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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 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
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.
Director of Dance
Instructor of Contemporary Dance
Instructor of Dance & Body Conditioning
Instructor of Ballet
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
Throughout the year, you'll have the opportunity to perform in fully-produced dance productions, "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.
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.
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)
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Dance students regularly enroll in top dance programs and conservatories including:
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
California Institute of the Arts
University of California
Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
Cornish College of Arts
George Mason University
University of Houston
Marymount Manhattan College
Purchase College State University of New York
Southern Methodist University
Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Wayne State University
Western Kentucky University
Many dance students have also joined the following professional companies after graduation including:
The Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division
Hubbard Street Professional Program
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre