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Summer Dance Institute 2021

Summer Dance Institute 2021

Update for the 2021 Summer Dance Institute

Unfortunately, the 2021 Summer Dance Institute will be on hiatus this summer due to Covid-related restrictions. We'll be back bigger and better than ever and look forward to dancing with you in 2022! 

If you have any questions, please email Benny Simon at simon.b@ohio.edu


About the Summer Dance Institute

For pre-professional and professional dancers age 16 and older, the Summer Dance Institute 2021 at OHIO University offers a two-week, in-person intensive workshop with Ohio-based company Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and faculty from the School of Dance. We are also offering a virtual option for students who cannot travel to our Athens, OH campus.

From June 7-18, 2020, students will have the exciting opportunity to study with DCDC company founder Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Associate Artistic Director Crystal Perkins, and company members in beautiful Athens, Ohio.

DCDC will offer daily classes in technique, composition, and repertory, culminating in a new student work performed in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the company on a personal and professional level, attend rehearsals, and see the company perform their newest work-in-progress. 

Students will also learn crucial skills to prepare them for a successful career in the arts, including resume writing, audition skills, how to manage your digital profile, and options for making a successful career in the arts.

Scroll down to learn more, including program fees, information on scholarships and financial aid, options for participating online, a daily schedule, class descriptions, and profiles of our guest artists.

If you have additional questions, please email Benny Simon at simon.b@ohio.edu

Dates and Daily Schedule

Virtual students only attend morning technique and professional development classes.

Sunday, June 7 
Students arrive on campus and welcome session   

Weekdays, June 8 - June 19

Contemporary technique with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


Professional development workshops with Ohio University School of Dance faculty and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


Repertory with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


Composition and rehearsal of new student work


Open DCDC company rehearsal and/or student activity

Saturday, June 12
Athens Community workshop facilitated by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and SDI students

Sunday, June 13
Day off to explore beautiful Athens, OH

Friday, June 19
Student performance featuring the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Virtual Option

We are offering an alternate virtual SDI experience for those who are unable to travel to Ohio University. Virtual students will participate synchronously via Zoom in morning technique and professional development classes, as well as selected evening activities. 

About the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Rooted in the African American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Five decades later, it remains rooted in the African American experience, committed to the development of diverse movement artists on the global stage.

A co-recipient of one of the dance world’s highest honors, the 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Revival, DCDC has been presented by American Dance Festival, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and supported by National Endowment for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts among others.

The culturally diverse company is dedicated to exceptional performance and quality community engagement.

DCDC has toured the world, dancing onstage for packed houses in Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, and South Korea.

Learn more and view DCDC's work at:

Program and Additional Fees

In-person Option
Includes full schedule of classes and performances
In-person program fee: $595
Housing fees: $600

Virtual Option
Includes morning technique and professional development classes
Virtual program fee: $295

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

For merit scholarship applications, you will email a link to a 2-minute (maximum) audition video to summerdanceinstitute@ohio.edu or meet with an Ohio University School of Dance representative in person.

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 will apply.


Scholarships for the SDI are available, and students who successfully complete a summer program in the College of Fine Arts may be eligible for additional Fine Arts Scholarships at the undergraduate level, should they choose to pursue a degree in the fine arts at Ohio University.

Where does the Summer Dance Institute take place?

Summer Dance Institute 2021 takes place at the School of Dance on Ohio University's beautiful Athens, Ohio campus. Our studios have been optimized for Zoom teaching for students participating virtually.

What kinds of Covid-related safety procedures do we employ? Will I need to wear a mask?

We have been successfully and safely teaching in-person classes since January 2021. Each of our studios is cleaned and sanitized in between each class, and airflow in all our spaces has been increased. Students and faculty are all required to wear masks when indoors.

May I register to take only certain parts of the Summer Dance Institute?

Participants must register for the full in-person or virtual Institute. Drop-in classes are not available.

What is the minimum age to register for the Summer Dance Institute?

The Summer Dance Institute is open to students 16 and up.

What previous experience or dance training is required?

The Summer Dance Institute is open to students age 16 and older. We expect you to have previous dance training, and our classes are designed to accommodate and challenge students at all levels of training.