Summer Dance Intensive 2023
Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 11th 10:45-12:15
Alternate auditions are available for $20 fee until May 13th.
Along with choreographic studies, students will take class to better improve ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. Various other classes such as yoga, acro skills, and hip-hop will also be incorporated in technique studies.
There will be a photo day in which dancers can get their standard head shot (needed for most professional and university auditions), and a few other images of full body dance poses. Five professional images are included in the price of the intensive
Get ready for a performance like you've never seen before! Friday, July 21st at 6:00pm, audience members will decide what Little Red’s mother packs in her basket, determining whether Little Red has treats for the deer or the wolves. The audience will also decide if the hunters should respond to noises in the forest or keep their axes swinging. Lastly, participants will decide what Little Red’s Grandmother does when she hears a knock on the door.
(Due July 1st)
(Pay balance by June 1st)
Deposit to hold spot
Levels V and higher, ages 11 and up
Audition free for CDT students, $20 for non-members
Saturday, February 11th, 10:45-12:15
Or send in a dance resume, letter of recommendation, and dance video showing ballet adage, pirouette, allegro, pointe if applicable, and at least 16 counts of a contemporary combination. ($20 alternate audition applies)
Amanda Walker received her early dance training in Tallahassee, FL at the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts and Pas de Vie Ballet, Inc. under Natalia Botha, Charles Hagan, and Gwynne Ashton. She holds a B.A. in Dance- Performance from Mercyhurst University, under the direction of Tauna Hunter. She has also danced and trained with such organizations as Lake Erie Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet SDP, the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and the International Flamenco Festival. Ms. Walker was a Principal Dancer and Senior Instructor with the Chattanooga Ballet for 9 seasons. While there, she was awarded the Fellowship for Artistic Excellence in Dance Performance by the Tennessee Arts Commission. She has also been a Guest Artist for several companies in the Southeast, performed in the Urban Nutcracker in Boston, MA, and taught Master Classes at various schools and summer intensives.
In 2016 Ms. Walker received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling; Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is a Board Certified-Dance Movement Therapist. She has worked as a Case Manager for an arts-based day program for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
Ms. Walker is currently faculty at Tony Williams Dance Center and Boston Ballet School teaching ballet and Adaptive Dance classes.
Tara Shepard Myers
Modern and Jazz
Tara Shepard Myers earned her MFA in dance from Florida State University and her BA in dance from the University of Alabama. Myers is currently a Teaching Specialist in Dance in the Emory University Dance Program where she teaches modern and all levels of jazz. She is also faculty coordinator for the multicultural dance organization, AHANA, and faculty liaison for several independent dance ensembles within the college.
Myers' choreographic work has been produced by Sankofa Dance Theater, was selected for the Pan African Dance Festival, and has been performed in New York. Myers has served as artist in residence at Agnes Scott College, Coker College, and Spelman College, where her choreography was presented in main stage concerts. Additional teaching credits include positions at Georgia Academy of Dance and Youth Futures. Myers' choreography has also been featured at Emory University, The Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN, the Georgia Academy of Dance, and the Callanwold Performance Ensemble.
Myers' performance career includes being selected to teach and perform in Lyon, France and Poland, where she danced and choreographed for Danz Studie Tanka. She has performed with Duende Dance Theater, IndieMove, and was a Staibdance company member from 2001-2010. Additional performance credits include works by Shapiro and Smith, Doris Humphrey, and a five-year tenure as a company member of Sankofa Dance Theater. Tara was a featured dancer in Doors and Bend, performance and film works created by Lori Teague.