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Summer Dance Intensive
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About this Program


The application deadline for the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive was December 15, 2019. The application is now closed -- we are not accepting late applications. The application for the 2021 program will be available beginning September 1, 2020.

2020 Program dates: July 12 - 31

The Summer Dance Intensive is a three-week program in classical ballet and modern dance for advanced students.

The program is designed to give you a taste of what a Juilliard dance student's life is all about: refining technique and performance, broadening understanding of various dance styles, experiencing New York City, and making live-long friends. The program takes place at The Juilliard School in New York City, and optional on-campus housing is available.

You have the option of submitting a video audition or attending a live audition - both options are given equal consideration for admission.

Approximately 44 dancers will be offered admission to the program.

For more detailed information about the program, please visit the Summer Dance Intensive program page.


In order to be admitted to the Summer Dance Intensive, you must:

  • have significant prior training in classical ballet
  • have had exposure to modern dance techniques
  • possess a desire for creative exploration and an interest in new approaches to movement
  • have completed at least one year of high school/secondary school (grade 9, 10 or 11) by the time the program begins in July
  • not have graduated from high school before the program begins
  • be seriously considering dance as a career and major area of college study
  • be available for the entire three-week program

International students are welcome to apply.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Online Application December 15
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 15
Video Audition (if applicable) December 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15
Recommender Information December 15
Recommendation Received February 1

Applicants who wish to attend a live audition must submit an application by the deadline and then register for an audition prior to the audition date. We do not accept walk-ins. Dancers who have not registered in advance may not participate in an audition.

An audition scheduling email, which contains a link to an online registration system, will be sent to applicants who are auditioning live upon submission of a complete application, including application fee or fee waiver documentation. You will schedule your own audition via the online system.

Auditions have limited space, and some dates will fill to capacity. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you check your schedule carefully and register for your choice of audition date as soon as possible.

All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition.

If you submit a video audition, you may not attend a live audition.

Live Auditions Date Time
New York Sun, January 12 10:00 AM   
  Sun, January 12 1:30 PM 
  Sun, January 19 10:00 AM 
  Sun, January 19 1:30 PM 
San Francisco Sun, February 2 2:30 PM
Dallas Wed, February 5 12:00 PM
Chicago Sun, February 9 10:00 AM
Miami Sat, February 15 10:00 AM

PLEASE NOTE: It is Sunday, December 15 and the application deadline is tonight at 11:59 p.m. Some auditions are near capacity or full (see the Application Timeline above for more information). We will start a waiting list for each location that reaches full capacity. If the audition you would like to attend is already full and you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please submit your application and pay the application fee before the deadline—only applicants who have submitted a complete application (including the application fee or fee waiver) may be added to a waiting list. After you have received confirmation that your payment has been processed, please send an email to [email protected] with your request, and include your full name and audition city (and date and time, if applicable). We will notify dancers on the waiting lists if space becomes available.
Applicants on a waiting list who are unable to attend a live audition may submit a video audition instead.

Notification of Admission Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than Monday, February 24.  

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $40 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay an fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by the submission of one of the following:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Recommendations

You must indicate who will be submitting your letter of recommendation within the online application. Your recommendation must come from your primary ballet teacher and address your dedication, openness to corrections, technique, performing skills, and citizenship both in and out of the classroom.

The recommendation itself is not due until later in the application timeline. Your recommender will receive an email with a link to securely upload a letter to our application system. 

  • We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.
  • Please do not bring a letter of recommendation to your audition.
  • Additional letters of recommendation are NOT required or necessary.

Your Video Audition

Applicants have the option of submitting a video audition instead of attending a live audition. Video auditions are given equal consideration for admission to the program. Videos must be submitted online with your application; the faculty will not review videos submitted via email, or on video-sharing websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

Please record each of the following three sections separately:

Section One: Introduction

  • A brief close-up shot of the dancer (face or ½ body), in which the dancer clearly states his or her name, age, and a brief history of previous dance training.

