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DAP

ABOUT THE DANCELOOK APPRENTICE PROGRAM

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

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

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.*

"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

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.

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THE PROFESSIONALS

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.

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CARLOS

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MARISA

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.

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RESULTS 

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.

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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, incentivized by the urgency of executing it within the project.

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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 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 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.

"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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REVIEW 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?
From August to May, DAP typically holds 6 to 8 project events that occur monthly/bi-monthly.

Q. How long do the projects last?
A typical DAP project event occurs over a weekend, Friday evening - Sunday evening.

Q. Where are the projects located?
Typically, project events are held in Florida, mostly the Jacksonville & Orlando, 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 a tuition per project attended.

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

Q. Is the tuition per project event expensive?
For a full weekend of dance, along with the quality of instruction received, exposure to qualitative experiences, results gained, and other benefits received, the tuition is considered very reasonable and affordable to most! 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%

Q. Is there a minimum required project attendance?
To remain in the program, an apprentice must commit to attending at least 4 projects throughout the season. However, it is encouraged to attend all project events to benefit fully!