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Summer Intensives

Join Duke Ellington School of the Arts for intensive training in Summer 2018!

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Auditions, interviews, and/or fees are required for many of the programs. Please contact program coordinators for more details.

For the serious student interested in pursuing a career in dance, this intensive provides unparalleled technical training for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. We boost a distinguished faculty and special guests/choreographers.
• July 9th to August 3rd
• Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
• Ages: 10 years old – 12th grade
• Contact: Charles Augins,
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Instrumental Music
The students will receive music theory instruction, group instrumental lessons, and ensemble performance. All instruments are welcome, including beginners. We will start at second grade for String (Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass) students and fourth grade for brass, woodwind, percussion, and piano instrumentalists.
• July 9th to August 2nd
• Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
• Ages: 2nd Grade – 12th grade
• Contact: Isaac Daniel,
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Literary Media and Communications
The Literary Media & Communications Department Summer Intensive: An Immersive Storytelling Workshop, helps youth discover the power of the narrative alongside the visual media, written text, and performance art. The workshop will inspire confidence in students’ creative expression. Students will focus on creative writing, film production, theatrical performance, and audience engagement through social media. The goal of students will be to produce a social cause narrative that includes a film short with live performance, a protest zine that informs the issues, and social cause messaging for impact through social media.
• June 18th to July 12th
• Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
• Ages: 13 years old – 16 years old
• Contact: Mark Williams,
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Museum Studies
Come and explore the world of art and culture by making your own art, and learning to curate it. Experience an interactive tour at a selected museum and visit an artist’s studio. Learn to take compelling photographs and embellish them using Photoshop. As a culminating activity, challenge yourself to produce an exhibition of your very own art. Family and friends will come to view your creative visual expressions. The Museum Studies Summer Intensive is certain to be an adventure to remember.
• June 18th to June 29th
• Monday – Friday, 9am–3pm
• Ages: 7-14 years old
• Contact: Marta Reid Stewart,
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Technical Design & Production
This 6-week “hands-on” intensive is designed as an introduction to the production & design industry. The program is geared for students interested in working “behind the scenes” within the professional entertainment arena. Students will receive the basic foundation and fundamentals needed to advance within the field.
• June 25th – August 3rd
• Monday – Friday, 9am–2pm
• Ages: 12 years old minimum
• Contact: Nicole O. Leonard,
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Join us for a rigorous and exhilarating 2-week Summer Intensive where students explore the skills they will need to be successful in the theatre. Our summer intensive offers a wide range of classes including: Acting, Speech, Dance, Movement, Playwriting, Musical Theatre, and Improvisation. In addition, students participate in master classes with working actors and directors, see a professional production, and get a backstage tour of a professional theatre. On the last day of class, students will perform an original piece that they created for family and friends. The Intensive is strongly recommended to anyone interested in auditioning for Duke Ellington and required for all incoming Theatre Department students.
• June 18th to June 29th
• Monday – Friday, 10am–4pm
• Ages: 6th grade to 9th grade
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Vocal Music
Vocal Intensive daily classes will include vocal techniques lessons, song preparation, music reading and writing, beginners keyboard, movement and acting lessons. This summer intensive track is specifically designed for incoming vocal majors at Ellington. In addition, students aged 10 – 14 who have a sincere interest in being a vocalist/performer would also benefit from this course of study. On the final day of the Intensive there will be a culminating presentation open to parents and friends at no cost.
• June 25th to July 13th
• Monday – Friday, 9am–1pm
• Ages: 10-14 years old
• Contact: Daphne Dunston-Wharton,
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