Virtual Summer Workshop | June 15-19, 2020

June 15-19, 2020





The importance of community has always been a guiding principle for us as a dance company. Whether in the studio, on stage or teaching, we’ve always believed in the importance and power of connection. As we move online, we want to retain that sense with all of our students: we may be alone in our own worlds at this point in time, but the discovery of connection is still as strong as ever. DOVA’s Company and musicians are exploring new ways to reach out past the screen in front of you to give you the same in-depth experience you’ve always valued. Some new rules for sure that call for reinvention from all of us.


Pilates with Stephanie Liapis

Dancers will be guided through a series of Pilates mat exercises and yoga asanas that emphasize core strength and stability, and the use of dynamic breath. I use imagery and anatomical feedback to help increase your understanding of how and why your body moves. Please have a mat and towel for class, all bodies welcome!

Modern Technique with Current Company Members and Company Alumni

This highly technical, movement-based class investigates the line of human movement and how it can affect the broader strokes of our dancing. Through the expansive use of the back and limbs, Varone’s style will be explored through an emphasis on breath, strength, dynamic lyricism and musicality.

*Rotating Electives (afternoon classes will rotate daily so that you take each class below):


This class investigates individual phrases created on the spot as well as phrases from Company repertory. Students will focus on quick assimilation and exploration of movement in terms of quality and musicality.

Improvisation with Keith Johnson

Improvisation will provide an opportunity for students to hone in on their individuality, creativity, and ability to make choices in the moment. Each student will take improvisation in the afternoon for half of the three weeks.


This class will focus on exploring a piece of Varone’s work. Through this investigation, the class will experience the wide range of movement dynamics, and emotional nuance inherent in Varone's choreography.

Devices with Doug Varone

Varone will emphasize compositional structure and explore new devices for expanding and inventing material. A body of material will be created, varied and manipulated both, pushing towards new discoveries.

Solo Partnering

In this class, we will play with how to partner ourselves and the space around us. We will practice pouring weight and discuss partnering skills. Dialogue in partnering is at the heart of Varone’s work.


Exploring Repertory: View a work from the company repertory and discuss with Doug and Company
Improvisation Jam
Community Discussion with Doug
Community Discussion with the Company
Live Rehearsal Viewing via Zoom


FULL WEEK (15 classes, 5 evening events + Discussions): $150

APPLICATION DUE BY: June 12th, 2020

The Summer Dance Workshop has a limited number of scholarships for students with promise who might not otherwise be able to attend the Workshop. A small number of partial scholarship will be awarded in the form of tuition remission. Scholarship assistance application deadline is April 15, 2020.


How can I pay for this program?

Payments for our Virtual Summer Workshop will be accepted through Zelle and Paypal. After submitting your registration form, you will be emailed a request for payment within 24 hours.  If you have any issues submitting payment, please email  

Is there financial aid available?

Unfortunately, we will not be offering financial aid for this workshop.  

What is the refund policy?

We will not be offering any refunds for this workshop.  If you cannot attend any part of the workshop, we will provide you with recorded videos of all classes and discussions you may have missed so that you may experience the workshop at a later time.

Is there a dress code for the workshop?

There is no dress code for our workshop, however we ask that you wear clothes that don't obstruct your dancing; sweats and a tank top or t-shirt is fine, or you're welcome to wear leotards and tights, as long as you're comfortable.  Knee pads may be helpful to have on hand for some of our classes.

Do I have to audition?

No auditions are necessary for admittance into the workshop.  

What platform will this workshop take place on?  

All classes and events will take place over Zoom.  Zoom links for each class will be sent out prior to the start of the workshop.  

Do I have to take every class live?

While we strongly encourage participants to be present for every class, we understand that schedules can be complicated at the time so we will provide all students with a recorded version of class that they can view for a limited amount of time.  

How large are the classes?

Class sizes depend on the total enrollment. Our aim is to have no more than 30 people in any given class. 

Can I get college credit for taking the workshop?

We do not offer college credit, however we have been able to work one-on-one with students who have coordinated credit with their individual universities. We will gladly provide documentation detailing your involvement in the workshop, so that you can negotiate with your college to get credit.


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Photo: Jonathan Hsu

more events & workshops

Workshops for Pre-Profession & Professional Dancers

Our annual intensives for pre-profession and professional dancers are designed to train the next generation. 


At New York City's Hunter College, this one-week intensive celebrates the company's movement style, creative ideas and artistic philosophy. The 2019-20 Winter Intensive will he held January 13-18, 2020.


For three weeks at a university campus, we'll live together, work together, create together, and grow together. The 2020 Summer Intensive will be held in May 31 - June 20, 2020 at Skidmore College.

Workshops for Choreographers


Led by Doug Varone and the company dancers  |  Enrollment: 10 – 12 choreographers

Designed for emerging choreographers, this unique mentorship with Doug Varone is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months beginning on May 25 with an intensive retreat in New York City, on going mentorship throughout the summer, culminating in a showcase in August. Participants are selected through application. 2020 Dates and application period to be announced.

Photo: Maddie Irmen

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