Students are put through their paces at the LU Summer Dance Intensive, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, on July 13, 2017.

Students are put through their paces at the LU Summer Dance Intensive, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, on July 13, 2017.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is hosting the Lamar University Summer Dance Intensive (LUSDI) July 10-21, 2017 at the Health and Human Performance Complex.

The Intensive is designed to provide area students with two weeks of elite level training, culminating in a professional dance concert. The camp is broken up into a senior division, 8th grade and above, to include adults, and a junior division for grades 3-7. A one-week option is also available.

“It is very intense,” LUSDI director Travis Prokop said. “More classes have been added from last year, as well as a professionally produced show at the end.”

Among styles taught by LU faculty, all former professional dancers, will be hip-hop, aerial, ballet, and tap.

“All of our faculty have outstanding resumes,” Prokop said. “From dancing on commercial television in Hollywood to dancing on cruise ships and dancing overseas in Taiwan and Italy, we have very rich faculty with which to teach the students here.”

Prokop added that since taking the LUSDI program over two years ago, he has sought to constantly improve it.

“I took it over and wanted to see how I could make it a little bit better, a little bit more organized as far as what we expect the students to get from it,” Prokop said. “Sometimes we try to bring in guests from, say, Houston, and sometimes we just up the level of the classes the students take.”

One of this year’s additions is aerial dancing, where performers dance with a wide length of ribbon suspended from the ceiling.

“Technically, it’s Lycra.” Prokop said. “It’s suspended from the ceiling, and the kids get to climb it and do tricks with it. It holds over two tons, so it’s safe.”

Prokop believes that camps are a great way to give back to the community, as well as the art itself.

“I feel that this is the best way we can give back to the community,” Prokop said. “Now that I’m here in Beaumont, I see that Beaumont and the surrounding area definitely pays attention to the classics, as far as art is concerned.” He went on to say that local residents needn’t drive an hour or more away to see great performances.

For more information, contact Travis Prokop at (409)880-8037, or tprokop@lamar.edu

 

Story package by UP staffer Bill Warrington

 

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