Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Footlight Dance has full repertoire

Express Staff Writer

Footlight Dance Centre dance company camper at a photo shoot in Ketchum’s Memory Park. Courtesy photo

Footlight Dance Centre is synonymous with innovation, discipline, excellence and diversity, and its summer offerings are no exception.

l The first "DANCEcamp" will be held July 9-13. The five-day camp is for students entering grades 2-4 in the fall.

Activities of the first session include ballet, hip-hop, tap, creative, dance history, choreography, crafts and dance videos. It runs from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. each day.

l Up next, from July 16-26, is the "Cecchetti Ballet Camp." The workshop is built around the Cecchetti Ballet Method.

And what is the Cecchetti Method of training? According to the Cecchetti Council of America, "It's a rigorous system drawn up with careful regard for the laws of anatomy, and it is designed to endow the human body with all those qualities essential to the dancer—balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, "ballon" and so forth."

This class for students 9- and-older requires at least two years ballet experience.

l "Summer Ballet and Pilates Classes" for ages 11 to adult, and beginners to intermediate levels, is set for July 16-Aug. 15.

l A second session of "DANCEcamp" will be July 30-Aug. 3. The five-day camp is for students entering grades 2-4.

The activities of this second session include ballet, hip hop, tap, creative, dance history, choreography, crafts and dance videos. It runs from 9 a.m to

2:30 p.m. each day.

l Just so students go back to school and dance with techniques right at the tip of their toes, the week of Aug. 16-21 is reserved as "August Dance Refresher."

This is a week long warm-up for the upcoming fall classes.

Aimed at middle school and high school, intermediate and advance dancers, this intensive week features workshops in ballet, pointe, Pilates conditions, modern and hip-hop. Special guest Solange Gomes will teach Flamenco.

All classes are held at the Community Campus in Hailey. For further details call Director Hilarie Neely at 578-5462.

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