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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Youth Dance

Our three-week Summer Youth Dance Program is specially designed for dancers ages 10–13, offering small class sizes and three placement levels to maximize opportunities for individual attention. Dancers can choose to attend as a day student or board on campus. Participants experience a full range of dance classes—ballet technique, pointe or pre-pointe, variations, modern, jazz, yoga, and choreography—taught by a faculty of world-renowned dance educators, many of whom have danced professionally. The program ends with a final showcase open to family and friends.


Students participate in daily ballet technique classes, as well as selecting from additional classes in pointe or pre-pointe, modern, jazz, character, choreography, and variations. Upon arrival, students will take a ballet technique and pointe 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 to maximize individualized attention.

In addition to eight hours of dance classes five days per week, students have additional evening classes and workshops at the discretion of the Director. The weekend schedule includes classes and rehearsals on Saturday.

Boarding students participate in weekend campus activities such as RA-sponsored fun, and exploring the town of Natick in chaperoned walking tours. On Sundays students go on chaperoned field trips around Boston. Past field trips include the Natick Mall and a Boston Duck Tour.

Sample Schedule

9:30am–11:00am Ballet Technique

11:15am–12:00pm Pointe or Pre-Pointe

12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch

1:15pm–2:15pm Jazz, Modern, Variations, or Yoga

2:30pm–3:30pm Jazz, Modern, Variations, or Yoga

3:45pm–5:00pm Rehearsal

5:15pm–6:30pm Dinner

7:00pm–8:15pm RA Activities or Educational Workshop

8:00pm Dorm Check-In

9:00pm Lights Out

2019 Dates: Monday, July 23– Saturday, August 10


Ages 10-13

Boarding Tuition: $3,200
Day Tuition: $1,900


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 Youth Dance, please click here.