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Summer dance students receive specialized, age-appropriate mentorship by Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty. A residential option for the Summer Dance Conservatory allows high school students an early taste of on-campus college life. Weekly evening classes are available for students who wish to continue their academic year practice. Participants make use of the professional facilities of the Mason Gross Dance Department for classes and performances.

Financial aid opportunities are available! If you would like more information on financial aid, please contact our office, or read more HERE.

Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory

This series of Master Classes involves four 90-minute dance classes in a variety of dance forms and creative practices each day to include African Diasporic forms, Classical/Traditional forms, Contemporary Fusion forms and Somatic forms. By the end of the five days of master classes, dancers will embody the nuances of a diverse range of movement practices and their artistic traditions in improvisation or choreography. 

This reimagined design remains a collegiate-level atmosphere experiencing a rigorous daily schedule of diverse movement practices. The intensive training in a variety of movement practices aims to develop and broaden skills that are reflective of the ever-changing field of Dance. The new Master Class framework allows dancers to engage with a number of Rutgers faculty and alumni while expanding their knowledge of Dance.

  • July 17–22, 2022
  • Open to students ages 14–18
  • Commuter only
  • Video or in-person audition required
  • $775
  • Audition fee: $25

Registration is closed for this program

Summer Weekly Dance Classes

Available for elementary, middle, and high school students, summer weekly dance classes mirror the classes offered during the academic year. This six-week summer session begins July 6.

Primary Ballet

Primary classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate, beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class. Students gain fine motor dexterity through activities that encompass story-telling and creating, as well as activities related to children’s literature and number counting. Incorporating the use of fun colorful props such as scarves, floor dots, and flowers enhance these physical, cognitive, and creative skills. Primary is open enrollment and no prior experience is necessary.

  • Open to students ages 4-7
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15
  • 4:15-5 p.m.
  • $200
  • Register Here!

Young Dancer Ballet

The Young Dancer level introduces barre work and builds a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality and strength through age-appropriate progressions. Students work carefully to build the fundamentals of alignment and the muscular development needed to advance into the upper division levels, where young dancer material is refined and expanded upon.

  • Open to students ages 8-11
  • Wednesdays, July 6-August 18
  • 5-6 p.m.
  • $250
  • Register Here!

Junior Conservatory & Pre-College Conservatory Ballet

The summer Junior Conservatory and Pre-College Conservatory (PCC) level introduces more complex barre work and builds a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality and strength through age-appropriate progressions.  Students explore more complex pirouettes and allegro steps, and use of port de bras with a defined sense of epaulement.  Students in this level will be preparing for pointe work. This program is designed for students who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while preparing for college dance programs and careers in dance.

Students may register for Monday, Wednesday, or both classes if they wish.

  • Open to students ages 12-18
  • Mondays
    • July 11-August 15
    • 5-6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays
    • July 6-August 10
    • 6-7 p.m.
  • $250
  • Register Here!

Pre-Pointe

This class will focus on exercises to strengthen pointe work or to prepare dancers who will be going onto pointe. Exercises at the barre and center will work on strength and stability working in their pointe shoes while focusing on the practice and principles of the classical ballet vocabulary. Dancers who are not already on pointe should not purchase pointe shoes unless instructed by the teacher. Dancers who wish to participate in the pre-pointe/pointe class must take the ballet class prior to pointe class to warm-up their bodies for class.

  • Open to students ages 12-18
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15
  • 6-6:45 p.m.
  • $200
  • Register Here!

Pointe

This class will focus on exercises to strengthen pointe work or to prepare dancers who will be going onto pointe. Exercises at the barre and center will work on strength and stability working in their pointe shoes while focusing on the practice and principles of the classical ballet vocabulary. Dancers who are not already on pointe should not purchase pointe shoes unless instructed by the teacher. Dancers who wish to participate in the pre-pointe/pointe class must take the ballet class prior to pointe class to warm-up their bodies for class.

  • Open to students ages 12-18
  • Wednesdays, July 6-August 10
  • 7-7:30 p.m.
  • $150
  • Register Here!

Contemporary

Contemporary introduces dancers to modern dance technique, creative expression, improvisation, and choreography.

  • Open to students ages 12-18
  • Wednesdays, July 6-August 17
  • 5-6 p.m.
  • $250
  • Register Here!

Pilates

Enhance your conditioning with Pilates classes, led by instructor Kiana Fischer. The goal of this Somatic practice is to provide quality, motion-specific training to dancers so that they can cross-train, learn how to ward off common dance injuries, maintain their conditioning while recovering from injuries, and heal at a faster rate when injured.

  • Open to students ages 13-18
  • Thursdays, July 7-August 11
  • 5-6 p.m.
  • $375
  • Register Here!