It seems as though every school, choreographer, and convention now host winter intensives during holiday/winter break. These usually 3-7 day long intensives can offer serious dancers the opportunity to train with teachers and choreographers they normally would not have access to and can also allow dancers to see if they might be interested in that school's more extensive summer intensive. But participating in these winter intensives can also limit a dancer's down time which they may need to recover. Being able to weigh the pros and cons of attending a winter intensive is necessary when deciding if you should attend or not.
Here are some of the benefits to attending a winter intensive.
Consider the following as well before making a decision.
While winter intensives can have some benefits they can also have a negative impact as well. It is important to stay realistic about what you are expecting to get out of attending a winter intensive and what you can actually get out of attending a winter intensive. Before signing up it is important to talk to your teachers about your goals to see if attending is the right choice. Any teacher worth their salt is going to be able to help walk you through your options and allow you to make the best decision for yourself.