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Tisch Summer High School Dance Program

The Department of Dance at Tisch School of the Arts strives to prepare young artists for a life in dance.

Dance in New York City reflects our intense focus on technical training, choreography, and performance within an environment that cultivates critical thought, creative process, and the highest standard of physical self-expression.

Program Overview

In addition to rigorous technical practice, students create new dance compositions and learn existing repertory from established New York City-based dance artists. We also provide opportunities to explore newer areas of dance research including improvisational techniques, kinesiology and dance science, and the role of new media in dance creation. Students share their own compositions with faculty in weekly showings; the program culminates in a final studio showing for faculty, family and friends.

CORE CURRICULUM

Students take the following courses for a combined total of 6 units.

DANCE STUDIO PRACTICE

4 units

Dance Studio Practice is designed to develop a rigorous physical practice in the young dancer in preparation for college-level pre-professional dance training. This four-week course consists of three components: Dynamic Alignment and Conditioning, Ballet Technique, and Contemporary Technique. Course work focuses on learning to dance healthfully, emphasizing placement and alignment principles that lead to the most efficient use of the body. A comprehensive, organic approach to dance encourages students to develop versatility of style and an individual voice through physical practice.

Objectives

  • Strengthen concepts of efficient alignment while supporting a healthy dancing body
  • Clarify concepts of classical ballet technique as underlying foundations for technical expertise
  • Explore a variety of contemporary technical styles, including Cunningham, Limon, and Release techniques
  • Develop a unique voice for physical expression

CREATIVE RESEARCH IN DANCE

2 units

Creative Research in Dance is designed to introduce students to college-level pre-professional practice in choreography and performance. This four-week course consists of three components: Composition, Repertory, and a series of special workshops in Improvisation, Anatomy/Kinesiology, and Dance and New Media. Course work focuses on the development of new choreography through creative generation of movement phrases and an exploration of spatial and temporal aspects of dance composition. Students will create short choreographies to be shared weekly for constructive critical feedback. Throughout the Repertory component students will learn and refine professional-level dance works to be performed in the Final Studio Showing.

 Objectives

  • Introduce tools for generating novel movement compositions
  • Develop aspects of personal style in composition and performance
  • Explore the interpretation and performance of dance repertory
  • Investigate newer fields of dance research and integrate concepts from improvisation, kinesiology, and new media into dance practice

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dates

Program Dates  

Sunday, July 9 - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Admissions

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

The application for summer 2017 is now closed.

  • Online application fee: $75
  • Printed application fee: $90

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2017 tuition and fees are below:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,238

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $800
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $976
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $664*

*As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program Specific Fees

  • Dance Ticket Fee: $297

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Scholarships

Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs.  Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

The scholarship application is now closed.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.