This program has reached capacity for Summer 2019.

July 8 - July 26, 2019 (3 weeks)

This immersive three-week program stretches your body, mind, and understanding of dance as an art form, a college major, and a career. Take daily studio practice classes, work with a rotating selection of guest artists and explore opportunities to choreograph, improvise, and perform repertory. Gain an expansive understanding of dance, ranging from the classical to the experimental, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, composition and improvisation.

The Process

With up to five classes a day, well deserved physical breaks include workshops in dance history, theory, and collaborative art practices alongside students in other Pre-College programs. You'll be required to show precision and experience in a wide range of dance genres — letting you strengthen the styles you know and study those you don’t.

The Perks

Transform the way you access and think about the practice and technique of making and performing dance. Develop both physically and artistically under the guidance of celebrated dancers and choreographers. The program includes electives in over a dozen genres, repertory projects, artist talks, professional dance concerts, 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 technique, improvisation, and overall growth in a final public showcase and earn  3 college credits . Rising seniors have the opportunity to audition for Fall 2020 undergraduate admissions.

All students participate in daily studio practice classes, two or more repertory projects and a
variety of electives + workshops. Students participate in up to five classes a day.

Taken daily to build on technique and skill.

• Ballet
• Composition + Improvisation
• Modern

Each student participates in a modern repertory and then auditions on campus for a
second repertory in ballet, jazz or hip-hop. Work from these projects will be
included in the final showcase.

• Ballet
• Hip-Hop
• Jazz
• Modern

Each week, students select from a variety of rotating electives to complement work done in core classes.
Electives are chosen once students have arrived on campus. Electives meet daily.

Past electives have included:

• Jazz
• Hip-Hop
• Pilates
• African
• Pointe
• Flamenco
• Partnering
• Bharatanatyam
• Digital Media
• Franklin Method
• Voice + Performance
• Yoga + Pilates
• Tap

Interdisciplinary Evening Workshops

Students may elect to participate in Interdisciplinary Evening Workshops on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Topics may include acting for the screen, dance/performance for beginners, music + sound art, taxidermy, drawing 101, vocal lab, lyrics + poetry, d.i.y. digital media, film screenings, and more.

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 2019 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

  1. Review the Dance application requirements
  2. Complete the application, including audition, and submit the program deposit online or by mail.
    Start your application    
I was free to discover new ways to move that I had never experienced before.
— SI 2017 Dance student


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Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 909
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6430