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Summer Dance Intensive

About the Intensive

July 26 – August 6, 2021

The Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The intensive program focuses on technical training in ballet, contemporary modern, and jazz, with additional classes offered in such styles as African, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Pilates, and yoga. Students will also learn repertory work created by the faculty. The two-week program will culminate in an informal presentation on Friday, August 6th.

The in-person format of the Summer Dance Intensive is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will update our website should any changes occur.

  • 2-week Intensive: July 26 - August 6
  • 1-week Intensive: July 26 - July 30

Requirements For Enrollment

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 Intensive Information

  • Welcome From The Director

    We are delighted to invite you to join us this summer at the DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive!  Come and 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.  You'll leave inspired, and renewed after experiencing a wide array of classes and styles, as well as working with faculty on repertory work.

    We hope to see you in our studios this summer!

    Julia Mayo
    Director and Chair of Dance

  • Sample Schedule*

    • 8:00-9:00am:  Pilates or Yoga
    • 9:15-10:30am:  Technique Class
    • 10:45am-12:00pm:  Technique Class
    • 12:00-1:00pm:  Lunch Break
    • 1:00-1:45pm:  Electives
    • 2:00-3:15pm:  Technique Class
    • 3:30pm-5:00pm:  Master Class or Repertory Rehearsal

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

  • Residential Option

    Students have the option to live on campus during the Intensive. The Residential Option includes additional evening and weekend activities. Students are supervised by Residential Counselors, who live in the residence hall with the students throughout the intensive program.

     The deadline to register for the 2021 residential program has passed. Spots are still available for commuter students.

  • Tuition & Fees

    2-week Intensive (July 26 - August 6)

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

    1-week Intensive (July 26-July 30)

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

    Residential Fees

    *For more information on the residential programs 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, 2021 will receive a full tuition refund less a $25 application fee.  Students who withdraw between July 2 and July 23, 2021 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 23, 2021.

    *Should the program shift to a virtual format due to COVID-19, students may request to opt out from participating and receive a full refund by contacting the director.
  • Enrollment

    Register and pay online

    Enrollment Deadlines

    • July 1, 2021 for residential students
    • July 23, 2021 for 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 with a high school graduation date of 2023 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.

    Application for DA 301 College Credits

  • Scholarship Information

    A limited number of scholarships are available for exceptional students.  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 15, 2021

    Application for Scholarships

  • 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