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!
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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.
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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
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.
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:
Includes full schedule of classes and performances
In-person program fee: $595
Housing fees: $600
Includes morning technique and professional development classes
Virtual program fee: $295
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or meet with an Ohio University School of Dance representative in person.
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.