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LEARN ABOUT THE DANCELOOK APPRENTICE PROGRAM

A student training & performing arts program designed to help young dancers develop into professional artists.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, the Dancelook Apprentice Program (DAP) is an innovative performing arts program that instructs intermediate/advanced dance students (ages 11 - 19) who aspire to become professional artists. A few times throughout the year, over a 3-day weekend, this select group of young dancers from around the U.S. get together to participate in this program for unique opportunities, experiences, education, and training with a purpose to help them develop essential skills needed to make a career out of their 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. A dancer must audition to be a Dancelook Apprentice.

DAP is a leading educational program that consistently stays up to date with current, innovative, and foundational principles and standards for education. DAP is an evident inspirer to the dance education industry due to certain values, principles, and processes we promote in our program.

*DAP is not a dance studio and does not offer daily training for dancers. DAP can be considered as an extra-curricular, non-competitive, intensive-workshop series that offers pre-professional training & performing opportunities for select dancers.*

"Great training for pre-professional/professional dancers. Always positive, and very professional with their direction."

-DAP Dance Parent

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CREATIVE PROJECTS

WHAT WE DO IN THE PROGRAM

PREPARE - CREATE - INNOVATE - LEARN - PERFORM - INSPIRE

In one weekend, 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.

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THE PROFESSIONALS

WHO LEAD THE PROGRAM

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

DAP was created and is managed by Artistic Directors, Carlos & Marisa Garland. 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 resident & guest professional artists.

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Carlos attended performing art schools his entire educational journey, studying dance and other arts. Ending that journey at Jacksonville University, he double-majored in Dance and Computer Science. With his extensive experience as a dance artist, Carlos thoroughly understands the logistics and importance of bridging art, education, and business. 

Some of Carlos' artistic career credits includes: 

"So You Think You Can Dance" top 20 performing contestant

Director and Choreographer of award-winning dance films & choreography

Dance Performer on and off Broadway

Dance Performer with Bad Boys Of Dance

Dance & Stunt Performer at Disney World and Universal Studios

15+ years experience as an instructor/choreographer for over 100 different dance schools, colleges, and companies. 

Carlos Garland

Artistic Director, Director, Choreographer, Creative Producer
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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.

Marisa Dolan Garland

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Videographer, Editor
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PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

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James Boyd

Resident Choreographer & Adjudicator
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Jereme Raickett

Resident Theatre & Vocal Coach

ASSISTANTS & OTHER FACULTY

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Jonet Tirado

Production Assistant
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Ashley Cailliez

Production Assistant, Social Media
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Katrina Cailliez

Production Assistant, Social Media
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K.J. Aultman

Videographer/Photographer
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RESULTS 

WHAT AN APPRENTICE CAN GET OUT OF dap

The more an apprentice participates in the program, they will continue to naturally increase their overall skill and potential as artists. DAP helps develop ABILITIES, instill PRINCIPLES, provide OPPORTUNITIES, and inspire GOALS.

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PERFORMANCE

Gains a highly increased sense of artistic/athletic traits that can then enable them to develop and utilize their own performing skills.

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VERSATILITY

Expands their movement vocabulary and becomes more technically versatile by practicing and performing multiple styles of dance.

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CHOREOGRAPHY

Becomes able to pick up, understand, and retain choreography quicker.

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KNOWLEDGE

Gains valuable insight from the exposure to multiple experiences of professional art industry environments.

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CONFIDENCE

Becomes more self-aware, intuitive, and confident of their talents due to the productive and supportive nature of the learning environment.

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ETIQUETTE

Able to practice etiquette for different professional environments and learns principles of morals & ethics that bridge art and professionalism.

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MULTI-TALENTs

Receives other engaging arts area classes such as: Acting, Music & Singing, Production Tech, Creative Writing, and more.

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MOTIVATION

Dancing with other advanced dancers in our goal-oriented projects promotes a supportive environment, healthy competition, and purpose.

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EXCLUSIVITY

By having a select group, DAP provides an exclusive environment that allows the apprentices to take advantage of opportunities presented.

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MENTORING

Receives meaningful and custom mentoring on future planning.

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PORTFOLIO

Able to build an astonishing portfolio with the high quality media content from the program.

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CAREER

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.

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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 the Dancelook Intensive to audition.

DANCER AUDITION PREREQUISITES:

  • Must have an aspiration towards a career involving dance.

  • 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.

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"The goal of DAP is to increase the overall skill level & potential of each apprentice in order that they may have greater chances for success in achieving a satisfactory life involving dance."

- Dancelook Directors

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QUESTIONS ANSWERED

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM INTERESTED PARENTS & DANCERS

Please review this Q&A for questions you may have about the program. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Dancelook on our contact page here: Contact Dancelook

Q. How many projects does DAP hold a season?
DAP typically holds 5 to 7 project events between September and May of the following year.

Q. How long do the projects last?
Over a weekend, Friday evening - Sunday evening.

Q. Where are the projects located?
Project events are typically held in Florida, mostly the Jacksonville, FL area. However, some projects could be located elsewhere within the U.S. Southeast region.
 
Q. Does it cost to be a part of this program?
Yes, there is tuition to be in the program.

Q. What does the tuition cover?
The tuition covers the instruction given through the curriculum by the directors, all guest artist classes, and the experience of participating in a project.

Q. Is the tuition expensive?
The tuition is considered very reasonable and affordable to most. For a full weekend of dance, along with the quality of instruction received, the exposure to qualitative experiences, results gained, and other benefits received, the tuition "per project" is generally lower than the average cost of a weekend dance convention.

Q. What is the average age of the apprentices who participate in the program?
DAP has a wide range of ages that participates. For our last season, here is the age percentage breakdown: 11 to 13 - 20%, 14 to 16 - 50%, 17 to 19 - 30%

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