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 classical 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.