VIM VIGOR Summer Intensive

Where: New Jersey, USA

When: August 7-18, 2017

MondayFriday, 10:30am-6:30pm (8 hours per day)

VIM VIGOR is a physical dance theater company under the artistic direction of Shannon Gillen. Interested in founding a collaborative think tank in New York City, where the most innovative and profoundly gifted artists could come together to create cutting edge dance theater, VIM VIGOR is home to six artists hailing from around the world. In the last two years, the company has been commissioned to perform and educate dancers across the United States, Canada, Central America, South America and Europe.

VIM VIGOR’s summer intensive is anchored in the company’s commitment to activating the whole of the performer, from the extremes of virtuosic dance to the fluid awareness of emotion and experience.

The program is focused on professional development with daily contemporary floorwork classes that improve dancers’ ability to access their natural stealth and power into and out of the floor, as well as conditioning classes aimed at supporting healthy alignment and stability. Then in the afternoon the company will offer workshops focused on improvisation, contact partnering and momentum based mechanics, VIM VIGOR repertory, acting exploration essential for dancers interested in dance theater, creative exchange with the company, roundtable community discussions, and an experiential sharing at the end of the two weeks.

VIM VIGOR’s creative home is with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble in Summit, NJ (USA). As artists in residence we have found that this incredible facility provides not only world-class studios, but a quiet and focused place in which we are able to dig deeper into our work. In this light, we are very pleased to host our Summer Program at NJDTE in August 2017. A direct train ride from NYC, the studios are a five minute walk from the station, and the town center is a safe and friendly area with coffee shops, restaurants, and more for relaxing (and recovering!) after the day’s work.

Deadline for applications:

VIM VIGOR will receive applications until July 1st or until we reach capacity.

How to apply:

Send a letter of interest along with these supporting materials: Summer Program Form, resume, headshot, and video links. Video links should include two consecutive minutes of your dancing (choreographed phrasework and improvisation are both acceptable, but no editing please). There is no in-person audition for this program, so please share footage that best represents you. All materials should be emailed to:, with SUMMER 2017 APPLICANT in the subject line. Dancers must be at least 18 years old, but there is no age limit. All dancers should be advised that this is professional training, and while we accept a range of interested applicants, expect to the challenged every day. It’s the best way to grow!

Costs for participants:

Accepted participants will be issued a secure PayPal invoice that can be processed with two payments. The first, is a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space and the latter the final tuition payment before July 1st.
One week: $650, Full Program: $1250Contact details:

Shannon Gillen / Artistic Director:

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