Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., President and CEO of The Carr Center, the legacy of black arts presenters located in the heart of downtown Detroit’s cultural district, today announced that the dancer, choreographer, actor and multiple award-winning director Debbie Allen will again oversee The Carr’s intensive summer dance program for a fourth year.
Under Allen’s direction, Rasta Thomas will return as Director of the Summer Intensive and conduct dance auditions on Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden Street. For more information and audition fees, please click here. From the auditions, participants will be chosen for the prestigious program, which runs from July 11 to July 23.
The Summer Dance Intensive is an opportunity for young artists to receive intensive training in multiple dance techniques directly from Ms. Allen, who is the founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. “It’s character education, it’s getting in touch with that part of [the students’] brain, that creative part that will inspire ideas and innovation,” Allen told WXYZ-TV Detroit when the program launched in 2019. connect with that part of themselves that will go out into the world and do something good.”
The program is one of the few opportunities outside of Los Angeles for students ages 8-21 to train with one of the nation’s most honored and respective African-American dance innovators. The complete dance intensive for beginners to advanced levels will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. “Students study hip-hop, jazz, contemporary ballet, tap, Africa, musical theatre, ballet, contemporary and Dunham technique,” says Ragsdale, who adds that the Academy of Dance in he summer takes on special significance as it takes place during Carr The year of the Centre’s 30th anniversary. “The intensive itself also ends with a full live dance concert, as the highlight of the program.” The final Dance Academy performance is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, 2022. Space is limited, with some partial scholarships available. All pandemic and social distancing protocols will be observed during the 2022 academy program.
This is the fourth year that Debbie Allen led the Summer Dance Intensive in partnership with the Carr Center. In 2021, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center offered a “mini intensive” which was conducted with a much smaller cohort in a shorter daily window.