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IU High School Summer Dance Intensive

The High School Summer Dance Intensive

July 8 -July 20, 2018

Featuring IU Faculty & Guest Artists

Find out what it means to major in dance in college!

The IU High School Summer Dance Intensive is carefully designed to give students grades 9-12 the experience of studying dance at the University. Students live in IU dormitories and are supervised twenty-four hours a day by professional Resident Advisors (RA’s).  Outside activities are planned to expose enrolled students to the rich campus and community resources at IU Bloomington. Students are housed in their own section of a university residence hall on the Bloomington campus. Male and female students will be housed on separate floors of this residence. 

Monday through Friday participants study with university faculty and renown guest teachers in techniques and creative practices Including contemporary dance, modern dance, ballet, conditioning, dance In the African diaspora, Improvisation, and composition, with special seminars including aerial dance, anatomy for the dancers, bodywork for the dancer, and dance in college. The late afternoons and evenings are filled with rehearsals for repertory and new choreography, which culminate in a Studio Showcase on the final day of the intensive. Family and friends, are invited to attend Friday, July 20, at 3:30pm.

For any questions related to curriculum or student life during the intensive please email Stephanie Nugent at

Intensive Schedule: Click on High School Summer Dance Intensive Schedules for daily and weekly schedules of activities, from last year.

An updated list of the 2018 faculty, as well as the daily and weekly schedules will be posted by June 26, 2018.

Registration Fees: Tuition, including housing and meals is $1,700.

Application Deadline: June 25, 2018. Space is limited. Register early to save your spot.

To Apply:
1. Beginning January 1, 2018, prospective students may visit IU Conferences to apply. An application fee of $25 as well as a deposit of $100 is due at the time of application. Once a student is accepted, his/her deposit will be applied toward the balance of their remaining tuition. If a student is not accepted, the $100 deposit will be returned.

2. Application Materials include
    a. Letter of Recommendation: from a dance teacher, rehearsal director, or coach attesting to dance experience and technical level. Letters must be emailed to  

    b. Work sample: A 30 second clip of applicant demonstrating his/her dance technique and performance skills. Solo videos in a studio are best. However, if you have a good quality video of your dancing in performance, please make sure to also include the name of the choreographer and clearly indicate which dancer is to be considered (if it is a group performance). Videos must be submitted electronically, via web link. Include the dancer's full name and confirmation code from IU Conferences registration and send to, attention Stephanie Nugent.

Scholarship Inquiries
1. The IUHSSDI has a limited number of tuition scholarships available, ranging from $300 - $1,000. If your student wishes to apply for a scholarship, please contact Stephanie Nugent at  and include a statement explaining financial need and how the student believes attending the IUHSSDI will benefit him/her in college and/or career pursuits. The student will also need to complete an application and pay the application fee as well as the deposit. If the student is not accepted or is not offered a scholarship, he/she will be reimbursed for the $100 deposit.

Please direct questions regarding application materials to attention Stephanie Nugent.

Please direct all questions associated with application fees, tuition and deposit to

ConfirmationApplicants will receive confirmation emails from IU Conferences and once registration and application materials have been received.

NotificationNotification about acceptance into the program will be sent within two weeks of receiving a complete application. (registration, deposit, letter of recommendation and video sample).      


Required:  Medical Forms and Photo/Video Waiver.
 Now that you have been accepted into our summer intensive, we need some more information.

A parent or legal guardian must fill out each of the required forms below. (click links to download). Completed forms must be brought in person to registration on the first day of the intensive.

  1. Medical Consent form
  2. Confidential health history questionnaire
  3. Photo & Video consent form
For Your Information: Students are encouraged to download the form below, which includes what to bring (and what not to bring) with you during your stay on campus at IU Bloomington.

       IUHSSDI Dorm Information

Medical Consent Form  |  Confidential Health History Questionnaire  |  Dorm Information

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