For two weeks straight, eight hours a day, Carrington Moser danced. Sometimes it was jazz, other times hip hop, but mostly it was ballet.
Over the summer, the 13-year-old Cumming resident joined several hundred other dancers from 33 states in Tennessee, where she trained at the School of Nashville Ballet’s summer intensive program.
Moser, who studies at Roswell’s Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, was one of only 45 students to receive a scholarship for the program, which was based on her ability.
The intensive, which ranged from one week to five, “allows young dancers to dedicate themselves exclusively to growing their skills during a short, focused amount of time, often in a new environment away from home,” according to Nick Mullikin, director of the Nashville Ballet.
The program is offered to students ages 11 and up, and Moser said it was like nothing she’d done before.
“It was one of the best intensives I’ve ever gone to,” she said. “It was a very good environment, and the teachers were phenomenal.
“It was intense, and that’s how I liked it; they pushed us to our limits, and I feel like I got better with my dance training just because of its intensity.”
Every morning around 7:15 a.m., the dancers made their way downstairs — they stayed in nearby dorms — to breakfast, which lasted about 30 minutes.
From there, they boarded a bus to the school, arriving around 8 a.m., where they had an hour to warm up.
“Around 9 a.m., class started, and we had an hour of floor barre or workout conditioning and then a two-hour ballet class,” she said. “After lunch, we had pointe, then musical theater, jazz or hip hop for another hour.
“[Finally] we had variations, where we learned multiple variations [of dance] from different ballets.”
Despite nearly non-stop dance classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Moser said the teens wouldn’t be finished with their day quite yet.
“Sometimes we’d go out and get ice cream or watch movies in the [evening]” she said. “It was just a really good place to stay at and all the classes and teachers were amazing. It felt very much like home.”
The 2018 summer program is scheduled for June and July, though the school’s audition tour will begin in January and continue through March throughout the U.S.