intraining | HIGHER ED
New Brunswick, NJ
The programs: Junior and Senior Conservatories
for middle and high school students, by audition;
Pre-Conservatory for middle and high school
students, with no audition required.
No. of students: About 200
Timeline: Two weeks (students may stay for one
or both): July 17–29, 2016
Application deadline: June 1
Coursework: Ballet, contemporary, repertory,
improvisation and choreography. Special
workshops have included Broadway, hip hop,
West African, jazz, voguing and dance history.
Additional opportunities: Guest artists
like Monica Bill Barnes, Douglas Dunn and
ABT Studio Company dancers teach master
classes and perform. Senior Conservatory
students are paired with graduate students who
observe and provide assessments. Seniors also
attend a performance in New York City.
Performance: Students perform faculty repertory
and their own work on Rutgers’ main stage.
UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
The program: Pre-College Summer Institute,
open to high school students, by audition.
College credit is offered.
No. of students: 35–50
Timeline: Three weeks: July 11–30, 2016
Application deadline: March 19 (scholarship
deadline is April 1)
Coursework: Classes incorporate ballet, jazz,
modern, hip hop, tap, contemporary styles and
Additional opportunities: Students visit museums
and attend performances in Philadelphia. They sit
in on open rehearsals with UArts companies-in-residence, which have included BalletX and Sidra
Bell Dance New York. Additional guest artists
like James McGinn, Sara Procopio, Burr Johnson
and Lanette Costas-Stampley and Nathaniel
Stampley give master classes and talks.
Performance: The program culminates in a
show that students help curate. They perform
repertory and their own original work.
You can visit colleges and take campus tours, but it still may be
hard to imagine what being a dance major is really like. A pre-college summer workshop can help ease that transition, offering
a chance to immerse yourself in college life. Students live in the
dorms, take class from faculty members and visiting artists and
perform original work alongside their peers. “Students are asked
to consider dance in a much broader way,” says Donna Faye
Burchfield, head of the Summer Institute at University of the Arts.
“These programs help students find new ways to see themselves
and find a new community in dance.” —Suzannah Friscia
A Taste of
Pre-college programs offer a
glimpse of campus life.
A West African dance class
at UCLA’s Summer Institute
“Students are asked to consider dance in a
much broader way.” —DONNA FAYE BURCHFIELD