The Academy Dance Division is a pre-professional training program based on the foundations of classical ballet technique. Academy dance students are taught to be proficient, confident and open-minded individuals who graduate the program prepared for the inevitable challenges of professional careers and higher education in dance.
The ballet-based program encourages versatility through additional training in various other dance forms such as modern, jazz and character dance. In tandem with a rigorous academic curriculum; frequent collaborations with other arts disciplines; and live musical accompaniment for select performances, the Dance Division provides students with a robust learning environment and cross-disciplinary education.
A Healthy Environment
Students in the Dance Division require an intense concentration and dedication to daily training and rehearsals in addition to maintaining their academic schedules. As such, the program strives to work closely with other faculty and staff to meet the educational, emotional and physical demands placed on young dancers during these formative years of study. In addition to dance classes and rehearsals, the faculty integrates injury-prevention techniques to the curriculum by using dance-related anatomical concepts such as Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, and Somatic principles of Body-Mind Centering.
Three fully-produced dance performances are presented each year to the public and surrounding community of Interlochen students, staff and faculty at the Center’s 1000 seat Corson Auditorium. During the holiday season the Dance Division traditionally presents a full-length narrative ballet which features live accompaniment by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. The Winter and Spring dance performances feature original choreography and restaged works by faculty and guest artists which are complemented by professional costuming and production design, often also featuring live accompaniment for select repertoire.
Seniors also have the opportunity to choreograph and produce a separate showcase in an intimate theater setting appropriate for young and emerging works in process. This unique platform offers students the chance to collaborate with their peers in the Dance Division while also opening an avenue to individual expression and creativity. Additional choreographic opportunities may also be available to all students upon request and availability.