Qualities of a Dancer Seminar :: Sunday, December 13, 2020

Cost: $65 for the day or $20 per class

Chautauqua School of Dance presents an all-day immersive online experience exploring director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's attributes of a successful professional dancer. Guided by the qualities of Technique, Artistry, Musicality, Versatility and Strength, students will take class with distinguished Chautauqua Dance faculty and star alumni including Patricia McBride, Anna Gerberich, Isabella LaFreniere, Sarah Van Patten, Joseph Jefferies and Pete Leo Walker. Two learning tracks are offered based on level of experience to maintain the nurturing environment and individual attention that make Chautauqua Dance so remarkable.

Register HERE for Workshop Level (intermediate dancers ages 11–14)


Register HERE for Apprentice Level (advanced pre-professional dancers ages 15+)


2021 Information Coming Soon

Under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Chautauqua Dance is well known for the unique opportunity it affords talented students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment. The dance curriculum at Chautauqua is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers. Intensive training in classical ballet continues in rehearsals leading to performances. The faculty at Chautauqua will often help place students into major companies through their many contacts.

Classes and rehearsals take place in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, which includes four large teaching and rehearsal studios, locker rooms, costume shop, administrative offices, and a beautiful lake view. Students are housed in a well-supervised dormitory adjacent to the studios, which also houses musicians, artists, and writers.

Dancers can take advantage of Chautauqua’s many recreational offerings during their free time including symphony concerts, professional dance company performances, Friday Night specials and any number of recitals and lectures at no extra cost. The Chautauqua community provides a nurturing and arts-centric environment for young artists to learn and grow.

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