Summer Dance Intensive and Archiving Black Performance Program


Week 1: Monday - Friday, June 6-10, 2022, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Summer Dance Intensive 
Week 2: Monday - Friday, June 13-17, 2022, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Archiving Black Performance Summer Program 
Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus OH, 43210

***Week 1 only enrollment is currently full, but we are still accepting applications for students who can attend both weeks 1 and 2***

The Ohio State Summer Dance Intensive is a two-week immersive dance experience. The Ohio State University Department of Dance is offering a daytime non-residential dance intensive and Archiving Black Performance Summer Program for rising high school students who are entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades next autumn. The first week of intensive will include five days of classes in movement practice, repertory and choreography, with additional sessions about dance in college. The second week will include morning technique classes and then a focused repertory experience for either Archiving Black Performance or with Eddie Taketa. Week two is designed for students wanting a deeper dive into dance and repertory experiences. Priority for enrollment in week two will be given to dancers who have enrolled in week one as well.

During the Week 1 Summer Dance Intensive students will:

  • take one contemporary and one African movement practice class, 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;
  • prepare a sharing and showing about the intensive on Friday at 4 p.m.

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

Summer Dance Intensive Director: Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Week 1 will include the following faculty instructors: 

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

The Week 2 Summer Dance Intensive students will have a choice between two options. All students have morning technique classes together, and then divide into two groups with more focused repertory/dance making experiences.

Option A:

Archiving Black Performance Summer Program is part of the collaborative project Archiving Black Performance: Memory, Embodiment, and Stages of Being, which establishes a vision for the transmission of identity and race through the embodiment of dance repertory acquisition of internationally acclaimed black women dance performers. The project team aims to elevate, via performance, oral history, archival research, summer workshops, digital preservation and communication methods, and publication, historic dances of black women performers as represented through black lives and black bodies. The focus is on solo, duet, and small group works staged, performed, or choreographed by/for black women early in the creation process.

Archiving Black Performance Directors:Crystal Michelle Perkins and Dr. Valarie Williams

Option B:

Students will take part in an immersive dance making experience led by Eddie Taketa.

Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the intensive and program, the student must:

  1. be able to attend the whole week of the programs (priority for enrollment in week two will be given to dancers who have enrolled in week one as well);
  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 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 entire intensive for two weeks is $450. For students who only want to attend the first week of the intensive, the cost is $300.  For students who only wish to do one week, this option is only available from June 6-10th and not in the following week. The two weeks of programming includes daily classes, one lunch 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 Summer Dance Intensive and Archiving Black Performance 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 and Archiving Black Performance Program, 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 May 31, 2022.
  • No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request made less than one week prior to the start date of the program.


***Week 1 only enrollment is currently full, but we are still accepting applications for students who can attend both weeks 1 and 2***

Week 1: The Summer Dance Intensive will take place: Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10, 2022, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Week 2: The Archiving Black Performance Summer Program will take place: Monday - Friday, June 13-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.                       

  • Application opens: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (The application link is on the bottom of this webpage.)  
  • Deadline to submit: DEADLINE EXTENDED for weeks 1 and 2 to MAY 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Email Notification - decisions: April 29, 2022
  • Acceptance of Admission Offer Deadline: May 13, 2022
  • Intensive Payment due: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)    

Sample of Last Year's Summer Dance Intensive Daily Schedule (subject to change):

Please email with any questions you may have about the intensive.

The Summer Dance Intensive is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of Dance, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Pinchuk Community Engagement Award and College Arts Engagement Fund. 

The Archiving Black Performance Summer Program is supported by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme (GAHDT), the Seed Fund for Racial Justice Grant from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and from the Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls. 

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