Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Summer Dance Program

Summer Dance Program

Saturday, June 22–Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ages 13–17

The Summer Dance Program is a five-week, pre-professional boarding and day intensive designed for the serious dancer. In this comprehensive ballet-based program, students take daily classes, including pointe and variations, modern, jazz, men’s technique, character, Pilates, and TRX Suspension Training. Students also learn about related topics such as injury prevention and stage lighting. Our faculty is comprised of world-renowned educators who have enjoyed careers as professional dancers. The program culminates in a repertory performance open to family and friends.

Dance Audition Information

The Curriculum

Students participate in daily ballet technique classes, as well as selecting from additional classes in men’s technique, pointe and variations, modern, jazz, character, flamenco, Pilates, and TRX Suspension Training. Upon arrival, students will take a placement class to determine their level. Placement is determined solely by technical ability and physical strength and the curriculum for each level is designed to give dancers the greatest opportunity for growth and maximize individualized attention.

In addition to eight hours of dance classes six days per week, we offer a variety of evening workshops to build knowledge about all aspects of the craft. Workshop offerings may include dance history, costuming for dance, injury prevention, stage makeup, nutrition, dance résumés, dance on film, lighting and costuming for dance, and discussions with guest artists.

The weekend schedule includes classes and rehearsals on Saturday, as well as time to participate in campus activities such as watching movies and enjoying outdoor pursuits. On Sunday, boarding students participate in chaperoned day trips around Boston and New England. 

Sample Schedule

8:00am–8:45am Breakfast
8:45am–9:30am TRX Suspension Training
9:30am–11:15am Ballet Technique
11:15am–12:00pm Pointe or Men’s Technique
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm–3:30pm Variations, Partnering, or Pilates
3:30pm–5:00pm Character, Flamenco, Jazz, or Modern
5:15pm–6:30pm Dinner
6:30pm–8:30pm Rehearsal, RA Activities, or Educational Workshop
8:30pm–9:00pm Free Time
9:00pm Dorm Check-In

Tuition & Dates

Dates: Saturday, June 22 – Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ages: 13–17
Day Tuition: $3,430
Boarding Tuition: $5,600*

*There is an additional student activities fee of $100 for the boarding programs to support a variety of services and activities for residential students, including but not limited to social events, field trips and residential life.


All students interested in attending the Summer Dance Program must complete an audition in the form of a ballet class. Live auditions occur during the month of January at a variety of locations throughout the United States during our National Dance Audition Tour. Video auditions must be received by March 1.

View Dance Audition Requirements & Schedule

Summer Dance Faculty