770-3290.

The School of Dance is offering a summer program for students who have completed the sixth grade and are at least 12 years old. It provides intensive training in classical ballet or contemporary dance while working with world-class instructors in specifically designed studios. A live or DVD audition is required for this program; see the website for details. This is a five-week program, June 20-July 23.

The School of Drama is offering sessions in both Acting and Stage Combat. In the Acting program, students will focus on the fundamentals of acting, movement and speech with classes in improvisation, clowning, dancing, and singing. Acting is a four-week program, June 20-July 16, for students at least 15 years old who have completed the ninth grade.

In the School of Drama’s Stage Combat program, students will have the chance to master safe, effective stage combat in the only National Stage Combat Workshop recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors.  Students of the Introductory-level classes must be at least 15 years old and have completed the ninth grade.  For Basic and Advanced programs, students must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school. The Stage Combat program is three weeks in length, July 4-23.

The School of Filmmaking is offering sessions for Rising Filmmakers (with no previous experience) and Advanced Filmmakers. Students will have the opportunity to learn the creative and technical aspects of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, digital editing and physical production, and producing. The session is for students who are at least 15 and have completed the ninth grade. This is a five-week program, June 20-July 23.

The School of Music is offering a variety of options. The Chamber Music Institute, for strings and piano, is offered in both a five-week session and a three-week session, June 20-July 23 and July 4-23.  Also available are three-week workshops in Voice and Piano (June 20-July 9), a three-week Composition Workshop (July 4-23), a two-week Guitar Workshop (July 12-23), and one-week workshops in Double Bass, Flute, Trumpet (June 20-25) and Clarinet, Bassoon, Organ, Percussion, and Saxophone (July 19-23). Students must be at least 12 years old and have completed the sixth grade.

The School of Design and Production is offering a summer program in Visual Arts for high school and college students (at least 14 years old). Students will explore the visual arts through intensive classes in design, drawing and sculpture. Studio classes will be complemented with field trips. This is a four-week program, June 20-July 16.

Students of all programs in UNCSA’s Summer Session will train with distinguished professionals from around the globe, including members of each school’s regular faculty and special guest artists, including UNCSA alumni. Students may also receive appropriate high school or college credit.

In addition to their work in their art, Summer Session students also will be able to participate in extracurricular activities, ranging from bowling and hiking to weekend trips to summer festivals and entertainment venues.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.