Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

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Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)

Welcome to the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) at Berklee, a program designed for dancers looking to elevate their skills and creativity. SDI is ideal for experienced dancers, offering a comprehensive learning experience.

In this blog, we will look into what makes SDI unique, including its diverse dance styles, expert instruction, and the valuable opportunities it provides for personal and artistic growth in dance. Join us as we uncover how SDI can be a significant milestone in your dancing abilities!

What is the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Summer Dance Intensive is a transformative program designed to enhance dancers’ technical skills and kindle their artistic expression. This three-week intensive delves deeply into modern dance techniques and the art of improvisation.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to work with celebrated guest artists and experienced faculty members. The program is renowned for its blend of strict classical discipline and innovative methods in contemporary dance, reflecting the distinctive educational approach for which Boston Conservatory is known.

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Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Curriculum

Over the course of three weeks, you’ll engage in an immersive dance education experience, guided by our renowned and talented dance faculty. Each week offers a diverse exploration of various dance styles. The curriculum includes classes in several disciplines:

Composition: Dive into the world of dance creation and discover how to craft your own dance pieces. This part of the program focuses on teaching you the skills and techniques necessary to compose original dance works. You’ll explore the process of choreography, from conceptualizing ideas to arranging movements and sequences, providing a comprehensive understanding of what goes into making a dance piece come to life.

Jazz: Immerse yourself in the vibrant and dynamic realm of jazz dance. This segment of the program is dedicated to exploring the lively and expressive nature of jazz. You’ll learn about its rhythmic movements, characteristic energy, and the way it combines technique with personal flair. Jazz dance is known for its ability to convey emotions and stories through dance, and you’ll get hands-on experience with these expressive elements, enhancing your overall dance skills and performance abilities.

Improvisation: Develop your ability to move creatively and spontaneously. In this part of the course, you’ll focus on honing your improvisational skills, which are essential for expressing yourself freely through dance. This involves learning to respond to music, environment, and emotions in real time, using movement. You’ll gain confidence and agility in thinking on your feet, which is a valuable skill for any dancer. This training will help you become more adaptable and innovative in your performance.

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Afro-Haitian Dance: Engage with the deeply rooted and culturally rich dance traditions of Afro-Haitian styles. This component of the program delves into the unique rhythms, movements, and historical significance of Afro-Haitian dance.

You’ll experience firsthand the vibrant energy and expressive storytelling that characterize this dance form. By learning the techniques and cultural context of Afro-Haitian dance, you’ll gain a broader understanding and appreciation for its impact and role in the world of dance. This exploration not only enhances your technical abilities but also enriches your cultural awareness and artistic expression.

Repertory: In this segment, delve into the study and performance of pre-existing choreographed dances. This involves learning, rehearsing, and eventually performing dance pieces that have been created by choreographers.

Through this process, you will gain insight into various dance styles and techniques, understanding the nuances of different choreographic approaches. This practice not only improves your technical dancing skills but also teaches you about interpretation and expression within a structured framework, providing a well-rounded experience in the world of dance performance.

Ballet Dance

Classical Ballet: Focus on refining your skills in classical ballet, a fundamental and highly disciplined dance form. This part of the program is dedicated to perfecting the techniques that are essential to ballet, including posture, alignment, and precise movements.

Classical ballet training is crucial as it forms the foundation of many other dance styles. By practicing ballet, you’ll develop strength, flexibility, and grace, which are key elements in becoming a well-rounded dancer.

This intensive will enhance your technical abilities and deepen your understanding of one of the most traditional and influential forms of dance.

You’ll also have the unique opportunity to learn from their internationally recognized guest artists. Their fresh and innovative approaches to contemporary dance will provide new insights and challenges. Weekly guest artist lectures, known as “Artist Talks,” will offer inspiration and deepen your understanding of the dance world.

Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Schedule Overview

Imagine stepping into a world where each day unfolds as a new chapter in your dance journey. Welcome to our program, where from Monday to Friday, your days are filled with rhythm, movement, and learning.

As the sun rises, your day begins at 9 AM with the elegance of ballet. In the hushed morning light of the studio, you join others in refining your ballet techniques until 10:30 AM. These sessions will welcome you through the graceful world of classical ballet.

