Summer Intensive Program

Professional Division Summer Intensive Program

June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015

The Ailey School’s Summer Intensive Program is designed to give motivated students the opportunity to study dance in an exciting professional environment in New York City.  The Program is for students ages 16 - 25 who have had a minimum of three years of consistent training and is structured to advance the technical skills of dancers in a wide variety of techniques. 


Curriculum, Repertory and Elective Workshops

Students attend a daily ballet class, a daily modern technique class of either Horton and/or Graham–based modern, supplemented with elective classes which include jazz, Dunham technique, hip-hop, tap, body conditioning, yoga, Gyrokinesis®, barre à terre and/or a repertory or elective workshop.  All students are evaluated individually and placed in the proper level in each technique.  Faculty Advisors and the School Directors create a customized schedule for each student.

Advanced students may audition for repertory workshops on the first day of the summer program, given they have met the minimum technique level requirements that are determined by the choreographers and the School Directors. Previous guest 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; Ray Mercer, current cast member of The Lion King on Broadway; Jean Emile, former dancer with Netherlands Dance Theater; and Francesca Harper, Artistic Director of The Francesca Harper Project and former Ballett Frankfurt member.

Intermediate students may choose from several elective workshops which do not require an audition. Last year’s elective workshops included West African, Afro-Cuban Dance, and Theater Dance.

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 audition OR by submission of an application form, DVD, and two dance photographs.


Tuition & Fees

The cost of tuition and fees will be announced in January 2015.



Fordham University McMahon Hall Dormitory  

Students 15 and older 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.

Housing fees will be announced in January 2015.

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.

Housing fees will be announced in January 2015.

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