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 June 22–July 12, 2014

Application for 2014 is now open.

The Boston Conservatory's Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) pulls from the talent of international choreographers and directors in creating a challenging, disciplined and supportive environment in which students will experience artistic growth through tenacious work and a diverse educational opportunity. 

This three-week program values artistic risk-taking and encourages independent thinking and creative intelligence, while strengthening the inner voice of the performer. Students start the day at 9 a.m. with classes in Pilates, Gyrokinesis and Floor barre. These classes are followed by ballet, Pointe, coaching or partnering, all of which establish a strong technical foundation. Students then have one-hour free for lunch. 

When they return for afternoon classes students will expand into the areas of Contemporary Ballet, Modern and William Forsythe Improvisation Techniques with guest choreographers. Students will also work with faculty and guest artists from around the world on the creation of a new work to be performed at the end of the program.  Each day ends at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of those days that include special lectures from our guest speakers.

By the end of this three-week intensive, students will be able to demonstrate greater technical foundation in Gyrokinesis, ballet, Pointe and/or partnering. They will be able to discover how to apply these techniques in rehearsal and performance. 

Who Should Apply

Students and professionals between the ages of 15-25 who possess a strong technical background in ballet. Applicants must also have an interest in expanding into contemporary ballet, modern dance and improvisation.

2013 Faculty

  • Gianni Di Marco / Program Director / Ballet
  • Adriana Suarez / Program Director / Ballet
  • Donna Silva / Boston Conservatory / Ballet
  • Tommy Neblett / Boston Conservatory, Prometheus Dance (Boston) / Modern
  • Alberto del Saz / Alwin Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Co. (New York) / Modern
  • Tony Rizzi / William Forsythe Improvisation Techniques 

2014 Faculty will be announced soon! 

Application Requirements

  • Online application 
  • Live audition (preferred) OR video audition (to be uploaded onto DecisionDesk)
    • Video audition to be no longer than ten minutes. Please include: Barre work one side only, center Adagio and Grand Allegro, pointe work during class or variation, solo of choice in any style, highlight movement quality and artistic choices.

Supplemental materials, to be submitted via DecisionDesk:

  • One letter of intent describing artistic goals, including aspirations, intentions, and why you would like to train at The Boston Conservatory 
  • One letter of recommendation from a dance teacher
  • One headshot

 DecisionDesk accepts the following file formats: 

  • Video (MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB)
  • Audio (MP3, M4A, OGG, AIFF, WMA, WAV, AAC)
  • Image (JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF)

There is no charge to submit your materials, and we receive it instantly.  Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload.  For technical support with your DecisionDesk application, please visit or contact   

Application Tips: 

  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.
  • Applicants who choose to submit a recorded audition should make every effort to have the best possible recording made of their audition performance.  
  • Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves and provide any information they would like to convey to the faculty. 

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships available for Boston Public School students. Please contact the Extension Programs Office at (617) 912-9203 or for details.

Application Fee: $65 by April 15, 2014; $100 between April 16 and May 15, 2014

Tuition: $2250

Specials: $4250 Six Week Summer Dance Special (three weeks of Summer Dance Intensive AND three weeks of Musical Theater Dance Intensive; students must meet audition requirements of BOTH programs)

HOUSING & MEALS (optional): $1900

MEALS ONLY (optional): $750



Audition Dates

Click here to register for a live audition now! 

New York City

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts
100 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10023



Monday, January 6, 2014


Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB)
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109 

Los Angeles

Friday, January 10, 2014


California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032 


Hosted by: Axam Dance Theatre Experience

Monday, January 13, 2014


Fulton County Arts and Culture - Southwest Arts Center

915 New Hope Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30331



Wednesday, January 15, 2014


High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
4001 Stanford Street
Houston, TX 77006


Friday, January 17, 2014


New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33132


Sunday, January 19, 2014


Joffrey Ballet
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601


Tuesday, January 21, 2014


The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco)

9 North Preston Street (Philadanco Way)
Philadelphia, PA19104


Sunday, March 2, 2014

1:00 pm 

The Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway Street, Studio 003
Boston, MA 02115


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