Ballet Summer Program for Grades 6-9

The summer ballet program is your opportunity study dance in a focused, creative atmosphere, with other serious dance students from around the world. Classes are taught by an experienced, professional faculty, dedicated to helping you achieve technical and artistic growth.

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next summer! Click here to join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 21, 2014 to July 12, 2014
July 13, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Tuition: $4,765
Age range: Grades 6-9

With limited class sizes, you will receive personalized instruction. There are three sections, divided by skill level. Dancers train for six hours a day, and experience a rigorous, thoughtful curriculum that includes:

  • Ballet technique
  • Modern technique
  • Pointe/variations
  • Jazz
  • Body conditioning
  • Repertory

At the end each three week session, dancers present a 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.

While dance students do not participate in elective classes outside the dance curriculum, you will have many opportunities to enjoy presentations in music, theatre, visual art, creative writing and film.

The dance program is housed in the Hildegarde Lewis Dance Building (virtual tour), a beautiful place to study dance. 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.

You may choose to attend one or two three-week sessions. A multiple session discount is available.


Students should have had five consecutive years of training at the time of applications, and two or more years of consistent training en pointe.

Students should be free from injury prior to arrival. Any health-related concern should be acknowledged on the medical form and reported to the dance department prior to arrival. 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.

Audition Requirements

Image file: A photograph taken in first arabesque.

PDF file: A résumé list of training experiences. Please include subject (modern, ballet, jazz, composition, other), dates, names and locations of schools and names of teachers.

Center floor exercises (no barre):

Part I (video #1):

  • 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.

Part II (video #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.)


Cameron Basden

Director of Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Professional Dancer, Dallas Ballet and Joffrey Ballet; Ballet Master and Co-Associate Director for The Joffrey Ballet (1993-2008)

Nicola Conraths-Lange

Director of Comparative Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy
Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp

Dancer, scholar and resource panelist for the Singapore School of the Arts (SOTA)

Hannah Baumgarten

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Artistic Director, Dance Now! Miami

Justin Koertgen

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp

Principal Dancer/ Ballet Master for Dayton Ballet

Matthew Lindstrom

Instructor of Dance and Instructor of Theatre, Interlochen Arts Academy
Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT 200

Kim Neal Nofsinger

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Artistic Director and Founder, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre

Kim Sagami

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Faculty, ChiArts High School, the Joffrey Academy, and Chicago Ballet Arts

Diego Salterini

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Founding Co-Director, Dance Now! Ensemble; Adjunct Faculty, Florida International University, Dillard Center for the Arts

Sara Semonis

Instructor of Dance, Interlochen Arts Camp

Head of Dance, Illinois State Univeristy