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That’s a Wrap!

The summer is coming to a close and we wanted to congratulate all of our SSDI and VVDI students on their hard work and beautiful dancing. Here are a few highlights from each program: SSDI students were inspired at several Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) performances featuring the New York City Ballet. The students saw […]

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It Takes a Dancer to Know a Dancer: Saratoga Dance

Whether it’s getting a professional pointe shoe fitting or the latest trends in leotards, Saratoga Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY is where you need to visit during SSDI this summer. Founded by former New York City Ballet soloist, Leslie Roy-Heck, Saratoga Dance prides itself on truly understanding dancers and their needs. The full-service, retail dance […]

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Finding the Perfect Pair of Pointe Shoes

For every aspiring ballerina, getting her first pair of pointe shoes is a dream come true. Whether you are an American ballerina, Russian or Japanese, the universal language of ballet transcends cultures, and when it came to pointe shoes, dancers speak the same language. Ballet dancers are always looking to improve their dancing, cultivate their […]

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Preparing for Your First Summer Intensive

The school year is ending, and, for some dancers, this summer will be their first-time dancing intensively away from home. Congratulations on auditioning and being accepted into your summer program! Now, comes the work – a summer dance intensive is a marathon, not a sprint, and you should be prepared for what is ahead, so […]

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Teacher Spotlight: Mireille Leterrier

SSDI welcomes back guest teacher, Mireille Leterrier, to its summer intensive in Saratoga Springs, NY and, for the first-time, to VVDI in Vail, CO. Ms. Leterrier brings her long history of training and love for teaching to the program, and shared with us some of her thoughts on this upcoming summer. What inspired you to […]

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Tips for Dance Competitors

Dance competition season is in full swing, and, although it is a roller coaster ride for both students and teachers, it’s time to prepare for your big day. These tips will not only help you maximize your time in front of the judges, they will also help you achieve your own personal success and enjoy […]

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Summer Intensive Faculty Spotlight: Dana Arey

  Every summer SSDI and VVDI bring world-class dancers, choreographers and artistic directors to work with their students. The program is designed to give students a variety of teachers to experience and learn from. One of SSDI and VVDI’s premier faculty members, Dana Arey, offers extensive knowledge from her career as a dancer, ballet master […]

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Dancer Spotlight: Simon Ball

SSDI and VVDI’s premier faculty bring in world-class dancers, choreographers and artistic directors. We had a chance to catch up with Simon Ball, former Houston Ballet principal dancer, who has performed many leading roles, and has received prestigious awards including the Margarite Amelita Hoffman scholarship, the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in […]

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2016/2017 Summer Audition Tour Announced

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again when we start thinking about summer intensives. The SSDI/VVDI summer audition tour kicks-off next month! See the audition tour schedule below to find a location near you. For more detailed information on audition requirements and ways to submit a video audition, click here. December 10, […]

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Nailing your college audition

If you are a high school senior, right about now, you are working hard on your college essays and getting teacher recommendations. But, if you are auditioning for dance programs, once you click “send,” your college application is far from over. Nailing your college audition is no easy feat, but these tips can help you […]

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