At 10:45 AM, the pace shifts as you enter the master class, a melting pot of inspiration and expertise, lasting until 12:15 PM. Here, you will be learning steps and absorbing wisdom, the kind that only masters of dance can impart.

Then, a well-deserved break at 12:15 PM for lunch. It’s your time to relax, to share laughs and stories with your peers, recharging for the afternoon ahead.

By 1:15 PM, you’re back, diving into specialty classes. Each day brings a new flavor – from the dramatic storytelling of Repertory, the vibrant beats of Afro-Haitian dance, to the creative pulse of Composition and Choreography. These classes until 3 PM are your playground for experimentation and growth.

The afternoon from 3 PM to 4:30 PM is when you switch gears, alternating between the rhythmic energy of Hip-Hop and the expressive melodies of Jazz. These sessions are where you let loose, where dance becomes a language spoken through your body.

But that’s not all! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, an extra layer of magic is added from 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM with the Dance and Technology Workshop. Here, you’ll discover how technology intertwines with dance, opening doors to new creative possibilities.

And on Wednesdays, as twilight approaches at 6 PM, you’re part of something special – the Artist Talkback Session. It’s an hour where you connect with the greats, absorb their stories, and find inspiration in their journeys.

With this schedule, you will develop technical skills and an artistic voice in dance. Each day, each class is a step towards becoming the dancer you aspire to be!

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Why Should You Join the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

Enrolling in the SDI at Berklee offers a multitude of benefits that extend well beyond conventional dance classes. Here’s a deeper look at what this unique experience provides.

The program invites you to immerse yourself in a wide array of dance styles and techniques. This is an incredible opportunity to broaden your repertoire, embracing everything from classical to contemporary dance forms.

SDI also serves as a way to connect with professionals and fellow dance enthusiasts. These connections can be pivotal for your future endeavors in dance, offering insights, opportunities, and lasting relationships in the dance community.

With focused attention and feedback from seasoned industry experts, you’ll see a significant improvement in your dancing capabilities. This personalized coaching is designed to polish your skills and elevate your performance to professional standards.

Berklee is synonymous with excellence in the arts. Training at such a prestigious institution means you’re learning under the guidance of some of the best minds in the field. Berklee’s reputation for excellence ensures that the training you receive is of the highest quality, combining traditional techniques with innovative contemporary practices.

Being part of SDI at Berklee also means you’re immersed in an environment buzzing with creative energy. You’ll be surrounded by artists from various disciplines, providing a unique, interdisciplinary experience that enriches your understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Berklee boasts top-notch facilities that offer an ideal environment for dance training. From well-equipped studios to performance spaces, you get to practice and showcase your skills in settings that are used by professional artists.

Joining the SDI at Berklee will make you a part of a legacy of artistic excellence, gaining access to unparalleled resources, and being prepared to make your mark in the world of dance.

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Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Final Performance

At the culmination of this vibrant three-week summer program, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to take center stage at the main theater of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This grand finale, scheduled for the end of the third week, is a celebration of your hard work and progress. It’s a moment for you to shine and exhibit the skills and artistry you’ve developed during your time with the program.

This end-of-program showcase is a special event where students, along with their proud parents, faculty, and staff, come together to witness and applaud the talents on display. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the dance pieces and techniques you’ve been passionately working on, in a professional stage setting.

Understanding that not everyone can be physically present in Boston for this event, we’ve ensured that the joy and excitement of this performance can be shared far and wide. For friends and family who are unable to attend in person, the concert will be made available for online viewing after the program concludes. This way, your achievements can be celebrated by your loved ones, no matter where they are.

This performance is a testament to your dedication and growth as a dancer. It’s an event that promises to be memorable, not only for you as a performer but also for all those who have supported you along this journey.

How Do You Get Into the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

To be considered for the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI), there are specific requirements you need to meet. The program is tailored for students and aspiring professionals aged between 15 and 22 years. It’s essential that you have a solid foundation in dance techniques.

This program is most beneficial if you’re already experienced in dance and looking to further enhance your skills.

