Summer Institute Dance

July 11–July 29, 2022

Three weeks
Three college credits 
Monday–Friday,  9 a.m.–5 p.m. & evening open studio hours

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 improvise, choreograph and perform.

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This summer, you’ll study a wide variety of offerings including workshops in dance studies, professional practices, dance and alternative media, and collaborative art practices with students in other Pre-College programs. Classes are designed to enhance versatility, precision, experimentation and communication.

Transform the way you approach the practice and making of dances. Develop physicality and artistry under the guidance of celebrated teachers and choreographers. The program includes over a dozen student-selected workshops, choreographic projects, artist talks, professional dance performances, trips and open studio space for developing student work. Rising seniors have the opportunity to audition for fall 2023 undergraduate admission.

At the end of this program, students will

  • demonstrate creative and technical growth in a final public sharing.

  • gain valuable skills in sharing, speaking and writing about dance.

  • demonstrate tools and methodologies used in both the making and performing of dances.

  • acquire an expanded understanding of contemporary choreographers, performers, practices and career possibilities.


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

Studio Practice

Daily studio practice offerings include

  • Ballet

  • Traditional modern dance techniques

  • Improvisation and composition

  • Hip hop

  • Jazz

  • Contemporary forms

Choreographic Projects

Participate in the creation of an original work, choreographed and mentored by UArts faculty. Additionally, choose a second choreographic project focusing on ballet, jazz or hip hop. These projects will be performed in the final sharing.

Student Selected Workshops

Each day, you’ll select from a variety of rotating course choices to complement and enhance the work done in your other classes. You will choose new offerings each week once you’ve arrived on campus. 

Past workshops include

  • Activate Your Voice

  • 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 and Variations

  • Sensing the Self

  • Scores

  • Tap

  • Yoga 

A Week in the Life

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  • 9–10:20 a.m. Studio Practice: Modern

  • 10:30–11:50 a.m. Studio Practice: Ballet

  • 1–2:20 p.m. Seminar: Dance on Film

  • 2:30–3:50 p.m. Choreographic Project A

  • 4–5:20 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Pointe and Variations


  • 9–10:20 a.m. Studio Practice: Ballet

  • 10:30–11:50 a.m. Studio Practice: Jazz

  • 1–2:20 p.m. Seminar: Knowing Dance More

  • 2:30–3:50 p.m. Choreographic Project B

  • 4–5:20 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Yoga


  • 9–10:20 a.m. Studio Practice: Contemporary

  • 10:30–11:50 a.m. Studio Practice: Hip Hop

  • 1–2:20 p.m. Choreographic Project A

  • 2:30–3:50 p.m Program Meeting

  • 4–5:20 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Contemporary Partnering 


  • 9–10:20 a.m. Studio Practice: Ballet

  • 10:30–11:50 a.m. Studio Practice: Improvisation

  • 1–2:20 p.m. Seminar: Dance After High School

  • 2:30–3:50 p.m Choreographic Project B

  • 4–5:20 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Black Dance Through the Lens


  • 9–10:20 a.m. Studio Practice: Contemporary

  • 10:30–11:50 a.m. Studio Practice: Hip Hop

  • 1–2:20 p.m. Choreographic Project A 

  • 2:30–3:50 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Digital Media

  • 4–5:20 p.m. Student Selected Workshop: Activate Your Voice

  • 7:30–9:30 p.m. Attend a Professional Performance


  • Optional off-campus field trips

Note: Students break for lunch between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. every day. Some evening activities are part of the program’s curriculum. Commuter students should plan accordingly.


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 sharing their expertise and collaborating with the next generation of dancers.

Summer 2022 faculty may 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

How to Apply

The last day to apply was May 15, 2022


Tuition and Fees  

Tuition: $2,400
Program Fee: $150  
Housing and Meals: $1,390

Commuter Total: $2,550
Residential Total: $3,940

Students are expected to bring supplies with them or purchase them once they arrive on campus. Supply lists will be shared one month prior to the start of the program with cost estimates.

Spending & Miscellaneous Expenses
Students spend an average of $80-$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.



Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards are competitive. Students are able to apply for either a merit- or need-based scholarship. 

Learn about Summer Institute scholarships.

Summer Institute Dance 2019

Watch the final performance of our Dance students!


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