Summer Dance Retreat

“Kevin is one of the most pleasant choreographers I have ever worked with. His respect for his dancers as artists and as unique individuals made him a trustworthy director and yielded a productive and rich rehearsal environment.”
— Ali McKeon - Menlowe Ballet

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Inspired by the need he saw for dancers to be nurtured as artists Kevin created the Summer Dance Retreat to inspire and rejuvenate working professionals. Hosted just outside Boulder, Colorado the retreat focuses on creating a space where dancers can rest, take class, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. 

All professional dancers are encouraged to apply as the retreat is provided at no cost to the attendees. Their sole expense will be travel to and from Denver International Airport. SDR facilitates transport to the cabin, meals are curated by a personal chef, and all dancers are housed on site.

Kevin's vision is to support artists so they can return for the new season with a fresh sense of inspiration, reinvigorated by their time at SDR.

In 2019 the Summer Dance Retreat will take place in:

• Boulder

• Miami

• Upstate New York

If you wished to be informed when applications are open email and ask to be put on the mailing list.


SDR Teachers:

Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for State Street Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Island Moving Company, Big Muddy Dance, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. From 2006-2012 he was artistic director of Garage Contemporary Ballet alongside Ryan Orion Beck in San Diego. Dance Magazine has praised his work as "riveting" and he is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet School. He has also served as an instructor for Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Master Ballet Academy, Endicott College, and the University of San Diego.


David Maurice has worked with Ate9 Dance Company, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Cocodaco Dance Project, Loni Landon Dance Project, Alex Ketley, & Roderick George. He has assisted and taught along side Jon Ole Olstad, has taught workshops at the University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount, has assisted Loni Landon both in classes and in her casting and choreographing of the award winning film Saturday Church directed & written by Damon Cardasis. He assisted Barak Marshall’s creation, The Castaways for Ballet Rambert, with Kevin Jenkins, they have won Dance Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for October, 2013 (Snap, Pop), toured to Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out, and serves as his rehearsal director. David Maurice has choreographed for Cocodaco Dance Project, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Condanza, and Ate9 dance company.


*Special thanks to June Peterson for donating the use of her property for the retreat.

 Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

 Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

 David Maurice

David Maurice


Photography by Hayim Heron courtesy Jacob's Pillow Dance, 1000:words by Ryan Orion, Peter Hinsdale