Summer Study Guide

Summertime training options listed by state for the US and with a list of international options by country.

United States of America

California

3254

Classical Dance Alliance

Member of the International Dance Council CID
Director: Janet L Springer
212-397-1400
Ballet Teacher's Courses in Classical Dance, International Certification available
4337
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet pedagogy, ballet teacher's courses in the Vaganova Method consolidated six-year program written by Vera S Kostrovitskaya
Ages: Adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: see website
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost
EDGE Performing Arts Center
3087

EDGE Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles, CA
Director: Bill Prudich
323-962-7733
3975
Dates: Jul 20-Jul 26
Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, jazz, musical theater, jazz funk, private intensive sessions and masterclass with industry leaders
Ages: 14+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: TBD
3127

Westside School of Ballet

Santa Monica, CA
Director: Martine Harley
310-828-2018
Dates: Jun 22-Jul 24
Classes: ballet, choreography, dance history, flamenco, injury prevention, jazz, modern, Pilates, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 4-18
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: TBD weekly
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities

Colorado

3144

American Ballet Theatre

National Training Curriculum
Colorado Springs, CO
Director: Cynthia Harvey
212-477-3030 x1168
4071
Dates: Mar 21-Mar 29
Ages: 17+
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $1,700

Florida

3144

American Ballet Theatre

National Training Curriculum
Jacksonville, FL
Director: Cynthia Harvey
212-477-3030 x1168
4073
Dates: Aug 15-Aug 23
Ages: 17+
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $1,700
3254

Classical Dance Alliance

member of the International Dance Council CID
Director: Janet L Springer
212-397-1400
Ballet Teacher's Courses in Classical Dance, International Certification available
4338
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet pedagogy, ballet teacher's courses in the Vaganova Method consolidated six-year program written by Vera S Kostrovitskaya
Ages: Adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: see website
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost

Illinois

Gus Giordano Dance School

3193

Gus Giordano Dance School

Chicago, IL
Director: Amy Giordano
773-275-5230
GUS Intensive
Dates: Jun 22-Jun 26
Classes: ballet, character, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater, Gus Giordano jazz, Gus Giordano repertory, jazz funk
Ages: 8-25
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $575-$675
Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
College/Pro Intensive & Pre-Pro Intensive
Dates: Jul 6-Aug 1
Classes: ballet, character, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater, nutrition, Pilates, pointe, stretch, yoga, Gus Giordano jazz, Gus Giordano repertory, jazz funk
Ages: 12-28
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $1,800-$3,000
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
JAZZ Intensive
Dates: Jul 27-Jul 31
Classes: character, dance history, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, Gus Giordano jazz, Gus Giordano repertory, contemporary jazz, jazz funk
Ages: 8-25
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $600-$800
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Gus Giordano Teacher Training
Dates: Aug 7
Classes: dance history, Gus Giordano jazz technique created by Gus Giordano, scholarships provided by the Gus Legacy Foundation
Ages: 21+
Levels: Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $300
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost

Iowa

3091

Nolte Academy

Coralville, IA
Director: Leslie Nolte
319-688-9289
Open Doors Dance Festival
Iowa City & Coralville, IA
3980
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, modern, Pilates, pointe, stretch, variations, yoga
Ages: 9-22
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $295-$395 weekly
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Maryland

3107

CityDance

CityDance School & Conservatory
Rockville, MD
Director: Lorraine Spiegler
301-581-5204
Dance Theatre of Harlem at CityDance
Dates: Jun 14-Jun 26
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, men's classes, modern, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-20
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $1,400
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities
Koresh Dance & CityDance's Vaganova for the 21st Century
Dates: Jul 6-Jul 17
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, men's classes, modern, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-20
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $1,200
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities
CityDance International & ICONS (The International Choreographers Organization and Networking Services)
Dates: Jul 20-Jul 31
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, men's classes, modern, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-20
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $1,200
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities
Special Guest Company Summer Intensive & CityDance Conservatory Back to Dance
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, men's classes, modern, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-20
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

