Arts Academy Boarding High School: Dance Major

The Academy Dance Division offers pre-professional and conservatory-based dance training. 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 Dance Division offers a rigorous dance curriculum for students wishing to pursue careers and higher education in dance.  Highly experienced resident faculty are complemented by nationally renowned guest teachers and choreographers in ballet, modern, jazz, and other idioms.  Five hours per day of class work and rehearsals lead to three fully produced dance productions, two "in studio" performances, and interdepartmental concerts.  At least once a year, the Dance Ensemble performs with the Interlochen Orchestra in a full-length classical ballet. Audition opportunities are provided on campus for college/university programs, professional companies, and summer schools.  The Dance Division works closely with Academic Division Chairs and support services to provide for the educational, emotional, and physical demands placed on young dancers. Specialists in nutritional counseling, dance medicine, and related arts fields work closely with dance faculty.

Core Curriculum 

Course

Term

Grade

Title

DAN201-202

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Classical Technique

DAN203-204

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Pointe

DAN205-206

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Male Dance Technique

DAN207-208

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Pas des Deux

DAN209-210

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Contemporary and Other Genres

DAN213-214

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Dance Repertoire

DAN215-216

Fall & Spring

9 - PG

Special Topics in Dance

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

How to Apply

Students may begin at Interlochen Arts Academy in ninth grade, or transfer in as a sophomore, junior, senior, or post-graduate.

Though not required, a campus visit is recommended. You can tour the campus, visit classes, and possibly take in a performance. You can meet and talk with students who are living the Academy experience.

Our admission counselors are here to help you in any way they can. If you wish to talk with someone about Academy programs, the application process, a campus visit, auditions, or other topics, they will be happy to work with you. Simply call 800.681.5912 or 231.276.7472 or email admission@interlochen.org.

Performance Opportunities

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.

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The Facilities: Hildegarde Lewis Dance Building