A series of advanced level classes to celebrate being able to dance together again with a focus on joy and community. Classes will be led by DJD Artistic Director Kim Cooper, Professional Training Program Director Jamie Freeman Cormack, PTP alumni and DJD instructor Ingrid Diaz and DJD company member and instructor Kaja Irwin. Each instructor will incorporate their own unique style into class. Classes are intended for advanced and professional/semi-professional students. Classes will take place Monday to Thursday from 9:30-11:00am spaces are limited in accordance to AHS regulations.
For the 2021/22 season, DJD is seeking male and female dancers who are passionate about jazz dance and the work of DJD for our Professional Training Program (PTP).
The Professional Training Program (PTP) at DJD offers 10-15 advanced level dancers an eight-month intensive training experience. The program runs Monday to Friday from September to May, offering three hours of training each day. Dancers auditioning for the Professional Training Program must be at least 18 years of age and interested in furthering their knowledge of jazz dance and the work of DJD. DJD encourages all dancers, regardless of financial situation, to audition for the Professional Training Program. Bursaries and scholarships may be a possibility for the 2021/22 season.
Every couple of seasons DJD presents a performance created by the professional dance company. This fall we chose to continue on that path, though we took the focus off the performance, and put it more on the creation. The dancers spent about seven weeks on their personal creative processes. They were asked to really focus on where they are on their jazz journeys, and without the pressure of an opening night deadline, create something, without the stress of a finishing a piece, without worrying about lighting or costumes, just to focus on movement.
On November 21st we filmed these unadorned works in progress, we hope you will enjoy these beautiful raw glimpses that these beautiful artists have made.
We are thrilled to be able to share this work with you for free, however if you would like to make a small donation in support of DJD we would truly appreciate it. CLICK HERE to donate.