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LITTLE ROCK -- This summer, Ballet Arkansas will offer three dance camps for a variety of ages, 5-21 years old.

With the return of the annual Summer Intensive program and the second year of the Story Time Dance Camp and Junior Intensive, this year's varying workshops offer week-long dance camps created specifically for each age group, according to a news release.

Ballet Arkansas' 2019 Summer Intensive will be held July 22-26 and July 29 to Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Dancers ages 10-21 will train with the artistic staff and professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas, and a guest faculty from across the United States. Friends and family are welcome to attend a showcase each Friday afternoon, to celebrate a week of hard work, dedication, and learning. Housing options are available. The Ballet Arkansas annual Summer Intensive is by audition only. Information on submitting a video audition is available at https://www.balletarkansas.org/summer-intensive.

All dancers are required to have at least three years of dance training to audition and dancers ages 13 and older are required to have been enrolled in a Pointe class since the fall of 2018 (pointe work is not required for dancers ages 10-12). The audition fee is $20 and the workshop fee is $400 for one week and $725 for both weeks.

Returning for a second year, Ballet Arkansas' Junior Intensive Program for 8- to 10-year-olds will be held June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ballet Arkansas' 520 Main St. studios. Students will spend the week focusing on ballet technique, moving and grooving in jazz and contemporary classes, and getting creative in choreography class with the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas. The week will culminate in a showcase for families and friends to celebrate the dancer's hard work. Registration is open and there is no audition required. Registration and a reservation deposit of $100 are due by April 30. The remaining tuition, $150, is due by May 31. For more information on how to register, visit https://www.balletarkansas.org/junior-intensive.

"My favorite part of the Ballet Arkansas Junior Intensive is the choreography class. We spend time learning how to put different steps together, and by the end of the week the students have created a dance that is all their own! It is exciting to watch the next generation of dancers work together and be creative," Megan Hustel, Junior Intensive principal, said in the release.

The Story Time Dance Camp, 9-11:30 a.m. June 24-28, is a fun-filled week of dance, arts and crafts, and learning from the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas for dancers ages 5-8 years old.

"We'll get our groove on in jazz class, explore our imagination, get creative in craft time and learn all about classical ballet! Ballet Arkansas dancers can't wait to spend a week dancing with the next generation of dancers," Deanna Stanton, Story Time Dance Camp principal and Ballet Arkansas professional dancer, said in the release.

Registration is open and there is no audition required. This half-day dance program will be centered around the stories and movements of classical ballets such as "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake,' and there will be a performance for family and friends on Friday.

Registration and reservation deposit, $100, are due by April 30. The remaining tuition, $75, is due by June 8. For more information on how to register, visit https://www.balletarkansas.org/story-time-dance-camp. A $25 discount is available for referring a friend.

"Some of my favorite audience members at our Ballet Arkansas shows are the young ones that you can tell are mesmerized by the beauty of ballet. Their smiles mean the world. I'm excited to help create a week-long program for any 5-8 year old in the community that wants to dance with us," Stanton said.

Entertainment on 03/14/2019

Print Headline: Ballet Arkansas announces 2019 summer dance programs for youths

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