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Summer Dance Teen Academy

Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20, 2024

This weeklong, in-residence dance program is geared toward dancers ages 12-18 interested in furthering their dance training. The faculty includes current WVU Dance Program instructors as well as guest artists. The program will offer dance technique classes, classes in wellness and conditioning and other movement related classes. It is required that applicants have at least 3 years of prior dance experience to be eligible for registration to the Teen Academy. A student showcase is scheduled for the last day. Students are encouraged to bring a dance from their home studio/school that they wish to present and share at the showcase. A one-on-one performance coaching session with SDA faculty will be offered to each student performer. The final showcase will also include original work by faculty created on the students during the week. The presentation will take place in the Clay Theatre at Creative Arts Center (CAC) and is free and open to the public.

Register for Summer Dance Academy

Lodging and Meals

Lincoln Hall / Evansdale Residential Complex

Classes, Rehearsals and Specialty Classes:

WVU Canady Creative Arts CenterOne Fine Arts Drive | Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

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Classes Offered

Daily Technique Classes:

Hip-Hop; Ballet; Modern; Jazz; Contemporary; Choreography & Improvisation; Tap; Yoga

Specialty Classes:

Israeli Folk Dance; Dance Conditioning; Classical Indian Dance

SDA Faculty

Guest Faculty

Jazz, Repertory:

  • Lawrence Jackson
  • Cloe Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble / George Mason University

Choreography, Improvisation:

  • Tamara Begley
  • Louisville Ballet / Western Middle School for the Arts, Louisville KY

African Dance and Repertory:

  • Rita Addico Cohen
  • VA Governor's School of the Arts / TACA Diaspora Dance Ensemble

WVU Faculty

WVU Dance Counselors

Jayda Giles will be entering her senior year at WVU this fall as a dance major with minors in general business & leadership studies. She is member of the WVU Hip Hop Dance Team and an officer in the National Honors Society of Dance Arts at WVU. Jayda has been dancing for 19 years and plans to continue dancing and teaching after completing her undergraduate education at WVU.

Gabrielle Butler will be entering her senior year at WVU this fall and is a double major in dance and general business with a minor in event planning. She is an active member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts as well as a board member. She is also on the Hip Hop Dance Team where she serves as treasurer. Gabrielle has been dancing for 18 years and plans to continue dancing after completing her undergraduate education at WVU.

Liana Brooks is a current sophomore at West Virginia University studying dance and multidisciplinary media studies with a focus on entertainment media, strategic social media, and advertising. She currently runs the WVU’s Student Dance Association social media pages and is very excited to be a part of the WVU Summer Dance Academy as a counselor.

Isabella Runion will be entering her junior year at WVU this fall and is a double major in dance and exercise physiology. She is an officer in the Student Dance Association and is also a member of the Dance Science Club. Isabella has been dancing for 19 years and plans to attend physical therapy school after completing her undergraduate education at WVU.


Sunday July 14th:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm Check in at Lincoln Hall dorms
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Welcome Reception (CAC Galleries)
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm Welcome Talk (Falbo Theatre)
  • 2:15pm – 3:45pm Placement classes (CAC/Clay, Falbo Theatres)
  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm Break
  • 4:15pm – 5:30pm Repertory rehearsals (CAC/Clay, Davis, Falbo Theatres)
  • 5:45pm – 7:00pm Dinner (Towers cafeteria)
  • 7:15pm – 8:30pm Q & A with the faculty and Folk Dancing (MEC Great Hall)
  • 8:30pm – 9:30pm Free time (Lincoln Hall dorms)

Monday July 15th through Friday July 19th:

  • 7:00am – 7:30am Breakfast (Towers cafeteria) 8:00am – 12:15pm Technique and repertory classes
  • 12:15 – 1:45 Lunch and Free Time (Towers cafeteria and dorms)
  • 2:00pm – 5:45pm Technique and Repertory Classes (CAC)
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner (Towers cafeteria)
  • 7:15pm – 8:45pm Specialty classes and activities

Saturday July 15th: (All Saturday classes are open for observation)

  • 7:30am – 9:00am Prep for check-out and breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30am Technique/Warm up classes
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Prep for Showcase
  • 11:00am Showcase (ClayTheatre Stage)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Checkout of dorms and departure


  • Student Tuition* (for all classes & activities): $700.00
  • NEW!!! Returning (2023) Student discounted tuition: $675.00
  • Tuition and Registration after June 30th: $750.00
  • Full tuition will not be refundable after July 1st!

Room & Board

Full Room & Board (double occupancy WVU Resident Hall & full meal plan): $412.50*

  • Room only: $186.00
  • Meals only: $189.08*

*All Room and Board fees are to be paid on arrival day at check-in. Do not call in or send room & board payment to the School of Theatre & Dance.

See application form for details

What to Bring

Dance Attire


  1. Tights- Skin-tone or black (Suitable for class & performance)
  2. Leotards (Suitable for class & performance)
  3. Wrap Skirt (mid-thigh or shorter/preferably chiffon or tricot) *Optional
  4. Ballet shoes
  5. Pointe shoes (must have previous pointe training)


  1. Footless Tights, dance pants, or shorts (Suitable for class & performance)
  2. Leotard, Tank, or full unitard, footless (Suitable for class & performance)
  3. Bare Foot or socks (NO Modern scandals).


  1. Tights, Leotards, or Full unitard, Jazz Pants (Suitable for class & performance)
  2. Jazz shoes or Jazz sneakers


  1. Tights, Leotards, Shorts, Jazz Wear (Suitable for class & performance)
  2. Tap Shoes (Please make sure your shoes are in good condition, no exposed screws, etc.)
  3. Screwdriver to maintain shoes


Yoga / exercise mat (please label mat with your name)

Student Showcase
  1. Costume or desired dance attire for the performance
  2. Personal make-up kit and hair accessories
  3. Device with uploaded music (to be sent to counselors at the camp)

Special (Recommended. Not required)

  1. Thera-band/stretchy band for stretching and warm-up.
  2. Your personal First Aid Kit and supplies for "tired feet" (a used tennis ball or massage tool)
  3. Spiral or binder notebook (small enough to fit in dance bag) and pencil/pen.
  4. Re-useable ice pack with your name on it.
  5. Sharpie Marker to mark your personal items
  6. Personal hand sanitizer
  7. Swimsuit (Pending a swim night at the WVU Rec center)
  8. Extra Cash

Extra SDA shirts will be on sale on Saturday July 22nd (see T-shirt order form). Advanced orders are recommended, as there will be a limited number of shirts on sale.

Showcase Information Form