You should be eager to explore and expand your skills in contemporary ballet, modern dance, and improvisation. The program is designed to push boundaries in these specific areas, so a keen interest in these dance styles is crucial.

A good understanding of English is necessary to participate in this program. While we don’t require formal proof of your English proficiency through tests like TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo, you should be comfortable enough with the language to grasp the class material and instructions.

This means you should be able to understand, speak, and interpret English well enough to keep up with the coursework and communicate effectively.

The SDI is looking for young, dedicated dancers who are not only skilled in the technical aspects of dance but also enthusiastic about delving into contemporary and improvisational styles. Additionally, being proficient in English will ensure that you can fully engage with and benefit from the program.

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Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Program Costs

The standard tuition fee for the program is $2,720. However, there is an opportunity for a discount. If you register by January 15, 2024, the tuition fee is reduced to $2,520. This early registration offers you a chance to save on costs. Take advantage of this offer and register immediately!

If you require on-campus housing, the fee is $2,400. This covers your accommodation expenses for the duration of the program.

There is a one-time registration fee of $50. Please note that this fee is non-refundable.

It’s important to consider these costs as you plan and budget for the program. By registering early, you can take advantage of the reduced tuition rate, which can be a significant saving. The housing fee is an additional cost for those who choose to stay on campus, providing convenience and easy access to program facilities.

How Do I Apply to the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

Start the enrollment process by submitting your registration online. Following this step, you might need to provide additional documents or materials along with your registration.

To secure your spot in the program, it’s important to pay the full tuition by June 1. Since all programs have a limited number of spaces available, completing your tuition payment on time is crucial to ensure your participation.

If you are 15 years or older by the beginning of your program in Boston, you may be eligible for on-campus housing. Should you qualify and wish to stay on campus, please return to your registration portal and complete a Residence Hall Agreement to request your housing.

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I. Post-Enrollment Checklist

After you’ve registered for your program, follow this checklist to make sure you are all set for check-in.

If you need more details or have questions, the Summer Programs Help Center is your go-to resource for frequently asked questions.

1. Complete Your Tuition Payment

Remember, our programs have limited spots available. To secure your place, make sure to pay your tuition in full. This can be done online, and the link opens in a new window for your convenience.

2. Request On-Campus Housing (if eligible)

If you’re 15 or older at the start of the program and wish to stay on campus, check your eligibility and apply for housing. Visit apply.berklee.edu and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

If you’re attending more than one summer program, you need to fill out and pay for a separate Residence Hall Contract for each program. Since housing is limited, apply and pay early to ensure your spot.

3. Complete Health-Related Requirements by June 1

The program requires updated health information, proof of required immunizations as per Massachusetts law, and conduct and consent forms for all students.

Instructions for accessing your Magnus Health account for submitting this information will be emailed to you in mid-spring.

In partnership with Tufts Medical Center, we require specific forms in your health record before any medications can be administered. These include a signed parental consent for medication and a signed medication order. These forms are available and should be submitted through your Magnus Health Portal account.

4. Submit Your ID Photo by June 1

You’ll receive an ID card upon arrival, which gives you access to campus facilities and, if staying in residence, to the dining hall. Upload your photo beforehand to avoid delays. If not uploaded, your photo will be taken on campus.

5. Submit a Placement Video (if required)

Some classes require a short video demonstrating your skills to ensure you’re placed at the appropriate level. Check the submission form for specifics. Submit your video at least two weeks before the program starts. Late submissions might lead to inappropriate class placement.

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6. Check Your Email Regularly

Keep an eye on the email you used for enrollment. You’ll receive important updates, including detailed check-in information, housing assignments, and program schedules, one to two weeks before your program begins.

This email includes detailed instructions as to exactly where and when you need to arrive on your first day. Find out where you’ll be staying if you’ve requested on-campus housing. A link to view your detailed program schedule as well.

Once you arrive on campus, they will provide you with more information about your program. This will help you navigate through your days, ensuring you make the most out of your experience. Remember, keeping an eye on your email is key to staying informed and prepared for your upcoming adventure in the program.

