Deeply Rooted Summer Dance Intensive Goes Virtual

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is adapting its Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) to a virtual format in 2020 to enable the program to continue while keeping students, staff, and community members safe and in compliance with the phases of reopening the city of Chicago and state of Illinois. The Youth Division session takes place July 6–17; the Pre-Professional Division session takes place July 20–31; and Mature H.O.T. Women takes place July 6–31.


This year’s SDI offers technical training and artistic development within the discipline of dance. Participants are exposed to a rigorous curriculum fostering learning and personal growth, along with opportunities to experience the company’s repertoire through workshops and performances. The virtual curriculum includes classes based in Horton, Graham, ballet, and contemporary movement. The curriculum also features The Continuum, a series of guided, remote conversations on self-awareness and personal growth informed by each participant’s creativity and artistic process.


The program attracts local, national, and international participants. At the conclusion of the SDI, qualified participants in the Pre-Professional Division who are interested in continuing with Deeply Rooted may audition via video submission for potential placement in DRDT’s Apprentice or Emerging Artists Ensemble programs.


Also during the SDI, Deeply Rooted is offering its Mature H.O.T. Women program for women ages 25 and older who are Health-conscious, Optimistic, and Triumphant. The program provides a technique class to strengthen the body, challenge the mind, and nourish the spirit through a synergy of modern, ballet, and/or African dance.


The Emerging Choreographers Showcase, an advanced division of SDI that cultivates artistic and technical growth in choreography, will not take place this year.


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