Summertime Teacher Training

National Dance Institute training intensive participants learn about the techniques and tools that equip educators to motivate, engage, and inspire diverse learners. The NDI program, founded in 1976 by former New York City ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise, has impacted more than 2 million children in New York City and elsewhere.
Photo courtesy National Dance Institute

Your 2018 guide to workshops and intensives across the U.S.

Programs are listed in alphabetical order by sponsoring or producing organization.

 

Horton Teacher Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: The Ailey Extension
Dates: Session I, introductory/beginner, July 9–13; Session II, intermediate/advanced, July 16–20
Location: Joan Weill Center for Dance, New York City
Fees/cost: Session I $875 (early bird $850); Session II $875 (early bird $850); Session I & II $1,550 (early bird $1,450); additional fees for materials
Requirements/prerequisites: Session 1, some knowledge of Horton technique preferred and 3 years of teaching experience required; Session II, minimum of one previous workshop
Registration deadline: Early bird June 1
Description: Ana Marie Forsythe, chair of the Horton Department at The Ailey School since 1979, co-author of The Dance Technique of Lester Horton, and artistic director of six Horton technique videos, leads workshop in Horton technique.
Contact: 212-405-9023; aileyextension@alvinailey.org; aileyextension.com

 

Marcia Dale Weary demonstrates Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s teaching syllabus to workshop participants.
Photo by Joel Thomas Photography

AAB Teachers’ Seminar

Sponsoring or producing organization: American Academy of Ballet
Dates: July 16–28
Location: Purchase College State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Fees/cost: $140 per day, including meals (if required, subsidized accommodations available at nearby Doral Resort Hotel)
Requirements/prerequisites: Practicing teachers or trainees
Description: Certification and instruction in the Performance Awards. Classes in ballet pedagogy; instruction in three dances for children’s groups. Includes class observation, Performance Awards coaching classes and event, gala, and performances by professional guest dancers.
Contact: 212-787-9500; aaboffice@gmail.com; american-academy-of-ballet.com

 

ABT National Training Curriculum

Sponsoring or producing organization: American Ballet Theatre
Dates: Pre-Primary through Level 3, June 1–9; Levels 4 and 5, June 11–16; Levels 6, 7, and Partnering, June 18–23; Pre-Primary through Level 3, August 4–12
Location: ABT Studios, New York City
Fees/cost: $1,575–$1,850
Requirements/prerequisites: Advanced or professional level of ballet training; ages 17 and older
Registration deadline: Varies
Description: Program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Assists beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment.
Contact: 212-477-3030, ext. 1168; curriculum@abt.org; abt.org/education/NTC

 

Dance Teacher Web’s summer offerings include a conference and expo, plus a teacher training and certification program.
Photo by David Williamson

ATDF Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program

Sponsoring or producing organization: American Tap Dance Foundation
Dates: Level 1, July 16–22; Level 2, July 17–22; Level 3, July 24–29
Location: American Tap Dance Center, New York City
Fees/cost: Level 1 $1,600; Levels 2 and 3 $1,000 each; scholarships available
Requirements/prerequisites: Levels 1 and 2 prerequisites for Level 3; Level 1 prerequisite for Level 2; video audition required for Level 1
Registration deadline: Until filled
Description: A comprehensive approach to teaching rhythm tap technique, repertory, and performance skills to all levels and ages. Instruction includes tap technique, Copasetic Canon repertory and exercises, pedagogy, jazz music concepts, tap history, and tap composition and improvisation. Includes the TTT Manual, supplementary video and music materials, individualized feedback and mentorship during independent work, and certificate.
Contact: 646-230-9564; mmorrison@atdf.org; atdf.org

 

Ballet Magnificat! Teachers Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: Ballet Magnificat!
Dates: July 14–28
Location: Belhaven University, Jackson, MS
Fees/cost: One week: $818; two weeks: $1,239
Requirements/prerequisites: Dance teachers ages 18 and older
Registration deadline: April 27
Description: Training and development classes with dance and ministry professionals.
Contact: 601-977-1001; bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com; balletmagnificat.com

 

Educators can learn about Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance teaching philosophy and its impact on class management, behavior, learning, and focus, during July’s foundational and refresher courses at Seattle’s Creative Dance Center.
Photos by Bronwen Houck

