Andrew and Merry Kuharsky - Directors
15th Jun 2016 | by: Andrew Kuharsky

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Many dance students take lessons during the school year and then have three months or more during the summer with no classes. Others may take summer dance camps or “intensives” during the summer, perhaps even traveling far away from home to study at a prestigious ballet school. Summer dance camps help keep you physically fit and give you an opportunity to enjoy dance without the packed schedule of school and homework.

When I was 15 and went off to study for my first summer, I traveled from Cleveland to New York and had a full scholarship for an 8-week summer dance camp at the Joffrey Ballet School. I stayed with friends of my parents and commuted an hour each way on bus and subway. I had three classes per day, five days a week, for eight weeks. That’s a lot of classes! It was intense and hot (no air conditioning). It also helped me to continue my progress and taught me that I really did love to dance. Today at the Greenville Ballet School I love seeing the summer dance camp students go from one class to the next, grab a quick lunch, and spend the day immersed in the dance world full of the energy and enthusiasm that dance gives to us all. summer dance camps, summer ballet intensives

During the summer dance camps students can apply themselves more fully and experience several classes per day, which they would not have time for during the school year. This increases the concentration and the enjoyment by immersing the student in the dance world. It keeps you in good physical shape and gets you excited and ready for the next year’s training. You may also have additional performance opportunities where you can enjoy the costumes, scenery, props, music and theater environment that are the heart of the art form.

Our summer dance camps

This summer at the Greenville Ballet School we will be offering summer dance camps in three separate sessions in June, July, and August. June 20-30 we will have two weeks of ballet classes for all ages. July 11-21 we will have a 2-week intensive with several classes per day in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern. Starting August 8 we will be preparing students to perform in the full-length ballet Coppélia at Furman University’s McAlister Auditorium on August 27. This opportunity to rehearse daily and prepare an entire ballet in three weeks is a new experience, teaches teamwork, and will leave you with unforgettable memories. You can see the full schedule and sign up for classes at https://greenvilleballet.com/classes/summer-classes.

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About the Author: Andrew Kuharsky

Mr. Kuharsky is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. He was an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, a principal dancer with The Atlanta Ballet, and a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. He has directed the dance programs at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and the Greenville County Schools' Fine Arts Center.