Royal Academy of Dance

NZ International Summer School

RAD Centenary Summer School - 6-18 January 2020

The RAD Summer School this year will be a special event as it marks the beginning of the RAD centenary year. It will take place at Te Whaea, National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.

The courses on offer are:

  • Two 1-week Summer Schools for 8-11 year olds at RAD Grades 3-5/Intermediate Foundation level of equivalent - 6-11 January and 13-18 January.
    Fees are $480 (earlybird to 15 October), $550
  • A 2-week Performance Course for 12+ years at RAD Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2 level or equivalent.
    Fees are $1000 (earlybird to 15 October), $1200
    (please see draft programmes below)
For the Performance Course and both Summer Schools, there will be daily ballet classes and additional Hip Hop and Contemporary classes for all levels; circus skills and character classes for the Summer Schools; repertoire classes in both Ballet and Contemporary for the Performance Course; Project B boys only workshops and girls only repertoire workshops, which, in the Performance Course, will focus on pointe work.  All levels will also have the opportunity of working with a choreographer to create their own group dances to perform at a studio sharing (for the 1-week Summer Schools) and two performances in the theatre at Te Whaea for the Performance Course students.

There will also be some exciting social events included a Burger and Line Dancing night!

We are very pleased to confirm that Abigail Boyle, former principal dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Lisa-Maree Cullum, former principal dancer with the Bayerisches, Staatsballett, Munich, will be tutoring on the course.  We are also in discussion with a range of other very experienced New Zealand and International tutors and will be announcing those on Facebook as we confirm details with them.

You can register for the RAD Centenary Summer School here.

1 - Summer Schools - 2 x 1-week courses for RAD grade level or equivalent (Programme is draft only and subject to change)

Week 1    6 – 11 Jan

Week 2  13 – 18 Jan

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8.15

Registration

9.00 -10.00

Technique classes

Group 1

Powhiri

Ballet

Ballet
(teachers' observation)

Ballet

Ballet

 Ballet

Group 2

Creative

Creative
(teachers' observation)

Creative

Creative

Creative

10.15-11.15

Technique classes

Group 1

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

 Creative

Group 2

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

 Hip Hop

11.30-12.30

Technique classes

Group 1

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Studio sharing and presentation of certificates

Group 2

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

12.30-1.30

Lunch

Finish

1.30 -3.45

Workshops

Group 1
1.30 - 3.45

Circus Skills

Project B workshop (boys only)/Girls repertoire


 

Behind the scenes

(TBC)

Project B workshop (boys only)/Girls repertoire


 

Character


Group 1
1.30 - 3.45


Circus Skills

Group 2
1.30 - 3.45

Improvisation



Group 2
1.30 - 3.45
Social Events  8 January 5-7pm   Greek evening with Greek food and dancing    
15 January 5-7pm
   American evening with burgers and line dancing    


2 - Performance Course - 2-week course for RAD vocational level or equivalent (Programme is draft only and subject to change)

Week 1  6 – 11 Jan

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8.00

Registration

9.00-9.45

Stretch into the day

Group 1+2

Powhiri

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Group 2+3

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

10.00-11.15

Technique classes

Group 1

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Group 2

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Group 3

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

11.30-12.45

Technique classes

Group 1

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Group 2

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Group 3

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

12.45-1.45

Lunch

Finish

1.45 -4.30

Workshops

Group 1
1.45 - 3.00

Classical
 Repertoire

Contemporary Repertoire

Creative workshop

Hip Hop

Contemporary Repertoire

Group 1
3.15 - 4.30
 Hip Hop Classical Repertoire Creative workshop  

Group 2
1.45 - 3.00

Creative workshop

Classical Repertoire

Contemporary Repertoire

Contemporary Repertoire

Creative workshop

Group 2
3.15 - 4.30
 Hip Hop Classical
 Repertoire
Hip Hop  

Group 3
1.45 - 3.00

Creative workshop

Hip Hop

Classical
Repertoire

Contemporary Repertoire

Creative workshop

Group 3
3.15 - 4.30
 Contemporary Repertoire Hip Hop Classical Repertoire  
Social Event
8 January 5-7pm

