Contemporary Dance Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take High School Contemporary Dance

Expressive. Improvised. Unique. Contemporary dance is an eclectic method to physically express your art. At Interlochen, you will hone this expression and improve your technical and improvisational skills with other young dancers from around the world.

What You'll Learn

As a high school contemporary dance student, you will spend up to six hours a day training inside our beautiful new facility, the Dance Center—with gorgeous views of Green Lake. You'll study a variety of dance topics, including:

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

Audition Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
  • SESSION 2: July 18, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

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.

All Faculty

Katherine Dorn

Katie Dorn

Instructor of Contemporary Dance

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

At the end of the three-week session, you will participate in a fully produced performance. Our dance faculty will choreograph or create original works. We 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

The Interlochen Arts Camp dance faculty is a group of high-caliber individuals who have dedicated their lives to dance. Our faculty either continue to dance 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. 

Live Accompaniment

Our classes and performance opportunities stand apart from other summer dance programs as we dance along to professional, live musicians instead of recordings. We take full advantage of the interdisciplinary aspect of Camp by leveraging other arts disciplines, including music.

Interlochen is a place where I feel everyone is equally kind and talented, a place where I can be myself. In my classes, I've been exposed to many amazing dancers and instructors. I've received both compliments and corrections that I hope will make me the best dancer I can be. As a dance major, you're selected to be in a piece. I've been able to challenge myself and learn new movements, as well as learn from some of the most well-known choreographers in the industry.

Lila, Contemporary Dance

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

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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