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TEDxSF - Conservatory of Dance

The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance provides multi-disciplinary training in classical and modern dance for advanced dancers ages 17-23 during the academic year and as young as 14 during the summer intensive program. Beyond the Conservatory's emphasis on rigorous technique training, we strive to help our students develop their artistry through the study of existing choreography of such internationally-heralded masters as William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and Jiri Kylian—as taught by their personal representatives during our summer intensive program—and the development of new works in collaboration with the our gifted resident and guest choreographers. The Conservatory seeks to imbue in its students the ability to discern for themselves and carry forward the best aspects of classical and modern dance as they prepare for the roles they will play in shaping the future evolution of these dance genres. The Conservatory is structured on the belief that the best way to develop young dance artists is to establish a trusting environment in which highly motivated students come together with highly accomplished artists—dancers, choreographers and musicians—to give of themselves generously, share and respect one another's points of view, augment and refine dance skills, experiment freely, and collaborate in the creation and re-creation of diverse dance works. A key goal of our training is to foster in students the fascination and passion that are essential components of artistic development and the life-long pursuit of the artist to give of one's self without fear.
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