Summer WORKSHOP 2023

DOVA Summer Workshop 2023

SUNY Purchase | Purchase, New York

June 4 - June 24, 2023


The 2023 Summer Workshop marks our 24th year of teaching and sharing our work and process. I’ve always seen this intensive as a way of channeling the philosophy of the dances we create into a shared experience. For three weeks, we’ll live together, work together, grow together and create together on Purchase’s beautiful campus. The Company builds a safe haven that allows you to challenge yourself in both mind and body and explore the individual qualities that we each possess as artists. I am confident that the personal teaching approach of the Company will leave you with new ideas, new answers and new questions about why we all do what we do: DANCE.


Registration fee: $50

Early Bird Tuition (through March 19): $1,350

Tuition (beginning March 20): $1,500​

Housing: $1,200



Email with any questions regarding the process.


February 19: Registration opens

March 19: Last day for Early Bird registration

April 16: Deadline to apply for a Work-Study position

May 7: Last day to Register

May 13: Final payment due

May 22: Deadline to apply for the Choreographic Devices Elective

June 4: Check in (12-3pm) and orientation at SUNY Purchase

June 24: Checkout Day (10-1pm)


8:00-8:50: Morning Warm up (optional)

9:00-10:45: Technique

11:00-12:00: Phrasework

12:00-2:15: Lunch and Open Rehearsal

2:15-3:35: Ballet/Improvisation

4:00-5:45: Electives

7:00-8:30: Evening Activity


Morning Warm Up (Optional)

This class is designed to help prepare the body for each day, while providing knowledge that can be implemented in future self-care and injury prevention.

Modern Technique

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.


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


This class encourages the individual dancer to be their whole self within the material, and to nurture and expand the form’s technical and expressive parameters from barre work to flight while exploring the ever shifting balance between rigor and ease. Each student will take ballet in the afternoon for half of the three weeks.


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.


Each student will choose one elective class from the list below for the entirety of the three weeks. These electives are subject to change.

  • Repertory - Large Work

Company members will stage a section of one of Varone’s larger group works on participants for an informal performance at the end of the workshop. The class will focus on movement dynamics and spatial awareness within group choreography, as duets and solos gather seamlessly into group explosions of choreographed chaos.

  • Repertory - Exploring Excerpts

This class will spend short intense spans of time exploring excerpts (i.e. duets, trios, etc.) from a variety of pieces, offering an overview of Varone's work. Through this investigation, the class will experience the wide range of movement dynamics, emotional nuance and spatial architecture inherent in Varone's choreography.

  • Choreographic Devices with Doug Varone

Varone will emphasize compositional structure and explore new devices for expanding and inventing material. A large body of material will be created, varied and manipulated both in and out of the studio, pushing towards the development of a new work utilizing the material built in class. This is for participants seriously interested in choreography. **Participants who rank this as their first or second choice should submit a choreographic resume and a link to video footage of a recently choreographed work. Please send to no later than May 22nd.

  • New Work

This class will focus on the creation of a new work by a company member. Participants will be involved in the creative process and will have the opportunity to explore the personal and performance aspects of the dance throughout the three weeks.


  • Daily company rehearsals open for student observation
  • Lecture/Demonstrations
  • Improvisation Jams
  • Special Workshops
  • Social Events


Due to COVID-19, DOVA strongly encourages participants to stay on the SUNY Purchase campus to give us the ability to make a small community bubble and help limit exposure risk.

The housing arrangements will have four (4) participants per apartment.

Apartments include washer/dryer, fridge, stove, and a microwave. To find out more detailed information on the Alumni Apartments at SUNY Purchase go HERE.

Roommate assignments will be made after registration closes and your housing payment is complete.

  • You will be sent a form to complete to help us assign roommates.
  • If you already know who you want to room with, please identify that person on the form and have that person request you as a roommate.  


We award a limited number of work-study scholarships each year, based on an application process. Awards generally range from $150-750, with a workload that corresponds to the amount of the award. Work-study assignments will not conflict with your attendance in the workshop, and are generally scheduled during lunch breaks or at the end of the day.

Applicants must be registered for the workshop before applying for a scholarship.

Applications must be submitted electronically by April 16th.

Applicants will be notified by the end of April.



Doug Varone and Dancers has lifted its mask requirements for participation in its workshops and classes. However, participants are encouraged to wear masks by choice and consider receiving booster shots to bolster preventative measures against new variants.

Committed to safety now and into the future, Doug Varone and Dancers policies regarding masks and any other COVID-related issues will be updated as necessary.

A PCR test will still be required before the start of both our DEVICES and Summer Workshop. However, testing throughout these programs will not be required unless a participant presents symptoms of COVID-19.


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