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Summer Dance Institute 2024
June 17–22

Summer Dance Institute

Join Us! June 17–22, 2024

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The School of Dance welcomes Full Circle Dance Company from Baltimore, Maryland, for its 2024 summer intensive. Full Circle Dance Company is Baltimore, Maryland's preeminent modern dance company, known for its thematic choreography featuring a diverse array of members. Highlighted in this group's end-of-session performances will be the choreographic work of our very own,  Travis Gatling! This will be an exciting event with a taste of home.

More about Full Circle Dance Company (FCDC)

Full Circle Dance Company was founded in 2000 by Donna L. Jacobs. From its inception, Full Circle has been committed to presenting diverse stories, tackling real-world issues, and creating technically excellent work that engages and moves a broad audience.

In addition to performing frequently throughout Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, Full Circle has performed by invitation in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee. Venues have included Baltimore Artscape Festival, Baltimore Museum of Art, Tempe Center for the Arts (AZ), Broadway Dance Center (NY), Ohio University, Wesleyan University (CT), Dance Place (Wash DC), and many others.

Since 2004, Full Circle has developed a signature method for creating and presenting work. Selecting one issue to explore deeply each year, the company commissions up to seven choreographers, inviting each to explore the issue from any angle. The resulting works—thematically united but reflecting diverse approaches and perspectives—are presented together, inviting audiences to engage with difficult challenges in new ways. Tackling such complicated issues as race, religion, body image, gender, and more, Full Circle’s yearlong choreography projects have received both local and national attention.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Online registration is now open. 

  • May 10, 2024: Payment deadline.

  • June 16, 2024: Residential student move-in, commuter students invited to join for a welcome dinner.

  • June 17–21, 2024: Classes in session

  • June 22, 2024: Final performance in Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, residential student move-out.

Daily Schedule

A sample daily schedule is as follows:

9:30–10:45 a.m.Contemporary Technique with Full Circle
10:45–11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Professional Development seminars with Full Circle company members
12:30–1:30 p.m.Lunch at university dining hall 
1:30–3:00 p.m.Repertory with Full Circle
3:00–3:15 p.m.Break
3:15–4:30 p.m.Composition and Rehearsal of New Student Work with Full Circle
5:00–6:00 p.m.Dinner at university dining hall
6:00–9:00 p.m.Optional Student activity and Full Circle Rehearsal

Commuter students are welcome to enjoy meals with residential students at local restaurants and at the dining hall on a pay-as-you-go basis, and are invited to stay each evening for optional activities and company rehearsals..

Program Fees

Summer Dance Institute with Full Circle Dance Company – June 17–22, 2024

Summer Dance Institute with Full Circle Dance Company – June 17–22, 2024
June 16–22, 2024, 6 nights accommodation in university residence halls including all meals


Optional Additional Fees

Linen Package – includes all twin extra-long bedding, pillow, and towels$15.00
Daily commuter parking pass – one week$15.00
Overnight parking pass – one week$35.00

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Some financial aid and scholarships are available to assist with program fees. To apply, upload your financial aid along with your registration.

NEW! Undergraduate Scholarships: The College of Fine Arts will guarantee a minimum $2000 fine arts scholarship to all summer pre-college students who successfully complete their program and then matriculate to an undergraduate degree in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.

Scholarships will be applied to OHIO University Undergraduate Tuition upon admission and matriculation into a College of Fine Arts major. Scholarships are distributed over four years of study ($500 per year) with maintenance of eligibility (major in the College of Fine Arts, 3.0 GPA, 15 earned hours per Fall/Spring term). Pre-College Scholarships may be stackable with other OHIO awards and scholarships up to the full cost of resident tuition. 

Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Discount

Ohio University staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as their children and dependents, receive a 10 percent discount on program fees. Enter employee name and department or enter your degree program completed and year of graduation at registration to receive your discount. Only one discount or award will apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can participants live off-campus?

Participants may choose to live off-campus and commute each day.

Is a car necessary?

It is not necessary to have a car while staying on campus. Participants can walk to all areas of the campus easily and use Athens Public Transit to access local amenities. If parking on campus, participants must purchase either a commuter or overnight parking pass. View campus map as a guide.

Will I have a roommate?

Students aged 18 and younger will be housed in double occupancy rooms in university residence halls and may request a roommate in advance if desired.

Students 19 and older will be housed singly in a separate residence hall.

What is included in the meal plan?

All students staying in residence on campus are automatically enrolled in our meal plan for the duration of the session, which provides for all meals at our campus dining. Meals include healthy, fresh options for all dietary needs. Sample menus can be viewed online.

Students with particular dietary restrictions or concerns may reach out to our campus dietitian Angie Bohyer at

May I register to take the workshop part-time?

With our one-week intensive schedule, we are unable to offer part-time registration for the Summer Dance Institute, however we encourage those who are interested but unable to attend fully to join us on Saturday, June 22 for the final performance in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater.

Is there a placement audition at the start of the program?

Students may be divided according to age range and technical ability. If any adjustments are necessary, the workshop faculty or staff will speak to the dancers individually.

What does a daily schedule look like?

Each day begins with a morning technique class led by Full Circle Dance Company, followed by professional development seminars taught by company members. The afternoon session includes repertory and composition courses with the company. Each day ends with nightly activities including Full Circle rehearsals to observe, improv jams, and wellness workshops.

What can I do during the evening?

The program will host optional nightly events that may include open company rehearsals, a lecture or demonstration from the company, films, wellness and nutrition seminars, improv jams, etc. Students may also choose to relax with friends and spend time on campus and in Uptown Athens.

What should I bring/pack?

Regarding clothes: enough dancewear to get through one week (laundry facilities are available in residence halls), umbrella, a light jacket/sweatshirt, and clothes to wear to performance (can be informal). Campus recreation facilities are available to participants so you may choose to bring additional athletic clothing including a swimsuit and towel.

Health and wellness: prescription, over the counter medicine, or any necessary toiletries (there is a CVS within walking distance).  

Miscellaneous items: personal electronics and chargers, alarm clock, journal, yoga mat or large towel, knee pads, and water bottle. 

You may choose to bring your own linens (extra-long twin sheets, blanket, pillow, towels) or select the add-on linen package with the housing and meal plan. (If you do not have an extra-long twin sheet set, two flat sheets of another size will fit the mattresses).

Other important items: health insurance information, bankcard or cash for one week (several ATM machines within walking distance).

Is there internet access?

There is free guest wifi access across campus.

What else can I do in Athens?

There are plenty of things to do and see on the Ohio University campus and in the surrounding Athens area. Take a walk to Court Street to visit local restaurants, bakeries, shops, and cafés as well as see open mic nights, spoken word, and local musicians. Spend time on the College Green enjoying a picnic with friends. Take a hike on one of the many trails Athens has to offer. 

Visit Athens County website for more ideas and information!