Top National and Regional Summer Dance Intensives for 2020
New York is not the only city in America where you can study dance with top instructors and companies: there are an array of excellent summer dance intensives to choose from hosted by dance companies and schools all over the country. Dancers looking to study with the best, but perhaps wishing to stay a bit closer to home – or who don’t want to take a bite out of the Big Apple – can consider one of the other top summer dance intensives in locations across the country, listed here by region.
Of course, if you choose the Joffrey, location isn’t an issue. We offer intensives in cities all across the country, focused on a variety of dance disciplines.
Nationwide, All Levels and Multidisciplinary – Only the Joffrey!
The Joffrey Ballet School is the only dance school offering summer dance intensives in multiple disciplines, in cities across the United States, for dancers from beginner through pre-professional. Rather than auditioning multiple times for multiple intensives, you can audition once with us and pick which city and intensive you’d like to attend.
Our locations and intensives include:
- New York City – Ballet, Pre-Professional, Jazz and Contemporary, Joffrey Experience, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Tap Spectacular
- Long Beach, California – Joffrey West / Commercial Dance
- San Francisco, California – Contemporary Ballet
- Miami, Florida – Ballet Bootcamp and Dance Fusion
- Tampa, Florida – Contemporary Ballet and Hip Hop
- Athens, Georgia – Ballet and Jazz Contemporary
- Dallas, Texas – Fusion Dance
- Colorado Springs, Colorado – Classical Ballet
- Las Vegas, Nevada – Jazz/Contemporary and Cirque Arts
East Coast Summer Dance Intensives
Boston Ballet – The Boston Ballet offers a five-week summer dance program for pre-professional and advanced dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 (international dancers must be at least 14) in two locations: Newton and Boston. Housing in Newton is located at Lasell University; Boston housing is on the campus of Boston University. Each intensive offers 4 to 6 hours of instruction per day, focused on training in Classical ballet technique, Pointe, Character, Modern, Partnering, Pilates, Variations, Men’s conditioning, Performance Workshop, Choreography and Improvisation, Stretch and Strength.
Complexions (Detroit) – Complexions is a two-week summer dance intensive focused on contemporary ballet, hosted on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Students learn the pioneering technique of the Detroit Complexions Dance Company, beginning the intensive by watching a Complexions performance, learning the techniques through classroom and company repertoire instruction, and wrapping up the intensive with a student showcase performance in the Detroit Music Hall.
The Rock School (Philadelphia) – The Rock School, based in Philadelphia, prides itself on having alumni featured in every major dance company across the United States. The Rock School’s summer dance intensives focus primarily on ballet: dancers will attend at least 3 classes each day plus rehearsals. Classes are held on Saturdays for upper level dancers. Coursework includes adagio, men’s & women’s variations, pointe, repertoire, injury prevention, Fast Forward contemporary classes and more. Housing is available on the Campus of Cabrini University and at the Marine Club condominium residences near the Rock School studios.
Washington Ballet – The Washington Ballet offers summer dance intensives on two separate campuses, with lower level intensives available on its southeast campus and a five-week upper level, trainee and pre-professional intensive available on its northwest campus. Housing is available approximately one mile from the northwest dance studios on the campus of American University. Washington Ballet’s programs are focused primarily on ballet, and are intended for dancers between the ages of 14 and 22, dancers ages 11 – 13 with at least one year of pointe experience may be selected by audition only.
Southeast Summer Dance Intensives
Atlanta Ballet – The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education offers 3 and 6 week summer dance intensives for advanced dancers ages 11 and up, as well as a 6 week dance intensive for pre-professional and professional dancers ages 16 and up. All intensives are held at the Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, with housing available on the Georgia Tech campus. Bus transportation is provided to and from housing and the dance studios as well as for after hours and weekend excursions. At the end of the intensive, dancers who attend the full 6 week session have the opportunity to perform for industry professionals; pre-professional dancers may be considered for the Atlanta Ballet’s Academy program or Atlanta Ballet 2.
