Dancewave is thrilled to be collaborating with Shen Wei Dance Arts and Stefanie Batten Bland at its Advanced Summer Dance Intensive to be held at Governors Island from August 3-14, 2015. This intensive features a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for dancers wishing to learn repertory from the masters themselves!

Admission by AUDITION ONLY.
The Last Audition takes place on July 11 from 2:00-4:00pm at 182 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217.
To reserve your spot at the audition, please send us an email at


Advanced Summer Dance Intensive is an immersive training program that invites advanced dancers and young participants ages 18-24 years from across the United States to study alongside world-renowned artists in a focused and intimate environment. In this program, participants learn the unique working and choreographic methods of the artist, culminating in the performance of artist/company repertory.


LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island

LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island



An international dance company founded in 2000, Shen Wei Dance Arts has performed in 138 cities, in 30 countries, on five continents and has appeared at many prestigious festivals and venues around the world such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Artistic Director Shen Wei incorporates colors, design, and a great use of space into the company’s theatrical dances.

Shen Wei’s Natural Body Development Technique

This class serves as an introduction to Shen Wei’s Natural Body Development Technique and a chance to learn the basis for the repertory of Shen Wei Dance Arts.  We will explore breath, internal energy, center-shifting, momentum, spirals, rotations and flow through both technical and creation-based exercises.  Pulling from individual and collective movement research, each dancer will have a chance to work on both group and solo material within the repertory works.  Great attention will be paid to investigating the details of the movement and understanding the inspiration and context for the choreography.

Shen Wei Dance Arts Repertory

This repertory session is a unique opportunity to learn excerpts from selected Shen Wei Dance Arts repertory.  Through the detailed investigation of moving ideas and compositional form we will investigate dance in relationship to other art forms as a means to open the body and mind to new ways of approaching performance. Pulling from both individual and collective movement research, each dancer will have a chance to work on both group and solo material within the repertory works.



Stefanie Batten Bland is a 2015 Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, 2014 Joffrey Ballet Choreographer of Color, 2010-12 Baryshnikov Arts Center/Jerome Robbins NEW Fellow.

Stefanie Batten Bland creates work that investigates the human condition and explores our relationship with the natural world. Her works are physically and technically demanding in dance—and are poetic emotionally driven creations. Each piece is a futuristic environment, encompassing a strong installation and theatrical flavor that immerses performer and spectator and subject in a unique performative experience.