With the proliferation of shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”, dance has become an increasingly visible part of popular culture. This has resulted in an explosion of new, and renewed, interest in dance training. Partner dance has become especially popular again, as it both a social and physical activity. However, much of the training is focused on younger dancers, and people who have busy work schedules or families, are often left with trying to squeeze a class in here or there after work.
The International Partner Dance Intensive (TIPDI) was created to make it possible for older dancers to experience true conservatory-
All classes are tracked. Interested dancers must have danced socially, or taken class, in one of the partner-dance forms at least twice a week for three years, in order to secure a spot at the intensive. The schedule includes four technique classes a day, practice sessions, private lessons, and special workshops. Each day ends with social dancing.
The importance of cross training with regards to partner dance has become increasingly clear. The dancers that excel on programs like “So You Think You Can Dance” are those that have a broad movement background, and are able to adapt to multiple styles. TIPDI’