Program Overview

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The Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory is an intensive, pre-college program for intermediate to advanced dancers who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while learning about options for college study and careers in dance. Dancers attend daily classes in ballet and modern technique and work in intimate repertory groups with professional choreographers. Students gain exposure to a variety of dance forms and topics through a series of master classes and lectures with world class teaching artists and experts in the field. Daily course studies in improvisation allow students to create their own movement and dances, which are performed alongside of repertory pieces in two fully produced, end- of-session showcases.

Concentration on anatomically aligned technical skills that boost movement potential and establish healthy dancing practices is integral to all levels of the program. Dancers start each day with instruction in stretching and conditioning in preparation for the intense pace of the Summer Dance Conservatory.

Conservatory students attending the Dual Session participate in a weekend program that includes consultations with graduate student mentors on learning goals and career aspirations, instructional sessions, and a visit to NYC for a professional dance concert.

In-person or video audition is required for all students. Summer Dance Conservatory classes are organized by age and experience levels. Students’ strengths and learning needs are matched and grouped with instructors during placement day at the start of the program.

Rutgers Dance Conservatory Session Dates:

  • Session I: July 15-20, 2018
  • Session II: July 22-27, 2018
  • Dual Session:  July 15-27, 2018

Dancers entering grade 9 through rising seniors (students entering their first year of college) may apply.

Summer Dance Conservatory Pointe Ensemble (New!) 

The Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory Pointe Ensemble is by audition only and requires a minimum of 2 years pointe experience. Pointe Ensemble dancers will be introduced to the classical technique and style of American Ballet Theatre and key elements of the ABT® National Training Curriculum (ABT –NTC), as utilized in the Mason Gross Extension Division’s ABT ® Certified School of Ballet.

Pointe Ensemble members will take daily classes in stretch & strength, ballet technique, modern technique, pointe work, classical repertory, and master classes.  Pointe Ensemble dancers do not  take improvisation.  Additional classes may include topics such as pirouettes, jumps, and variations. Students will learn classical repertory to be performed in progress at the end of Session I, and in completion at the end of Session II.

Pointe Ensemble students will have an opportunity to audition for partial scholarships to attend the Mason Gross Extension Division’s ABT ® Certified School of Ballet at Rutgers University.

Students attending the Live Auditions on February 10 and March 31 who wish to audition for the Pointe Ensemble should plan to stay from 7 – 9:15 PM.