The UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department's Summer Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute is an award-winning unique nine-day program for advanced high school students that integrates the disciplines of dance, choreography, spoken word, music, and identity exploration, and offers guidance to students in assessing the role the arts can and will play in the next stage of their lives.
The program is geared towards dedicated, hard-working students interested in taking their artistic abilities to the next level through intensive training and creative collaboration, culminating in a final performance. The intensive is open to students who are high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time of the application. Likewise, the program is open to students ages fifteen or older at the time of the application.
Offered by a combination of UCLA's acclaimed dance faculty and high-level professionals from the greater Los Angeles dance community, the Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute iincludes daily movement classes ranging from forms such as postmodern dance and hip-hop, to genres such as Hawaiian/Polynesian and West-African. Each technique class will also explore the history of the dance form, where students develop an appreciation of their heritages. Further, students will study dance composition, a choreography class where students learn in-depth how to create and structure their own dance works, to develop their unique vocabulary. The program will guide students as they investigate their roles as young artists through special sessions devoted to the idea of using art as a tool for individual transformation and social change. The program also offers a unique, one-of-a-kind Arts and Life class, which will facilitate exploratory discussions about the role of the arts in both a greater societal context and a more local, personal one. After each intense and rigorous day of dancing, training, sharing, and studying, the students return to their dorms and participate in fun and engaging activities, which also offer them the chance to explore the UCLA campus, Westwood Village, and get a taste of what it is like to live in a college dormitory.
Students will work hard and be challenged to extend their physical and mental limits in a structured, positive manner that illustrates the benefits of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Students will also benefit from the experience of working with top professionals, creating collectively with these artists, and honing their abilities to represent themselves as professionals in the ever-changing world. They will get the opportunity to apply these skills immediately in the preparation of a full length, one-hour professional production in the prestigious Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater at the end of the week. Open to parents and friends and at no charge, this culminating production provides a chance for the students to share what they have learned during the intense nine days.
Students who successfully complete the program receive 2 units of University of California credit. To apply, please click the "register" tab on the UCLA Summer Institutes menu bar. With the application, each applicant must submit a Letter of Reference from a high school instructor or dance teacher verifying the ability to successfully participate in a disciplined, rigorous, and intensely emotional dance/performing arts program. You will be asked to submit the name of your referee and contact information at the time of registration. There will also be an upload feature for you to upload your letter of recommendation in full. If you have any questions, please email the Director Jackie Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org) within the first week of registration.A decision will be made on your application in approximately 4 weeks after submission of your application and letter of recommendation.
Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan (which includes supervision, a meal plan, and a schedule of activities), is mandatory for all students. Students who are unable to live in the residence halls or participate fully in program activities should not apply, and may be subject to dismissal from the program without a refund. Due to the overwhelming demand and limited spaces available in this program, preference will be given to first-time applicants.