7. Download the CrowdCompass App

A week before your program starts, you’ll get instructions to download the CrowdCompass Events app.

The CrowdCompass app is a mobile application often used by students to manage and enhance their experience at educational events, like conferences or workshops.

It serves as a digital guide, providing schedules, information about sessions, and networking opportunities. Students can use it to stay updated on event happenings, connect with peers, access session materials, and create a personalized schedule based on their interests. It’s a handy tool for keeping everything organized and easily accessible during educational events.

By following this checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for an exciting and fulfilling experience in your summer program. Remember, each step is important to ensure a smooth start to your journey with us!

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II. Essential Packing Guide for On-Campus Residence Halls

When preparing for your stay in Berklee’s residence halls, there are certain essentials you’ll need to bring along. Here’s a comprehensive list to help you pack:

Must-Have Items:

  • Make sure to pack sheets, a pillow, a pillowcase, and a blanket suitable for an extra-long twin bed (36 inches by 80 inches).
  • Include bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels.
  • Don’t forget your personal hygiene items too!

Highly Recommended Items

  • Alarm Clock – To help you wake up on time for your classes and activities.
  • Clothes Hangers – To keep your clothes organized and wrinkle-free.
  • Earplugs – Useful for ensuring a good night’s sleep.
  • Extra Spending Money – While Berklee covers the cost of coordinated events, you’ll need money for personal expenses like snacks, drinks, or public transport. This also includes extras during events, like buying a hot dog at a Red Sox game or a souvenir from the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Headphones – For private listening during study or leisure time.
  • Electronic Devices – Such as a laptop, tablet, cell phone, and importantly, their chargers.
  • Laundry Supplies – Bring laundry detergent and quarters for the coin-operated laundry facilities in each residence hall. Though there’s an app for digital payments, having quarters is a good backup.
  • Snack Storage Bin – A plastic bin can be handy for storing snacks or food items.
  • Prescription/First-Aid Items – Include any necessary medication and basic first-aid supplies.
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses – Protect yourself from the sun during outdoor activities.
  • Umbrella – Be prepared for rainy days.
  • Water Bottle – Stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Available Upon Request

From the resident advisor’s office, you can request:

  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Games and movies
  • Toilet paper (for private bathrooms)
  • Vacuum cleaners

There are coin-operated laundry facilities in every residence hall. It’s recommended to bring quarters as a backup, even though there’s a digital payment app. Packing these items will ensure you have a comfortable and hassle-free stay in the residence halls, allowing you to focus fully on your exciting program and activities at Berklee!

How Hard Is Getting Into the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

Gaining a spot in the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) can be competitive due to the program’s limited space. It’s important to know that just submitting your registration materials isn’t enough to ensure your participation. The key to securing your place in the program is to complete your payment in full.

Once the program reaches its maximum capacity, those who haven’t paid the full amount will be placed on a waitlist. This means that even if you’ve submitted all the necessary registration documents, your spot in the program isn’t confirmed until your payment is fully processed.

So, to increase your chances of participating in SDI, it’s advisable to not only submit your registration materials promptly but also to complete your payment as soon as possible. This will help ensure that you don’t miss out on this opportunity due to the program reaching its capacity.

Recommended Activities for Berklee SDI Hopefuls

For aspiring attendees of the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) at Berklee, engaging in certain extracurricular activities can be incredibly beneficial to make you stand out among the roster of applicants. These activities not only enhance your dance skills but also demonstrate your commitment and passion for the art form. Here are some ideal extracurriculars:

Dance Classes and Workshops

Make it a routine to join dance classes across a range of styles. Take ballet classes to build your foundation, contemporary classes to explore expressive movements, jazz for its energetic rhythms, and hip-hop to add a modern, dynamic flair.

This not only showcases your ability to adapt to different dance forms but also reflects your dedication to enhancing your dance abilities.

Get involved in specialized dance workshops. Seek out sessions that particularly emphasize improvisational skills and the art of choreography. These workshops could involve spontaneous dance creation or learning how to compose your own dance sequences.

Such experiences are great for nurturing your creative thinking and flexibility as a dancer, important traits for programs like the SDI at Berklee.

