Overall the workshop is intended for Intermediate through Advanced dancers. Our minimum level expectation is Intermediate (this is now our Level III. See key to levels).
How do I know whether I meet the BJDW’s Intermediate level expectation?
- You will have completed 4 or more years of continuous and current dance training.
- You will be at the intermediate level in a college dance major, a high school for the performing arts program, or the equivalent.
- If you are dancing exclusively at a studio, you will be at least intermediate level in a teen or adult program at your studio.
- Although current dance training is quite diverse, you are most likely familiar with standard vocabulary (see examples: jazz dance or modern dance).
- You can perform essential skills such as a double turn in a jazz class or grasp the fundamental concepts of release, momentum and shape in a modern dance setting.
What about the higher levels at the BJDW? How do I know if I will qualify for High Intermediate (IV) or Advanced (V)? Many dancers at the BJDW far exceed our minimum standards above. During Level Placement our faculty members compare dancers to other dancers at the workshop that year and place them in levels relative to other attendees. Therefore, “High Intermediate” dancers could end up in either of our 2 technique levels depending on our student population. While that will continue to be the case, this year the BJDW is opening up more space in the upper level technique classes to give more students who crave the challenge an opportunity to dance in these classes.
Generally the most advanced dancers at the workshop:
- Have completed six or more years of current and continuous training including a rigorous college/post college or professional setting.
- Are competent in picking up choreography very quickly then experimenting and playing with phrasing, facings and other aspects of taught material.
- Feel comfortable performing in front of a class of dancers of any level.
- Are open to feedback and willing to make themselves vulnerable in class and rehearsal.
- Many teach in top notch dance programs themselves, choreograph on their own companies, or dance with professional companies.
Do I have to provide documentation of my level? Thus far we do not require verification of level by video or resume, as other programs do, so we ask that students screen themselves for suitability carefully. When students show up with inadequate training they struggle and slow down classes. Please talk to us, prior to registering, if there is any question in your mind about whether your current level of technique is adequate for our minimum level requirement!
Dancers age 15: This is the first year we have opened the Two-Week Intensive to dancers age 15. If you are 15, unless you can be endorsed by one of the BJDW teachers or a teacher known to us, before you register, we require a brief letter of recommendation speaking to technique level, overall maturity and readiness for our program. This letter should come from your primary teacher, studio, or high school dance program (preferably a performing arts school or conservatory program). Please ask the individual recommending you to email Lara Branen at firstname.lastname@example.org and please wait for approval prior to registering.