August 15, 2022


Art and Entertainment

Summer program builds bonds through dance

Paige Heilig (centre) and other students rehearse a modern dance piece during the GCU Summer Dance Intense. (Photograph by Ralph Freso)

When the clock strikes summer season, Grand Canyon University offers 14- to 24-12 months-olds an chance to working experience college or university everyday living by dance. 

The current Summer season Dance Intensive is a weeklong practical experience, which include a overall performance that confirmed their families what they uncovered. This year’s Intense involved 11 learners, five of whom will begin lessons at GCU in the tumble semester. 

Nadia Valenzuela (center) and other students observe their leaps for a modern dance piece. (Picture by Ralph Freso)

“This is a actually awesome possibility for them,” Director of Dance Bekki Cost stated. “It’s like a pre-expert plan for them the place they get to practice all day and then join with the other students in the Intense in the evening.” 

Dance functionality significant Trinity Gracia, an assistant in the camp, claimed, “I believe a great deal of these issues that we do in college or university dance systems, it is tough for young ones to obtain those people encounters just before they go into college or university. I know from encounter mainly because coming into faculty was sort of a society shock for me. 

“I believe it’s seriously very good for these young ones to come and do this working experience and have all the encounters they would have in a school dance application to (1) know no matter if they would actually do it and (2) know that it’s out there because I know in some cases it is not as obtainable. It’s fantastic for them to be uncovered to additional features of the dance culture.”

The management of the dance personnel was mirrored on to the learners.

“It’s so functional. There is so much occurring, and all the instructors have been so helpful in every of the spots. There’s not 1 that is more robust than the other, and that is what I definitely like about it,” suggests Paige Heilig, a college student who will attend GCU in the fall as a double big in dance ed and entrepreneurship. 

Heilig goals of possessing a dance studio wherever she can do the educating. Her aspirations for teaching dance have only developed stronger in the course of the past week.

“I can discover from them and their educating types and tactics,” she said.

Claire Allen normally takes a split from rehearsal. (Photo by Ralph Freso)

Claire Allen, a college student at the Arizona Conservatory for Arts & Lecturers, is finding out to crack out of her shell. She listened to about the Dance Intensive from her mom, Candace Stewart, a coordinator in GCU’s Faculty of Arts and Media.  

“I absolutely have figured out to open up and request issues,” Allen claimed. “The teachers make the ecosystem so cozy, so I really do not experience terrible if I say, ‘Oh, how am I intended to do this selected matter?’ They are incredibly open up to detailing it, primarily since all of us dancers are at various degrees. I really feel super snug inquiring thoughts.” 

The women grabbed each meal together and used their time off getting sport nights, motion picture nights, an optional Bible examine session and a pool celebration. 

Those functions produce friendships that could past into their college decades and outside of.

“It feels like a little town,” Heilig stated of the campus. “I right away clicked with 3 or four other girls that are coming in the fall. They ended up the 1st persons I fulfilled, and we have stuck collectively ever considering the fact that. It has been a excellent opportunity to know what it’s like, and I appreciate it.” 


Linked information:

GCU Right now: Dance Intensive gets pupils jazzed about university

GCU Today: Dancers twist once more, like they did very last summertime