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Summer Dance Institute 2022

Summer Dance Institute 2022

The Ohio University School of Dance once again welcomes the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to Athens for the 2022 Summer Dance Institute!

Join us for daily in-person classes in technique, composition, and repertory from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., culminating in a new work performed in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater on Saturday, June 25.

The Summer Dance Institute also offers the opportunity to attend DCDC company rehearsals and professional development workshops with DCDC and School of Dance faculty, building the skills and knowledge necessary for making a career in the arts. This intensive is recommended for intermediate and advanced level dancers.

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

Dates and Daily Schedule

Students arrive on campus on Sunday, June 19 and leave on Saturday, June 25. 

Click here for a daily schedule of classes and 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

Program fees are $375.00 with the option to enroll for 1.0 university credit. Residential stay with all meals included is an additional $345.00.

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 2022 takes place at the School of Dance on Ohio University's beautiful Athens, Ohio campus. Students are housed in Ohio University dormitories.

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

Health and safety requirements for Ohio University students and visitors have recently changed. Per CDC guidance, masks will not be required in campus spaces while Athens County transmission rates remain low. Up-to-date safety protocols may always be found at www.ohio.edu/coronavirus/protocol.

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

Participants must register for the full in-person 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, though classes are designed to accommodate and challenge students at intermediate levels and above.