Summer Dance Intensive 2021

Artistic Moments: Power, Passion, Pose

with Hunter Museum of American Art

This year’s summer intensive has a special focus on choreography and art.  Along with their pre-professional classes in various forms of dance, students will have the unique opportunity to create site-specific dance work at The Hunter Museum of American Art.  Taking inspiration from the works in the museum, specifically their new exhibit, “Power, Passion, Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory” showcasing internationally-renowned ballet dancers, the choreographic process will be guided by experienced instructors. Dancers will show their work on Saturday, July 24th at noon in a live performance at the museum. 

Using improvisation, elements of composition, movement research, and exploration of theme, students will collaborate together to create concept-driven works of dance.  Composition and improvisation, as well as the ability to contribute artistically, are valuable skills for any dancer, especially those hoping to work in the professional dance world. This course offers students a chance to discover their creative voice, as well as provide opportunity to support the ideas and artistry of their peers as they collaborate together.

Monday- Friday, July 12th-23rd 9:30am-4pm 

With a performance on Saturday, July 24th at 11am

Students will practice at CDT studios each day except, Wednesday, July 14th and Saturday, July 24th, in which dancers and instructors will meet at Hunter Museum of American Art.

Students should pack a lunch each day.

For levels V and higher, ages 11 and up

Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 24th in conglomeration with CDT Performance Company Auditions. 

Classes and Rehearsals

Along with choreographic studies, students will take class to better improve ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. Various other classes such as yoga, flamenco, ballroom, and hip-hop will also be incorporated in technique studies. 

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Professional Photos

There will be a photo day in which dancers can get their standard head shot (needed for most professional and university auditions), and a few other images of full body dance poses. Five professional images are included in the price of the intensive

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Get ready for a performance like you've never seen before! Saturday, July 24th at 11am, at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Students will show their site-specific choreography inspired by the new exhibit: Power, Passion, Pose: Photos by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory. No tickets are necessary! 

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(Due July 1st) 


Early Bird

(Pay balance by June 24th)


One Week




Daily Rate


Class Rate


Deposit to hold spot



Levels V and higher, ages 11 and up


Audition ($19)

  • Saturday, April 24th

    • 10:30-12:15 Levels VII-Advanced (ages 13 and up)

    • 12:30- 1:45 Intermediate Levels V-VI (ages 11 and up)

  • Or send in a dance resume, letter of recommendation, and dance video showing ballet adage, pirouette, allegro, pointe if applicable, and at least 16 counts of a contemporary combination.

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Guest Teachers

Guest Teachers

Guest Teachers


Jackie Nash


Jackie Nash, a native of Connecticut, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.  During her 11 seasons with Atlanta Ballet she has enjoyed dancing a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante.  Notably, Jackie's performance at the Joyce Theater with Amy Siewert's Imagery was named one of  Pointe Magazine's "The 12 Standout Performances of 2017".  She has also had the opportunity to teach at the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program, the Royal Dance Academy's summer session, Perimeter Ballet, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and the Neighborhood Ballet Summer Intensive.  

Guest Teachers

Guest Teachers


Alisha Cardenas


Alisha Cardenas originally hails from Atlanta, GA. Her training includes the Georgia Ballet, The Bravo Dance Centre and The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas was accepted and attended the Cobb County School of Performing Arts majoring in Dance and minoring in Drama/Theatre. After high school, she was accepted to the University of Georgia's performance company The UGA Ballet Ensemble. While attending The University of GA, she danced the role of Myrtha and Demi-Soloist from the romantic ballet Giselle, was a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced many of the companies repertory pieces. Past mentors include, Marina Levasheva from the Georgia Ballet and Bravo Dance Centre, Janet Robertson and Joan Buttram from the University of Georgia and Mary and Karen Rau from The Kennesaw School of Dance. Cardenas also attended the Second City and The Improv Olympic in Chicago, where she performed, produced and choreographed numerous shows in the Chicago area. Students that she has trained have gone on to programs such as The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffery Ballet NYC, The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rockettes Summer Intensive, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Towson University Dance Major program, Kennesaw State University Dance Major Program, Stockton University Dance Major Program, The Bolshoi Summer Intensive. Her students have also received high scores and praise at the Philadelphia Youth America Grand Prix, including Top 12. She is excited that her dream of becoming a director and owner of a school that stresses the fundamentals of ballet is coming true, and looks forward to meeting and training all her wonderful students.