Charlotte Ballet – Charlotte Ballet’s summer dance intensive is focused on classical ballet and is used as a time to evaluate Trainees and Advanced Trainees for Charlotte Ballet’s year round training program. Dancers ages 11 through 22 will train 6 days a week for 4 or 5 weeks depending on the level they are placed in via the Charlotte Ballet’s audition process. Curriculum includes Ballet, Pointe (required), Pas de Deux (Levels 3 & 4), Male & Female Variations, Men’s Technique Classes, Modern, Jazz, Yoga, Contemporary Ballet, Character, Charlotte Ballet Company Repertoire and Faculty Lectures. At the end of the intensive, dancers will perform repertory at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance. Housing is available for out of town dancers on the campus of UNC-Charlotte.
Miami City Ballet – Miami City Ballet offers a five week summer dance intensive for serious students between the ages of 12 and 18 covering key aspects of classical ballet technique: Pointe, Pas de Deux, Men’s and Women’s Variations, Contemporary, Stretch & Strengthen, Pilates and Weight Training. At the end of the intensive, top dancers may be invited to join MCB’s pre-professional training program for dancers between the ages of 14 and 18. Housing is available for out of town dancers on the campus of University of Miami. After hours and on weekends, dancers may participate in excursions to Miami activities such as local beaches, Miami Marlins games, water parks, art museums and more.
Orlando Ballet – the Orlando Ballet offers two and five week summer dance intensives for advanced dancers ages 11 and up, with a strong emphasis on ballet technique as well as classes in character, pointe, variations, modern, jazz, men’s, partnering and nutrition. Housing is available for dancers traveling to the intensives on the campus of University of Central Florida. Dancers attending the five week intensive have opportunities to attend excursions to Disney and Universal Studios theme parks, arts performances, Cocoa Beach, and more.
Colorado Ballet – The Colorado Ballet Academy hosts two, three or 5 week summer dance intensives for 11-20 year old ballet dancers in its studios in Denver’s downtown Arts District, with housing available on the University of Denver campus. The intensive is geared toward intermediate through pre-professional dancers; admission is by audition, which must be en pointe. The intensive features classes in ballet technique, pointe, men’s conditioning and technique, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz, character, yoga, and Pilates, along with lectures in injury prevention, nutrition, dance history, music for dance and anatomy. Dancers ready for pre-professional training will be considered for CBA’s year round training program.
Houston Ballet – Houston Ballet hosts a 6 week summer dance intensive for students level 5 – 8, ages 12 to 17. Dancers must attend all 6 weeks. The intensive is focused on ballet with XX hours of classes each day in ballet technique, partnering, classical variations, repertory, modern, character, jazz, pointe, musical theatre, social dancing, Pilates, body conditioning, Yamuna body rolling and nutrition. The six week program culminates in observation classes and six performances. Level 8 students will also participate in the American Festival for the Arts choreographic experience where they will have the opportunity to create original works with young composers. Housing is available on the campus of University of St. Thomas.
Pacific Northwest Ballet – Seattle’s PNB offers a summer dance intensive for students level IV through VIII, focused mainly on classical ballet but with other forms also covered. Dancers will attend classes for 7.5 to 8.5 hours per day depending on level, including Saturday. Classes will include technique, pointe, men’s class, jazz, character, flamenco, modern, variations, pas de deux, Pilates mat and seminars on nutrition, injury prevention, music, strength and conditioning, foot health, and more. Housing is available on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, approximately 1.5 miles from campus. Bus transportation to/from housing is provided.
Auditioning for Intensives
Most of these intensives require an audition in order to be accepted and placed in the appropriate level within the intensive. But in most cases, you don’t have to travel to the hosting company or school in order to audition. The majority of these programs have an “audition tour” where instructors or artistic directors travel to a city near you to select the top dancers in each region.
The good news?
Less travel for you.
The bad news?
You still incur an audition fee and are forced to audition multiple times to be selected into the best programs.
The exception to this?
Joffrey Ballet School. Because we offer a single audition tour for all of our intensives and locations, you save time, money and still have the best opportunity to audition for and attend a world-class program in the discipline and location you choose. It’s a win-win!
Register today for your audition and get ready to dance with Joffrey Ballet School this summer! Learn more: http://summer.joffreyballetschool.com/