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Summer Dance Intensive
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About this Program




2021 Program dates: June 28 - July 2

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis, Juilliard will not be offering the Summer Dance Intensive in 2021. Instead, we will be offering the Juilliard Dance Online Experience, a specially curated one-week online program designed to both introduce dancers to Juilliard and to provide them with information about college dance programs that will assist them in making decisions about their education that are in line with their professional goals.

Through technique classes, discussions, and collaborations with special guest choreographers, dancers have the opportunity to meet faculty, students, and staff, and will meet one-on-one with either Dance Division Dean and Director, Alicia Graf Mack, or Associate Director, Mario Alberto Zambrano.

All classes, rehearsals and other activities will take place live via Zoom and will be designed to accommodate spaces of all sizes.

Applicants will be required to submit a video audition; there will be no live auditions for the summer 2021 program.

Approximately 40 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 Juilliard Dance Online Experience, you must:

  • have a minimum of three years of prior training in ballet and modern or contemporary dance
  • currently be training for a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • 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 one-week program

International students are welcome to apply.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Application Requirement Received-by Deadline
Online Application including video audition January 15
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver January 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations January 15
Recommender Information January 15
Recommendation Received February 1

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 February 19.  

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 a 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.
  • You are required to submit one letter of recommendation; additional letters of recommendation are NOT required or necessary.

Your Photograph

A photograph or headshot is required. The photograph does not need to be taken by a professional, nor is there any specific format for photographs. 

The photograph is not used for prescreening purposes. After all videos are reviewed, the photograph is used in admissions committee meetings to identify dancers who are being considered for admission.

Your Video Audition

Applicants are required to submit a video audition; no live auditions will be held for the summer 2021 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.

Dance Division faculty and current students have created demonstration videos that will guide you through the ballet technique and modern technique sections of the prescreening. The videos will be made available to dancers who have started an application. If you have not already done so, you may start an application here. Within 12 hours of starting your application you will receive an email with links and a password that will allow you to access the demonstration videos.

Please record each of the following sections separately; professionally recorded video is not required.

    Section One: Introduction

    • A brief close-up shot of your face, from the shoulders up
    • Clearly state your full name, current city and country of residence
    • Provide a brief history of your previous dance training

    Section Two: Performance

    • A prepared solo, either ballet, modern or contemporary, to musical accompaniment
    • State the title of the solo, the choreographer, and the composer of the music before performing
    • The solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory
    • The solo should demonstrate your artistic qualities and flow of movement
    • The solo should be approximately two minutes in length
    • You may record your solo at home or in a dance studio, or submit a performance video

    Section Three: Ballet Technique

    Please view the ballet demonstration video prior to recording your prescreening.

    • Adagio (four phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Tendu with pirouette (four phrases of 8 counts on both sides) 
    • Pirouettes (two phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Petite allegro (two to four phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Optional (if you have enough space to execute the combination safely): Grande allegro (two phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Must be with musical accompaniment (see suggested playlist below)

    Section Four: Modern Technique

    Please view the modern demonstration video prior to recording your prescreening.

    • Combination 1 (four phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Combination 2 (four phrases of 8 on both sides)
    • Improvisation 1 - Freeform (30 seconds)
    • Improvisation 2 - Modality (30 seconds)
    • Must be with musical accompaniment (see suggested playlist below)


    You may use music from our suggested playlist or any music of your choice

    NOTICE: By clicking the link above, you will be redirected to a third-party website. Juilliard exercises no control over, and is not responsible for, any content on linked third-party websites, nor does it guarantee or endorse the information, products, or services offered on those sites.

    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
    • Pointe shoes may be worn but are not necessary for this audition

    Filming Recommendations

    • It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming.
    • Carefully consider your space; ideally, there should be enough room for you to move around.
    • Choose a place with minimal visual distractions for the viewer and as free as possible from ambient sound.
    • Ensure you have adequate lighting, especially from the front and side. Avoid placing yourself in front of a strong light source (for example, a window or an overhead lamp).
    • Be sure you are visible within the frame for the duration of the recording.
    • Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality of the image and sound.
    • 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.

    Decisions & Enrolling


    Final admissions decisions will be released once all of video auditions are reviewed by the faculty.

    Approximately 40 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 2019 or 2020 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.