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Information below reflects details for cancelled summer 2020 on-campus programs.

July 6 - July 24, 2020 (3 weeks)

This immersive, three-week program will expand your understanding of dance as an art form, a college major and a career. Take daily studio practice classes; work with a rotating selection of UArts faculty and guest artists; and explore opportunities to choreograph, improvise and perform repertory.

The Process

With up to five classes a day, well-deserved physical breaks include rigorous workshops in dance history, theory and collaborative art practices with students in other Pre-College programs. Classes are designed to enhance versatility, precision, experimentation and communication across a wide range of dance genres—letting you strengthen the styles you know and learn about those you don’t.

The Perks

Transform the way you approach the practice and technique of making and performing dance. Develop both physically and artistically under the guidance of celebrated teachers and choreographers. The program includes electives in over a dozen genres, repertory projects, artist talks, professional dance performances, museum trips and open studio space for developing choreography.

The Proof

Receive written evaluations from UArts faculty, and gain an introduction to a network of renowned teachers and choreographers. Demonstrate your creative and technical growth in a final public sharing and earn  three college credits.  Rising seniors have the opportunity to audition for fall 2021 undergraduate admission.

You’ll participate in up to five classes a day, including daily studio practice classes, two or more repertory projects, and a variety of electives and workshops.

Taken daily to build technique and skill

  • Ballet
  • Traditional Modern Dance Techniques
  • Composition and Improvisation
  • Jazz & Hip Hop
  • Contemporary Forms

Participate in the creation of an original work, choreographed and mentored by UArts faculty. Additionally, you will choose between a second repertory project in ballet, jazz, or hip hop. Works from these projects will be performed in the final sharing.

Each week, you’ll select from a variety of rotating course choices to complement the work done in your core classes. Electives meet daily, and you will choose them once you’ve arrived on campus.

Past electives 

  • Activate Your Voice
  • African Diasporic Forms
  • Archetypal Movement Modes 
  • Black Dance through the Lens
  • Commercial Jazz for the Camera
  • Contemporary Partnering
  • Contemporary Variations
  • Digital Media
  • Flamenco
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Pilates
  • Pointe & Variations
  • Sensing the Self
  • Scores
  • Tap
  • Yoga

Courses in the Dance program are taught by an eclectic group of choreographers, performers, and educators from across the globe. The majority of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert faculty is comprised of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of dancers.

Summer 2020 Faculty Include

Germaul Barnes

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Dinita Clark

Lanette Costas-Stampley

Michael "Ras" Courtney

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Wayne David

Meg Foley

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Rochelle Haynes

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Elba Hevia y Vaca

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Jung-eun Kim

Anna Kroll

Jen McGinn

Megan Quinn

Jennifer Smith

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Katie Swords Thurman

2020 Dance Sample Schedule

  1. Review the Dance application requirements
  2. Complete the application, including audition, and submit the program deposit online or by mail.
    Start your application    

View past final dance performances:

2019    2018

I was free to discover new ways to move that I had never experienced before.
— Dance student


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