Summer Dance @ the Threads Dance Nexus

Creative Connections I, II & Adv./Prof. Summer Intensive

Join Us This Summer!

The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project is excited to offer three training opportunities for youth as well as adult professional dancers. This summer’s teaching faculty will include present and former Threads company members, our esteemed Teaching Artists, and even Artistic/Executive Director Karen Charles. Please visit the “About” section of our website to learn more about the people who make the project possible!

All classes offered at the Threads Dance Nexus embody our teaching philosophy which is always…

  • Culturally-relevant—so that dancers of any race or ethnicity feel a sense of belonging
  • Trauma-informed—dance education has the potential to reproduce harm or liberate. We chose liberation!
  • Anatomically sound—working safely with the body to keep you dancing longer and stronger
  • Inclusive and equitable—all are welcome and differing needs acknowledged
  • Socially just—seeking to rectify injustice through arts activism

All summer experiences require pre-registration and full tuition before the deadline listed below. If tuition presents a financial hardship for you or your student, please email for more information. Threads believe that financial standing should not prevent anyone interested in studying dance. Limited financial assistance is available for those in need.

Advanced / Professional Summer Intensive & Audition Workshop


Ages: 18+  ||  August 1-5th || 10 am – 3:30 pm Tuition: $225


Threads also will hold its first-ever Advanced/Profession Summer Intensive and Audition Workshop August 1-5th for dancers ages 18+. This program provides participants with a rigorous exploration of techniques as well as the opportunity to explore and enhance the performative elements of dance via repertory class. Classes for Adv/Professional Intensive include ballet, modern, improvisation/jazz, and repertory class. Repertory learned during the week will also be taught at Threads Dance Project Auditions to be held on August 6th. Please email Production Manager, Karen Christ Aalgaard at or visit for audition details.

Dancers interested in auditioning for the company MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY for both the workshop and the audition.

Click here for audition details and registration.

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Creative Connections I

Ages: 5-7 yrs.  ||  July 11-15th ||  10 – 11:30 am Tuition: $125 This program introduces participants to the five basic elements of movement (body, action, space, time, energy) as well as the basics of ballet and modern dance techniques. Participants will enhance kinesthetic awareness and begin to explore the body as a tool for self-expression. Students will share their experience in a casual showing on Saturday, July 16th from 11 am – 12 noon.

Participants must register and balances must be paid in full by June 20th.

Creative Connections II

Ages: 12-16 yrs.  ||  July 11-15th ||  1 – 3:30 pm Tuition: $175 This program will provide participants with an expanded exploration of ballet and modern dance techniques and begin to explore how the 5 basic elements of dance are used to create movement motifs. Classes for Creative Connections II include ballet, modern, and introduction to composition skills. Participants will additionally reflect upon movement and movement creation through journaling Students will share their experience in a casual showing on Saturday, July 16th from 11 am – 12 noon. Participants must register and balances must be paid in full by June 20th.