Testimonies from SummerDance Students

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Posted on March 04, 2016 by Matt Geske

The evidence is in – SummerDance delivers! Recently, four former SummerDance participants revealed to Director Karen Reedy how their experiences with the program transformed their lives and helped them navigate their higher education decisions.

“The summer dance program played a huge role in deciding which direction I wanted to take my future; I wouldn’t be as comfortable pursuing a BFA if I hadn’t had previous experience taking the same classes I take now during the intensive,” said current Mason Dance sophomore Sydney Gorena. “The summer dance program offered me a safe and positive space to explore several different techniques that challenged my body and mind.”


“Summer dance at Mason was an incredibly helpful experience to have had when making my decision for where to attend college,” said current Dance Major Beth Whelan. “The faculty at Summer Dance were enthusiastic, creative, and helped every dancer push their limits. After two weeks of dancing with Mason, I felt I had a good feel for the company as a whole and was inspired by the work ethic and prestige that was expected. My experience was challenging, motivating and a great way to cultivate not only my technique but my artistry before coming into the college scene. Summer Dance at Mason made me certain that I wanted to spend the next four years dancing here and I have not regretted my choice for one second!”


“I would say that the biggest take away from the Mason Summer Dance program was not only being challenged technically and pushed out of my comfort zone, but also being surrounded by so many dedicated peers,” said Mason Dance student Tori Gray. “The positivity that surged throughout the participants was beyond powerful and gave me a glimpse of what the dance world is truly like. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that I made lasting friendships at the Mason Summer Dance program.”


SummerDance alum Casey Landon, currently a Dance Major at Point Park University, summed it up like this: “I cannot thank you enough for teaching me so much about musicality and stage presence. Memories with you are ones I will never forget.”



This year’s SummerDance program is July 10-24, 2016. Applications with a $250 deposit* are being accepted now! If accepted, full tuition cost is $1,350 (includes deposit) plus $1,125 for Room & Board (which the majority of participants choose, as activities go from morning until night). Activities focus on ballet, repertory, modern and conditioning, plus students will each produce a solo audition DVD. The two-week intensive culminates in a student public performance in one of Mason’s professional theaters!

Reedy“While the snow is still falling and the temperatures are brisk, we are excitingly looking forward to July at Mason!” says SummerDance 2016 Director Karen Reedy.  “Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about our program.”
Email: artofit@gmu.edu






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