Dance It! Summer Intensive 2013

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“Dance It! Summer Program” is a two-week long international summer intensive dance program which will take place on the Black Sea coast in the Bulgarian city of Burgas between 19th and 30th August 2013. Adapting the US model of summer intensive dance programs, the project is inspired by the need of young Bulgarian professional and to-be dancers to participate in a longer (than Dance It! spring editions) intensive course which will also allow them to keep up with their dance training during the summer.

In the course of the two-week program, the participants (both professionals and advanced amateurs in training) will have the chance to take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet (Balanchine style), Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character Dance. Traditionally (as in the spring editions of Dance It!), the classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents who bring unique expertise to dancers who do not have the chance to experience it in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in a choreography set up during the course of the workshop.

“Dance It! Summer Program” will close with a big final show on the Burgas summer stage which will feature work in progress choreography pieces done together by choreographers and all workshop participants, as well as repertoire by specially invited guest dance artists.

Since 2008 more than 650 dancers from Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Portugal and USA participated in all 7 editions of Dance It! More than 30 young talents received scholarships for schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios, Syracuse University, Deeply Rooted Productions etc. Many of our scholarship students currently work in dance companies in Italy, Germany, the U.S. and in Bulgarian state dance institutions as well as private dance formations.

America for Bulgaria

The program is being implemented with the financial support of America for Bulgaria Foundation. It is also a second-place prize winner of the Contest for Best Business Plan for Social Entrepreneurship, organized by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law and Foundation Programing and Analytical Centre for European Law in the project of “Effective Ways towards the Sustainability of NGOs”, financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation.
America for Bulgaria

America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is partnering with the Iliev Dance Art Foundation in the Dance It! Project since 2011. Founded in 2008, ABF is the successor of the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund (BAEF), an investment fund created by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). One of the goals of the Foundation is to support private-sector art entrepreneurs and organizations. ABF’s mission in arts and culture is to promote greater appreciation of and demand for Bulgarian arts and culture in-country and abroad; to nurture Bulgarian creative talents to lead and compete in the global marketplace; and to enhance Bulgaria’s international cultural profile. With the Dance It! 2013 Project, America for Bulgaria and the Iliev Dance Art Foundation aim at building another cultural bridge between Bulgaria and the United States, as well as to provide opportunities for Bulgarian students in dance to get a feel for the American way of work and to get to know some of the most prominent choreographers and masters of American ballet. For more information, go to

Theresa Ruth Howard – Classical Ballet (Balanchine)

Theresa Ruth HowardTheresa Ruth Howard is a New York based teacher, writer and coach who has both performed and taught internationally. A former member of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance she has also appeared as a guest artists with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Donald Byrd/The Group. She has taught at The Alvin Ailey School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The American Dance Festival. She has taught at various institutions including Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, and Hollins University where she was an Artist in Residence. Ms. Howard has also been a contributing writer to “Dance Magazine”, “Pointe Magazine” and “Dance Teacher”. She taught extensively through out Italy working with The International Dance Association and Music Arts & Show in Milano (MAS), and has also contributed to the Italy’s Expression Dance Magazine. She, along with Dance Magazine’s Editor in Chief Wendy Perron, began an online dance Review Series entitled See and Say. Combining her philosophies of life and teaching, with the skills she garnered through outreach programs with diverse communities, she developed the personal development workshop “Principles of Engagement: Connecting Youth to the Infinite Possibilities Within” which gives teens a set of workable tools to increase their levels of success at tasks, and goals not only in dance, and all aspect of their lives. Most recently Ms. Howard created a Body Image Workshop based on the articles she has written for Dance Magazine, this prompted her to broaden her audience hence she has started a Body Image Blog ( which address issues concerning the body for young girls, women, dancers and non-dancers alike.


