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Founder and Director of The Academy for International Movement Studies, AIMS

The Academy for International Movement Studies, AIMS - Summer Program in Greece

The Academy for International Movement Studies
Summer in Greece

Wess Staats
Founder and Executive Director
The Academy for International Movement Studies, AIMS
PH: 720.317.7550
email: acad4internationalmovtstudies@gmail.com
Website: http://www.wix.com/AIMSDANCE/The-Academy-for-International-Movement-Studies-

What if you could invent the perfect high school? What would it be like?

Would it be filled with adventure, culture, new languages, combined with regular academic classes with 2 hours a day, twice a day, of your favorite extracurricular activity of dance, theatre, writing or performance studies? You might want the school to be on an extended field trip to all the great performance venues in the world. And, so there wouldn’t be any conflicts between school and sports, how about if all the teachers were also passionate and accomplished artists of dance, choreography, writing and performance art too.

Get real. The only way your parents would let you go to a Dance/Performing Arts high school is if the academics were as strong or stronger than the best college prep school. But, what if there already exists such a school where we keep the classes small and the teacher to student ratio low say, at most 3 students per teacher, then classes could be more personalized; more like having a private tutor than getting lost in a big class of 15 to 20 students. You’d have to work hard but the sacrifice would be worth it. Think of all that dancing, writing and performing!

Next we could bring in the best dance teachers/performance artists and writers to be your instructors. And since the school is mobile, it could travel to all the important festivals. Wishful thinking?

I’ve just described The Academy for International Movement Studies; a private college preparatory high school that travels the world.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a participant in a unique education filled with adventure? Have you always dreamed of new cultures and learning in a unique way? Are you interested in becoming a traveling student with the Academy for International Movement Studies (AIMS) ?

This is a one of a kind learning institution that provides the unique opportunity for high school students to live and travel abroad. As a co-ed secondary school, AIMS offers accredited college-preparatory courses, with an extra-curricular focus on the Arts; Dance, Music, Performance Art and Music. The premise behind this idea is to allow young dancers/movers/artists gain exposure internationally while being facilitated under the umbrella of an academic atmosphere while learning abroad.

We are currently accepting applications for our Spring, Fall 2010 and Gap Year programs. This summer however, we are running a pilot program that resembles a regular academic semester. In July we will be based on the Island of Thassos, Greece.

In addition to Greece, we are researching places such as; Guatemala, Chile, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Florence, Venezuela, New Zealand and Nepal, among others, as places to travel to and set up base for semester study, live, learn and participate in the country’s culture. Each country of origin will have a base camp to teach regular academic/college preparatory classes with morning technique classes and afternoon rehearsals. The semester's completion, apart from academic testing, would culminate in performances at local venues in the country of origin.

About our School Program:

The Academy for International Movement Studies offers kids and teens Dance programs from junior high school through college ranging in ability from beginner to advanced with a daily developmental emphasis. Teen Dancers learn techniques from a variety of styles, create choreography of their own and perform in choreography of the faculty culminating in international performances, or seek an international Dance adventure with unique cultural experiences twelve months of the year.

The Academy for International Movement Studies fosters individuality and honors the creative spirit. We believe that a child's education in the Arts helps to educe the creative mind and expand our capacity for learning.

Our staff come from many countries throughout the world. The depth of influence on ones creative exploration from distinct cultures is unparalleled in artistic and educational opportunities from regular educational environments in the USA.

AIMS employs instructors proficient in the techniques of Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Street and Improvisation. The variety and extensive cross-cultural experiences of our staff bring the highest standard in Arts education.

For additional information about AIMS please visit http://www.wix.com/AIMSDANCE/The-Academy-for-International-Movement-Studies-

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Summer Dance Program on the Greek island, Thassos with The Academy for International Movement Studies


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Posted on February 17, 2010 at 11:00am

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At 1:36pm on March 30, 2009, Joe said…
Hey please tell me more? thanks
At 1:44pm on March 30, 2009, Wess Staats said…
What exactly do you want to know?
At 7:13pm on March 31, 2009, Shoshana Fanizza said…
Hi Wess,I forwarded your email. Thanks for stopping by!Shoshana
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