Contemporary Dance Summer Program for High School Students

For the student of contemporary dance, Interlochen's program is a wonderful opportunity to grow as both a technician and as an artist. During your three or six weeks here, you will find an environment that is challenging, focused, and supportive. Limited class sizes ensure that you will receive individual attention from our faculty of professional dance educators.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
July 18, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Tuition: $6,250
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

The Contemporary Dance program is a very focused experience. Dancers train for six hours a day, and may choose to attend for three or six weeks. The curriculum includes:

  • Modern technique
  • Ballet technique
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Jazz
  • Body conditioning
  • Repertory

At the end of each three week session, you will participate in 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. Performance venues include Corson Auditorium, Kresge Auditorium, the Interlochen Bowl, and the Upton-Morley Pavilion.


Students should have had at least three years of training, and be injury-free 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 full body pose

Video file: A three-minute contemporary dance warm-up or solo that includes basic dance vocabulary; the video should give a sense of the applicant's placement, line, body awareness, flexibility and control.

Additional Opportunities

High school contemporary dancers are also invited to apply for the one-week Contemporary Dance Intensive.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Dance major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

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