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Dance Programme

Dance at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard provides a supportive and inspiring environment for students to study a wide range of styles and expand their definition of dance. Daily technique classes develop a functional understanding of anatomy and hone spatial and sensory awareness. Students are also encouraged to investigate their creative potential through an exploration of dance composition and improvisation. Performance opportunities develop confidence and encourage communication through movement; our focus on ensemble work cultivates community and a place of belonging. Through moving and sharing with faculty and peers from around the globe, students will explore dance as a means of self-expression, collaboration and self-development.

Juilliard Dance programme


All Discovery and Young Artist Dance Majors:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Tap 
  • Jazz
  • Broadway Repertoire
  • Improvisation
  • Creative Composition
  • Dancing Together Ensemble
  • Partnering Instruction
  • Anatomical Awareness Instruction
  • Performance with Live Music

Young Artist Dance Majors Only: 

Geared towards more experienced students

  • Opportunities for private or semi-private lessons 
  • Additional technique classes
  • Seminars in physical self-care, dance history, acting for dancers, and professional skills 
  • Rehearsals with a professional choreographer for an original piece made especially for the dancers
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Juilliard Dance programme

Skills-Based Learning

Specific skills to be developed include:

  • Physical strength, flexibility, and co-ordination
  • Alignment, balance and spatial awareness
  • Musicality and rhythmic clarity
  • Improvisation skills: making confident, creative choices 
  • Collaborative skills: getting along and solving problems with a group


  • Performance technique: communicating clearly and doing your best under pressure
  • Choreographic craft: thinking like a dancer, putting ideas into action
  • Self-advocacy: Defining and pursuing your own vision of success
A Typical Day

See the schedule below for a sample day of the dance programme....

9:00 - 10:15
Ballet Technique Class
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
Jazz Class
11:30 - 12:30
Dance Composition
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:30
Festival Choir (with Music and Drama Students)
2:30 - 3:30
Young Artist Seminar - Acting for Dancers (Young Artists Only)
3:30 - 3:45
3:45 - 5:00
Tap Class

*Schedule subject to change. 

Students will receive individualised schedules upon arrival to the programme.

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Course Descriptions

Courses are led by Juilliard Artist Faculty who are experienced dance professionals with varied skillsets and industry expertise.

Ballet/Modern Technique 

Dance Discovery Majors and Young Artists
Each day begins with a dance technique class, alternating between Ballet and Modern. Following the ethos of the Juilliard School Dance Division in New York City, all students at our programme study Ballet and Modern equally. Classes focus on functional alignment and the specific physiological principals of these classic dance forms. The course of study in Modern classes is informed by the techniques of Lester Horton and Jose Limon, and also explores approaches to improvisation utilised by choreographers of today.

Self-Care and Stretch 

Dance Discovery Majors and Young Artists
Our programme places great importance on physical health and self-awareness. In this class, students learn how to take care of their bodies during times of high physical demand, study the anatomical realities behind sound technique, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of their unique instrument.

Dance Composition 

Dance Discovery Majors and Young Artists
Students will learn choreographic techniques, study the work of some of today’s great choreographers, and collaborate to develop an original group piece for performance.

Young Artist Seminar 

Young Artists Only

A rotating panel of teachers and special guests give aspiring young dancers deeper insight into various aspects of dance and the performing arts as a career. Topics may include Acting for Dancers, Dance History, Professional Skills, Music Appreciation, and the preparation of a personalised Artist Mission Statement.

Semi-Private Lessons

Young Artists Only
Over the course of the programme, each Young Artist will have a semi-private lesson (2-3 students) in which ask their own questions and receive personalised instruction on their unique challenges from one of our master teachers. 

Dancing Together 

Young Artists Only
The techniques of partnering and ensemble work are often overlooked in dance training, but they are essential skills for a dancer. This class blends movements and techniques from social dance, contact improvisation, and choreographic strategies to teach students how to listen and respond to the physical cues of other dancers - and have fun doing it!

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Drama Programme

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