Dance/Performing Arts

Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute


The UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department's 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 and juniors 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 includes daily movement classes ranging from forms such as postmodern dance and hip-hop, to world dance genres such as Hawaiian/Polynesian and West-African. Each technique class will also explore the history of the dance form, where students can 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. Students will work independently and in groups to create their own material that will be presented as part of the culmination performance.

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. Students will 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.

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. This provides them with the opportunity 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 a full length, one-hour, professional performance in the prestigious Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater at the end of the week. Open to parents and friends at no charge, this culminating production provides a chance for the students to share what they have learned during the intense nine days.

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 applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, prompt responses to all emails and follow ups related to the program are therefore recommended and highly encouraged.


The Dance Performing Arts Summer Institute is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students must be in grades 10 or 11 AND age 15-17 at the time of registration.

With the online 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 emotionally intense 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 your teacher would like to send the letter directly, please have them email it to the Co-Directors, Leanne Iacovetta and Harry Weston. If deemed a good fit for the program based on the application and letter of recommendation, applicants will then be asked for follow up materials via email. This follow up email will be sent to the email address that is provided on the application. Please note: This follow up process will include sending video footage of recent dance solos or performances. Our application process is not completed until the applicant responds in full to the follow up email(s). A decision will be made approximately 4 weeks after submission of your application, letter of recommendation and follow up materials. Please note that UCLA Summer Sessions plays no role in the decision making process; the decision is made by the directors and department committee. If you have any questions, please email the Directors, Leanne Iacovetta ( and Harry Weston (

Registration is conveniently done online here starting February 15, 2017.

In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration.

Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If applicable, the document and IEI fees must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. For more information, please refer to FEES AND PAYMENT in the left column.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.

Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program

If you would like to switch into a different program or add additional programs, please contact our office at with your five-digit registration number, the students first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community.

Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes:

  • Academic honesty
  • Treatment of others
  • Health and safety
  • Use of resources
  • Use of alcohol and controlled substances

UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.

During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.

Program Dates

JUNE 24 - JULY 2, 2017

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

MARCH 1 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 1: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 24 - JULY 2: Dance Performing Arts Summer Institute