Summer Institute : Dance : Curriculum

The Pre-College Dance program enables each dancer to experience multiple styles and approaches over the two weeks. With intensive coursework in modern, ballet and jazz technique, composition, improvisation and repertory, you will still have the opportunity to choose elective workshops almost every day.

The courses listed below are part of an intense and rigorous curriculum. With five classes a day it's important that students have a clear focus on expanding their skills within a range of dance genres.
Courses listed below are an example of what has been offered in the past.

A core portion of the Dance program, and of most college programs, is modern technique. Instructors will work on musicality, spatial awareness, anatomical structure, alignment, creative choices and performance presence. 

Study the fundamentals of classical ballet technique with emphasis on skills, including balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, musicality and artistry. This course will build in complexity, while focusing on versatility.

With roots in social dance and influence from African American tradition, jazz is used in the entertainment industry. Students will work on developing strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination at an advanced pace. 

This course engages students with points of entry into the creative process and features strategies ranging from the use of text and imagery to using partnering. You will be asked to create both individual  and group assignments that challenge their notions of what dance is and how it is created.

You will have the opportunity to participate in up to two repertory projects, which will be presented in the final performance. Existing pieces will be workshopped along with new pieces created collaboratively with peers. You will be placed in repertory projects based on an audition and personal interest.

You have the option to choose elective workshops almost everyday of the program. This student-driven schedule sets UArts apart from other summer intensives. Possible options may include digital media + dance, hip-hop, pointe, tap, contemporary African technique, flamenco, costuming, pilates and yoga.

During this time, you have access to the studios to explore ideas from composition, class exercises and other coursework. If interested in presenting choreography you have the opportunity to share your work at the end of the program.

On the final Saturday of the program, the three weeks culminate in a performance for friends and family to celebrate your talents and achievements. The performance will include demonstrations of in-class work, repertory showings and the opportunity for you to present your own choreography. This takes place in the same theaters where undergraduates work and is an exciting way for you and your family to see what an undergraduate dance concert can be like.

Core Curriculum

Daily Technique Classes

  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Composition + Improvisation

Elective Workshops

  • Hip Hop
  • Pilates
  • African
  • Pointe
  • Digital Media

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with repertory projects as well as to collaborate with students in the Summer Institute Music program.


View a video compilation of past performances and coursework



Information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.


You will have a unique schedule based on your area of interest and choice of special workshops. All students are required to attend classes from 9 am -7:30 pm Monday through Friday, with scheduled breaks for lunch and dinner. All students are also expected to attend field trips and guest performances on Saturdays. Commuters please take note of mandatory class times as you consider your transit schedule.

              Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
8am -
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9 am Modern Ballet Modern Ballet Modern Free Space
10:45am Composition + Improvisation Modern Ballet Modern Repertory Ballet Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
12:15 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 pm Modern Repertory Jazz Repertory Ballet Variations Elective Jazz Repertory Tap Elective African Elective
3:15pm Hip-Hop Elective Yoga Elective Modern Repertory African Elective Jazz Repertory Pilates Elective
5 pm Artist Talk Free Space Costuming Free Space Digital Media Free Space
6:30 pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00 pm CA Activity Free Space Movie Night Free Space CA Activity Dance Performance
12 midnight Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out