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Summer Dance Intensives

*Summer 2015 dates TBA*

Session I (ages 14-18)

Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional levels

Session II (ages 18-25)

Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional levels


Instructed by Melissa Thodos - Founder and Artistic Director

and Ensemble Members of the Company.


Dancers are guaranteed to experience the award-winning athletic style of Thodos Dance Chicago and see for themselves how dance, education and choreography can compliment a dancer’s personal development.

Technique Classes

Each Workshop day will begin with intermediate/advanced Ballet technique. This class is formatted to meet the needs of the contemporary dancer in training.  Modern and Contemporary technique classes are offered in the award-winning athletic style of Thodos Dance Chicago, incorporating principles of release, alignment, spatial awareness, fall and recovery, and integrating challenging technical combinations.

Body Health and Wellness

This class is structured for the dancer in training and focuses on areas such as nutrition and injury prevention, massage for dancers, and alignment with yoga. Learn more about how to keep your body healthy and well in the professional and demanding dance arena. thy and well in the professional and demanding dance arena.


Learn the athletic and innovative repertoire that makes Thodos Dance Chicago one of the nation's premiere Contemporary dance companies. The Company's repertoire includes exciting new choreography taught by Melissa Thodos and ensemble members who are unique in their ability to dance, teach and choreograph new works, as seen in the acclaimed performance series "New Dances." Repertory selections will be performed in the showing on the last day of the intensive.


This daily class will challenge dancers to explore their own unique choreographic voice through principles of composition and improvisation. This exploration process is similar to that which ensemble members experience when choreographing pieces created and performed by the Company for "New Dances." This intensive portion of the workshop will also include aspects of Contemporary  partnering in addition to choreographing with props. The class will culminate with a showing of each dancer/choreographer's creation on the last day of the intensive.


Drucker Center

Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls

1535 North Dayton Street

Chicago, IL 60642

$550 per session


**Please Note: Video audition required (2-3 minute self-choreographed excerpt)

as part of the registration process.

*If you are attending the scholarship audition, you do not need to submit video.*

 Please include excerpt via email (include link to YouTube or upload file from smart phone).

A DVD or flashdrive is also acceptable and can be mailed to:

Thodos Dance Chicago

860 W. Blackhawk Street, Ste. 305

Chicago, IL 60642

Applicant will be notified of acceptance within two weeks

of receipt of registration and video audition.


See registration form for more details.

For more information on Intensive Schedules and Housing Accommodations, click here.

For Workshop info: 1-312-266-6255

For Directions to: 1-312-664-4631