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Performance Groups or Dance Teams

Becoming a member of a local dance group or your school’s dance team is a fantastic way to get practical experience in performing. For example, you could join a community ballet group or a contemporary dance crew.

This not only gives you a chance to practice performing in front of an audience but also helps you learn how to work effectively with others. Being in a group setting like this fosters important teamwork skills and helps you build confidence on stage.

Plus, performing regularly can greatly improve your presence and charisma as a dancer, making you more comfortable and expressive during performances.

Community Theater or Dance Productions

Get involved in theater productions or dance shows within your community. For instance, you might participate in a musical at a local theater where dance is a key element, or join a community dance production. These opportunities not only give you valuable experience performing on stage, but they also expose you to a variety of performance styles.

A musical might blend jazz and theatrical dance, while a community dance show could showcase ethnic or modern dance forms. Being part of such productions helps you become more versatile as a performer and broadens your understanding of how dance can be integrated into different storytelling mediums.

This kind of experience is particularly helpful for you, as it shows your willingness to explore dance beyond traditional settings and adapt to diverse performance environments.

Dance Competitions

Take part in various dance competitions to really challenge your skills and get used to performing under pressure. For example, you could enter regional ballet competitions, national contemporary dance contests, or even hip-hop battle events.

Competitive environments push you to hone your craft to its finest and help you learn how to handle the stress and excitement of performing in high-stakes situations. Competing also offers a platform to showcase your talent and gauge your abilities against other dancers.

It’s an excellent way to build resilience, sharpen your performance skills, and gain confidence in your ability to handle challenging scenarios. This experience can be invaluable, especially in demanding programs like the SDI at Berklee, where the ability to perform under pressure will be put to the test.

Choreography and Creative Projects

Dive into the creative process of choreographing your own dance routines. This can be an individual endeavor where you create and perform a solo piece, or it could involve designing a routine for a group, like your school’s dance team or a local dance troupe.

Choreograph a contemporary dance piece for a school event or create a hip-hop routine for a community festival! This kind of creative work is not just about putting together steps; it’s a demonstration of your ability to conceive an idea and bring it to life through dance.

It shows your capability for artistic thinking and leadership as you guide others in the performance of your choreography. Engaging in such projects is an excellent way to develop and display your unique creative vision and leadership skills in dance, aspects that are highly valued in intensive dance programs like SDI at Berklee.

Summer Dance Programs

Take advantage of the summer break to enroll in various dance programs or camps. These could range from local dance workshops to more intensive summer dance camps. You could join a ballet intensive for a few weeks, or a modern dance workshop that focuses on contemporary techniques.

These programs provide a great opportunity to learn from different instructors, each with their unique teaching style and approach to dance. You’ll get to experience a variety of dance forms and methodologies, which can significantly broaden your understanding and skill set in dance.

This exposure to diverse dance techniques and educational environments is invaluable, especially in preparing for rigorous programs like the SDI at Berklee, where adaptability and a wide range of dance knowledge are key assets.

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Fitness and Conditioning

Include fitness activities such as yoga, Pilates, or general strength training in your routine. These exercises are essential for enhancing your flexibility and building endurance, both of which are vital for dancers. For example, practicing yoga can help improve your balance and flexibility, making it easier to perform complex dance moves.

Pilates is excellent for core strengthening, which is crucial for dance techniques, and regular strength training can boost your overall stamina and physical resilience. Maintaining a high level of physical fitness is crucial for dancers, as it not only improves your ability to execute dance moves but also helps in preventing injuries.

Such conditioning activities are an integral part of a dancer’s regimen, especially when preparing for demanding programs like the SDI at Berklee.

Volunteer Work Related to Dance and Performance

Offer your time as a volunteer to teach dance at local community centers or schools. This could involve leading a weekly dance class for children, organizing dance workshops for beginners, or even assisting in choreography for school productions.

By doing this, you not only exhibit strong leadership qualities but also show your dedication to sharing your passion for dance with others. Teaching dance to various age groups and skill levels can be a rewarding experience that helps you develop patience, communication skills, and the ability to inspire others.

