Rebecca Kelly Ballet Graces Potsdam's Stage for Summer Residency


Young community dancers enjoy the graceful expression of dance through instruction from admired industry professionals through the Rebecca Kelly Ballet dance camp.

Community Performance Series is proud to offer the Rebecca Kelly Ballet dance camp and residency this summer at SUNY Potsdam. In its tenth summer residency in Potsdam, the dance camp will take place from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13.

The camp will culminate in an onstage performance on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater, featuring the Rebecca Kelly ONSTAGE dancers and camp participants.

The RKB dance camp offers programs and activities for dancers from age 2 to adult. Programs include weeklong intensives, daily technique classes and ONSTAGE camps that offer students the opportunity to train and perform with a professional company. Additionally, Kids Co-Motion introduces the youngest members of the community to dance, and offers parent-child interactions.

The ONSTAGE full-day intern program is designed for the mature student over 12 years old with a serious interest in dance (either modern or ballet). The ONSTAGE half-day program is for 6- to 14-year-olds. It explores movement and develops dance techniques while preparing students for the culminating performance. 

Kids Co-Motion is a unique series of creative movement classes involving the youngest members of the community. Kids Co-Motion I is designed for 2- to 4-year-olds to attend with an adult. Kids Co-Motion II is for 4- to 6-year-olds, without adult accompaniment. In both sessions, movement vocabulary is taught and a delightful range of music is introduced. Participants in Kids Co-Motion II will also participate in the Friday evening performance. 

Daily technique classes are offered each afternoon to the advanced student and adult dancers looking for an intensive technique refresher. 

The eight-member RKB ensemble has performed in major New York City theaters and toured and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1980. RKB features contemporary classical dancers and ballets performed on pointe, with Kelly’s characteristic undulating torsos, coils and spirals, curving arms and surprising off-center balances. Its stage productions are refreshingly varied, accessible and often feature original scores.

Dividing time between New York City and the Adirondacks, the Rebecca Kelly Ballet has been bringing dance to the North Country for 24 years to communities including Watertown, Potsdam, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Essex, Plattsburgh, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake and North Creek.  Since 1987, the company has developed and previewed new ballets at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. 

Registration prices range from $240 for the ONSTAGE full-day intern program to $25 per daily technique class. Spots are still available, but on a limited basis; please contact the CPS Box Office for more information on the availability of programs. 

To register for the dance camp or to find out more about the Rebecca Kelly Ballet and CPS summer programs, contact Meg Watson at (315) 267-2612 or Online registration is now available on the CPS website at

Tickets for the RKB culminating performance can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277 or visit

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

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