BDF Teacher Training Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: Bates Dance Festival
Dates: July 21–28
Location: Lewiston, ME
Fees/cost: $1,175 (four classes/day, master classes, three performance tickets, meals, and housing)
Requirements/prerequisites: Current teachers of dance, grades 6–12 or MEd or MFA candidates who intend to teach
Registration deadline: Until filled
Description: Explore different learning modalities; appropriate age- and grade-level lesson planning; student assessment; injury prevention; and somatic approaches to conditioning, composition, collaboration, improvisation, and performance skills; plus building community through movement practice.
Contact: 207-786-6381; dancefest@bates.edu; batesdancefestival.org

 

Bill Evans 20th Annual Teachers Institute Northeast

Sponsoring or producing organization: Bill Evans Dance/Hobart and William Smith Colleges Department of Dance
Dates: July 4–10
Location: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Fees/cost: On-campus housing and meals available; see website for details
Requirements/prerequisites: For established and emerging dance educators, including graduate students in dance and undergraduate students in dance education programs
Registration deadline: July 4 (early bird until May 15)
Description: Courses in Evans Dance technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis, somatics, pedagogy, and creation/performance. Faculty includes Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Debra Knapp, Allegra and Nancy Romita, Cadence Whittier, Colleen Culley, Suzie Ludgren, and Heather Acomb.
Contact: 401-383-0768; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org

 

Professional dance educators hone their ballet technique during Chicago National Association of Dance Masters’ continuing education workshop. CNADM’s annual summer offerings also include a training school with classes and workshops focused on technique, educational theory, and personal dance development.
Photo by Mary Katic

Sixth Annual Somatic Dance Conference

Sponsoring or producing organization: Bill Evans Dance/Hobart and William Smith Colleges Department of Dance
Dates: July 10–13
Location: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Fees/cost: On-campus housing and meals available; see website for details
Requirements/prerequisites: For dance educators, somatic practitioners, dance scientists, choreographers, and performers
Registration deadline: July 10 (early bird May 15)
Description: Presentations on somatics, dance science, dance pedagogy, and dance performance. Presenters and performers include Eric Franklin, Nancy and Allegra Romita, Edisa Weeks, Don Halquist, and Clarence Brooks. Directors are Bill Evans and Cynthia Williams.
Contact: 401-383-0768; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org

 

Bill Evans 20th Annual Teachers Institute Northwest

Sponsoring or producing organization: Bill Evans Dance
Dates: August 5–11
Location: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
Fees/cost: On-campus housing and meals available; see website for details
Requirements/prerequisites: For established and emerging dance educators, including graduate students in dance and undergraduate students in dance education programs
Registration deadline: August 5 (early bird May 15)
Description: Courses in Evans Dance technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis, dance science lab, dance pedagogy, and ballet. Faculty includes Bill Evans, Don Halquist, Debra Knapp, Kitty Daniels, Georgia Ortega, and Melissa Hauschild-Mork.
Contact: 401-383-0768; billevansdance@hotmail.com; billevansdance.org

 

TOP: Dancer Margaret Johnson shows form and focus during the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, which features technique classes in modern, contemporary jazz, jazz funk, and lyrical.
Top photo by Wendy Turner Photography
BOTTOM: Bolshoi Ballet Academy teachers share pedagogy and training techniques used by Russian educators for hundreds of years.
Photo by Russian American Foundation

Teachers Continuing Education Certificate

Sponsoring or producing organization: Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
Dates: July 23–August 3
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Fees/cost: Approximately $400 (not including lodging or meals); one unit of graduate level college credit through University of Colorado $70
Requirements/prerequisites: Current teachers of intermediate to advanced teens through adults
Registration deadline: Until filled
Description: Curriculum includes participation and observation of classes in modern, contemporary, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical; self-reflection; and seminar/discussion.
Contact: 303-492-7945; info@bjdw.net; boulderjazzdanceworkshop.com

 

