PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
For the 2019/20 season, DJD will be continuing our eight-month PTP training experience. The PTP is dedicated to the development of skilled and knowledgeable jazz dance artists. The program runs Monday to Friday, September to May, with three to four hours of training each day. Participants study Jazz, Tap, Jazz Improvisation, West African, Swing, Latin, Core Strength, Jump Rhythm Jazz Style, DJD Repertoire, Jazz History and Jazz Music Appreciation.
The dancers of the Professional Training Program experience a style of jazz dance that is unique to DJD. The DJD Company is dedicated to exploring, evolving and promoting the art of jazz dance. PTP participants are consistently exposed to the artistry of the company’s dancers and choreographers and most of the instructors in the program are former DJD company members who are committed and passionate educators. The program cultivates a high technical standard that emphasizes stylistic and vernacular nuance as well as individual expression both as dancers and jazz choreographers.
With the program accepting only 10 to 15 students each year, the emphasis is on individual growth and development. Students receive continuous individual feedback and guidance that encourages them to strive for excellence and attain their full potential as dance artists.
There are various performance opportunities for PTP dancers. These include informal studio showings, special appearances, and a year end final production (Footprints).
Email Program Director, Jamie Freeman-Cormack for more information.
The Professional Training Program is proudly sponsored by: The RBC Emerging Artists Project