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.

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.


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


DANC-UT 1403 | 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.


  • 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


DANC-UT 1404 | 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.


  • 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



Program Dates  

Summer 2019
Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

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


Summer 2019: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2019

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,706

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $834
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160*
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,020*
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $680**

*Estimated rates from summer 2018. Fees for summer 2019 will be confirmed soon.

**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: $308 

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


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.

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