The Professional Project
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Over the past 35 years, Karole Armitage and her dancers have shaped the evolution of contemporary dance. In 1979 Armitage received critical acclaim in New York for her punk infused dances. This led to the founding of The Armitage Ballet in 1985, which featured work en pointe in collaboration with visual artists David Salle and Jeff Koons. In 2004, Armitage Gone! Dance began presenting annual seasons in New York and touring domestically and internationally. Eight exceptional, virtuosic dancers hail from across the globe and bring many unique flavors to the stage. AG!D creates works on a wide range of subjects from African aesthetics, commedia dell'arte, fashion, popular dance, theoretical physics and trance.
Karole Armitage, the founder and Artistic Director of AG!D, began her professional career in 1973 as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, a company devoted to the repertory of George Balanchine. In 1976, she joined Merce Cunningham's company, performing leading roles in Cunningham's landmark works. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own "voice" in the dichotomy of classical and modern, and is seen by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of American dance. Armitage worked as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, Michael Jackson and was nominated for a TONY award for her choreography of "Hair." Her interests are wide ranging and mix the popular with the marginal as well as the technique and traditions of ballet and modern dance.
In 1987, Charles Askegard was hired by Mikhail Baryshnikov to dance with the American Ballet Theatre in principal roles including "Swan Lake," "Romeo and Juliet," and "La Bayadere." He also worked with choreographers Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Natalia Makarova, and Lar Lubovitch. In 1997, Askegard joined the New York City Ballet where he performed as a Principal Dancer for fourteen years. He was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Bavarian State Opera Ballet, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and many other international companies. In 2011, Askegard co-founded "Ballet Next" and went on to become the Associate Director at the Minnesota Dance Theatre in 2013. Askegard teaches for Armitage Gone! Dance, New York Theatre Ballet, Ballet Academy East, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, and is a frequent judge with the Youth America Grand Prix. He is certified under the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.
Intensive focus – The Creative Process
The heart of the Intensive Professional Project is dedicated to the creative process, innovative teaching techniques, and choreography. A selection of Armitage composition techniques including "cubism in motion," "action/reaction," "tracing" and the use of Japanese calligraphy to generate movement vocabulary promises to challenge participants to use their creativity to take the movement into unexplored territory. Participants should expect to be pushed to the mental and physical extremes demanded by the profession. Classes are held Monday-Friday from 11am-5pm. A weekly lunch program and accommodation recommendations are available.
Professional Dancer Intensive
Dancers will work with Karole to discover how she fuses interdisciplinary dance with theoretical physics, Balinese trance, ancient fables and other aesthetics to create AG!D choreography. Dancers are invited to bring pointe shoes.
Warmup and technique with Karole or Charles
The professional technique experience
The professional choreography experience (15 minute break at 4:30)
Dance Teacher Intensive
The intensive is designed for dance teachers interested in exploring a wide range of movement as well as artistic, creative, and intellectual concepts.
Complete Week 1 & Week 2 Schedule:
11:00-12:30 Warmup: Ballet technique. Warmup and technique with Charles
12:45-2:00 Workshop 1: Invigorate your technique class. Ballet technique with Charles
3:00-5:00 Workshop 2: Refresh your choreography. Contemporary and AG!D choreography with company members
11:00-12:30 Warmup: Contemporary technique. Warmup and technique with Karole
12:45-2:00 Workshop 1: Invigorate your technique class. Contemporary technique with AG!D Company members
3:00-5:00 Workshop 2: Refresh your choreography. Ballet choreography with Charles
Dancer Audition Process
The audition will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in our studio from 11am-5pm. Dancers are required to provide a résumé, biography and headshot at the audition. We encourage all dancers to attend the audition. In the event of a conflict, dancers are welcome to register and submit a short clip of dance footage in online format. Those showing exceptional ability will be invited to participate in the Intensive. Space is limited.
Dance Teacher Application Process
Dance teachers are required to provide a CV accompanied by a completed registration form. Space is limited.
Our studios are located in the beautiful Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. The studios are a convenient 10 minute ride from the World Trade Center PATH station.
$1500 2 week Intensive
$25 audition fee
Due by September 26
Dancers will be notified of acceptance
into the Intensive by October 6.
Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit is due by Monday, October 20, 2014 to reserve your
place in the Intensive. Balance is due
by Friday, December 12, 2014.
For scholarship information
$1500 2 week Intensive
$755 1 week Intensive
Week 1: January 5-9
Week 2: January 12-16
Registration closes on November 20. Teachers will be notified of acceptance into the Intensive on November 21.
Upon acceptance, payment is due by Friday, December 12, 2014.
Teacher Early Registration
By October 20
$1350 2 week Intensive
$675 1 week Intensive