Why Study Dance at Interlochen

You'll join a passionate, dedicated, high caliber group of dancers who have the same lifelong desire as you: to bring beauty to life through movement. You’ll learn from experienced faculty members who have performed, instructed, and choreographed at the heights of the profession.

Through Interlochen’s outstanding dance programs, you'll be inspired to push beyond your limits and express yourself in new and challenging ways.

Summer Arts Camp

Dance Programs

Arts Boarding School

Dance Major

Online Arts Programs

Virtual Instruction

The Dance Division at Interlochen has completely prepared me to show the world that this is who I am and this is what I'm here to do.

Austin Dabney '19, Arts Academy (Dance)

An Unparalleled Dance Education

At Interlochen, dancers strengthen their technique, create a distinctive presence, and develop performance resilience.

Interlochen Arts Academy dance instructor teaches student at the barre

Prepare for Greatness with the Best

Faculty from nationally and internationally renowned dance companies, schools, and university programs bring diverse points of view and integrate current methods in their teaching. Many professional companies, conservatories, and top tier university programs send representatives to campus to watch student auditions in-person. 

interlochen arts academy sleeping beauty

Find Yourself on Stage

Whether it's on stage at Corson Auditorium or on tour to Carnegie Hall, you’ll stretch yourself with frequent, high-caliber dance and collaborative performance opportunities at Interlochen. 

Interlochen Arts Academy students dance at the barre inside the Dance Center

A Setting Designed for Beauty

Interlochen’s new and expanded 26,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Dance Center features professional-grade equipment with eye-popping panoramic views from the studios.

Dance News & Features

The Dance Center at Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen Dance Center recognized in the New England Architecture Awards and ‘American School and University’ Architectural Portfolio

The building, designed by Flansburgh Architects, was honored for outstanding achievements in the support of the profession of architecture and excellence in educational design.

Matthew Schlomer conducts the IAA Wind Symphony during Sounds of the Season
Christmas beneath the pines: Interlochen Arts Academy students celebrate the season with three festive performances

Experience spectacular, family friendly performances of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ Sounds of the Season, and Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Joseph Morrissey leading class 900x600
5.6.7. EIGHT podcast interview with Director of Dance Joseph Morrissey

Morrissey draws from his rich background in international dance to invest in his students and shares his passion for training dancers for a life of leadership and excellence.

Dance Events

Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium


Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium


Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium