Summer Institute : Dance : Curriculum

The Goods

Bring your training to UArts this summer for an exciting and challenging experience - to improve your level of technique and explore realms of dance that will take you to the next level. Our rigorous curriculum is designed for those who have a clear focus on expanding their skills within a range of dance genres.

Add an extra week to your program with our workshop in Dance Music Video available as a one week intensives.

Core Curriculum

Daily Technique Classes

  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Composition + Improvisation

Elective Workshops

  • Hip Hop
  • Pilates
  • African
  • Pointe
  • Digital Media

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with repertory projects as well as to collaborate with students in the Summer Institute Music program.

The Extras

  • Artist talks
  • Museum trips and professional performances
  • Free space - time for student choreography/student shows
  • Freedom for students to register for elective classes based on interest

The Show

The three weeks culminate in a repertory performance on a professional stage where you are challenged to improve skills in technique, improvisation, composition and performance, while sharing your work with your peers, friends and family.

The Takeaway

You will leave not only with tremendous physical development but also the tools to investigate your path as a young artist. You will vastly increase your knowledge of dance history, critical studies in dance and professional options, as well as improve your improvisational and choreographic skills. Walk away with a community of peers, ideas of what your undergraduate career may look like, connections with nationally renowned dance teachers/choreographers and three college credits. You will also receive documentation of the performance, which may be used for college admissions.

View a video compilation of past performances and coursework



Information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 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