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Summer Dance Guest Artist Francisco Graciano instructs students.

Stephens Summer Dance

Experience the excitement and discipline of the world of dance while living on campus at beautiful Stephens College.

The Program 

Stephens Summer Dance Intensive (SSD) is an exciting opportunity for aspiring young dancers to study with internationally and nationally recognized guest artists and resident faculty at the Stephens College Dance Program, School of Performing Arts. The intensive offers individualized instruction and the opportunity to perform in newly created choreographic works.

2016 DATES

  • College Session: May 11–June 25 (college credit available)
  • High School Session: June 6-25 (entering junior year or above) 

Entrance into SSD is by audition only, either in person or electronically. Students may audition by attending a class with our majors; or electronically by submitting a link to your audition video (consisting of ballet barre-work, modern or jazz center-work and/or a short video of a performance. No more than seven minutes total). If the performance video is a group piece, clearly indicate where you appear on the tape. Contact Brandi Coleman to schedule your audition or for more information at [email protected] or (573) 876-7211.


The Faculty

  • Charissa Barton - Dance for Camera
  • Dante Brown - Contemporary Modern​
  • Elizabeth Johnson - Alexander Technique, Modern
  • Jon Lehrer - Lehrerdance Technique
  • Nancy Stoy - Ballet, Pedagogy

Past faculty include 2014 Summer Dance Guest Artist Francisco Graciano of the Paul Taylor Dance Company (pictured above); and 2015 Summer Dance Guest Artist Tawanda Chabikwa, a Zimbabwean artist and scholar. Read about the entire 2015 faculty here.

SSD is led by Artistic Director Brandi Coleman


The Details

Final public performances will be held on June 24 and 25 in the 314+ seat Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus.

Classes and rehearsals are held on the Stephens College campus. Performances are held in the College’s 314+ seat Macklanburg Playhouse. While on campus, Stephens Summer Dance students will live in an air-conditioned residence hall with laundry facilities and recreation lounges with cable.

Stephens Summer Dance students eat in the Stamper Commons dining hall, which is located in the center of campus. Included in the program are three meals per day (Monday–Friday) and two meals per day on the weekend.

The Stories 

Hear from 2015 Guest Artists 


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Guest artists challenge students at Stephens Summer Dance

Internationally known guest artists work with dancers at Stephens Summer Dance 

Guest artists bring experience, passion to Summer Dance

Read more about the Stephens College Dance program.

View Stephens Summer Dance Flyer.

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