We are thrilled to announce our 2024 WHIM Summer Intensive, Monday, June 24th, 2024 – Friday, July 19th, 2024, in Seattle WA designed for pre-professional and professional dancers.
Whim W’Him’s mission, to nurture community with contemporary dance by cultivating space for artists to imagine and explore the human condition, is the driving philosophy behind WHIM Summer Intensive ‘24.
Through technique, partnering, repertoire, and improvisation, participants will explore contemporary dance approaches and perspectives taught by Whim W’Him company members and Artistic Director Olivier Wevers. Participants will also participate in Whim Ways, a class designed to share Wevers unique approach to movement, both individually and in partnering.
Whim W’Him is also thrilled to announce Summer Intensive Guest Artist Maurya Kerr. Much of her work, across disciplines, is focused on black and brown people reclaiming their birthright to both wonderment and the quotidian. Maurya was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years, an ODC artist-in-residence from 2015 to 2018, and holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University. After co-curating ODC Theater’s 2023/24 season, she was appointed as Resident Curator for their 2024/25 season. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Kerr in technique classes and in creative workshops, experiencing her truly unique and powerful process.
To complement and expand our offerings, WHIM Summer Intensive ‘24 will also provide programming to enhance dancers’ physical and professional knowledge. Classes in Franklin Method® combine functional anatomy and Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery to improve motor performance. These techniques promote health, injury prevention, longevity and general well being.
The program will also offer professional development workshops covering topics including grant-writing and audition portfolios. Participants will have the opportunity to receive direct feedback on their reels and resumes and will have access to free studio space to film material during their time in the program. Whim will also host social events and times to gather informally to network and share with the other participants, Whim artists, and other Seattle arts professionals.
Through the diverse offerings of this course, participating artists will gain tools to serve and develop their creative practice and career development as individual artists.
Whim W’Him believes strongly in the power of individuality in artistry and offers this program as a platform for dancers to build further confidence and knowledge.
- We aim to create an inclusive environment and work to actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups in our community to apply.
- Fill out the application form by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, March 4th to be considered for the program. All applicants will be notified by Wednesday, March 13th regarding their acceptance (Please check SPAM folder for communications from Whim W’Him).
Monday, June 24, 2024 – Friday, June 19, 2024, 10 am to 5 pm
Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Center, 1716 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
*Participants must attend the entire 4 weeks*
Participants will have Saturdays and Sundays off. The schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the July 4th holiday.
Ages 18+ (Dancers age 17 may apply if they will turn 18 by September 1, 2024)
Housing is not provided (aside from 2 available housing scholarships) but applicants will be given information for finding housing upon acceptance.
Daily Schedule will be sent to accepted applicants ahead of the program start.
$2,750 – payable via Mindbody (Links will be sent to accepted applicants)
Non-refundable Deposit – $500 due Thursday 3/21/24
FINANCIAL AID & WORK/STUDY PROGRAM
- Limited scholarships are available for artists in need of financial support. We also offer scholarship funds for BIPOC dancers.
- 2 housing scholarships will provide housing in separate studio apartments.
- Please fill out our Financial Aid form to be considered for financial aid.
- Work/Study Program: 1 Work/Study Artist position is available. The Work/Study Participant will receive a full scholarship while providing operational and social media work in advance of and during the program. For more information and to apply, click here.
If you have any questions, please email Director of Education Karl Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.