We offer six annual summer training programs; there is something for everyone in the summer at the Richmond Academy!
Announcing our International Guest Artist CURTIS FOLEY for our Summer 2020 Ballet Intensive!
Announcing our Guest Artist SARAH FORMOSA for our Summer 2020 Contemporary Intensive!
Out of town dancers, video submissions are accepted.
JUNIOR PROGRAMS ages 3-12
Mon, June 29 - Sat, July 4 incl.
Junior Dance Program - ages 3-12
Our Junior Summer Dance Program is an exciting one-week training camp providing your child with an excellent opportunity to explore a variety of dance disciplines including ballet, voice, hip hop and musical theatre for students ages three to twelve with our specialized faculty members. We also offer private coaching lessons in voice and ballet. This program allows parents to drop off their children before their first class and know they will be supervised in between their classes and on their lunch breaks, leaving parents a few hours to themselves! Extended babysitting service is also available. The Academy’s youth have thoroughly enjoyed our past summer dance programs.
Tap Bootcamp - ages 12+
Do you have 5+ years tapping experience and want to sweat, groove and fine-tune your moves?! For the first four days of Bootcamp, you will work extensively on perfecting intricate sounds and tightening up your technique. You will learn how to achieve more clarity and to say what you really want to say in your footwork. Experiment with precise and rhythmic results! On the fifth day, apply all this fine-tuned technique to a fun combo!
Vocal Camp - ages 11+
We host an exciting 5-day Vocal Camp with private lessons tailored to age, vocal development and personal goals with an emphasis on foundational techniques to create ease and healthy vocal production applicable to all music genres. In addition, students take movement classes in which they strengthen stage movement skills and develop posture, alignment, breathing and vocal exercises and a deeper understanding of voice anatomy. Students also participate in group choral and theory classes where they learn diction and how to follow a conductor while working with other vocalists.
Tue, Aug 4 - Fri, Aug 21
Ballet & Contemporary Intensive - ages 11+
Special international guest artist Curtis Foley will be joining our stellar resident faculty to spearhead three weeks of fabulous intensive training in daily classes of classical ballet and contemporary technique for pre-professional dancers.
Canadian born, Curtis Foley, trained at The National Ballet School and then The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School on scholarship. He performed with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and The Banff Centre, and was featured in live performances of the popular children's television show, The Toy Castle. In 2007 he was invited to New York City to dance for Les Ballets Grandiva (Trocadero). During his 5 years as a soloist with the company, he traveled the world over performing in the major opera houses of Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In the summer of 2009 he was featured in the Chicago Dance Festival along side the stars of American Ballet Theatre. Since retirement, he has frequently been teaching and coaching for The National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Zurich, The National Ballet of Portugal, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Hungarian National Ballet, The New Zealand School of Dance, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen Canada, Poznan Opera House, Gauthier Dance, and Codarts University. In the summer of 2011, he was the Rehearsal Director for the creation of The Clifford E. Lee Choreographic
Commission at The Banff Centre, followed by 5 years as Ballet BC’s Resident Teacher. From 2016-2019 he was based in Warsaw as Ballet Master and Pedagogue for The Polish National Ballet where he worked personally with and staged the ballets of Wayne McGregor, John Neumeier, Toer van Shayck, Natalia Makarova and assisted in the creation of world premieres by Krzysztof Pastor, Anna Hop and The Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett. Currently he is Ballet Master for The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in the Czech Republic whilst continuing to guest teach internationally and retaining his Canadian roots, sitting on the jury
for The British Columbia Arts Council, adjudicating the Senior Ballet Division of Performing Arts British Columbia’s Provincial Championships and conducting master classes for The Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and Simon Fraser University.
Video auditions for our programs are accepted and summer home-stay options are also available for out of town dancers. Please contact our office.
Intermediate & Senior Musical Theatre Intensive - ages 12+
Get ready for the most fantastic summer yet! We are proud to have the expertise of our resident faculty alongside guest coaches for our 20th annual Musical Theatre Intensive. This carefully developed course will train you intensively and seriously in performing arts with Vancouver’s finest working professionals and provide the true essence of the triple threat – dancing, singing and acting! This summer we will be presenting 'James & The Giant Peach'!
Video auditions are accepted and summer home-stay options are available for out of town dancers. Please contact our office
Intensive Ballet and Jazz Programs - ages 12+
Year-round general division programming is enhanced with this intensive daily 3-week ballet and jazz session designed to prepare dancers for the upcoming year.