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For more than 30 years, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance program has welcomed talented dancers, teachers and musicians from across the country and around the globe. Join us in this rigorous program with celebrations of myriad cultures united through the love of dance!

Our comprehensive dance program specializes in three styles - Ballet, Jazz and Modern.  The curriculum includes daily technique classes in ballet, jazz and modern, supplemented by Pointe and variations, male technique, pas de deux, tap, music for dancers, Pilates and yoga.

*Students must audition and be accepted into the program before they can register. Point Park students already accepted  into the conservatory can register automatically. 

 

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Please be aware that this program is designed for serious, pre-professional dancers who are currently conditioned and receiving training. International Summer Dance is a very selective and highly intensive program geared towards young dancers who are currently training for a minimum of 6+ hours per week.

If you are not familiar with a dance intensive, we recommend students participate in our Summer Dance Workshop instead. International Summer Dance is for intermediate to advanced students only. 

 

AGE REQUIREMENT:
Students, ages 10 - 30 years old, may apply to our summer intensive. On-campus housing accomodations are available to students who are at least 14-years old. 

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENT:
A doctor’s note is not required for auditions or registration. We expect each family to determine the health and safety of the individual student prior to participating in events. 

 

ARTISTIC REQUIREMENT:
Acceptance into the program is by audition only. If you’ve attended the program in previous years, you do not need to audition again. You can simply note this when you register to reserve your spot. However, If you would like to be considered for an artistic scholarship, you will need to audiiton again. 

 

RETURNING STUDENTS:
If you have participated in the International Summer Dance program in the past, you do NOT need to audition again. Thank you for your continued interest in our intensive. Simply click the REGISTER TODAY button above to get started. You will need to pay the required deposit to reserve your spot and of course, don’t forget to include your returner discount code when you register (code will be available during registration).

Returner students who attend the 3-week session will receive $100.00 off of their tuition cost. Returner students who attend the 6-week session will receive $200.00 off of their tuition cost. Returner students are encouraged to audition again if they would like to be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities.

 

POINT PARK STUDENTS:
Current Point Park students who auditioned for and have been accepted into the Conservatory of Performing Arts are automatically accepted into the International Summer Dance Program. That includes both Dance and Theatre majors. This perk is also available to incoming accepted freshman students.

Current Point Park students receive 50% off tuition (room and board is not included). Accepted students do not have to audition for this program unless they are interested in trying to receiving additional scholarship funds.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
A student doesn't have to be advanced in Pointe to participate in our progarm. Instead, we offer several alternatives  including, extra tap, acting for dancers, music for dancers and singing for dancers.  You will be able to choose from this menu prior to the start of the program.  For those who are interested and capable of Pointe, class will be offered once a day for 1 hour. 

Overview:

In-person auditions consist of a 3 hour class that focuses on Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Modern. Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage students to pre-register online so we can coordinate appropriately. Students who pre-register will receive additional audition information

Students are expected to present a professional appearance. Loose clothing, sweat-warmers, skirts and leg warmers are not permitted. Applicants need to secure long hair in a bun.

With respect to the pointe portion of the ISD audition, it is for intermediate and advanced students only. Beginning level pointe dancers and men/women who do not dance on pointe, get a 15 minute break during that time. Pointe is only a small portion of the overall audition. Everyone resumes with jazz following pointe.

Students will be notified of their audition results roughly 2-3 weeks after their audition. Results will be sent electronically to the emails provided on the audition registration form. In addition to acceptance results, students will also be notified of scholarship opportunities at that same time. 

 

In-Person Audition Fee + Form: 

All in-person auditions require a $30.00 fee due upon arrival/check-in. Please bring cash or a check made payable to Point Park University. 

Please print and complete the top portion of our in-person International Summer Dance audition form. Download our form HERE

We encourage attendees to bring a performance / training resume and headshot (not to exceed 8x10" in size). If you do not have a professional headshot, no worries. Students can instead take a picture with their smartphone (please use a plain background) and print via their computer. It does not need to be on photo paper. A headshot helps our instructors become familiar with each student. 

 

Location: 

Point Park University
Lawrence Hall, GRW Complex
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222

*Just a reminder, street parking is free in Downtown, Pittsburgh on Sundays.

 

Schedule: 

Only students interested in the International Summer Dance program will be auditioning during the below dates. All audition dates listed below take place on a Sunday from 12pm - 4pm.

Audition Days Available

ISD Auditions ONLY

January 19, 2020

February 9, 2020

March 8, 2020

March 29, 2020Cancelled

April 5, 2020Cancelled

 

To register for an in-person, on-campus audition, please click the button below.

 

*In addition to the dates listed above, from February 26 - March 1, 2020, Point Park University will be hosting the National High School Dance Festival for high school students from around the country and around the world. Auditions for many companies, including International Summer Dance, will be available during this event. For more information and to register for this specific program, please click HERE.

Overview:

In-person auditions consist of a 3 to 4 hour class that focuses on Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Modern. Walk-ins are welcome, but we encourage students to pre-register online so we can coordinate appropriately. An online registration link is available below.

