Contemporary Dance Intensive

Contemporary Dance Intensive

UNCSA Summer Dance is an online three-week comprehensive intensive for dancers age 12 - 20. The online Contemporary Dance Intensive focuses on cross-disciplinary dance training and fits the needs of serious dance artists at any point in their training. The program provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge and skills needed to excel in their disciplines.

Online Contemporary Dance Intensive June 21 - July 9, 2021

Curriculum and Classes

We are not simply transferring what we do on campus to an online format; instead, we have created a program that takes advantage of the technology and the situation at hand.

We will offer specially tailored online classes Monday through Friday during the Intensive, and students will expereince a well-rounded curriculum.

Daily classes will include Contemporary Technique, Classical Ballet, Composition, Improvisation, Phrase work, Dance for Film, Repertory, Music for Dancers, Yoga, Pilates and Conditioning.

Other topics covered in our seminars and Q&A sessions may include:

  • Careers in the Arts
  • Dance History
  • Dancer Wellness
  • Injury Prevention and Awareness
  • Meet the Artist

The program will also include master classes in jazz, musical theatre, ballroom and hip hop.

All Classes will be held using Zoom to maximize feedback and personalized training. We've reduced our class sizes to create a more intimate relationship between students and instructors, and Zoom will allow faculty to observe students and provide verbal instructions and corrections. For more information read through our frequently asked questions.  

Sample Schedule

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Optional Student/Faculty check-in
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ballet Class
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Composition, Improvisation, and Phrase Work

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Lunch Break 
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Contemporary Technique Class
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Repertory*
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Break
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Optional Masterclasses

*Students participating in all three weeks are invited to participate in virtual performances during the last week of the intensive. Repertory classes will meet 3-4 times per week from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Students will attend yoga, pilates and conditioning on days when repertory does not meet. Those attending for 1 or 2 weeks will take yoga, pilates and conditioning.

At-Home Requirements

  • High-Speed internet
  • A space that is at least 6x6 Ft to work in
  • A computer, iPad or phone for Zoom
  • A ballet barre or chair
  • A yoga mat 



Audition deadline extended to May 16!

General Audition Information

All auditions will be online for the summer of 2021. A video audition is required for admission into the UNCSA Summer Dance Program.

Applicants must be 12 years old by June 21, 2021.

Video auditions will open on January 4, 2021, and close on May 3, 2021.  We encourage you to send video submissions early as space for the intensive is limited.

There is a $30.00 audition fee, which must be paid in full prior to video submission.

After you have registered for the audition and paid the fee, we will send you an email address for audition materials.

Audition results will be sent via email; if you do not hear from us within two weeks of your audition, please contact Ashley Lindsey at to inquire about the results of your audition.

Due to the high volume of audition participation, individual feedback from auditions cannot be given.

Online Intensive Audition Requirements

Your video audition should be a single video link or file, no more than 10 minutes in length, containing all of the elements outlined below. Only one side needs to be shown for each combination. The video frame should show the full body throughout and not include any dancers other than the applicant. The video must be taken recently, not more than three months prior to submission.

  • Your video link (Youtube or Vimeo preferred) or file is required to be emailed to an address will will provide after audition registration and payment.
  • Applicants must wear practice clothes
  • Do not wear skirts, loose-fitting tee-shirts, or leg warmers
  • Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment so that you can be seen clearly and stand out from the background.

Contemporary Audition Video Requirements

Applicants must include the following steps in their video:

  • Barre work (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side needed for each combination)
  • Plié, tendu/degage, rond de jambe, passé développé (front, side, and back), grand battement, and a balance on one leg in attitude back.
  • Center Work (maximum 2 minutes)
  • Three phrases that travel across the floor: one demonstrating the use of space, one demonstrating chaine and pique turns, and one demonstrating grand jeté. (Optional, if you have enough space to execute the combination safely)
  • A one to two-minute self or professionally-choreographed solo or a one to two-minute improv solo