Video auditions for the 2021 summer season are now open via Accept'd. If you've been accepted into the program in previous years, you do not have to audition again. Join us! We’d love to see you this summer - Registration is now open! For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and summer safety measures, please visit HERE. Looking for further details? Check out our FAQs page.
International Summer Dance Options Available: Residential (3- wk or 6- wk sessions) & Online (weekly)
Sunday, June 20 - Saturday, July 31, 2021 | Residential & Online Options
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. Students accepted in previous years, can also register automatically.
- This season, the program is only open to on-ground, residential students (14 years+) and online students (ages 10+). No commuter options are available due to Covid-19. Residential spots will be capped at 140 participants to ensure further social distancing. Out-of-state students are welcome.
- All residential students (local, out-of-state and international) must provide a negative, molecular Covid-19 test upon arrival. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the program start date (Sunday, June 20, 2021).
Students must be accepted into the program before they can register below. Awarded scholarships will be manually added by our team after we receive your registration and deposit.
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.
Students, ages 10 - 30 years old, may apply to our summer intensive. On-campus housing accommodations are available to students who are at least 14-years old.
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.
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 audition again.
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.
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 receiving additional scholarship funds. This benefit is also available to incoming accepted freshman students who are academically AND artistically admitted to the incoming undergraduate class. A deposit must be made to take advantage of this benefit.
FOR CREDIT INFORMATION: Point Park dancers can receive credit during Summer Dance for Incompletes due to illness or injury accrued during the school year. One supplemental credit in Ballet, Jazz or Modern is available provided that the student completes all 6 weeks and attends 42 hours of classes. These credits/hours will be determined by the faculty member who issued the Incomplete grade and Garfield Lemonius. Please note that students will need to be the experiential fee associated with each credit.
A student doesn't have to be advanced in Pointe to participate in our program. 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.
International students will be required to self-quarantine in the United States 7 days prior to attending the dance intensive unless they are fully vaccinated. Vaccinated international students are not required to quarantine.
Please understand that we cannot provide any accommodations prior to the start of the program and students will be responsible for housing themselves for the duration of the quarantine stay. A negative Covid test will also be required upon arrival to the dance intensive.
For more information and requirements for U.S. entry, please visit the Travel.State.Gov. webpage. Please reach out to the Department to discuss your unique situation 1-on-1.
All auditions will be via video submission for the 2021 summer season.
To access our video audition portal, please visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/pointparksummer
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 May 15, 2021
If your dance studio remains closed, we are happy to accept home videos containing some of the exercises (or with substitutions) including: a solo or short ensemble performance video with a description identifying which dancer is auditioning (i.e.: dancer in the blue costume, dancer who starts upstage right, dancer who enters downstage left, etc.). Videos of dancers taken from classes by parent observation or 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.
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 preferred, please complete the video requirements in flats.
- Ballet Barre - pliés, tendus from 5th position, dégagés, rond de jambes, frappés, adagio and grand battements
- Ballet Center - pirouettes, adagio and petit allegro
- Jazz or Modern - a combination roughly one minute in length demonstrating turns, jumps and floor work
- 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 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.
3-Week Session: Program Runs: Sunday, June 20 - Saturday, July 10
6-Week Session: Program Runs: Sunday, June 20 - Saturday, July 31
Weekly Class Outlook:
Monday - Friday:
|9:15am - 10:45am||Ballet|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Pointe, Male Tech or Tap|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch/Break|
|1:00pm - 2:15pm||Modern|
|2:30pm - 3:45pm||Pilates, Tap or Yoga|
|4:00pm - 5:15pm||Jazz or Hip Hop|
Saturday (on-ground students only):
|1:00pm - 2:15pm||Ballet|
|2:30pm - 3:45pm||Jazz|
- Pointe is offered every week, Monday through Friday, from 11am -12pm. If a student is not suitable on Pointe, THEN they have the option to choose Tap.
- Minor residential students are required to attend Saturday classes.
Online Program for Ages 10-13
Designed for the technical level of this age group with specific instructors. All times listed below are in EST.
Monday - Friday (no weekend classes):
|9:30am - 10:45am||Ballet|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Pointe or Conditioning|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch/Break|
|1:00pm - 2:15pm||Modern|
|2:30pm - 3:45pm||Jazz or Hip Hop|
Online Program for Ages 14+
Follows the regular International Summer Dance schedule Monday-Friday. Saturday classes are not available to online students. See schedule accordion above for more information.
All online classes will be delivered via Zoom, an online and mobile meeting solution. We recommend that all participants download the platform prior to the start of the program to become more familiar. To access this free software, please visit HERE.
Students will need access to the internet and the ability to join with audio and video.
Zoom details and additional housekeeping items will be emailed prior to the start of the program. Please be sure to include the best email contact when you register.
Point Park University
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 receives a scholarship at or 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%.
Please be aware that our scholarships are program-specific, nontransferable to other programs and only applicable to tuition costs (room/board are not included).
Awarded financial scholarships from 2019 and 2020 will be honored for this season. Please remember that scholarships are manually added by our team AFTER we receive your registration and deposit. Scholarship awardees have additional options this season:
- Apply 100% of your scholarship towards the 2021 season: no action is needed!
- Apply a partial amount towards the 2021 season and defer the rest until 2022: please email us!
- Defer the entire scholarship until 2022: please email us!
- Scholarships can be used for on-ground or online.
- If scholarships are not utilized by the 2022 season, it will be voided, and students will need to audition again for scholarship consideration.
The Department of Community and Summer Education at Point Park University, in conjunction with Dupree Dance, awards one full and one-half tuition artistic scholarship during each event of their season tour. To learn more about Dupree Dance and their events, please visit their website at HERE.
Share The Movement
Share The Movement is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the professional dance community by providing financial, educational and inspirational support to promising young BIPOC dancers. For 2021, our goal is to provide scholarships to dancers within the BIPOC community, between the ages of 11 and 19, who require financial aid in order to attend virtual summer intensives.
Our scholarships are specifically full or partial tuition coverage for online attendees, unfortunately we are not offering scholarships to dancers attending in-person at this time. In addition to financial assistance, Share The Movement will provide inspirational support to scholarship recipients through an optional mentorship program with dance industry professionals. Interested parties are encouraged to apply by April 30, 2021.
To apply, please visit: https://www.sharethemovementnow.org/scholarships
Students must be accepted into the program before they can register. All payments are due Friday, June 18, 2021.
Registration and payments will be handled through our easy, user-friendly online registration platform, CampDoc.
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available.
Students receive a t-shirt with seasonal swag and an ID holder with their registration.
A deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. This amount will be applied to the total balance. Please review our FAQs for the most up-to-date information on cancellations and refunds.
Room / Board Information:
Residential students receive 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (19 meals total per week). All meals take place in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room.
|Breakdown||3 Weeks||6 Weeks|
|Student Type||1 Wk||2 Wks||3 Wks||6 Wks|
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 student's 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!
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.
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.
To view more information about our state-of-the-art dance facilities, click here.
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.
As an undergraduate student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education.Consider a B.F.A. or B.A. in Dance.