International Summer Dance Open for Residents & Commuters | 6, 3 or 2 week sessions available
Sunday, June 19 - Saturday, July 30, 2022 | Resident & Commuter 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.
All students are required to be fully vaccinated (meaning a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines) in order to participate in our program.
Students who register for our 6-week session are eligible to participate in our Showcase. No performance opportunity is available for our 3- and 2- week students.
Students must be accepted into the program before they can register.
Awarded scholarships will be manually added by our team after we receive your registration and deposit.
All students are required to be fully vaccinated (meaning a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines) in order to participate in our program.
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. 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.
All students must be accepted into the program. Acceptance is by audition only. If you’ve attended the program in previous years or have been accepted into Point Park's Conservatory, you do not need to audition again. You can simply note this during registration.
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! When available, 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).
Currently, no returner discounts are available for our 2-week session.
Returner students who attend the 3-week session will receive $150.00 off of their tuition cost.
Returner students who attend the 6-week session will receive $300.00 off of their tuition cost.
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 to Admissions 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 Colleen Hooper. Please note that students will need to pay 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. You will be able to choose from a 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.
For more than three decades, Point Park University's International Summer Dance has welcomed talented dancers, teachers and musicians from around the globe. We have previously hosted students from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Sweden, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Every year, our studios, corridors, dining halls and parks are filled with joyful celebrations of myriad cultures united by the love of dance.
Point Park University - and the city of Pittsburgh - welcome our international students and teachers with open arms and open hearts. Point Park University is an inclusive community that believes that diversity and inclusion are vital to the well-being of everyone here, to the educational mission of Point Park, and to a bright and peaceful future.
After all, without our international students, it would not be International Summer Dance. We look forward to seeing you and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
All international students are required to be fully vaccinated (meaning a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines) in order to participate in our program.
Please be aware that we cannot provide accommodations prior to or after the duration of the program. If you have a unique situation, please reach out to the Department to discuss your situation 1-on-1.
For more information and requirements for U.S. entry, please visit the Travel.State.Gov. webpage.
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
International students should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to making any payments via CampDoc. An additional form needs to be completed in lieu of different monetary values (i.e. Pesos vs. USD)
All auditions will be by video submission for the 2022 summer season.
To access our video audition portal, please visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/pointparksummer
In-person auditions are not available at this time. Video auditions are required and all will be evaluated for artistic scholarship consideration. Students are expected to present a professional appearance. Loose clothing, sweatpants, skirts, and leg warmers are not permitted. Applicants need to secure long hair in a bun. Candidates will be notified via Accept'd within 2-4 weeks of their acceptance and scholarship status.
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. Unable to pay the audition fee? Apply for a fee waiver via Accept'd HERE.
Video Submission: Extended to Friday, May 13
All video submissions should be framed as horizontal/landscape. All movement should be executed with the appropriate music. Your video audition will need to include the following:
*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
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 or during week 4 and 5. All sessions are open to residents at least 14-years old or local commuters. If you cannot attend the available sessions in their entirety, please contact the Office of Community and Summer Education to discuss additional scheduling options.
3 and 6-week students
Residential and Commuter Check-In: Sunday, June 19 between 9am - 4pm
6-Week Session: Program Runs > Sunday, June 19 - Saturday, July 30 > Performance Opportunity
3-Week Session: Program Runs > Sunday, June 19 - Saturday, July 9 > NO Performance
2-Week Session: Program Runs > Sunday, July 10 - Saturday, July 23 > NO Performance
6-Week Move-Out: Saturday, July 30 from 2pm - 6pm
3-Week Move-Out: Saturday, July 9 from 2pm - 6pm
2-Week Move-Out: Saturday, July 23 from 2pm - 6pm
Weekly Class Outlook:
The below schedule will occur Monday - Friday. NO classes over the weekend(s).
|9:00am - 10:45am||Ballet|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Pointe, Male Tech or Acting/Ballroom/Acting|
|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|
This fast-paced class is taught by Art and Style Director and former National and International Latin and Ballroom Champion Rozana Sweeney. Classes cover a variety of American and Latin dance styles including the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Salsa, Mambo and Rumba.
Music for Dancers
This “hands on” class is taught by Point Park University’s talented percussionists. Taught in a small group setting, this course introduces drumming techniques and musical concepts such as meter, time signature and tempo.
Acting for Dancers
Taught by Prime Stage Producing Artistic Director and University of Pittsburgh Faculty member Wayne Brinda, Acting for Dancers introduces the art of storytelling through the study of literature, speaking, movement and creative expression.
Available only to 6-week students. Optional opportunity. Please be aware that rehearsals will occur in the evenings and on weekends. Additional details will be released at the start of the program.
Awarded scholarships from 2021 and earlier must be utlized in the 2022 season. After 2022, scholarships not utilized will be voided, and students will need to audition again for scholarship consideration. This does not affect acceptance status. Scholarship information for 2023 and beyond will be released when available.
Artistic merit scholarships are available to those who are seen at a Point Park Conservatory audition or apply through our video portal, Accept'd. During the audition, students are evaluated on coordination, muscular strength, technique and comprehension. Scholarships are only applicable towards tuition and cannot be applied towards the deposit or room and board fees. Scholarship amounts range from low, mid, high, half and full tuition coverage. Please be aware that our scholarships are program-specific and nontransferable to other programs.
Students who have previously been accepted into our program, do not need to audition again unless they wish to be considered for a new or increased artistic scholarship, which will void and supersede any previous award. No change will be made if a student receives a lower scholarship than previously held.
All scholarships are manually added by our team AFTER we receive your registration and deposit.
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 Dupree Dance season tour. To learn more about Dupree Dance and their events, please visit their website HERE.
Kansas City Jazz Dance Intensive (KCJDI)
KCJDI is a jazz dance-focused experience that brings in master faculty from around the world for a 5-day intensive every summer. Each year, we are so excited to offer KCJDI students a chance to continue their training well past the intensive with our scholarship program. 2 full tuition scholarships will be awarded towards ISD at PPU.
All payments are due at the start of your program or June 30, 2022.
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 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space in the program. 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). Commuters receive a daily lunch buffet. A dinner dining pass is available to Commuters for an additional fee. All meals take place in our Lawrence Hall Dining Room.
|COST BREAKDOWN||6 Weeks||3 Weeks||2 Weeks|
|Arriving Airport Shuttle (6/19/22, 9am-3pm)||$15.00|
|Commuter Dinner Pass: 6-Week Student||$300.00|
|Commuter Dinner Pass: 3-Week Student||$150.00|
|Commuter Dinner Pass: 2-Week Student||$100.00|
|Kennywood Amusement Park (7/3/22): open to all students||$45.00|
- Each student is evaluated for an artistic merit scholarship during the audition. Scholarships range from $100 - full tuition. Awarded scholarships will be added to each student's payment portal after registration is complete.
- Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate Point Park students receive 50% off of tuition (room/board is not applicable).
- 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.
- Returner students who attend the 3-week session will receive $150.00 off of their tuition cost. Returner students who attend the 6-week session will receive $300.00 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. Laundry is available for free to residential students.
Adult resident advisers live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to twelve minors. Parents of participating students and current Point Park students may apply to serve as a resident adviser. A limited number of positions are available. Apply Here.
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.