Dance Major at Arts Academy

Why Study Dance

Whether you're taking the stage as a classical ballet dancer or pushing stylistic boundaries with contemporary movements, dance is a demanding yet beautiful art form. At Interlochen, our goal is to develop and prepare you to become creative problem solvers, confident performers, and citizen artists who positively contribute to society.

What You'll Learn

Interlochen Arts Academy is the top-rated boarding school for dance for classical and contemporary dancers. As a dance major, you'll receive pre-professional training to strengthen technique, improve form, build confidence, and discover your own artistry. Your class work and rehearsals will prepare you to shine in several large-scale and intimate productions presented annually. You'll expand your repertoire and develop versatility.

Our experienced instructors offer you personalized guidance for your level of skills and the goal you have set. As fellow dancers, they can also help you navigate your future in dance, whether that means matriculating to a top college program or securing a spot in a professional company. 

As an arts boarding school student of Interlochen's Dance program, you will:

  • Develop technical and artistic skills in classical ballet, contemporary, and other dance genres 
  • Acquire tools and strategies to maintain physical and emotional resilience 
  • Prepare for auditions and competitions
  • Gain performance experience in a robust array of repertoire within professional-caliber productions
  • Participate in dance ensemble
  • Participate in touring opportunities
  • Enjoy cooperative opportunities with other arts areas including opera, theatre, and interdisciplinary arts

How to Apply

Core Curriculum

Audition Requirements

For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty members have danced, directed, and choreographed throughout the globe. They remain engaged in the world of dance while training the next generation of passionate performers.

All Faculty

Joseph Morrissey

Joseph Morrissey

Director of Dance

Jurijs Safonvos

Jurijs Safonovs

Instructor of Ballet

Katherine Dorn

Katie Dorn

Instructor of Contemporary Dance

Rachel James

Rachel James

Instructor of Dance & Body Conditioning

Professional Preparation

See what it's like to study dance at Interlochen, and hear about career paths from recent alumni.

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)

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Throughout the year, you'll have the opportunity to perform in two fully-produced ballets set to live orchestras, plus "in studio" performances and other interdepartmental concerts. During the holiday season, the Dance Ensemble presents a full-length narrative ballet, featuring live accompaniment by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. The winter and spring dance performances also feature original choreography and restaged works by faculty and guest artists. 

Support Services

In addition to our dedicated instructors, we offer special support services for the unique demands the are placed on young dancers. You'll have access to specialists in nutritional counseling, dance medicine, and other related arts fields that will help you thrive in a way that best fits your needs.

The Dance Center

Our 26,000 square-foot dance facility provides our students and faculty with amazing studios, updated technology, fitness centers, and beautiful views of Green Lake. It's one of the most scenic places on campus. Learn more about the Dance Center. 

Professional Companies

Many dance students have joined professional companies upon graduation, including:

  • Ballet West
  • Boston Ballet
  • Ballet National de Marseille
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Latvian National Opera and Ballet
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Nederlands Dans Theater
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

College Matriculation

Dance students regularly enroll in top dance programs and conservatories, including: 

  • Alma College
  • Bennington College
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Butler University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
  • Cornish College of Arts
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Mercyhurst University
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Purchase College State University of New York
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire
  • University of California
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • University of Houston

Get to know An

"The really special thing about boarding at Interlochen is that you're surrounded by other artists. The more I immerse myself in other arts, the better I'm able to dance on stage." — An, Dance

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The Sleeping Beauty: A Dancer's Perspective

Dance majors give you a behind-the-scenes look into how they collaborated with other students to bring The Sleeping Beauty to life.

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See what you can experience at Interlochen.

Come to a high school where young creatives thrive—and see how your unique journey unfolds. Plan your visit, request more information, or apply to Interlochen Arts Academy today.