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Summer Intensives

Join Duke Ellington School of the Arts for intensive training in Summer 2020!

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

For current and/or returning Summer Intensive participate serious 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 6th to July 17th
• Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm
• Ages: 10 years old – 18 years old (HS student)
• Contact: Nikki Sutton-Mackey,
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Instrumental Music
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 6th to July 30th
• Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
• Ages: 2nd Grade – 12th grade
• Contact: Isaac Daniel,
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Literary Media and Communications
An immersive Storytelling workshop that 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.
• July 6th to July 17th
• Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
• Ages: 13 years old – 16 years old
• Contact: Shom Shamapande,
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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.
• This intensive has been cancelled for Summer 2020
• Ages: 7 years old -14 years old
• Contact: Marta Reid Stewart,

Technical Design & Production
This 1-week intensive is designed as an introductory course to the Technical Design and Production program. Students will receive the fundamentals and basic foundation needed to grow in the area of design and production.
• July 27th to July 31st
• Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm
• Ages: 12 years old – 17 years old
• Contact: Robin Harris,
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Join the two-week theatre intensive where students can immerse themselves into the world of a theatre artist. Students study musical theatre, acting, improvisation, stage combat, playwriting, Hip Hop Theatre, voice, and dance; go to see a professional production; meet professional actors and directors; and create their own play with other students who share the same passion for Theatre.
• June 22nd to July 3rd
• Monday – Friday, 9:30am–3pm
• Ages: 4th grade to 10th grade
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Visual Arts
This program will inspire students (Ages 10-16) to develop a working knowledge of the Elements and principles of Art and Design through the use of multiple media. Awakening their creativity and developing/discovering/further enhancing their artistic potential. Lessons will feature Drawing and Painting. On the final day of the Intensive there will be an exhibition of the student’s work in the studio.
This intensive has been cancelled for Summer 2020
• Ages: 10 years old -16 years old
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Vocal Music
Vocal Intensive daily classes will include vocal techniques lessons, song preparation, and music reading and writing. This summer intensive track is specifically designed for incoming vocal majors at Ellington. In addition, students who have a sincere interest in being a vocalist/performer would also benefit from this course of study.
• July 6th to July 17th
• Monday – Friday, 9am–1pm
• Ages: 10 years old -14 years old
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