Welcome to Iowa Conservatory's 2024 Summer Intensives

Students at ICON’s Summer Intensives are immersed in a comprehensive and rigorous 1- or 2-week program designed to ignite their creativity, nurture growth, and unlock their artistic potential. ICON’s summer intensives are carefully crafted to cultivate collaboration, active engagement, and individualized instruction within a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

From Monday to Friday, plus Saturday morning workshops, students embark on a journey to explore and refine their artistic skills.

At ICON, we believe in providing more than just a program; we offer an experience. Our summer intensives feature training sessions, invaluable insights, and practical knowledge delivered by world-renowned instructors and industry professionals.

Be Seen. Be Valued. Be Heard.

Classical Dance

2 Week Session, June 10 – 22

Directors: Leslie Nolte & Loren Williams

7th grade+

Iowa Conservatory’s classical dance intensive is open to serious dancers in 5th – 12th grades, preparing them for the next step in their dance education or their career. This intensive serves as a stepping stone for classical dance students that are looking to make the jump into pre-professional or professional programs all over the country. The connections students make with faculty are invaluable and lead students to interact with some of the most respected names in the industry.

Contemporary & Jazz Dance

2 Week Session, July 15 – 27

Director: Leslie Nolte

7th grade+

Iowa Conservatory’s contemporary and jazz dance intensive is for serious dancers pursuing rigorous training in the expansive and current dance industry. Dancers build their capacity for a variety of work in the areas of video, film, and live music dance settings. Dancers explore specific choreographers’ styles while also building their own creative portfolio. Collaborating with expert teacher artists, students will focus on both technique and improvisation. 

Musical Theatre

2 Week Sessions

Session 1: June 10 – 22

Session 2: July 1 – July 13

Directors: Lenni Stone & Max Moreno

6th grade+

ICON’s musical theatre workshop offers intensive programming for all levels! Students are divided by age for daily singing, acting, and dance classes to work on foundational and technical work. The youngest groups focus on learning dramatic and improvisational skills as an ensemble. Older groups focus on professional level musical and scene study. Within this workshop, ICON includes exceptional masterclasses with special guests artists from Broadway. Afternoons are spent putting our training to use in rehearsals for a final showcase, which will feature all participants. 

Singer Songwriter

2 Week Session

July 29 – August 10

Director: Max Moreno

9th grade +

Designed for singer-songwriters who are interested in fully immersing themselves in the art of songwriting. Discussions, workshops with local and remote songwriters, jam sessions, and mini-projects will culminate in a final performance of the compositions in the James Theater. Basic knowledge of music theory and basic guitar or piano skills are required. No prior songwriting experience required. 

Drawing & Painting

2 Week Session

June 10 – 22

Director: Kyle Powell

8th grade+

For those interested in visual arts, this is an opportunity to seriously dive into your passion and spend your days in the studio. Learn techniques and fundamentals in the mornings, and spend your afternoons learning about expressions and artistic choices as you design a large (4+ feet) project that you will present at the end of your session. 

Visual Arts Exploration

1 Week Sessions

Session 1: June 24 – 29

Session 2: July 22 – 27

Director: Kyle Powell

6th – 8th grade

For budding artists looking to explore more in-depth the art studio and expand their knowledge of techniques and media. Each day of this week-long course will feature a different media. Drawing, sculpture, painting, printing, and mixed media. 

Illustration & Graphic Novel

2 Week Session

July 29 – August 10

Director: Kyle Powell

8th grade+

For artists looking to combine their storytelling and drawing. Your mornings will include projects to develop your drawing skills and sense of communicating through your design mark-making choices. Afternoons will focus on your character and story development leading to a finished product. This is a drawing and design class that will use a traditional approach of pencil, pen, and gouache or colored pencil. By the end of the 2-week session, students will have completed a short graphic novel. 

Lighting Design

2 Week Session

July 15 – 27

Director: Kristen Ollinger

8th grade+

This intensive if for passionate students at all levels of experience who are ready to learn how lighting can enhance a show. Focus on lighting design as a discipline of theatrical design, program an ETC Ion or Element with ETCs 3-D Augmented reality software, and learn how to use lighting to tell a story adn enhance costumes. Students in this course design lights for the fashion show that is produced at the end of the Wearable Art Camp. 

Theatre Design & Production

2 Week Session

July 1 – 13

Director: Kristen Ollinger & Abigail Mansfield Coleman

8th grade+

Learn all aspects of design and production to assist with your high school theatre shows and beyond! The first week, students will focus on a different role in design & production each day. The second week, they will choose their “major” and participate in that role from stage managing to costume design, culminating in a showcase in conjunction with the July Musical Theatre Workshop. 

Wearable Art: The Technique of Fashion & Costume Design

2 Week Session

July 15 – 27

Director: Kristen Ollinger & Abigail Mansfield Coleman

8th grade+

Study the art of fashion and costume design at ICON! Learn fashion history, how to design a garment from process to product, learn how to communicate with other designers and directors, master basic garment construction, and build garment designs. Student will design and build a fashion collection featured in a fashion show at the end of the session. 

Be an ICON: A Day in the Life

1 Week Sessions

Session 1: July 15 – 20

Session 2: July 29 – August 2

Directors: Iowa Conservatory Faculty

6th – 8th grade

Are you interested in what it’s like to be an ICON? Come and see what Iowa Conservatory is all about! Engage in a little of everything we offer: theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and design and production! Each day you will work with our faculty on a project that will bring out your artistic brilliance. 

Ballerina on pointe
Contemporary dance
Student on stage performing a musical
Student playing piano
Students drawing and painting in ICON's art studio
Illustration
Student working on theater lighting
Student working on a production sound board
Students examining textiles for a costume project
Students gathered together, smiling for a photo
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