STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
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The program was four weeks. Not all dancers were there all of that time. Some came at the beginning and left early, some came the 2nd or 3rd week. I don't think there was ever 50 students in a technique class, maybe pointe class or Bolero rehearsals.
The studios where we had classes were huge! We had plenty of room, and we got individual attention. The teachers did a great job with getting to know us and I believe we all got individual corrections.
It was kind of a mixed bill performance. There were pieces from Sleeping Beauty, Tarantella, Sugar Plum variation, La Sylphide and some modern pieces and some students did a variation that they brought with them. The shows all ended with Bolero, which is an awesome piece! The show was double cast (for 4 performances) so there was plenty of opportunity to perform.
The days were filled with technique, pointe, men's class, modern, etc. The evenings were mainly used for rehearsal, until the last week (dress rehearsals, traveling to the venue, etc.). I was in 3 pieces one cast and 1 the other cast. I enjoyed the down time every other day! There is plenty to do in the evenings. The mall is close by for dinner, we could take the bus (in groups of 3 or more) to town or we could watch the rehearsals!! (Big studios... plenty of room which was wonderful, it seemed like there was always someone watching, parents, friends, other teachers as well as students).
It was a truly wonderful experience!!!
This is a good program. In fact it was my favorite program ever! The dancing was really challenging and the schedule was grueling which i think helped improve my dancing. Attending this summer program also opened up the world of dance in Europe for me. The teachers were incredible too. some of my favorites were Celia, Cynthia, Yehuda, Alex, David and Cristina Uta and others. It was so fun to meet dancers from other countries too because even though i just met them and sometimes couldn't understand what they were saying we all ended up kind of like family because we all shared the love of dance. thanks for a great program Nili!
Hello Ms. Nili and Peter, I hope you are doing great. I had a great summer at SIBA and my Mom did also. We hope to see you when you come to California, Nili. Thank you for everything. I am sharing my wonderful experience with my family, friends and dance teachers. I will always remember this wonderful experience and hope to return next summer. I have really improved in my dance technique since I participated in the summer intensive program. I enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful and talented students and the amazing teachers. Again, thank you very much for making this summer a special and memorable one. Sincerely, Ariel (USA)
Hi Nili!!!! I had such a wonderful time this summer!!!! It was such a fabulous experience!!! Thank you so much putting together such a great program!!!
i haven't got much time as I'm using my college's computers and they're supposed to be used for 'educational purposes' but just wanted to say... 'I LOVE YOU NILI!!!!'
thanks once again for a wonderful year, I've been to Austria twice now and I'm already saving up for a third year.
the whole atmosphere in SIBA was amazing and everyone was extremely friendly and I've left with many amazing memories... fingers crossed plenty of old faces are there again next year
to Ariel, Jamie, heather, lily from California!, Ferritt!!! (i got your postcard just trying to find the time to write back), Mayloch, Aya, Yaeli my darling!, Tsori, my 2 Irish roses from the thirdfloor, ma petite Souris Gwen, and any of my other hunnies i missed out in my rush to type this i love you all so much and hope i get to see you again
Eric, Tuomas, Lucas (the coolest roommate in the world) and Smeon (the other coolest roommate in the world, and the best dancer in all of shamrock!! its all in the hips ;) i wish you all the best!
for all the staff in particular Nili (we love you!!!), for taking such good care of us all and making the workshop so fantastic
to the physio who put in the time and effort to come in every Saturday and twice during the performances... you were amazing and my shin splints are completely cured... the fact that I'm still dancing is owed to you!
to Simon a fellow northern git and the best pianist in Europe if not the world. you kept me entertained for all those times i found myself to injured to work (and i think i somehow learnt a little musicality by sitting with you... its improved noticeably since getting back to Manchester, i can even tap dance in time with the music now!!!) please come back again, it won't be the same without you and i owe you an expensive Chinese or a tin of pineapples!!!
i may have missed people off here because i'm in such a rush but i love you all the same and wish you all the best in life because you all deserve it and can't wait to see people again next year!!!
all my love, Neil :D (UK)
hey Nili! hope your beginning to relax after the mad 4 weeks and more that you've had! I'm just emailing to say sorry i never got to SIBA on the Monday! things were bit mad with everyone over! and the most important thing I wanted to say was a huge thank you to you and everyone at SIBA for the fantastic summer intensive you gave us ! I loved every minute of it and will highly recommend it to everyone! I really though it was great, nothing could have been done better! well done and thank you sooooooooo much!
keep in touch
Rebecca (your Irish girly)
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