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ART BEAT: LSB Arts Academy starts 2011 with 'La Intensive'

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 Participants in this Jan. 8 and 9 LA Intensive will have the same opportunities as these young dancers experienced in an “La Intensive” at LSB Arts Academy last June. 

Special Photo Participants in this Jan. 8 and 9 LA Intensive will have the same opportunities as these young dancers experienced in an “La Intensive” at LSB Arts Academy last June. 

LSB Arts Academy is offering its dancers a way to start the new year off with a special opportunity. “LA Intensive,” a dance instruction program with prominent teachers and guest dancers, will be given on Jan. 8 and 9 at the LSB Arts Academy studios on Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

The organization has been known in the past as the Lawrenceville School of Ballet, home of Southern Ballet Theatre. When Brandon Chitwood and his wife Alicia Wetzel took over the non-profit organization, they expanded the scope and focus of what was offered to their dancers.

“LA Intensive” was also presented to the group last June and was a huge hit with dancers and teachers. This next opportunity promises to offer more of the same positive learning experiences. The two day session includes dancers receiving “an intense dose” of instruction in hip hop, contemporary and jazz dance.

Brandon Chitwood said, “As a dancer, you have to be able to stand out from the rest to make an impression. In order for you to be able to make that impression, you have to fine tune your craft. Your body is your instrument, and the only way to tune it is to take class, train, and get yourself out there to be seen.”

Teachers and dancers for the Jan. 8-9 event will be B Shaw, Rachael Markanian, and Jaspin Newell. The teachers and dancers will instruct students in nine classes over the two days.

“In order to be the best, you need to take from the best,” Chitwood said. “The dance world is a small world in comparison to the rest of the entertainment industry. You have to learn how to network yourself with other dancers and choreographers in order to make it in the industry. If you have made an impression on someone, they will remember you when they are hired for a job and in return could be calling on you to fill their slots. Your impression on them could land you the opportunity of a lifetime. We give the dancers an opportunity to make their impression not once, but numerous times throughout the intensive in order to open their doors a little faster into the entertainment industry.”

These teachers have been seen on television in shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Glee.” They have also choreographed for or toured with some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, the Pussy Cat Dolls and others.

Dancers do not have to belong to the LSB Arts Academy to register and take part in this unique experience, although being on an intermediate to advanced level is recommended. It is also recommended for more experienced dancers and teachers on this level who want to strengthen their overall training and experience exposure to these respected instructors.

For more information and to register, call the LSB Arts Academy at 770-963-2685 or visit the website at www.lsballet.com.

LSB Arts Academy is located at 3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite E-1 in Lawrenceville.