"Great training for pre-professional/professional dancers. Always positive, and very professional with their direction."
-DAP Dance Parent
ABOUT THE DANCELOOK APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Based out of Jacksonville & Orlando, Florida, the Dancelook Apprentice Program (DAP) is a new-aged, innovative, specialized educational & performative arts program that was developed to instruct dance students (ages 11 - 19) who aspire to one-day become professional artists. Once a month, or sometimes bi-monthly, a select group of young dancers from around the U.S. participate in this program. This program is meant to instruct and help dancers who already have intermediate/advanced dance training and performing experience to develop new and essential skills in order to help them make a career out of their artistic abilities. In this program, the apprentices become more inspired to pursue their talents, become more self-intuitive, gain confidence, elevate their dance & artistic skill level, and learn vital information in preparation for a professional career. Dancers must audition to be a Dancelook Apprentice. For a dancer to be accepted into DAP is an exclusive and prestigious achievement!
*DAP is not a dance studio and does not offer daily training for dancers. In relation to a dance studio, DAP can be considered as an extra-curricular, non-competitive, intensive-workshop series that offers pre-professional training & performing opportunities for select dancers.*
WHAT WE DO IN THE PROGRAM
PREPARE - CREATE - INNOVATE - LEARN - PERFORM - INSPIRE
One weekend a month, or sometimes bi-monthly, DAP provides an opportunity for the apprentices to participate in and learn from an engaging and unique creative production project. Within the project they learn from a customized curriculum that includes dance masterclasses/choreography from the directors along with other distinguished instructors/choreographers, classes in other arts areas, exciting experiences, exposure to artistically industrious processes, mentoring, and meticulous evaluation.
DAP provides a professional and fun environment to learn from. Actively participating in a professional production keeps the students fully involved and motivated with purpose. Through the experience and exposure from participating in these goal-oriented projects, we instruct the apprentices how to grow and utilize their Discipline of technique, Artistry, and Professionalism.
WHO LEADS THE PROGRAM
THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS AND PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
DAP was created and is managed by Artistic Directors, Carlos Garland and Marisa Dolan. Both Carlos and Marisa believe in curating this program with foundational principles through innovative processes. They fully share their passion as artists in hopes of instructing and inspiring positive productivity. The apprentices have the opportunity of learning directly from Carlos & Marisa along with the instruction and choreography from other distinguished professional artists.
Marisa pursued a BFA in dance and a BFA in graphic design at Jacksonville University. She then attended Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City and got to work with Gelsey Kirkland herself. She was then accepted to the Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester Program in New York City. During this elite program, Marisa trained with renowned instructors, performed original works from prestigious choreographers, and was awarded many professional opportunities such as performing on Good Morning America and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Marisa had the pleasure to dance with the Broadway cast of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark in their final Gypsy of the Year performance in the Minskoff Theatre. Marisa is currently dancing at Universal Studios Orlando in a variety of shows and working as a freelance dancer.
Carlos has danced with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys Of Dance and performed in their hit show "Rock The Ballet." With "Bad Boys" he has toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. After coming off tour, he became a top 20 finalist on the Fox TV dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10. Next, while living in NYC, Carlos performed with the Broadway cast of "Spider-man Turn Off The Dark" in their final Gypsy Of The Year performance. He also performed as the principal character in the off-Broadway show, "iLuminate, Artists of Light" with the company iLuminate (as seen on America's Got Talent). During this time he became an instructor at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway in NYC. He has currently performed at Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
WHAT AN APPRENTICE CAN GET OUT OF dap
The more an apprentice participates in the program, they will continually and naturally increase their overall skill and potential as artists. DAP helps develop ABILITIES, instill PRINCIPLES, provide OPPORTUNITIES, and inspire GOALS.
Gains a highly increased sense of artistic/athletic traits that can then enable them to develop and utilize their own performing skills.
Expands their movement vocabulary and becomes more technically versatile by practicing and performing multiple styles of dance.
Becomes able to pick up, understand, and retain choreography quicker, incentivized by the urgency of executing it within the project.
Gains valuable insight from the exposure to multiple experiences of professional art industry environments.
Becomes more self-aware, intuitive, and confident of their talents due to the productive and supportive nature of the learning environment.
Able to practice etiquette for different professional environments and learns principles of morals & ethics that bridge art and professionalism.
Receives other engaging arts area classes such as: Acting, Music & Singing, Production Tech, Creative Writing, and more.
Dancing with other advanced dancers in our goal-oriented projects promotes healthy competition and purpose.
By having a select group, DAP provides an exclusive environment that allows the apprentices to take advantage of opportunities presented.
Receives meaningful and custom mentoring on future planning.
Able to build an astonishing portfolio with the high quality media content from the program.
Not only will DAP help apprentices increase their likelihood of career opportunities elsewhere, they gain prospect of being employed with Dancelook, to help them begin and sustain a career.
AUDITION & ENROLL
HOW TO JOIN THE PROGRAM
If you are interested in learning more about the program and having your child enrolled in DAP, they must attend a DAP Prep Intensive Audition.
DANCER AUDITION PREREQUISITES:
Must have an aspiration towards a dance career.
Must attend dance classes weekly at an approved dance studio.
Must be the age of 11 - 19 years old.
Must make themselves available to travel throughout Florida for at least 4 full weekends in a 10 month period.