  Greek evening with Greek food and dancing      

Week 2  13 – 18 Jan

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8.00

Registration

9.00-9.45

Stretch into the day

Group 1+2

Powhiri

Pilates based warm up/strenthening
(teachers' observation)

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Group 2+3

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates based warm up/strengthening

Pilates/Body conditioning

10.00-11.15

Technique classes

Group 1

Ballet
(teachers' observation class)

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Group 2

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Group 3

Ballet
(teachers' observation class)

Ballet
(teachers' observation class w. Gerard Charles)

Ballet

Ballet

 Ballet

Ballet

11.30-12.45

Technique classes

Group 1

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Performance warm up/rehearsals

Group 2

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet

Group 3

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

Contemporary

Jazz

12.45-1.45

Lunch

Finish

1.45 -4.30

Workshops

1.30pm Performance – followed by presentation of certificates

Group 1
1.45 - 3.00

Project B workshop (boys only)/Girls repertoire Lisa-Maree & Abigail Boyle

Hip Hop

Creative workshop

Contemporary Repertoire

Dress and technical rehearsals - programme TBC

6pm Performance

Group 1
3.15 - 4.30
Creative workshop Classical Repertoire  Classical Repertoire

Group 2
1.45 - 3.00

Classical Repertoire

Creative workshop

Classical Repertoire

Group 2
3.15 - 4.30
Creative workshop Hip Hop Contemporary Repertoire

Group 3
1.45 - 3.00

Creative workshop

Classical Repertoire

Hip Hop

Group 3
3.15 - 4.30 
 Classical Repertoire Creative workshop Contemporary Repertoire  
Social Event
15 January 5-7pm
    American evening with burgers and line dancing     

3 - Teachers' Programme 13-17 January 2020 (Programme is draft only and subject to change)

Monday 13 January: Coaching and developing the next generation. Discussing the essence of good dance teaching and the preparation of young students for professional careers, and furthering your knowledge of teaching pas de deux.

8.30

Registration

9.00

Powhiri

10.00

Class observation
Teachers have the opportunity to observe Lisa-Maree Cullum, former principal with Bayerische Staatsballett, Munich, and current Associate Artistic Director at the Bottaini Merlo International Centre of Arts, take a ballet technique class with the Performance Course students or Mitchell Rayner, RAD teacher and former principal with The Australian Ballet, take a ballet technique class with grade students

11.15

Questions and Answers with Lisa-Maree or Mitch

12.00

Partnering with Lisa-Maree Cullum and Mitch Rayner
Lisa-Maree and Mitch will provide coaching and advice on tutoring young students in partnering

 11.45 Pas de deux with Lisa-Maree Cullum and Mitchell Rayner.
Lisa-Maree and Mitch will provide coaching and advice on tutoring young students in pas de deux.

1.00

Lunch

2.00

What is Good Dance Teaching?
Gerard Charles, RAD Artistic Director, will lead an interactive session exploring how teachers stimulate, develop, support and challenge students to develop a technique that frees them to move and be expressive

4.45

Social - Welcome drink - meet the summer school faculty. Lisa-Maree Cullum and Gerard Charles in conversation: preparing young dancers for a professional career.

Tuesday 14 January: Looking back to move forward. Exploring reflective practise/teaching, how to engage boys in dance and how best to support young dancers' strength and development.

9am

Class observation
Teachers have the opportunity to observe or join in with the Performance Course Pilates based warm up/strengthening class with Vivencio Samblaceno Jr, Mutually Recognised Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance and formerly with the RNZB. The session will explore how Pilates based exercises can safely support the physical development of the young dancer

10am

Master class
Teachers have the opportunity to observe a vocational class taught by Gerard Charles, RAD Artistic Director

11.15

Questions and Answers with Gerard Charles

11.45  Social Media
This session will provide useful strategies and ideas for how to maximise the opportunities for promoting your business and/or yourself through social media.

