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Dance Institute

Now in its 20th year, the Dance Institute was established to assist young dancers in their pursuit of a comprehensive dance education. Dancers will be introduced to the U-M Department of Dance, one of the top pre-professional training programs in the country. The program is set on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus where dancers gain an excellent pre-college dance experience in a lively university setting.

U-M Faculty Director: Associate Professor Robin Wilson
Co-Director: Jillian Hopper

Session Dates: July 21 – August 3, 2019
Priority Deadline for Digital Application: February 1, 2019
Live Audition Date on U-M Ann Arbor Campus: February 23, 2019
Tuition: $3,150

This intensive dance training program provides an immersion in a diverse range of dance styles with dynamic dance professionals. Daily classes are offered in a variety of dance techniques that emphasize both performance and creative aspects of dance. The Dance Institute culminates in an informal dance performance featuring student composition studies and faculty works.

Rounding out the daily dance classes and workshops, there are evening and weekend educational and recreational activities. Class offerings and workshops include:

  • Modern Dance
  • Ballet
  • Jazz/Hip-Hop
  • African/Afro-Caribbean
  • Repertory
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Dance in College
  • Origins of Jazz Dance
  • Injury Prevention
  • Dance History
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

The Dance Institute application consists of three parts.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are received.

Application Checklist for Dance Institute

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00
  3. Upload your Audition Materials via Acceptd, the MPulse Online Audition Portal (details for each entry outlined in Audition Portal)
    1. Audition (choose one)
      1. In-Person (Ann Arbor, February 23, 2019)
      2. Digital Audition
    2. Resume
    3. Headshot
    4. Recommendation Letter

Priority Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2019.

The In-Person Audition is Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Those participating in the In-Person Audition on February 23 must still upload and submit all application and audition materials by February 1, 2019. Those participating in the In-Person Audition do not need to upload and submit audition videos.

Those not participating in the In-Person Audition (video submissions instead) should also upload and submit all videos and other audition materials by February 1, 2019, as outlined above.

Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 1, 2019. For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.