Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Programs

Are you looking for a transformational summer experience?


Each summer, Walnut Hill School for the Arts welcomes hundreds of talented students from across the country and around the world to our Natick, Massachusetts, campus for immersive summer arts programs. Students enhance their skills and work with expert faculty and peers who share their exceptional abilities and love for the arts. The perfect blend of serious study and summer fun, Walnut Hill’s programs offer intensive training within a supportive, creative environment.

Summer 2019 Programs

Summer Dance (June 22–July 27)
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.

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Summer Theater (June 22–July 21)
Ages 13–17

The Summer Theater Program’s unique combination of studio classes and professionally mounted stage productions allows students to both develop their craft and apply their skills in performance. During the four-week boarding program, each student takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in a play and a musical. Class sizes are intentionally small, affording students individualized attention and a supportive environment in which to develop and strengthen their work. In the latter weeks of the program, students take the stage  for public performances of the shows that they have been rehearsing; past productions have included Nice Work If You Can Get It, Xanadu, As You Like It, and Love and Information.

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Summer Youth Dance (July 22–August 10)
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.

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Summer Staff

Amanda Black

Head Resident Assistant

Emma Davis

Resident Assistant

Sarah Finnegan

Resident Assistant

Willow Funhouser

Resident Assistant
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