Section Two: Technique (to musical accompaniment)

  • Grand Adagio with développés in each position, promenades, and pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro, including jumps on two feet, jetés, temps levés, assemblés, and beats
  • Grand Allegro including grand jetés and tour jetés, and either balancés or waltzes
  • Men, please include simple tour en l’air

Section Three: Performance 

  • A prepared solo: the solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory; it should demonstrate your artistic qualities and flow of movement
  • The solo may be ballet or modern
  • Approximately two minutes in length
  • You may include a second solo in the other style if you wish

Pointe Work
Please note, pointe work is NOT required as part of the video audition. However, women are welcome to do the technique and/or the performance section en pointe if they so choose.

Clothing Requirement 

  • You must be in a unitard, or tights and tight fitting top, or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe your technique
  • Do not wear skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes
  • Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment so you can clearly be seen and stand out from the background

Filming Recommendations

  • It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming
  • Carefully consider the space in which you are filming; ideally, the space has minimal distractions for the reviewer
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting
  • Be sure you are visible within the frame for the duration of the recording
  • Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality
  • Professionally recorded video is not required

Video auditions must be submitted via the online application by the appropriate deadline


You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. We recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv) to avoid uploading difficulties.

Auditioning for Juilliard

Live Audition Scheduling

You have the option of submitting a video audition or attending a live audition. All auditions are given equal consideration for admission.


  • After the submission of your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for your live audition
  • All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition
  • Auditions are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Audition dates may fill to capacity before the application deadline
  • We strongly recommend you submit your application and register for an audition well in advance of the application deadline

Audition Process

  • Each audition consists of two parts - you must be called back in order to advance from one part to the next
  • You should be prepared to spend 2 - 2.5 hours at the audition in the event that you are called back to the modern class
  • A prepared solo is NOT required at the live auditions for the Summer Dance Intensive
  • Resumes, headshots, videos, and other portfolio materials are NOT required or necessary (please do not bring these materials to the audition)

There is no quota of dancers to be called back on each audition day, nor is there a quota of dancers to be accepted from each audition city. You are given equal consideration, regardless of your audition date or city. You are encouraged to choose the audition city and/or date that is most convenient.

Section 1: Ballet Technique Class (75 minutes)
The audition begins with a ballet class that typically includes:

  • barre: pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambe, etc.
  • center: adagio, petit allegro/small jumps, grand allegro/big jumps, etc.
  • there is no pointe work in the audition

It is important to note that any dancer who does not appear to have adequate dance training at the audition may be asked to leave during the ballet class for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of other dancers.

Section 2: Modern Technique Class (45 minutes)

If you are called back, the modern class includes:

  • a short center warm-up using the rounding and arching of the torso
  • phrases that travel across the floor focusing on moving rigorously through space with attention to rhythm, changes of direction, and level changes

This section of the audition is to be performed barefoot 

Clothing Requirements

  • Women: black leotard, black or pink footless tights, and ballet shoes
  • Men: fitted white t-shirt, black footless tights, white socks, and ballet shoes
  • No skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes are permitted
  • Pointe shoes are not needed

Decisions & Enrolling


Final admissions decisions will be released once all of the live auditions are complete and the video auditions are reviewed by the faculty. If you are not invited to stay for the modern dance portion of the live audition, you may reasonably conclude that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

Approximately 44 dancers will be offered admission to the program, and a waiting list of approximately 10-15 dancers will be established. You may audition one time per year.

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Some financial aid is available for admitted students. Once admitted to the program, if you wish to apply for financial assistance, you are invited to submit a letter explaining your financial situation along with your parent or guardian’s 2018 or 2019 tax forms. International and U.S. students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Financial aid awards are based on both need and merit.

Please note that most scholarship awards cover only a portion of tuition. In cases of extreme need, full tuition may be awarded but room and board are generally not covered by scholarship awards.

Information about tuition, fees and expenses may be found on the Summer Dance Intensive program page.