New in 2017, we introduce our two-week Performing Arts Intensive. Participants will spend two weeks mastering skills as they relate to dancing, acting and technical theater. Participants will choose between a track that combines both Dance and Theatre courses, or they can focus on just Dance or just Theatre for the entirety of the two weeks. This 2-week intensive will culminate with a participant performance featuring both dance acts and theatre scenes.
Dancers will learn different movement styles, and experience a range of multiple classes from ballet and contemporary to improvisation, yoga and choreography. Expert instruction combined with creative and innovative workshops will insure that dancers will leave Mercersburg’s state of the art Burgin Center with a renewed passion for dance.
Participants will gain skills in improvisation, state presence, body movement, vocal techniques, character developments, ensemble work and problem solving. Actors will also be exposed to the technical elements of lighting, sound, make-up and costume design.
A one-week option is also available.
What to Expect
Campers will stay in Mercersburg’s first class dormitories where college aged counselors will supervise residential life and lead fun activities from swimming, hiking to a camp wide talent show. Campers will also have the opportunity to travel off campus and see live performances in addition to learn from guest artists from the world of dance. Not only will campers experience a new physically understanding of dance but also understand its influence on the outside world.Whether you are serious about improving and expanding your dance repertoire or just want to have a really fun week polishing your steps, Mercersburg Summer Dance Workshop will be a fun filled and unforgettable week.
Katie trained at P.A.R.T.S (2010-2014) and received her BFA in performing arts at The Ohio State University (2006-2010). Throughout her studies she has organized jams and taught numerous classes in the US, Belgium, and Latvia. She has worked with artists Benjamin Vandewalle (BE), Vera Tussing (GE), and Martin Nachbar’s (GE).
Katie’s own work has toured in Belgium, Germany, Latvia and the United States. She is currently reworking a duet with Benjamin Pohlig, “Techno-Tarantella-Novella” and is in the process of a new duet with Inga Hakonardottir for her graduation tour. As an alum of Mercersburg Academy (’06), Katie loves to spread her passion for dance and theater to the warm community of Mercersburg!
Albert Quesada trained at P.A.R.T.S (2004-2008) in Brussels, the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (MTD, 2003-2004), Amsterdam. Previously he studied Philosophy and Multimedia Engineering in Barcelona. Throughout his studies he organized weekly jams at P.A.R.T.S. and has taught classes and workshops in different places in Belgium, Austria, India and USA. In 2005 Albert started working on Solo on Bach & Glenn (2005-2008), a piece which has been growing and touring since, and which gave birth to the duet Solos Bach & Gould (2010). He is currently touring Trilogy with Vera Tussing, an evening of three short pieces on musical structures, as well as his latest creations, the group pieces Ensemble and Slow Sports.
Since June 2009 Albert has been dancing with the company ZOO – Thomas Hauert (Accords, You’ve Changed, In Vivo Danse). He has also performed with Benjamin Vandewalle. Albert is active both in stage performances and in making video dances, which along with his other works, have been performed internationally. He is currently setting up his next creation Wagner & Ligeti for 2014, an exploration of our understanding of orchestral music.
Denise Dalton, Mercersburg Academy Director of Dance
Denise is Mercersburg’s director of dance and also served as head of the school’s fine-arts department from 2008 to 2013. Her choreography has been featured nationally and internationally at venues including DTW in New York City; Norfolk, Va.; The Colony Theatre of Miami Beach; and in South Africa.
Denise has trained under scholarship with Trisha Brown and Bessie Schonberg and has danced with renowned choreographers and companies such as Liz Lerman, Stephen Petronio, Eun-me Ahn Company, Art Bridgeman and Myrna Packer, Momentum Dance Company, and The DanceNow! Ensemble of Miami Beach. Denise has studied Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis under Bill Evans, incorporating these concepts into her pedagogy. She continues to study and train by participating in summer programs at Bill Evans Dance Intensives, The Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and Bates Dance Festival. Denise has participated in several international service trip projects, including to South Africa, Swaziland, India, and Peru. She previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Florida International University, and Dillard Center for the Arts (a nationally recognized performing arts magnet high school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Laurie Mufson, Mercersburg Academy Director of Theatre
Laurie’s career as a theatre educator, director, professional actress, and theatre company artistic director provide strong assets for Mercersburg’s academic and co-curricular offerings. Prior to Mercersburg, Laurie created the academic theatre programs at the Bullis School and the Garrison Forest School, and was an adjunct professor at American University. Her professional acting career has included stage, television, and movie work. She received the Best Director’s Award for the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival in 1996 and received a special citation from the Maryland House of Delegates for her work as artistic director for the Potomac Theatre Company.
Laurie is a certified Lessac voice and body trainer and is the immediate past president of the Lessac Training and Research Institute. She is an active member of the the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and Association for Theatre in Higher Education, where she presents regularly at yearly conferences. Laurie is also the inaugural holder of Mercersburg’s Palmer Chair for the Fine Arts. She and her husband, faculty emeritus Jim Applebaum, previously served as dormitory deans on campus.
Caitlin, originally from New Hampshire, completed her B.F.A. in Dance with Distinction from the The Ohio State University. In Columbus, she performed in works by Bebe Miller and Victoria Uris. Her collaborative research project "A Keeping Room,” with Sarah Mae Gibbons and Kelly Onder, received third place at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in 2010. As a founding member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Ensemble), Caitlin performed and taught compositional improvisation at various schools. While living in Boston, she performed with Annie Kloppenberg & Company,Alli Ross and Emily Beattie, and was the recipient of Green Street Studios’ Emerging Artist Award in Spring 2012. Caitlin’s choreography has been presented at Green Street Studios, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and Harvard University. She was also an adjunct dance instructor at Boston University, the Cambridge School of Weston and Assistant Director of the Theatre and Dance Summer Programs at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Caitlin recently made the move from Boston to New York City and loves it!
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Blaze discovered acting while pursuing his BFA in Broadcast Journalism at Chaminade University of Honolulu Hawaii. After graduation he expanded his acting training by attending summer long intensives at American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Circle in the Square Theater School (New York City) and finally by getting his MFA in Acting at Columbia University (New York City). He has also trained with the internationally recognized director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. Most recent credits include a guest star spot on CBS’s Golden Boy, various voice over characters for critically acclaimed video game GTA: V, regional commercials and off-Broadways roles in Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing at Classic Stage Company in New York City. This will be his third year as a summer acting teacher at Mercersburg Academy.
Our financial assistance provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Assistance Checklist and Applicationalong with your registration. Contact our office if you have any questions via email or phone.