Cecchetti USA Residential Summer Course

Sponsoring or producing organization: Cecchetti USA
Dates: July 29–August 4
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Fees/cost: Residential tuition $825 (early bird $725); room and meals $475; non-residential tuition $885 (early bird $785)
Requirements/prerequisites: For teachers new to the Cecchetti method or those looking to further Cecchetti training
Registration deadline: June 1 (early bird May 1)
Description: Teachers choose from Teaching Certificate 1; Teaching Certificate 2; or Associate, Licentiate, and Fellowship Qualifying Exams. All tracks cover principles of teaching, music applied in the classroom, networking opportunities, and more. Syllabuses and music available for purchase.
Contact: 803-420-7511; judithhawkesworth@gmail.com; cecchettiusa.org

 

CPYB Teachers Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Dates: August 12–17
Location: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Carlisle, PA
Fees/cost: $85 application fee; $1,000–$1,200 tuition (varies depending on payment date)
Requirements/prerequisites: Current and aspiring dance educators
Registration deadline: Until filled
Description: Instruction in teaching syllabus for beginning through intermediate ballet levels led by Marcia Dale Weary and CPYB associate artistic director and alum Darla Hoover. Includes daily observation of classes and interactive seminars; sharing; networking.
Contact: 717-245-1190; info@cpyb.org; cpyb.org

 

CNADM Teacher Training School and Convention

Sponsoring or producing organization: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Dates: Teacher Training School July 23–26; Teacher Convention July 27–30
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago–Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, IL
Fees/cost: CNADM members $380/session; non-members $515/session
Requirements/prerequisites: Ages 16 and older
Registration deadline: Early bird June 15
Description: Training School classes and workshops focus on teaching technique, educational theory, and personal dance development. Teacher Convention is a continuing education workshop designed to serve the needs of the professional dance educator. Emphasis is on improving your own technique. Original choreographed materials provided.
Contact: 815-397-6282; dance@cnadm.com; cnadm.com

 

The style and punch of classic Giordano jazz comes through at the Giordano Dance Workshop, featuring instruction in technique, history, music, stretch, and floor ballet designed with the jazz educator in mind.
Photo by Reveuse Marketing

24th Annual Summer Dance Institute for Teachers

Sponsoring or producing organization: Creative Dance Center
Dates: Foundational course July 9–20; refresher course June 29–July 3
Location: Creative Dance Center, Seattle
Fees/cost: Foundational course $895 (early bird $825); Seattle Pacific University Continuing Education Credit $330 for 6 hours of credit (subject to change); $120 for 60 clock hours (subject to change). Refresher course $595 (early bird $525); Seattle Pacific University Continuing Education Credit $165 for 3 hours of credit (subject to change); $60 for 30 clock hours (subject to change)
Requirements/prerequisites: None for foundational course; refresher course for returning SDIT participants or experienced teachers
Registration deadline: Early bird May 21
Description: Anne Green Gilbert and Dionne Kamara (foundational course), Terry Goetz and Anna Mansbridge (refresher course), and guest faculty share the philosophy of brain-compatible teaching and the power of BrainDance. Discussion on the vital link between movement and cognition and its impact on class management, behavior, learning, and focus. Workshops may include creative folk dance, choreography, integrating academics, learning styles, historical dance, ballet, West African dance, class management, and more.
Contact: 206-363-7281; info@creativedance.org; creativedance.org

 

DEA Advanced Teacher Certification School

Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Educators of America, Inc.
Dates: July 1–5
Location: West Palm Beach [FL] Convention Center
Fees/cost: $250–$1,000
Requirements/prerequisites: Three levels of training; participants must take levels sequentially
Registration deadline: April 1
Description: Associate Specialized Training Certificate, Advanced Teacher Certificate, and Student Assistant Certificate programs offer courses in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. Teachers will learn the principles of dance; how to approach different age groups; how to put together exercises in a comprehensive way that is age, level, and skill appropriate; and how to develop curriculums and syllabuses.
Contact: 914-636-3200; info@dancedea.com; dancedea.com

 

Ballet teachers new to Ceccetti are welcome to join veteran educators of this classic ballet method at Cecchetti USA’s annual summer residential course.
Photo by Andrea Gianfortuna

