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Summer Dance Intensives

About the Intensives

Youth SDI: July 15-19, 2024
SDI: July 22 – August 2, 2024

The DeSales University Dance Department offers two opportunities for aspiring dancers to engage with our diverse faculty of dance professionals and experience the dynamic energy of the DeSales campus.


Youth SDI


The Youth Summer Dance Intensive is designed for dancers ages 11-13 to experience the joy and rigor of dance in a supportive environment with caring artist educators. The program offers training in ballet, modern, and hip hop, with additional master classes in jazz, contemporary, and injury prevention.


  • 1-week Intensive: July 15 – 19, 2024

The Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training for students ages 14 and up on the beautiful campus of DeSales University. The program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and hip hop, with additional master classes with sought after professionals in forms such African dance, Jazz, Improvisation, Pilates, Contemporary Repertoire, Injury Prevention, and Yoga. Students will enhance their technique in a supportive environment, while exploring their own artistry and technical abilities. The two-week program will culminate in an informal presentation on Friday, August 2.

  • 2-week Intensive: July 22 - August 2
  • 1-week Intensive: July 22 - 26

Requirements For Enrollment


Youth SDI

This is an intermediate dance training program for students ages 11-13. Interested students should have previous dance training.

This is an intermediate/advanced dance training program for students entering high school and above.  There are no exceptions to the minimum age of 14 – students must be 14 by the start date of the intensive.  Interested students must have previous dance training.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please email Julia Mayo, at, or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1243.

Summer Dance Intensives Information

  • Welcome From The Director

    This year, we are delighted to offer two opportunities for aspiring dancers to experience dance at DeSales University! We invite you to spend one or two weeks on the beautiful campus of DeSales University immersing yourself in dance with the faculty of the Dance Department and other esteemed guest artists. Whether you are attending SDI or Youth SDI, we are confident you’ll leave inspired, and renewed after experiencing a wide array of classes and dance styles in our studios.

    We hope to see you in our studios this summer!

    Julia Mayo
    Director and Chair of Dance

  • Sample Schedule*

    Youth SDI Sample Schedule

    • 9:00-10:15am:  Technique Class
    • 10:30am-11:45am:  Technique Class
    • 11:45am-12:45pm:  Lunch Break
    • 12:45pm-1:45pm:  Injury prevention
    • 2:00-3:00pm:  Master Class

    There is no residential option for Youth SDI

    SDI Sample Schedule

    • 9:00-10:15am:  Technique Class
    • 10:30am-11:45am:  Technique Class
    • 11:45am-12:45pm:  Lunch Break
    • 12:45pm-1:45pm:  Electives
    • 2:00-3:15pm:  Technique Class
    • 3:30pm-5:00pm:  Master Class or Repertory Rehearsal

    * Individual schedules based on level placements will be provided to students on the first day of the program.

  • Residential Option

    Students participating in SDI* have the opportunity to get a more authentic college experience by living on campus and taking part in extra activities. Students will enjoy staying air-conditioned rooms in Chappuis Hall, located next to the Brisson Dance Studio, with residential advisors who live with the students and attend all classes and meals with them. Residential students will be given a roommate and students who are attending with a friend can request to be roommates. Two rooms share one bathroom between them.

    The following are included in room and board costs:

    • Three meals a day at the University Center cafeteria (any exception to this will be included in a schedule sent out to residents closer to the start of SDI)
    • Laundry facilities in the residence hall, free of charge
    • Rehearsals for a piece set on the residents by the Residential Advisors
    • Extra master classes
    • Outings and activities

    *The residential option is not available for Youth SDI

  • Tuition & Fees

    Youth SDI

    • 1-week intensive (July 15 – 19)
    • Tuition: $525
    • Application fee: $25
    • Total: $550

    2-week Intensive (July 22 - August 2)

    • Tuition: $970
    • Application Fee: $25
    • Total: $995

    1-week Intensive (July 22 - 26)

    • Tuition: $650
    • Application Fee: $25
    • Total: $675

    Payment plans can be arranged upon request. Please email for more information.

    Residential Fees

    *For more information on the residential program please email

    2-week Residential

    • Room: $650
    • Board: $400
    • Residential Program Activities Fee: $200
    • Total: $1250

    1-week Residential

    • Room: $350
    • Board: $200
    • Residential Program Activities Fee: $100
    • Total: $650

    SDI Refund Policy

    Students who withdraw before July 1, 2024 will receive a full tuition refund less a $25 application fee. Students who withdraw between July 2 and July 15, 2024 will receive a tuition refund less a $100 tuition deposit and the $25 application fee.

    NO MONEY will be refunded FOR ANY REASON after July 16, 2024.

  • Enrollment

    Register and Pay

    Enrollment Deadlines

    • July 1, 2024, for Youth SDI  REGISTRATION CLOSED
    • July 1, 2024 for SDI residential students REGISTRATION CLOSED
    • July 15, 2024 for SDI non-residential students

    All fees must be paid prior to check-in or student will not be permitted to take class. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee for applying.

  • College Credits

    Advanced students attending SDI with a high school graduation date of 2026 or prior, with at least three years of dance training, may audition to register under DA 301 and receive 3 credits from DeSales University. Qualified students must participate in the full two-week intensive. The deadline to audition for college credit is July 1, 2024.

    Youth SDI does not offer college credit.

    Apply for Academic Credit

  • Scholarship Information

    A limited number of scholarships are available for exceptional students wishing to attend SDI. Scholarships are only available to students enrolling in the two-week intensive.  Awards will be given as a discount off of tuition but do not include room and board fees.

    Scholarship application deadline: May 1, 2024

    Apply for an SDI Scholarship

  • Testimonials

    “I learned so much from having so many different teachers with a wide range of teaching styles and really came to know my strengths and weaknesses as a dancer. The two weeks were so worth my time not only because of the amazing training I received but also because I made lasting friendships and had the most fun of my summer doing activities with them as a resident student after classes!”

    “SDI not only helped me improve as a dancer, but as a person as well. I greatly enjoyed working with the teachers and staying on campus was another wonderful experience in itself. It was truly an amazing experience and I highly recommend it for anybody who is interested in keeping dance in their life after high school and college.”

    “SDI was a great experience for me, especially because I am looking to pursue dance as my career. I loved every second of it and I hope to return next year! SDI was a very memorable 2 weeks and I gained so much from this experience.”

    “SDI gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of styles, with a great deal of teachers in just two weeks. Every teacher was informative and amazing to work with. Each instructor taught me something different about dance and performing and about myself as well. It was an amazing opportunity to work and connect with all the teachers, as well as the other students. We had so much fun, while also learning and expanding our comfort levels. Please continue offering a variety of classes as you do, as well as include the screen dance information session. I feel as though that was very interesting and important for upcoming dancers. Thank you so much for the experience!”

    “The thing for me was I came very close to giving up dance completely, but this intensive helped me find my love for dance again. I'm the happiest I've ever been now.”

    “I thought the program was very beneficial! 2 weeks of dancing and I can definitely see a difference in my technique and confidence level. I think it's a good opportunity to get you to take classes outside of your studio and away from the dancers you always dance with! It really shows you how you can handle different challenges.”

Contact Us

Summer Dance Intensive
2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034