It’s an Intense Summer for These Dancers

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Housed in this modest little double in the Upper 9th Ward is the Summer Dance Intensive of the New Orleans Dance Collective and intense it is!

According to Janet Andrews, “It’s very, very intense dance.  We dance from 9 in the morning to 3:30 Monday through Friday.”

Andrews has a master in social work, and she’s the founder of the collective.

She also teaches dance in the public school system, but every summer she launches the intensive to teach kids to move, but to also help them cope. “I use dance as an intervention.  They see so much, they do so much, they hear so much that this is a form of release for them.”

We asked the dancers why do they come “because it’s fun”, are you good? “sometimes”.

We also tried to get a read on everyone’s favorite type of dance, and the variety of answers surprised us. “Modern. Jazz. African. Hip Hop, Why? because I can bring my own swag and be myself.”

You can be yourself here, but remember it is the Summer Dance Intensive.

Andrews says “Some of them lay on the floor and they fall asleep.  It’s OK for the little ones, they’re used to getting that nap, so let them get that nap. They get up and they’re alright.”

This year’s culminating performance is Saturday and we know they’ll be ready.  They’ve practiced all summer for the public to see, and in case you’re wondering what it feels like up on the big stage, we’ll let Nicole tell you: “It feels like I’m a pop star.”

That’s fantastic!