Summer Intensive Program

Professional Division Summer Intensive Program

June 27, 2016 to August 5, 2016

The Ailey School’s Summer Intensive Program gives motivated students with at least three years of consistent training the opportunity to study dance in the heart of New York City’s Theater District.  The Program is structured to advance the technical, artistic, and performance skills of dancers by offering an exciting variety of techniques, repertory workshops, and performance opportunities.



Alvin Ailey believed that dancers should have the versatile training that produces a “ballet bottom and a modern top”. The training at The Ailey School is structured with this philosophy in mind. The weekly curriculum includes a daily ballet class, and a daily modern technique class of either Horton and/or Graham–based modern.  A distinct variety of supplementary techniques include jazz, Dunham technique, hip-hop, tap, body conditioning, yoga, Gyrokinesis®, barre à terre and repertory or elective workshops.  In order to give students the most effective and focused training, all students are evaluated individually and placed in the proper level in each technique and Faculty Advisors and the School Directors create a customized schedule for each student.

Repertory and Elective Workshops

Every year, several established guest choreographers are invited to set new or re-staged works on our students. Previous choreographers include Kirven Boyd, Hope Boykin, and Vernard J. Gilmore of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Jennifer Archibald, recent resident choreographer in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab; and Ray Mercer, current cast member of The Lion King on Broadway.

Students may audition for repertory workshops with guest artists on the first day of the summer program, given they meet the minimum technique level requirements that are determined by the choreographers and the School Co-Directors.

Students may also choose from several elective workshops which do not require an audition. Previous year’s elective workshops have included medleys from the musicals Hairspray and The Wiz, choreographed and staged by Judine Sommerville, a traditional West African piece by Maguette Camara, and cutting edge hip-hop works by Jonathan Lee.  

All workshops culminate in the Summer Sizzler performances in The Ailey Citigroup Theater and in studio showings on the last two days of the program.

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Admission is by live audition OR by submission of an online application and video audition.  Please refer to the Video Audition Guidelines for specifications on video requirements.


Tuition & Fees

The total cost of the Summer Intensive Program (not including housing) is $2835. This includes a $50 registration fee and a $55 Physical Therapy Services fee.

A $300 tuition deposit is required after acceptance to hold your space in the program.



Fordham University McMahon Hall Dormitory  
Summer Housing for students 15 to 19

Students between the ages of 15 and 19 may be housed at Fordham University's McMahon Hall dormitory, which is a five minute walk from The Ailey School. McMahon Hall offers air-conditioned apartment-style housing with a 24-hour security guard. Each suite contains a common room, kitchen, bathroom, and either 2 or 3 bedrooms that can accommodate 2 to 3 students per bedroom. Apartments come with basic dorm-style furnishings. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, electric stove-top oven, and sink. Wireless Internet and on-site laundry facilities are available. Resident assistants live on-site to monitor students in the dormitory.

The cost of housing at Fordham University McMahon Hall is $3020.
Contact the Housing Coordinator: or 212-405-9138.


The Ludlow Residence  

Students 18 and older may be housed at the Ludlow Residence, a short subway commute from The Ailey School. The Ludlow Residence offers air-conditioned single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Rooms come with basic dorm-style furnishings, a small refrigerator, and a microwave oven. The facility offers free wireless internet, free laundry facilities, a common kitchen and lounge area, and a large outdoor patio.

The cost of housing at the Ludlow Residence is $2800.
Contact the Admissions Office: or 212-405-9513.

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