What is IDTPG?
IDTPG is comprised of IDT dancers, along with their parents, who are committed to a heightened level of training and performing. Students benefit by rehearsing dances to present high-caliber performances, gaining camaraderie of being part of a team, and receiving mentorship from directors and teachers, with the student’s dance training and life goals in mind.
Competition is not the goal of the program, although we do perform at competitions in addition to performance concert settings and community events. At competitions, dancers compete in order to advance their training through performance to improve their technique and performance abilities. Feedback from judges is reviewed together with IDT teachers to improve each time a piece is performed. Students have the opportunity to observe students, dancers, and styles from all over at competitions and in class at convention weekends, where master teachers from around the country and abroad teach workshop classes. Through these experiences, students gain education and inspiration!
Not only are our children receiving an excellent dance education with the focus they choose as a classical, contemporary, hip hop or tap dancer (or all!), they are also building lifelong memories that help to shape whom they will grow to be as individuals. Many students are accepted into college dance programs and companies upon completing their senior year at IDT, but whether or not they choose to dance in college or professionally, the lessons learned through the discipline and art of dance will overflow into all facets of their life. Our goal is not necessarily to create professional dancers, but rather potential dance professionals, and above all— people that are passionate about dance.
Dancers: If you have been training at IDT for at least 1 year with good attendance, we welcome you to intensify your dance education by participating in IDTPG. We are proud of you for taking the leap! The first step to becoming a successful dancer is committing fully to technique classes, rehearsals, and performances. Strong technique is a key ingredient and class is where you develop that technique (not in rehearsals nor at dance conventions). Come to each class prepared to learn. Class time is your chance to focus on yourself, so leave your worries or concerns at the studio door. True progress is made when you look at each class, rehearsal, or performance as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full out, stretch a little further, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class.
We encourage dancers to be as dedicated to their academic studies as they are to their dance training. If your participation in this program affects your grades or the expectations and goals set by your parents, we cannot allow you to continue in the program. This year we will also be joining the National Dance Education Organization, featuring the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) to demonstrate how much we truly value getting a strong academic education and becoming a well-rounded person, in addition to being a wonderful dancer.
We take IDTPG very seriously because the dancers and their parents who participate become veterans and key leaders of the IDT community. Thus, you must be invested in the IDT community and want to both grow from it, but also contribute to its success- we believe that you get what you give.
Only a small percentage of the dancers in our Intensive Program will move on to professional dance careers; therefore, the program focuses on educating young people to strive for their personal best in anything they want to accomplish. We achieve our goals for the program by offering young people the chance to:
- Gain a sense of balance in life by managing their commitments to both dance and academics
- Participate in a physical activity that enhances understanding of the value of a healthy body
- Develop a sense of confidence when speaking or making a presentation in a public setting, which is also a great benefit in college or job interviews
- Work with mentors who are focused on the students’ success inside and outside of the classroom
- Enjoy friendships that could last a lifetime and a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers, and parents
- Discover the results of hard work and determination
- Develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts
- Exposure to a variety of performance and educational avenues: IDT school performances, community parades, flash mobs, retirement home showcases, in-house dress rehearsal fundraisers, competitions, and convention classes.
Program Director: Kevin Kaiser
Choreographers: Amy Tuck, Shannon Adams, Emmy Fansler, Kevin Kaiser, Danielle Wilkins, Rachael Parnell, Charles Carson
Program Managers: Danielle Wilkins and Hailey Watters