Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Summer Youth Dance

Summer Youth Dance Program

Monday, July 22–Saturday, August 10, 2019
Ages 10–13

Our three-week Summer Youth Dance Program, specifically designed for younger dancers, offers small classes and three placement levels to maximize opportunities for individual attention. Youth Dancers experience a full range of classes—ballet technique, pointe or pre-pointe, variations, modern, jazz, and yoga—taught by a faculty of world renowned dance educators. The program ends with a final showcase open to family and friends. Students can attend as day students or boarders.

Dance Audition Information

The Curriculum

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 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

Tuition & Dates

Dates: Monday, July 22 – Saturday, August 10, 2019
Ages: 10–13
Day Tuition: $1,900
Boarding Tuition: $3,200*

*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 Youth Dance Faculty