Summer Institute : Dance : Curriculum

The Pre-College Dance program enables each dancer to experience multiple styles and approaches over the three weeks. With intensive coursework in modern, ballet and jazz technique, composition, improvisation and repertory, you will still have the opportunity to choose elective workshops almost every day.

The courses listed below are part of an intense and rigorous curriculum. With five classes a day it's important that students have a clear focus on expanding their skills within a range of dance genres.

Core Classes are taken daily and help students build on technique and skill.

  • Modern
  • Ballet
  • Composition + Improvisation

Each student participates in a modern repertory and will audition on campus for a second repertory in ballet, jazz or hiphop.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in “mini-repertory” workshops.

  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Hip-Hop
  • Ballet
  • Mini-Reps with Guest Artists

Students select from a variety of electives to complement work done in core classes. Electives are chosen once students have arrived on campus.

  • Jazz
  • Hip-Hop
  • Pilates
  • African
  • Pointe
  • Digital Media
  • Partnering
  • Advanced Modern
  • Franklin Method
  • Tap
  • Voice + Performance
  • Flocking
  • Placement + Alignment


View a video compilation of past performances and coursework



Information below is for the 2015 program. Information for the 2016 program coming soon.

You will have a unique schedule based on your area of interest and choice of special workshops. All students are required to attend classes from 9 am -7:30 pm Monday through Friday, with scheduled breaks for lunch and dinner. All students are also expected to attend field trips and guest performances on Saturdays. Commuters please take note of mandatory class times as you consider your transit schedule.


              Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
8am -
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9 am Modern Ballet Modern Ballet Modern Free Space
10:45am Composition + Improvisation Modern Ballet Modern Repertory Ballet Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
12:15 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 pm Modern Repertory Jazz Repertory Ballet Variations Elective Jazz Repertory Tap Elective African Elective
3:15pm Hip-Hop Elective Yoga Elective Modern Repertory African Elective Jazz Repertory Pilates Elective
5 pm Artist Talk Free Space Costuming Free Space Digital Media Free Space
6:30 pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00 pm CA Activity Free Space Movie Night Free Space CA Activity Dance Performance
12 midnight Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out