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Summer Dance Guest Artist Francisco Graciano instructs students.

Stephens Summer Dance Intensive

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. 

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. 

Dates and Performance
Summer Dance dates for summer of 2018 have not yet been set but are typically in June. Final public performances are typically held in the 314+ seat Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus at the conclusion of the intensive. 

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.


We bring guest artists from diverse disciplines to campus.

A few of the 2017 faculty include:

  • Carolyn Dorfman (Modern Dance)
  • Autumn Eckman (Contemporary Dance)
  • Nancy Stoy (Classical Technique)
  • Martha Tornay (Ballet); founder and artistic director of the East Village Dance Project

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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

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