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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.

2017 DATES 

  • College Session: May 10-June 24 (college credit available)
  • High School Session: June 5-June 24 (entering junior year or above) 

Elizabeth Hartwell, [email protected], Dance Program Coordinator, and Artistic Director of 2017 Stephens Summer Dance

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. 

Audition dates are March 18 and April 22 from 1-3 p.m. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Final public performances will be held in the 314+ seat Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus. Performance dates are June 23 and 24. 

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:

Autumn Eckman (Contemporary Dance)
Martha Tornay (Ballet); founder and artistic director of the East Village Dance Project
Artistic Director is Elizabeth Hartwell. 
More faculty to be announced soon. 

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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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View Stephens Summer Dance Flyer.

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