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Skidmore College
Summer Dance Workshop

STREB Extreme Action
June 2 – 22, 2019

Streb Company - Ralph Alswang

Sample Daily Schedule(in development and subject to change)

The daily schedule will offer classes in:


POPACTION Technique is the foundation of the STREB Extreme Action Company’s creative process. The technique combines elements of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt work into a bristling muscle-and-motion vocabulary. Classes are taught using a "personal best" philosophy, where students are encouraged to push through their own physical boundaries.

Streb Repertory              

Streb Repertory provides students with the opportunity to learn original choreography from Action Architect, Elizabeth Streb. The class will cover works from across the STREB archives, providing students with insight into the unique evolution of the STREB repertoire.

Equipment & Skills        

Students are introduced to STREB Company apparatus including an Olympic-sized trampoline, mini-trampolines, a plexiglass wall, and a giant wheel. Students will have the opportunity to navigate new terrain, learn new skills and test physical and mental boundaries.


Acrobatics offers total body conditioning and training in a personalized and supportive atmosphere. The class is a fun and challenging way to increase flexibility, core strength, body alignment, and spatial awareness while growing an acrobatic skill set.

Streb History

Streb History provides students with the opportunity to take a deep dive into STREB Company's choreographic and philosophical evolution and archives. Students will learn what goes into the construction of Streb's action events.


Invention allows students the opportunity to create a new work of art using principals and techniques learned during the intensive. Students will use a STREB construction framework to identity "real moves" and sequence movement patterns.

Supplemental Activities

Daily classes will be supplemented by additional activities including films, lecture demonstrations, talks with Elizabeth Streb and Extreme Action, and social events. STREB Extreme Action will also perform on June 14, 2019 at The Tang Teaching Museum during the workshop.  Rehearsal space is available in the evenings and on weekends, and students will perform in an informal showing at the conclusion of the residency.

The Setting

Workshop classes are held in the College's Dance Center. Dancers who choose to live on Skidmore's campus will be housed in one of the College’s apartment buildings. Participants under age 18 will be supervised by the program's resident staff. Rooms are spacious and feature free internet access and cable television (students must bring their own televisions, computers, etc). Dancers staying on campus must purchase the College's board (meal) plan for the duration of their stay. Meal plans offering 21 or 14 meals per week are available. It is important to note the apartment kitchens are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, sink, stove/oven, dishwasher and fire extinguisher, but they do NOT come equipped with dishes, utensils, a coffee maker, etc.  Participants who chose to cook some of their meals in the apartments must plan accordingly and bring these items to campus for the workshop or register for the full meal plan. Workshop participants may request specific roommates.

Our dining hall has an award-winning culinary staff that offers a broad array of freshly made items, including ample vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other special dietary options. Participants will also have access to the College's Scribner Library and recreational facilities, including swimming pool, weight and fitness rooms, lighted tennis courts, track, North Woods hiking trails, and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.

Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and challenging and caring faculty mentors. It is a place where creative thought matters, as evidenced by its more than 60 majors; its arts-infused, interdisciplinary focus; and the fact that half of the College's 2,400 undergraduates carry two majors or at least one minor with a major.  

Skidmore College is a smoke-free campus. Skidmore’s Smoking Policy applies to all members of the Skidmore community and to all guests and visitors to campus.