Students are expected to present a professional appearance. Loose clothing, sweat-warmers, skirts and leg warmers are not permitted. Applicants need to secure long hair in a bun. 

 With respect to the pointe portion of the ISD audition, it is for intermediate and advanced students only. Beginning level pointe dancers and men/women who do not dance on pointe, get a 15 minute break during that time. Pointe is only a small portion of the overall audition. Everyone resumes with jazz following pointe.

Students will be notified of their audition results roughly 2-3 weeks after their audition. Results will be sent electronically to the emails provided on the audition registration form. In addition to acceptance results, students will also be notified of scholarship opportunities at that same time. 

 

In-Person Audition Fee + Form: 

All in-person auditions require a $30.00 fee due upon arrival/check-in. Please bring cash or a check made payable to Point Park University. 

Please print and complete the top portion of our in-person International Summer Dance audition form. Download our form HERE

We encourage attendees to bring a performance / training resume and headshot (not to exceed 8x10in in size). We encourage attendees to bring a performance / training resume and headshot (not to exceed 8x10in in size). If you do not have a professional headshot, no worries. Students can instead take a picture with their smartphone (please use a plain background) and print via their computer. It does not need to be on photo paper. A headshot helps our instructors become familiar with each student. 

 

Additional Details:

All audition dates listed below are in conjunction with the Conservatory Dance Department auditions. If a student is auditioning for the Point Park Conservatory, their audition fee includes the International Summer Dance audition fee. You do not need to pay two fees. Simply check on the form that you are also interested in being evaluated for ISD. 

If you are NOT auditioning for the conservatory, you can still attend these auditions to be evaluated for International Summer Dance - you will be given a different placement color and will need to pay the $30.00 fee upon arrival. 

Times Available

DATE / CITY

LOCATION

TIME

December 1, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Pebblebrook High School

991 Old Alabama Rd.

Mableton, GA 30126

1pm - 5pm

January 4, 2020

Los Angeles, CA

Debbie Allen Dance Academy 

3791 Santa Rosalia Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90008

4:30pm - 8:30pm

January 18, 2020

New York, NY

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11217

3:30pm - 7pm

February 15, 2020

Falls Church, VA

~25 minutes from D.C.

BalletNova Center for Dance

3443 Carlin Springs Rd.

Falls Church, VA 22041

2pm - 6pm

To register for an off-campus audition, please click the button below.

We encourage students who cannot attend an in-person audition to submit a video instead. To access our video audition portal, please visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/pointparksummer 

 

Overview: 

Dance applicants who cannot audition in person may submit an online video for artistic acceptance into our program. Video auditions must be submitted through our partnership with Accept'd, the world’s largest arts network. Video auditions are eligible for scholarship consideration.

*Students are expected to present a professional appearance. Loose clothing, sweat-warmers, skirts and leg warmers are not permitted. Applicants need to secure long hair in a bun.

Students will be notified of their audition results roughly 2-3 weeks after their audition. Results will be sent electronically to the emails provided on the audition registration form. In addition to acceptance results, students will also be notified of scholarship opportunities at the same time. 

 

Video Audition Fee: 

All video auditions will be charged a $40.00 fee due upon submission. This payment will be collected via Accept’d by debit or credit card. 

 

Video Submission (due by April 30, 2020): Now extended until May 15, 2020

Given that most dance studios are closed, we are happy to accept home videos containing some of the exercises or substitutions including, a solo or short ensemble performance video with a description of which dancer is auditioning (examples; dancer in the blue costume, dancer who starts upstage right, dancer who enters downstage left, etc.). Video of dancers from classes such as parent observation or taken by friends would also be admissible. We understand that we are all in a dynamic situation and will be flexible when it comes to reasonable limitations.

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The video audition will need to include the following:  Please note that all movement should be executed with the appropriate music. 

*Experienced students are encouraged to showcase their pointe technique, however, pointe work is not required to be included in their video submissions. If perferred, please complete the video requirements in flats.

  1. Ballet Barre - pliés, tendus from 5th position, dégagés, rond de jambes, frappés, adagio and grand battements
  2. Ballet Center - pirouettes, adagio, petit allegro and grand allegro
  3. Ballet combinations
     Women: please include pointe work combinations in center containing relevé, échappé, and piqué turns.   
 
     Men: please include two turning combinations, a combination with tours en l'air, and petite allegro with beats.

  1. Jazz or Modern - a combination roughly one minute in length demonstrating turns, jumps and floor work
  2. Optional -  A short classical variation for men and women

International Summer Dance is designed as a six-week program, however, students unable to commit to six weeks can attend during the first three weeks. Both 3 and 6 week sessions are open to commuters and residents at least 14-years old. Please be aware that resident students cannot mix or choose which weeks they attend due to housing availability. If you cannot attend the 3-week or 6-week sessions in their entirety, please contact the Office of Community and Summer Education to discuss additional scheduling options.

 

Important Dates:

Residential Check-In: Sunday, June 21 between 11am - 3pm. 
Residential Orientation: Sunday, June 21 at 4:00pm | Parents are welcome to attend!
Residential Advisor Meet n' Greet: Sunday, June 21 at 7:00pm | Students only. 

