Juilliard's Summer Dance Program has been moved to an online format for 2020. Information below refers to the original, in-person format for the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive. This page will be updated in early fall 2020 with information regarding the 2021 Summer Dance Intensive.
Program Dates: July 12-31, 2020
The Summer Dance Intensive is a three-week program in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance for advanced students who are dedicated, disciplined, and dance with a generosity of spirit. The program is limited to dancers who have completed at least one year of high school/secondary school and who will not graduate before the program begins. Generally, this means that dancers in the program are aged 15-17 and have completed grade 9, 10, or 11. International students are welcome to apply. The program is designed to give young dancers 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 lifelong friends. The program takes place at The Juilliard School in New York City, and optional on-campus housing is available.
Please note: Dancers must have significant prior training in ballet to attend this program. Modern dance experience may be helpful, but is not required. At the start of the program, there will be a placement class for ballet, which will include pointe work for those women who are proficient. (Pointe is offered as part of the program, but is not required for admission.)
A Typical Day at the Summer Dance Intensive
The day begins in one of Juilliard's six large studios with a ballet technique class, pointe, or men's class, followed by classical partnering or modern. Women who are not on pointe may take an additional ballet or modern class in lieu of pointe. After lunch, dancers take two additional classes which vary by day and include yoga, music, improvisation technique, modern, and other dance workshops. In addition to the daily technique classes, every dancer participates in evening rehearsals of new choreography and repertoire to challenge and explore the dancers' talents. These pieces are shown on the final day in a performance that includes presentations from the music class.
Teachers include members of the Juilliard College Dance Division faculty as well as renowned guest artists.
Students may stay in the Meredith Willson Residence Hall, adjacent to the Juilliard School building, and eat in the Juilliard cafeteria, a full service dining room. Students living in the residence hall are supervised by a staff of live-in professionals.
There is also time to see New York City. On free evenings and weekends, the dancers can opt to attend many activities supervised by the residence hall hosts, including Broadway shows, walks in nearby Central Park, movies, and free outdoor performances at Lincoln Center.
Detailed information on the admissions process is available below. Questions may be directed to [email protected].
We welcome applicants who are:
advanced dancers with significant prior training in classical ballet. Familiarity with classic modern dance techniques is helpful.
in grade 9, 10, or 11 at the time of application (typically aged 15-17 at the time of the program). Dancers MUST have completed at least one year of high school/secondary school at the time of the program, but should not have graduated. Dancers who will graduate from high school prior to the start of the program are not eligible and may wish to consider applying to the 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts college program instead.
available to participate in the entire three-week program.
Please note that international students are welcome to apply and are eligible to apply for scholarship, if admitted, as outlined under the "Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid" section.
Enrollment in the Summer Dance Intensive is limited to 44 students who demonstrate the required skills, either via video or at a live audition. Applicants must choose to audition either via video OR at a live audition, not both.
Learn more in the complete application and audition information for the program.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees for 2020:
Room and Board On-Campus (optional): $1,565
Students who take part in weekend activities will need additional spending money.
Some financial aid is available for admitted students. Once admitted to the program, if a student wishes to apply for financial assistance, they are invited to submit a letter explaining their financial situation along with their parent or guardian’s tax forms for the current or previous year. International and U.S. students are eligible 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.
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