Summer Dance Workshop

Stephen Petronio Company
June 4 – 24, 2017

Petronio Dance

Sample Daily Schedule

(subject to change)

Class Descriptions

Stephen Petronio Contemporary Technique Class
This technique class will guide dancers in making muscular and skeletal connections to their unique physicality.  Emphasis is placed on the articulation of the spine, the opening of the joints, and the direction and flow of energy throughout the body and into space. Petronio respiratory-themed movement material that has a unique focus on dynamic sequencing, poly-rhythmic initiations, and a sense of fearlessness within a complex architectural form will also be explored. Workshop participants will explore respiratory-themed movement material that has a unique focus on dynamic sequencing, poly-rhythmic initiations, and a sense of fearlessness within a complex architectural form.

Ballet with Petronio principals (included in morning class)
A contemporary ballet class focused on building strong balletic technique; all the while applying the somatic principles of the Petronio approach to movement.  

Bodywork Class with Petronio
A cross-training class geared towards helping dancers develop healthy body maintenance practices needed to pursue careers as professional dancers. Such practices include:

  1. Klein Technique-based class
  2. Stretch Class
  3. Yoga
  4. Pilates
  5. Injury prevention techniques
  6. Mind body awareness/connection
  7. Alignment and placement 

Petronio Repertory
An immersion in Company repertory, designed to be cumulative. Dancers will learn a larger section from a piece of Company repertory.

Improvisation/Composition practices
A class meant to foster creative practices and generate choreographic material. Students will explore:

Supplemental Activities

Daily classes will be supplemented by additional activities including lecture demonstrations, repertory showings, and social events. The Stephen Petronio Company will also perform in Ladd Hall (Arthur Zankel Music Center) during the workshop.  Rehearsal space is available in the evenings and on weekends, and students will perform in an informal repertory showing at the conclusion of the residency.

The Setting

Workshop classes are held in the College's Dance Center. Dancers who choose to live on Skidmore's campus will be housed in one of the College’s new apartment buildings in Sussman Village. Participants under age 18 will be supervised by the program's resident staff. Dormitory rooms are spacious and feature free internet access and cable television (students must bring their own televisions, computers, etc). Dancers staying on campus must purchase the College's board (meal) plan for the duration of their stay. Meal plans offering 21 or 14 meals per week are available. It is important to note the apartment kitchens are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, sink, stove/oven, dishwasher and fire extinguisher, but they do NOT come equipped with dishes, utensils, a coffee maker, etc.  Participants who chose to cook some of their meals in the apartments must plan accordingly and bring these items to campus for the workshop or register for the full meal plan. Workshop participants may request specific roommates.

Our dining hall has an award-winning culinary staff that offers a broad array of freshly made items, including ample vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other special dietary options. Participants will also have access to the College's Scribner Library and recreational facilities, including swimming pool, weight and fitness rooms, lighted tennis courts, track, North Woods hiking trails, and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.

Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and challenging and caring faculty mentors. It is a place where creative thought matters, as evidenced by its more than 60 majors; its arts-infused, interdisciplinary focus; and the fact that half of the College's 2,400 undergraduates carry two majors or at least one minor with a major.