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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Dance

Walnut Hill’s Summer Dance Program is a five-week, pre-professional boarding intensive for dancers ages 13–17. In this comprehensive ballet-based program, students take daily classes in various dance styles and physical training, while also learning about related topics such as injury prevention and stage lighting. Our faculty is comprised of world-renowned dance educators who have enjoyed careers as professional dancers. The program culminates in a repertory performance open to family and friends.

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, students may also choose to travel around Boston and New England on chaperoned day trips.

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

2019 Dates: Saturday, June 22– Sunday, July 28


Ages 13 to 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.


To apply for Summer Dance, please click here.

Summer Dance Faculty