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What is Day of Dance?
This is an opportunity for high-school aged dancers to experience what it is like to be a dancer at Brenau University. There will be a full day of classes taught by Brenau University and Gainesville School of Ballet instructors, as well as guest teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your craft, experience dance on the college level, and have fun! Dancers will have the opportunity to interact with Brenau University dance department staff and current dance majors. This is a great way to explore Brenau’s campus and dance facilities, as well!
Dancers in their senior year of high school considering college in fall 2014 may use Day of Dance as an opportunity to audition for a Brenau University dance scholarship. For more information on the dance scholarship, click here.
What’s the schedule?
Day of Dance check-in will go from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. There will be “Welcome Session” at 9:45 a.m. in Whelan Auditorium with Brenau dance faculty and staff.
At 10:00 a.m. parents are welcome to stay for an Admissions/Financial Aid discussion while students break out into their classes.
There will be two class slots before lunch and one after. Following the last class slot there will be an ice cream social on Brenau University’s main campus, giving dancers the opportunity to see main campus and interact informally with students, staff, and each other!
Please view the schedule here.
Where is Day of Dance?
Brenau University has two studio locations; the main campus Fitness Center and the Brenau East campus. Day of Dance will take place largely at Brenau East, with students travelling to the Gainesville main campus lawn for a reception at the end of the day. Students will need to have transportation to get between Brenau East and the main campus.
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Tara Lee (Principal Dancer with the Atlanta Ballet Company) will be teaching Intermediate/Advanced Ballet.
Carol Teitelbaum (former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, current member of the Merce Cunningham Trust) will be teaching Modern.
John Streit (adjunct faculty at Brenau) will be teaching Beginner/Intermediate Ballet.
Peter Swan (Principal Dancer with the Gainesville Ballet Company) will be teaching Ballet Partnering.
Cassandra Alvarado (faculty at Brenau) will be teaching Intermediate/Advanced Jazz.
How much does it cost?
Day of Dance is a FREE event for high school students. The Brenau University dance department will provide lunch for dancers.
How should dancers dress?
Dancers should come prepared as they would for studio classes. Women should wear pink tights and a black leotard. Men should wear black tights, dance belt and a white, form fitting shirt. Bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes (if you have pointe experience), and jazz oxfords or dance sneakers. Hair should be neatly fastened away from the face. No large or dangling jewelry should be worn; watches and bracelets removed, and rings that protrude should be taken off. Do not wear baggy, torn, dirty, or stained clothing. Be neat and professional in your dress. Remember that you will be switching to different dance forms for each class, so prepare accordingly!
Parents and studio directors are welcome to attend Day of Dance. There will be a specific breakout session for financial aid and admissions at 10:00 a.m. when classes start. Some classes will allow the option for parents/directors to sit in, but space will be limited. Campus is situated closely to the Gainesville Square, which hosts a coffee shop, shopping, and lunch options. There will also be the opportunity to take a tour of the main campus. Please be aware that students will need transportation to the main campus for the reception at the end of the day.
Is there anything else going on in Gainesville this weekend?
Yes! Mule Camp, a yearly event on the Gainesville Square, will be taking place on Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents and siblings to spend some time exploring the area while their dancers are in class! Learn more here: http://www.gainesvillejaycees.org/about/projects/mule-camp/