Whether you spend three or six weeks with us, Interlochen will help you develop your technique and grow as an artist. You will study in an environment that is challenging, focused, and supportive. Limited class sizes mean that you will receive individual attention from our outstanding faculty of professional dance educators.
With six hours of training each day, the ballet program is an intensive experience. Students study a variety of topics, including:
- Ballet technique
- Modern technique/composition
- Body conditioning
While ballet students do not participate in elective classes outside the dance curriculum, you will have many opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and guest artist presentations in music, theatre, visual art, creative writing, dance, and film.
The program draws on the creative vitality that pulses through Interlochen, with live musicians featured in each class. At the end of each three week session, you will participate in a fully-produced public performance of repertory pieces. Instructors restage choreography or create original works in a variety of styles to showcase the students. Additional performance opportunities are available by audition or selection.
The dance program is housed in the Hildegarde Lewis Dance Building, a beautiful place to study, practice, and perform. It is situated on the shore of lovely Green Lake, with a barre flanked by large picture windows. Performance venues include Corson Auditorium, Kresge Auditorium, the Interlochen Bowl, and the Upton-Morley Pavilion.
Students should have five consecutive years of training at the time of application, and two or more years of consistent training en pointe.
Students should be free of injury prior to arrival. Any health-related concerns should be acknowledged on the medical form and reported to the dance department. Dancers are expected to maintain a body weight that is proportionate to their height and bone structure. Students are expected to be well-groomed; long hair must be worn up and off the neck.
Image file: a photograph taken in the first arabesque.
PDF file: a resume list of training experiences. Please include subject (modern, ballet, jazz, composition, other), dates, names and locations of schools and names of teachers.
Video file #1: center floor exercises (no barre)
- Grand Adagio – including développés in each position, promenades and pirouettes
- Petit Allegro – including jêtés and assemblés
- Grand Allegro – including grand jêtés, grand jêtés entrelacé and tour en l'air for men
Video file #2: a solo piece no longer than two minutes that best exemplifies the applicant's technical and artistic abilities. (Ladies are encouraged to perform en pointe.)
High school ballet dancers are also encouraged to apply to the Advanced Ballet Intensive summer program.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a dance major for grades 9-12.