Students in the LINES Ballet Summer Program experience a rich and varied curriculum during their weeks of training. They work closely with a world-class faculty in core and enrichment classes, and with renowned choreographers on repertoire and newly created pieces.
One of the highlights of the Summer Program is the opportunity to study the repertoire of Alonzo King LINES Ballet under the guidance of current and former LINES Ballet company members. They also work with Alonzo King himself, which helps the students to master the repertoire and explore the intricacies of his philosophy.
San Francisco GYROTONIC® is located on the premises and has the most extensive array of GYROTONIC® equipment in the Bay Area. Under master trainer Debra Rose, this center provides GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® training, which complements the work of the program. The expert trainers, along with Physical Therapist Brion Charles, work directly with the students to help them understand and care for their bodies. For more information visit SF GYROTONIC® online.
While immersed in the Summer Program, students have the unique opportunity to work in small groups with a mentor. Mentors are faculty members and choreographers who actively participate in the professional dance community in the Bay Area and beyond. They guide students through this intensive, transformative experience by facilitating open discussions and structured activities. Mentor meetings are a vital part of the Summer Program and serve to reinforce the students’ curriculum and broaden their perspectives on dance.
The ability to work with choreographers from around the world is a great benefit of attending the Summer Program. We commission nationally and internationally known choreographic masters to create new work on students. We believe that collaborating with choreographers to learn the processes and methods of a professional working environment is an essential, irreplaceable experience for our students.
Students audition for the choreographers during the first two days of the program, and perform the new works in a San Francisco landmark theater at the end of the session.
Choreographers in past Summer Programs have included:
Sidra Bell – Sidra Bell Dance NY
Mary Carbonara – Mary Carbonara Dances
Kara Davis – project agora, Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College
Gregory Dawson – dawsondancesf, formerly LINES Ballet
Katie Faulkner – little seismic dance company
Arturo Fernandez – LINES Ballet Company Ballet Master
Maurya Kerr – tinypistol, formerly LINES Ballet
Robert Moses – Robert Moses’ KIN
Charles Moulton – Garrett+Moulton Productions
Dexandro “D” Montalvo – Dance Theatre of San Francisco
Carmen Rozestraten – formerly LINES Ballet
Robert Sher-Machherndl – Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, formerly Dutch National Ballet and Bavarian State Ballet
Keelan Whitmore – TanzTheater Muenster soloist, formerly LINES Ballet