Christian von Howard – Modern Dance, Jazz

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a Mid-Atlantic contemporary dance company based out of New York and Virginia. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC. Christian’s choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC Festival, d.u.m.b.o. arts festival, the Ailey School and the Spoleto Festival (SC). His choreographic work has been commissioned by various dance companies, colleges and universities including Columbia College (SC), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jacksonville University, The Power Company and various others. In 2006, Christian received a Choreographic Fellowship from the NJ State Council of the Arts. In 2010, his choreographic work was selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region at the 2010 National Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Professionally he has worked with such artists as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, and has performed with numerous companies including Footprints Dance Co., Fred Benjamin Dance Co., Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co., and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Co. He holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and a MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


Andrea Burr – Hip Hop

IMG_4637Andrea is a professional dancer based in Los Angeles,California. She is signed with Go to Talent Agency and currently trains at Debbie Reynold’s, Millennium, and Movement Lifestyle dance studios. This past summer, Andrea was chosen as one of 8 girls in theUSto be in “The Mobsters Way”, the Monsters of Hip Hop show in LA. Now she assists on the Monsters of Hip Hop convention tour. Andrea was recently in a short film called  “Today is the Day”, directed and co-choreographed by Tamara Levinson and Daniel “Cloud”Campos. Last year Andrea danced with Rihanna on the X-Factor, where she performed the world premier of “We Found Love” choreographed by Tina Landon and Tanysha Scott. In 2011, Andrea lived inChinafor 6 months teaching hip-hop and performing around the country. Upon return to the states, she co-directed a full length hip hop dance show in Seattle. Some of Andrea’s credits include: August Jackson Industrial in Las Vegas, Poser’s LA, Carnival LA, Cruz Control’s show at the Moore Theater, Seattle Seahawks halftime show, Vietnamese music awards, and the Young Tanzsommer Austriatour with Westlake Dance Center Performing Group. Andrea is credited with award winning choreography which has been selected to perform at Disneylandin CA, and the RDA Dance America Festival inUtah. She has received scholarships to Steps on Broadway in NYC, Millennium Dance Complex in LA, Debbie Reynolds in LA and various convention scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, Company Dance, Hollywood Vibe, LA Elite, Encore, and West Coast Dance Explosion.


Petur Iliev – Character Dance

Artistic Director and Founder of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation. More information here.

Participants pay the registration fee in advance via bank transfer to Iliev Dance Art Foundation bank account:
First Investment Bank
IBAN: BG49FINV91501215317191

Registration Fees

Country Type For 1 Style For 2 Styles For 3 Styles For 4 Styles
EU – 15 Member States 150 EUR 175 EUR 200 EUR 225 EUR
New EU Member States (accepted after 2004) 100 EUR 125 EUR 150 EUR 175 EUR
Other Non-EU Eastern and South-East European Countries (Balkan countries, Ukraine, Georgia, etc.) 80 EUR 105 EUR 130 EUR 155 EUR

Participants should be aware that one dance style comprises of classes in dance technique and classes in choreography. If you want to take only technique classes or only repertoire classes, you still need to pay the whole fee.


  •  20% discount for groups between 4 and 10 persons
  • 25% for groups above 10 dancers

If you are a group, we need you to register each of you members by clicking on the “Register” tab on this page and filling the form there. The group leader should then write an e-mail with all the names of the group members and description of the dance organisation they represent at:

Please keep in mind that the program is very intensive. It is possible that you find it difficult to keep up with the work in more than 3 or 4 styles (according to your level and motivation). Nevertheless, you can sign up for and visit all dance styles, but especially for the repertoire classes in the afternoon we advise you to focus on no more than 3 styles.


Dance intensive classes for professional and advanced amateur dancers

Interactive discussion with our choreographers and dancers

Dance flashmobs during the weekend

  • 24 – 25 August
  • Location: Burgas central beach / city center

Open-Air rehearsals in all 5 dance styles

  • 26 and 27 August (Monday and Tuesday), 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Location: open-air stage “Ohlyuva” & terraces of Culture Center “Morsko Kazino”

 Children Dance Program

  • 27, 28 and 29 August (Tuesday to Thursday), 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Culture Center “Morsko Kazino”

 Open-Studio dance classes for all

  • 28 August (Wednesday), 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Culture Center “Morsko Kazino”

Sneak Peek, final performance

  • 30 August (Friday),7:30 p.m.
  • Culture Center “Neftohimik”
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