Contemporary Dance Intensive

Contemporary Dance Intensive

The Contemporary Summer Intensive is a four-week intensive from June 25–July 22, 2023 for the serious student interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Under the instruction of the renowned school of dance faculty and distinguished guest artists, this unique program offers a cutting-edge approach to contemporary technique, movement innovation and artistic self-discovery.

Contemporary Dance Intensive June 25–July 22, 2023

Curriculum and Classes

Daily classes will include Contemporary Technique, Classical Ballet, Composition, Improvisation, Phrase work, Repertory, Yoga, Pilates, and Conditioning. We will also offer Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop and Ballroom masterclasses throughout the intensive.

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

  • Careers in the Arts
  • Dance History
  • Dancer Wellness
  • Injury Prevention
  • Mental Wellness

Performance Opportunities

The program will conclude with a professionally produced dance concert. We invite family and friends to join us in supporting the students as they perform new works from their repertory classes.

During the first week of the intensive, students ages 15–18 will have the opportunity to audition and work with one of the five guest Choreographic Institute choreographers. These choreographers have been selected from a national and international search to work with our advanced high school summer students. They are some of the leading dance-makers in the contemporary dance world.

Students ages 12–14 will take repertory classes taught by School of Dance faculty and guest artists.

All summer dance students will perform in the final show.  

Sample Schedule*

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness and Conditioning
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Ballet Technique
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Creative Practice (classes include improvisation, composition, and phrase work)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Contemporary Technique
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Repertory Rehearsal (ages 15 - 18)
Repertory Rehearsal (ages 12 - 14)
6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Optional evening masterclasses

*Schedule subject to change


Audition Information

An audition is required for admission into the UNCSA Summer Dance Program, and applicants must be 12 years old by June 25, 2023. Students may audition in person or through video submissions. We encourage you to send video submissions early as space for the intensive is limited.

General Audition Information

In-person auditions will be held at UNCSA on January 28, February 4, and February 11, 2023. In-person auditions will include auditions for Summer Dance and for the 2023-24 academic year.

If you are applying for both the Summer Intensives and for the academic year (high school or college) please contact the Admissions Office.

Registration for both on-campus and video auditions will open on December 12, 2022, and close on May 3, 2023.

To register for an on-campus or video audition, please visit the registration page

There is a $40.00 audition fee, which must be paid in full at the time of the audition registration. After registering and paying the audition fee, you may email your video to

Please include your full name, date of birth, and desired program in the subject and body of the email.

Audition results will be sent via email; if you do not hear from us within two weeks of your audition, please contact program director 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.

Video Audition Requirements

Your video audition should be a single video link or file, no more than 10 minutes in length, containing all the elements outlined below. The video frame should show the entire body and not include any dancers other than the applicant. The video must be taken within three months of submission.

Partial applications will not be considered.

  • 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.
  • A one to two-minute self or professionally-choreographed solo or a one to two-minute improv solo. Students may submit competition and performance videos.