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Summer Dance Institute 2023
June 26–July 1, 2023

Summer Dance Institute 2023

Join Us! June 26–July 1

Register Here


The Ohio University School of Dance welcomes the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to Athens again for the 2023 Summer Dance Institute!

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, a premier African-American contemporary dance organization, joins the Ohio University School of Dance to present daily classes in technique, composition, and repertory, culminating in a new student work performed in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater.

The Summer Dance Institute also offers professional development workshops with DCDC company dancers 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 aged 16 and older.

If you have any questions, please email us at


Dates and Daily Schedule

Online registration opens Jan 9.
Students arrive on campus on Sunday, June 25 and leave on Saturday, July 1. 

Daily schedule of classes and activities coming soon.

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can participants live off-campus?

Participants may 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 Transitto access local amenities. If parking on campus, participants must purchase either a commuter or overnight parking pass. View campus mapas a guide.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, students who choose to stay on-campus will share a room with one other participant. Students may request a roommate in advance.

Minors and adults will be housed in separate halls. 

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 your stay, which provides for all meals at our campus cafeterias and allows participants to explore Uptown Athens by visiting several local restaurants. Meals include healthy, fresh options for all dietary needs.

May I register to take the workshop part-time?

We encourage all participants to register for the full program in order to take advantage of all that the Summer Dance Institute has to offer! For those whose schedules do not allow full participation we are now offering a single week registration option as well as daily drop-ins for morning technique classes and full-day sessions. Please use the registration link at the top of the page to select the option that best fits your schedule.

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

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 taught by company members of the featured visiting dance company, followed by repertory and elective courses such as composition with breaks in between. Each day ends with nightly activities including DCDC rehearsals to observe, improv jams, and wellness workshops. 

What can I do during the evening and on weekends?

The program will host nightly events that may include open company rehearsals, a lecture or demonstration from the company, dance movies, wellness and nutrition seminars, improv jams, etc.

What should I bring/pack?

Regarding clothes: enough dancewear to get through one week (laundry facilities in dorms), 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.

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

Regarding 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).

Regarding important items: health insurance information, bankcard or cash for two weeks (several ATM machines within walking distance).

Is there internet access?

There is free guest wifi access across campus.

What should I do on my day off?

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!