Contemporary Dance Summer Program for Grades 6-9

Why Take Intermediate Contemporary Dance

Rule breakers paved the way to make contemporary dance what it is today—and contemporary dancers continue to push artistic boundaries. At Interlochen, you will be encouraged to delve into this innovative art form alongside other young dancers from around the world.

What You'll Learn

As an intermediate contemporary dancer, you will spend up to four hours a day developing your dance art form inside our new, state-of-the-art facility—The Dance Center. You and your fellow dancers will experience the amazing views of Green Lake while learning from some of the best dance faculty from around the world. Experience a camp for modern dance like no other. Courses may include:

  • Modern technique
  • Ballet technique
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Jazz
  • Body conditioning
  • Repertory

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 24, 2023 to July 15, 2023
  • SESSION 2: July 16, 2023 to August 6, 2023
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-9)
  • SESSION 1: Accepting applications
  • SESSION 2: Accepting applications

Meet the Faculty

Our Camp faculty members have danced, directed, and choreographed all over the United States and world. Many continue to be actively involved in the world of dance as college, institute, and university-level instructors.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Katherine Dorn

Katie Dorn

Instructor of Contemporary Dance

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

At the end of the three-week session, you will dance in a fully produced public performance. Our dance faculty will re-stage choreography or create original works for the event. We also have additional performance opportunities available by faculty selection or audition where you can work with other young artists in different arts disciplines like music or theatre.

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty have dedicated their lives to dance. Many of them currently perform or instruct at leading institutions around the world. They look forward to spending their summers at Interlochen, teaching the next generation of young artists.

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. 

My favorite class here is Composition/Improv. This class is helping me be quick on my feet and learn how to choreograph for when I'm older.

Alexis A.

Cate Caplin's golden wisdom

Award-winning international dance champion, well-known choreographer, and theatre director Cate Caplin talks about her time at Interlochen Arts Camp as a student and instructor.

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Cate Caplin receiving the 2011 Ovation Award for Excellence in Choreography.