3100

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

301-585-2880
Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)
Online Courses for Dance Teachers
3993
Dates: May 25-Aug 16
Classes: ballet, choreography, dance history, jazz, music theory & applications
Ages: 21+
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $200-$520

Massachusetts

3191

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston, MA
Director:
617-747-2245
Summer Dance Intensive
Dates: Aug 3-Aug 22
Classes: ballet, choreography, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, modern, pointe, repertory
Ages: 15-22
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: $2,330
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Commercial Dance Intensive
Dates: Jun 22-Jul 10
Classes: acting, African, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, repertory
Ages: 15-22
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: TBD
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
3169

Generation IV Dance

Southampton, MA
Director: Teddy Forance
413-341-5607
Northampton, MA
4116
Dates: Jul 30-Aug 9
Classes: acting, ballet, ballroom, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, jazz, musical theater, stretch, life coaching
Ages: 7+
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $625-$840
Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Missouri

3082

The Big Muddy Dance Company

St Louis, MO
Director: Brian Enos
314-338-4058
Session 1
Dates: Jun 29-Jul 3
Classes: acting, ballet, choreography, contemporary, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, modern, stretch
Ages: 10-13
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Tuition: $420
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Session 2
Dates: Jun 29-Jul 3
Classes: acting, ballet, choreography, contemporary, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, modern, stretch
Ages: 14-17
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: $420
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Session 3
Dates: Jul 6-Jul 17
Classes: acting, ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, modern, Pilates, repertory, stretch, yoga
Ages: 18+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $720
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

New York

3144

American Ballet Theatre

National Training Curriculum
New York, NY
Director: Cynthia Harvey
212-477-3030 x1168
Dates: Feb 15-Feb 23
Ages: 17+
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $1,700
Dates: May 29-Jun 6
Ages: 17+
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $1,700
3254

Classical Dance Alliance

Member of the International Dance Council CID
Director: Janet L Springer
212-397-1400
Ballet Teacher's Courses in Classical Dance, International Certification available
4264
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet pedagogy, ballet teacher's courses in the Vaganova Method consolidated six-year program written by Vera S Kostrovitskaya
Ages: Adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: see website
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost
3271

Doug Varone and Dancers

Skidmore College Summer Dance Workshop
Saratoga Springs, NY
Director: Office of Special Programs
518-580-5590
Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop at Skidmore College
Dates: May 31-Jun 20
Classes: ballet, choreography, contemporary, modern, Pilates, repertory, yoga
Ages: 16+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $2,900
Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Tuition includes room and board, Housing options available at an additional cost
3131

Eglevsky Ballet

Bethpage, NY
Director: Maurice Brandon Curry
516-746-1115
Ballet Intensive
Dates: Jun 29-Jul 25
Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, repertory, variations
Ages: 11+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: $2,400 for four weeks, $1,950 for three weeks, $1,400 for two weeks, $750 for one week
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Young Dancer Intensive
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 24
Classes: ballet, conditioning, dance history, modern, musical theater, variations
Ages: 7-10
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: $700 for two weeks, $375 for one week
Auditions required, Video accepted, Housing options available at an additional cost
Debbie Allen Academy/Eglevsky Ballet Intensive
Dates: Jul 27-Aug 7
Classes: African, ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theater
Ages: 12+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: $1,600 for two weeks, $700 for one week
Auditions required, Video accepted, Housing options available at an additional cost
3102

Gibney

New York, NY
Director: Jessie Kardos
646-837-6809
NYC Summer Study
Dates: Jun 1-Jul 31
Classes: African, ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, injury prevention, modern, Pilates, yoga
Ages: 18+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $1,985 per 4-week session
Video accepted, Scholarships available
3237

Mark Morris Dance Group

Brooklyn, NY
Director: Sarah Marcus, Director of Education
718-624-8400
Mark Morris Dance Group Summer Intensive
Dates: Jun 15-Jun 26
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, improvisation, injury prevention, modern, Pilates, repertory, stretch, yoga, music, rhythm training, open rehearsal, panel discussions
Ages: 16+
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $800, 2 weeks
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Teaching Artist Summer Seminar
Dates: TBD
Ages: 18+
Levels: Advanced, Teacher
Tuition: $150
3187

Steps on Broadway

Summer Study NYC
New York, NY
Director: Mindy Jackson
212-874-2410 x118
Summer Study NYC - Theater Dance
Dates: Jun 8-Jul 3
Classes: acting, ballet, choreography, contemporary, improvisation, jazz, modern, musical theater, Pilates, repertory, stretch, master classes, performance skills, creative tooks, electives, vocal, world dance
Ages: 18+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Summer Study NYC - Contemporary
Dates: Jul 6-Jul 31
Classes: acting, ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theater, Pilates, repertory, stretch, master classes, mock audition, electives
Ages: 18+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
3226

Steps on Broadway

Steps Youth Programs
New York, NY
Director: Pam Levy
212-874-3678
Steps Youth Programs - Summer Workshop
Dates: Jul 6-Aug 14
Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, injury prevention, jazz, modern, musical theater, nutrition, repertory
Ages: 7-9
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Steps Youth Programs - Summer Intensive
Dates: Jul 6-Aug 14
Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, injury prevention, jazz, modern, musical theater, nutrition, repertory, stretch
Ages: 10-18
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Ohio

3132

Cleveland Ballet

School of Cleveland Ballet
Bedford Heights, OH
Director: Gladisa Guadalupe
216-320-9000
The official School of Cleveland Ballet Summer Intensive
Dates: Jul 6-Aug 8
Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, variations
Ages: 10-18
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: TBD
Video accepted

Pennsylvania

3194

Pennsylvania Ballet

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet
Philadelphia, PA
Director: James K Payne
215-587-6942
Dates: Jun 22-Jul 24
Classes: ballet, character, contemporary, men's classes, Pilates, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations, Partnering
Ages: 12-21
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Texas

3170

Regional Dance America

Huntsville, TX
833-732-3262
National Choreography Intensive
4117
Dates: Jul 19-Jul 29
Classes: ballet, choreography, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, jazz, modern, Pilates, pointe, repertory, variations
Ages: 13+
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional
Tuition: $1,750-$2,250
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Tuition includes room and board
3143

The Dallas Conservatory

Director: Jacqueline Porter
214-357-8888
International Summer Dance Intensive
Dallas, TX
4068
Dates: Jun 1-Aug 14
Classes: acting, ballet, character, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, hip hop, improvisation, jazz, men's classes, modern, musical theater, Pilates, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-26
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $650 weekly
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
International Summer Dance Intensive
Frisco, TX
4069
Dates: Jun 1-Aug 14
Classes: acting, ballet, character, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, hip hop, improvisation, jazz, men's classes, modern, musical theater, Pilates, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations
Ages: 8-26
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $650
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Utah

3278

Brigham Young University

BYU Department of Dance
Provo, UT
Director: Laurel Hornberger
801-422-8713
BYU Dance Camps
Dates: Jun 15-Aug 6
Classes: ballet, ballroom, character, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, dance history, hip hop, improvisation, injury prevention, jazz, modern, musical theater, nutrition, pointe, repertory, stretch, variations, yoga
Ages: 9+
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Teacher
Tuition: $260-$1,200
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Tuition includes room and board, Housing options available at an additional cost
3254

Classical Dance Alliance

Member of the International Dance Council CID
Director: Janet L Springer
212-397-1400
Ballet Teacher's Courses in Classical Dance, International Certification available
4339
Dates: TBD
Classes: ballet pedagogy, ballet teacher's courses in the Vaganova Method consolidated six-year program written by Vera S Kostrovitskaya
Ages: Adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: see website
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost

Washington

3216

Creative Dance Center

Summer Dance Institute for Teachers
Seattle, WA
Director: Anne Green Gilbert
206-363-7281
Summer Dance Institute for Teachers Foundational Course
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 24
Classes: African, ballet, choreography, dance history, improvisation, modern, BrainDance, brain-compatible teaching methods, class management, creative dance, integrating academics, learning styles, lesson planning
Ages: adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $825 (early bird rate, registration by May 20), $895 after May 20
Scholarships available
Summer Dance Institute for Teachers Refresher Course
Dates: Jul 5-Jul 9
Classes: African, ballet, choreography, dance history, improvisation, modern, BrainDance, brain-compatible teaching methods, class management, creative dance, integrating academics, learning styles, lesson planning
Ages: adult
Level: Teacher
Tuition: $525 (early bird rate, registration by May 20), $595 after May 20
Scholarships available

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Ballet

3199

Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee, WI
Director: Michael Pink
414-902-2100

Milwaukee Ballet

Pre-Professional Summer Intensive
Dates: Jun 22-Jul 31
Classes: African, ballet, choreography, hip hop, men's classes, modern, musical theater, nutrition, pointe, repertory, variations
Ages: 11-22
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost
Intermediate Intensive Summer Intensive
Dates: Jul 13-Jul 31
Classes: ballet, choreography, men's classes, modern, pointe, repertory, variations
Ages: 11-14
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Tuition: TBD
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

International Programs

Canada

3172

Canada's Ballet Jörgen

Summer Dance Academy
Toronto, Ontario
Director: Bengt Jörgen
416-961-4725

Canada's Ballet Jörgen

Junior Company Summer Intensive IV
4119
Dates: Jun 22-18, Jun 15-26, Jun 29-Jul 31 (one, three, and five week options)
Classes: ballet, conditioning, men's classes, modern, Pilates, pointe, repertory, yoga, coaching classes, one-on-one privates
Levels: Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: $1,595-$2,240, $565 (one week), $1,355 (three weeks), $1,995 (five weeks)
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost
Summer Intensive III
4120
Dates: Aug 4-Aug 14
Classes: ballet, conditioning, hip hop, jazz, men's classes, modern, Pilates, pointe, repertory, yoga, men have a separate class when women have pointe
Level: Intermediate
Tuition: TBD
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost
Summer Intensive II
4121
Dates: Aug 4–14, Aug 4–8, Aug 10–14
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, hip hop, jazz, men's classes, modern, Pilates, pointe, repertory, yoga, men have a separate class when women have pointe
Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $395 (one week), $705 (two weeks)
Scholarships available, Housing options available at an additional cost
Summer Intensive I
4122
Dates: Jul 3– 6, Jul 17–20
Classes: ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern, Pilates, repertory
Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $362
Scholarships available

Israel

3066

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Kibbutz Ga'aotn
Director: Rami Be'er
31-6-8006-8709

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Kibbutz Summer Intensive
Dates: Jul 5-Aug 13
Classes: ballet, choreography, conditioning, contemporary, improvisation, modern, repertory, variations, , five-month international 'dance journey' study abroad program also available
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional
Tuition: two-week program: $2,150; four-week program: $4,000; six-week program: $5,900
Tuition includes room and board

Malta

3251

Russian Masters Ballet

Director: Asiya Lukmanova
+34609816395
Russian Masters Ballet Camp Malta
Valetta, Malta
4296
Dates: Aug 1
Classes: acting, ballet, contemporary, men's classes, pointe, repertory, variations, pas de duex, gymnastics
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $950-$1,800
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Russia

3251

Russian Masters Ballet

Director: Asiya Lukmanova
+34609816395
Vaganova Academy Summer Program
Saint Petersburg
4260
Dates: Jun 28-Aug 2
Classes: acting, ballet, character, contemporary, men's classes, pointe, repertory, variations, gymnastics, historical dance
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $950-$1,600
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities, Housing options available at an additional cost

Turkey

3251

Russian Masters Ballet

Director: Asiya Lukmanova
+34609816395
Russian Masters Ballet Camp Istanbul
Istanbul
4259
Dates: Aug 3-Aug 23
Classes: acting, ballet, character, contemporary, men's classes, pointe, repertory, variations, gymnastics
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Professional, Professional, Teacher
Tuition: $950-$1,600
Auditions required, Video accepted, Scholarships available, Performance opportunities
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