Conservatory Dance: Advanced/Pre-College


2023 Applications Are Now Closed!


WHAT is this about?

Students will elevate their technique and artistic expression focused on ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop, as well as various other in-studio and classroom-based topics in dance. Modeled on our college-level dance program, students experience life as an undergraduate dance major.

WHO is this for?

For advanced high school or college students seriously considering pursuing an education or career in dance.


HOW much is this?

WHEN is this?

July 10-July 28, 2023, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm PDT.



Frequently Asked QuestionsSupport



Is there an audition requirement for this program?

Yes. We require that all students apply for their course of interest by submitting an application, including supplemental materials, before registration. The materials will be used in the following ways:

  • Reviewed for placement into appropriate levels, if needed.
  • Shared with the course instructor(s) so they may prepare curriculum that meets the needs and goals of each student.

Students applying for our dance courses must answer a series of questions and submit one (1) short Placement Video.

Placement Video should be no more than three (3) minutes in total length demonstrating the student's ability in the following styles:

  • Ballet
    • Demi-pointe or Pointe
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Hip-Hop

Video must show the applicant only. Video of groups/ensembles will not be accepted. Video should be uploaded to a secure, file-sharing website (Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, YouTube, etc.). We highly recommend that you prepare your Placement Video prior to accessing the program application to make the process easier.

Once all materials are received and reviewed, students will receive an email notifying them of their placement in either our Beginner/Intermediate class or our Advanced/Pre-College class, along with a link to register for the course.

Depending on enrollment the two levels of our Conservatory Dance classes may be combined.

I have never danced before  is this program right for me?

No. We recommend that students who apply are those who have had some experience in dance and who are considering pursuing dance in college and/or for their career.

What if I am strong in certain dance techniques and don't have as much experience in other styles?

As long as you have experience in dance, we encourage you apply. We will review your application materials to determine which level is best for you and will work with you to strengthen your skills so you leave our program a better performer in all aspects of dance.

Will students have opportunities to perform during this program?

Yes. In addition to daily technique classes, students will prepare for a culminating showcase for friends and family on the final day.



For more information about the program, please see our general FAQs.












Artist Support



These last several years have been difficult for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction. While prioritizing the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we also need to support our community of artists.

The Summer Academies in the Arts program provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they develop their technical and artistic skills in preparation for applications and audition material for college and career pursuits. It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies in the Arts program. Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

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