***CANCELED*** Summer Dance Intensive for High School Students


Many Ohio State events scheduled through June 2020 have been canceled, including the Summer Dance Intensive. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures.

We plan to offer the Summer Dance Intensive again in June 2021. Please check this webpage in February 2021 for more information. 

***CANCELED*** Monday – Friday, June 8-12, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus OH, 43210

The Ohio State University Department of Dance is offering a daytime non-residential dance intensive for rising high school students who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in autumn 2020. The intensive will include five days of classes in movement practice, repertory and choreography, with additional sessions about dance in college.

During the Summer Dance Intensive students will:

  • take two contemporary movement practice classes, one choreography class, and one repertory class each day;
  • discover many ways to continue dancing in college; 
  • connect with current college dance students; 
  • tour the campus and learn about its many resources.

All classes will be taught by current Department of Dance faculty, with five Ohio State Dance majors serving as student leaders. Faculty include:

Director: Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown


All students will be considered, but priority will be given to intermediate and advanced dancers aspiring to study dance in college.

Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the intensive, the student must:

  1. be able to attend the whole week of the program;
  2. have an interest in exploring dance or another dance-related career;
  3. be a rising high school freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior (entering fall class, recent high school graduates are not eligible);
  4. have intermediate or advanced dance experience and/or training.

Application Information:

  • Online application
  • List of training and experience (formal and informal, ie. studio, YWCA, church, street)
  • Three to five sentences about why you are interested in attending the dance intensive
  • Three to five sentences sentences about how you would bring diversity to the Ohio State Dance community
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher/mentor or a two-minute video of a dance solo

The cost of attending the intensive is $300. The full week of programming includes daily classes, one lunch on a special visit to the Ohio Union, and a T-shirt. Housing and transportation are not provided. 


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please complete the financial aid form on the application if you wish to be considered for an award.

Your acceptance to the intensive is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from The Ohio State University Department of Dance.

Payment policy:

An email will be sent to the email provided by the parent/guardian for information regarding payment of the program fee. If your student is selected to attend the Ohio State Summer Dance Intensive, additional information regarding payment and scholarships will be provided.

Refund policy:

If you have been accepted into the intensive, but cannot attend, all cancellations must be submitted in writing. The individual who made the original payment will receive:

  • A full refund, less an administrative fee of $50, if cancellation is received in writing by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request made less than one week prior to the start date of the program.


Camp will take place: Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, 2020, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily                        

  • Application opens: Friday, January 24, 2020  
  • Deadline to submit: April 1 at 5:00 pm (EST)  - Application is closed and we are unable to accept additional applications.
  • Email Notification - decisions: April 15, 2020
  • Acceptance of Admission Offer Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Payment due: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm (EST)    

Check back here in May for this year's schedule (subject to change each year). 

Please email dance@osu.edu with any questions you may have about the intensive.

The Summer Intensive is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of Dance, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Department of Athletics.