This kind of volunteer work is particularly commendable as it reflects your commitment to the dance community and your willingness to contribute positively by spreading joy and knowledge through dance. Such experiences are valuable, especially when applying for specialized programs like the SDI at Berklee, as they demonstrate a well-rounded character and a genuine enthusiasm for dance.

Cultural Dance Experiences

Take the opportunity to learn about and experience dance forms from different cultures. This can involve participating in workshops or classes that focus on specific cultural dance styles, such as flamenco, African dance, Bollywood dance, or even folk dances from various countries.

Engaging in these diverse dance experiences demonstrates your respect and appreciation for the rich variety that exists in the world of dance. It also significantly expands your knowledge and understanding of global dance traditions, exposing you to different rhythms, movements, and the cultural histories behind each dance form.

This exploration is not only enlightening but also enhances your versatility as a dancer. Gaining insight into a wide range of cultural dances can be invaluable, especially in a diverse and inclusive setting like the SDI at Berklee, where a broad perspective on dance is highly valued.

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Artistic Collaborations

Actively seek opportunities to work alongside musicians, visual artists, or fellow dancers on projects that cross artistic boundaries. For example, you could partner with a local musician to create a dance piece that complements their music or work with a visual artist to develop a performance that integrates dance with visual art.

Collaborating with others in different artistic fields allows you to explore how dance can interact and harmonize with other forms of art. This experience is invaluable in developing your collaborative skills and creative thinking.

Working on such interdisciplinary projects teaches you how to blend ideas, communicate effectively across different artistic languages, and create cohesive and innovative artistic expressions. This ability to collaborate and create art in a multidisciplinary context is a significant skill, especially in programs like the SDI at Berklee, which value creativity and teamwork in the arts.

Participating in these varied extracurricular activities plays a crucial role in enhancing your application for the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) at Berklee. By being involved in a range of dance-related pursuits, you demonstrate that you are not just skilled, but also deeply committed to and passionate about dance.

This array of experiences showcases your versatility as a dancer and indicates that you are adaptable, able to work well with others, and open to learning new styles and techniques. Such a diverse background in dance helps paint a picture of you as a well-rounded individual who is ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that SDI offers.

It’s these qualities that can make your application stand out and indicate to the admissions committee that you are a serious and dedicated candidate, ready to thrive in Berklee’s dynamic and demanding dance environment.

When Is the Deadline to Apply to the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

To secure your spot in the program, register and submit your application online before June 1.

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When Do I Find Out About My Application to the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

Complete your tuition payment by June 1, as all the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) have a limited number of spaces available. Paying your tuition in full will also secure or reserve your place in the program. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so prompt payment is advised to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

Where Is the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Held?

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) takes place at the Berklee College of Music, which is situated in the bustling center of Boston. This prime location makes it easily reachable through various modes of transportation.

  • If you’re flying in, Boston’s major airport connects with the city, making it convenient to travel to the campus from there.
  • For those coming by train or bus, the city’s extensive rail and bus networks provide straightforward routes to Berklee.
  • If you’re driving, the campus is accessible via major highways leading into Boston. This option is ideal if you’re coming from nearby cities or prefer the flexibility of traveling by car.
  • Utilizing Boston’s public transport system is another viable option. The city’s subway and bus services offer routes that pass near the campus.

The central location of Berklee’s campus in Boston not only makes it convenient to reach but also places you in the heart of a vibrant city, adding an exciting urban experience to your dance intensive program.

Traveling to Berklee as a Minor

Many students under 18 years of age face the question of whether to travel with a parent or guardian to Boston for the Berklee programs. While some do travel accompanied, it’s not uncommon for minors to make the journey independently. Here are some essential tips for those traveling alone:

  • Most major airlines in the U.S. have specific policies for unaccompanied minors. This often includes an additional fee.
  • Parents and guardians are advised to check with the airline beforehand to understand these policies and requirements thoroughly. This ensures a smooth flight experience for the young traveler.

In Boston, many hotels have regulations that prevent minors from checking in by themselves. It’s recommended to call hotels in advance to confirm their policies regarding minor guests. Try to plan travel arrangements that do not require an overnight hotel stay before the program begins.

