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Spend the summer dancing in beautiful Athens, Ohio!

Summer Dance Institute

About the Summer Dance Institute

The Summer Dance Institute is two weeks of intensive training with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and faculty from the Ohio University School of Dance.

Enjoy daily classes in technique, composition, and repertory with company members, culminating in a new student work performed in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend company rehearsals, see the company perform their newest work-in-progress, earn college credit, and develop professional skills for making a successful career in the arts.

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.

Click here to learn more about the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company!

Dates and Schedule

Sunday, June 7
Arrival to campus. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, June 8
Welcome session; classes and rehearsals begin

Friday, June 12
Half-day of classes
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performance

Saturday, June 13
Community Workshop facilitated by DCDC

Sunday, June 14
Day off and a chance to explore beautiful Athens, OH!

Monday, June 15
Classes and rehearsals resume

Friday, June 19
Student performance and reception open to the public

Saturday, June 20
Check out of residence halls

Program and Additional Fees

Program Fees
$995 (includes all classes, performances, and nightly activities)

Additional Fees for On-campus Housing and Meal Plan
(Sunday, June 7 - Saturday, June 20)


Optional Linens Fee

Optional Parking Passes
Commuter pass: $30
Overnight pass: $70

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.

Undergraduate Scholarships

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.

How to Apply

Click the Apply Now button and submit all registration information and any scholarship application material. 

Note: The Summer Dance Institute is open to pre-professional and professional dancers age 16 and older.

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