12.45

Lunch

1.45

Supporting young dancers’ strength and development
Vivencio Samblaceno Jr will discuss strategies and techniques to support the physical development of young dancers and answer questions following the 9am Pilates class. He will also provide teachers with exercises to support their own physical fitness

3.15

Engaging boys
A panel of teachers led by Artistic Director, Gerard Charles, including Vivencio Samblaceno Jr, John Linkhorn, RAD RTS and Mitch Rayner will discuss strategies and take questions about engaging boys in dance

4.45

Finish

5.00-5.30

Optional additional session TBC: On Becoming a reflective practitioner: the MIPA Model of Professional Identities of Dance Teachers
Dr Michelle Groves, RAD Director of Education, presents on film her investigation into the ways in which dance teachers perceive and articulate their professional identities

Wednesday 15 January: Developing Artists. Encouraging creativity in dance, technical proficiency and an artistic interpretation of vocational variations

9.00

Class observation
Teachers have the choice to observe either: Grades ballet class - Abigail Boyle, RAD teacher & former RNZB Principal; or Grades creative class - Tim Barnes, Director SCIMM Dance Company, Australia

10.00

Questions and Answers with Abigail or Tim

10.45

Vocational Variations in-depth – Part 1
Paula Hunt, RAD Panel of Examiners’ Consultant, examiner and teacher will lead an interactive session to discuss and explore strategies to further teachers’ experience of teaching ease of movement, technical proficiency and artistic interpretation of vocational variations

12.45

Lunch

1.45

Vocational Variations in-depth – Part 2
Paula Hunt will coach a small group of Intermediate Foundation students to rehearse and perfect variation 1 and 2 of the RAD Intermediate Foundation syllabus. Followed by questions and answers

3.15

Developing young people’s creativity in dance
Tim and Scott of SCIMM Dance Company (based in Melbourne) share their experiences on directing a youth dance group and supporting young people to develop their movement creativity.  

5.00

Social event - American themed event with Burgerfuel burgers and Line Dancing.

Thursday 16 January: The next step. Exploring the technique of pointe work and pirouettes, and finding inspiration for teaching creative dance

9.00

Pointe Work – from beginners and Beyond: Tutor: Hilary Kaplan, RAD examiner and teacher in Australia.
This is an abridged version of the RAD full day course and will focus on: developing an understanding of the fitting and maintenance of pointe shoes, preparing and training students for pointe work with examples of preparatory and training exercises

12.45

Lunch

1.45

Teaching Pirouettes
Hilary Kaplan will teach techniques and share her wide experience of teaching pirouettes

3.15

How to support young dancers to prevent and recover from injury
Physiotherapists contracted to the RNZB, Libby Eglinton and Kim Crawford will present the best practice for preventing and recovering from injuries and discuss how teachers can best support their students

4.45

Finish

Friday 17 January: Behind the curtain. Taking a look behind the scenes at the RNZB, exploring the importance of both students and teachers wellbeing and further an understanding of supportive strategies.

9.00
 

Morning with the RNZB to include:
A tour of the new Dance Centre
Observing company class followed by morning tea with the company
Patricia Barker, Artistic Director, will take questions and discuss how teachers can prepare students to be flexible and responsive to  the requirements of different companies, directors and choreographers
Michael Auer will discuss the RNZB’s new Pathway programme

12.45

Lunch

1.45

Student wellbeing – Rebecca Gouldhurst, Counsellor, Facilitator, Nutritionist and Wholistic health care practitioner will take this interatice session which will focus on: developing an understanding and awareness, and recognising signs of stress, anxiety, eating disorders and depression in young dancers; understanding the dance teacher’s role in supporting their students at these times; positive and supportive teaching strategies to enhance a dancer’s self-esteem and help them to manage their emotions

3.15

Teacher Wellbeing – Rebecca Gouldhurst will follow the earlier student's wellbeing session with an interactive session that will support teachers to recognise the symptoms of stress, burn out, depression and anxiety in themselves and provide techniques and strategies for preventing, managing and alleviating stress

4.45

Finish

6pm

Performance course sharing - Te Whaea Theatre



Fees are
  • 5 day course: $760 Earlybird rate to 08 November 2019; $850 from 09 November 2019
  • Daily rate: $195 per day members; $275 per day non-members







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