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A. On-Campus Housing at Berklee

Berklee does not provide on-campus housing for students before the official start date of their program. If arriving early, it’s advised to arrange off-campus accommodation for any days prior to the start of the program.

For the program’s start date, aim to arrive in the morning or before the check-in period begins. Program activities usually kick off within an hour of the check-in window.

B. Departure Post-Program

Berklee cannot accommodate students on campus after their program ends. Plan departures for late on the last day of the program. Typically, there are activities scheduled up to two hours before the official check-out time. For instance, if check-out is at 7 PM, activities might run until 5 PM. Specific arrival and move-out details are listed on each program’s page. Ensure to check these for precise timings.

C. Check-In Process

Each program has a designated check-in window on the first day. If you can’t arrive within this timeframe, Berklee’s Summer Programs staff will assist with check-ins at 160 Massachusetts Avenue until 5 PM ET.

Navigating these aspects of travel as a minor can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and understanding of Berklee’s policies, it can be a smooth and hassle-free experience. This preparation eases the stress of travel and sets the stage for an exciting and enriching time at Berklee.

When Does the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) Take Place?

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is scheduled to occur from July 22 to August 10. During this period, participants will engage in a comprehensive dance program, immersing themselves in various dance styles and techniques. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar as it represents a unique opportunity for intensive dance training and development.

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Preparing for the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) at Berklee

If you’re not from Boston, securing accommodation is crucial. Berklee offers on-campus housing for students, which you can apply for during your program registration. If you have specific medical needs, Berklee provides special housing accommodations. You can request these by providing documentation of your medical requirements.

Before arriving, familiarize yourself with the check-in process. This usually involves verifying your enrollment, confirming your housing assignment if you’re staying on campus, and getting familiar with the campus layout.

Berklee will send important information via email. This can include updates on housing, schedule changes, and other essential details about the program. Regularly checking your email ensures you won’t miss any important announcements.

Packing Personal and Necessary Items

Pack all the essentials for your stay. This includes dance attire, comfortable clothing, personal hygiene products, and any other items you need for your daily routine. Don’t forget to bring any specific dance equipment or materials required for the program.

Managing Personal Finances

Bring enough personal money for extra expenses. While tuition covers the cost of the program, you’ll need money for personal use like snacks, public transportation, or leisure activities in Boston.

Requesting Accommodations for Special Needs

If you have special academic or medical needs, Berklee offers various accommodations. These include academic support, dietary accommodations, and access to adaptive technology.

The process for getting these accommodations involves collaboration between you, faculty, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, dietitians, and the Accessibility Resources for Students staff. It’s an interactive process designed to ensure your specific needs are met.

By following these guidelines and utilizing the resources Berklee provides, you can prepare effectively for your time at the SDI. This preparation will help you make the most of your dance intensive experience, both academically and personally.

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How Long Is the Duration of the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)?

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) program spans a total of three weeks. This duration is carefully structured to provide a deep and immersive experience in various aspects of dance.

Over these three weeks, participants will have the opportunity to explore different dance styles, enhance their skills, and engage with both peers and professionals in the field of dance. This period is ideal for a thorough and enriching exploration of dance, allowing for both learning and personal growth in the art form.

Final Thoughts

The Summer Dance Intensive represents a transformative pathway to mastery and artistry in dance. This program is meticulously designed to equip you with essential skills, enriching experiences, and valuable connections that will propel your dance career forward.

At SDI, you will be immersing yourself in a journey of artistic discovery. Whether your goal is to refine your existing techniques, delve into exciting new dance forms, or forge meaningful connections within the vibrant dance community, the Summer Dance Intensive serves as an ideal platform to realize your aspirations.

In the ever-dynamic world of dance, continuous growth and adaptation are key. This program offers you a unique opportunity to evolve as a dancer and as an artist. We encourage you to seize this chance to expand your horizons, embrace new learning, and dance with passion and purpose.

Step into SDI and step up to a new level of dance excellence. Let this be the moment where you leap towards your dreams and dance into a future filled with possibility and promise.

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