Commuter Check-In: Monday, June 22 between 7:30am - 9:30am. 

Orientation for ALL students: Monday, June 22 at 9:30am | Parents are welcome to attend!

3-Week Session
Program Runs: Monday, June 22 - Saturday, July 11

* Performance not included for 3-week students. 
* Since 3-week students do not participate in the showcase, they will have free time in the evenings after 5:30pm.

6-Week Session
Program Runs: Monday, June 22 - Saturday, Aug 1

* 6-week students can decide if they want to participate in our showcase at the end of the performance. Those that choose to participate, will be expected to attend rehearsals. Rehearsals will be in the evenings after dinner and occasionally on Saturdays as we get closer to the performance date.
* This performance will take place at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and is open to family, friends and the public. 


Weekly Class Outlook:

Monday - Friday:
9:00am - 11:00am: Dance Classes
11:00am - 12:00pm: Pointe Class or Specialty Class*
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch/Break
1:00pm - 5:20pm: Dance Classes

* Pointe is offered every week, Monday through Friday, from 11am -12pm. If a student is not suitable on pointe, they THEN have the option to choose from a specialty class. Specialty classes available include extra tap, acting for dancers, music for dancers and singing for dancers. 
* Ladies are also on pointe during a 1-hr partnering class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week. 
* Students participating in the showcase will have rehearsals in the evenings beginning at 6:30pm. 

 

Saturday:
10:30am - 2:00pm: Dance Classes

* Saturday classes are optional for commuter students and those of age. Under age residential students are required to attend Saturday classes. 

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University. Dance classes will take place in Lawrence Hall (LH) and the George Rowland White (GRW) Dance Complex. Students must enter through the Lawrence Hall doors with their student ID to access LH and GRW Dance Studios.  

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Address
Point Park University
Lawrence Hall
212 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


George Rowland White Performance Center

The $16 million George Rowland White Performance Center opened in 2008 in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. It is a Gold LEED-certified building and one of the few green arts facilities in the region. The 44,000-square-foot center includes:

  • Four floors with extra-height ceilings, comparable in size to a six-story building. 
  • Eight studios for rehearsals and performances (We are an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.)
  • State-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, ventilation, flooring, lighting, acoustics and equipment.
  • Grand pianos and state-of-the-art sound systems.
  • On-site student lockers, showers, changing spaces and bike racks.

 

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Artistic merit scholarships are available to those who audition in person or through our video application based on their performance. During the audition, students are automatically evaluated on coordination, muscular strength, technique and comprehension. Scholarships are only applicable towards tuition and cannot be applied towards room and board. Scholarship amounts range from low, mid, high, half and full tuition coverage. 

If a student receives a scholarship, the award will manually be added to their online profile AFTER we receive their deposit. If a student recieves a scholarship above $1,500.00 and chooses to attend the 3-week session instead of the 6-week session, the award will automatically be reduced by 50%.

Our department can only defer a scholarship for one year. If a student cannot attend within this time frame, they will need to re-audition to be eligible for a new scholarship. For example, if you audition and recieve a scholarship for the 2020 program, you can only defer this scholarship until summer of 2021. 

Please be aware that our scholarships are program-specific and are nontransferable to other programs.

All payments are due by May 24, 2020. 

 

Costs Based on Student Type

Student Type 3 Weeks 6 Weeks
Commuter (includes daily lunch buffet) $1,700 $3,315

Resident  (includes room/board*)

$3,315 $6,525
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available.

Students receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and ID holder with their registration. 

 

Non-Refundable Deposit: 

A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. This amount will be applied to the total balance. 

 

*Room/Board Information:

Residential students receive 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (19 meals total per week). Point Park University offers an all-you-can-eat buffet served in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room.

 

 

Available Discounts: 
1. Each student is evaluated for an artistic merit scholarship during the audition (whether you audition in-person or through video). Scholarships range from $100 - full tuition. This scholarship will be added to each students payment portal after registration is complete.

2. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate Point Park students receive 50% off of tuition (room/board is not applicable).

3. Family members of Point Park University employees and alumni receive 30% off of tuition (room/board is not applicable). Family is defined as immediate family members including yourself, spouses and children. 

4. Returner students who attend the 3-week session will receive $100.00 off of their tuition cost. Returner students who attend the 6-week session will receive $200.00 off of their tuition cost. Coupon codes will be available during registration. Thank you for your continued interest in our program!  

The option to live on campus during the International Summer Dance program is available to students at least 14 years old. Students wishing to live on campus who are attending the three-week program must attend during the first three weeks.

We will do our best to fulfill rommate requests, but requests are NOT guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to enter requests during the registration process. 

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. International Summer Dance students stay in Conestoga and Pioneer halls. Conestoga can house 90 students and Pioneer can house 72. 

Adult resident advisers live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors. Parents of participating students may apply to serve as a resident advisor. A limited number of positions are available and more information will be available soon.

To view more information about our state-of-the-art dance facilities, click here.

 

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Contact Information:
Phone: 412-392-3457
Emailsummerdance@pointpark.edu
(Include “International Dance” in the subject line of emails)