DMA Teachers Training School

Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Masters of America, Inc.
Dates: July 30–August 3
Location: State University of New York at Buffalo
Fees/cost: DMA members and assistants $400; non-DMA members $475
Requirements/prerequisites: Ages 18 and older
Registration deadline: May 1
Description: Includes comprehensive curriculum with focus on technique and teaching skills, with discussion of both creative and structured pathways to quality learning.
Contact: 718-225-4013; dmarobertmann@gmail.com; dancemastersofamerica.org

 

Dance Teacher Web Live Conference and Expo

Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Teacher Web
Dates: July 30–August 2
Location: Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Las Vegas
Fees/cost: $647 (early bird $547); group discounts
Requirements/prerequisites: Studio owners, dance teachers, assistants, and staff; ages 18 and older
Registration deadline: Early bird February 16; open until sold out
Description: Includes teacher certification, teaching methods, networking opportunities, and ways to increase enrollment and income.
Contact: 203-545-7147; steve@danceteacherweb.com; dtwconference.com

 

Dance Teacher University Level 1 and Level 2

Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Teacher Web/University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dates: July 30–August 2
Location: Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Las Vegas
Fees/cost: $1,045 (early bird $945)
Requirements/prerequisites: Ages 16 and older; basic dance knowledge
Registration deadline: Early bird February 16; open until sold out; 50 participants max
Description: Practical teacher training and certification for private studio or K–12 dance educators. Led by faculty from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Dance Teacher Web. Level 1 curriculum covers beginner through intermediate levels; Level 2 certification for intermediate/advanced.
Contact: 203-545-7147; steve@danceteacherweb.com; danceteacheruniversity.org

 

Dance Masters of America’s summer teacher training program features a comprehensive curriculum of classes and discussion.
Photo courtesy Dance Masters of America

Dance Teachers Forum

Sponsoring or producing organization: Dance Teachers Forum
Dates: July 21–22 (Illinois); August 4–5 (Florida)
Location: Chicago; St. Petersburg, FL
Fees/cost: $300 (early bird $270)
Requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: July 1 or until filled (early bird March 1)
Description: Program includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, anatomy, choreography, DiscoverDance Early Childhood Education, and business section with separate breakout session for studio owners and teachers.
Contact: 847-279-3899; dancecompany3@yahoo.com; danceteachersforum.com

 

Giordano Dance Chicago 2018 Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: Giordano Dance Chicago
Dates: June 10–15
Location: Chicago
Fees/cost: $600–$825
Requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 9
Description: Teacher track program focuses on the foundation of American jazz dance. Classes include Homer Bryant floor ballet, stretch, Giordano technique, history of jazz, music for class/choreography, Broadway jazz, college dance programs, and observation of teen and pre-professional programs (running concurrently). Educators attending teacher track classes can participate or observe.
Contact: 312-922-1332; sarinacombs@giordanodance.org; giordanodance.org/workshop.html

 

Hubbard Street Dance Educator Summer Institute

Sponsoring or producing organization: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Dates: June 25–29
Location: Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago
Fees/cost: $400 (early bird $300)
Requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 15 (early bird April 30)
Description: For public and private school dance educators. Technique classes and improvisation, master classes in Hubbard Street repertory, and dance history workshops (including “The Harlem Renaissance” with partner the Art Institute of Chicago).
Contact: 312-850-9744; education@hubbardstreetdance.com; hubbardstreetdance.com

 

International Dance Teaching Standards Module One: Teacher Certification

Sponsoring or producing organization: International Dance Teaching Standards
Dates: Washington State session June 30–July 1; California session July 21–22
Location: Children’s Dance Theatre & Prestige Studio, Auburn, WA; Tap Fever Studios, San Diego
Fees/cost: $320
Requirements/prerequisites: Ages 18 and older
Registration deadline: 24 hours before workshop begins
Description: Topics include anatomy, injury prevention, skill acquisition, pedagogy, choreography, classroom management, and more.
Contact: danceteachingstandards@gmail.com; danceteachingstandards.com

 

Many young dancers take their first steps toward a professional teaching career by attending the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School, held annually at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Photo courtesy Dance Masters of America

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula A and B

Sponsoring or producing organization: Luna Dance Institute
Dates: Curricula A July 30–August 3; Curricula B August 6–10
Location: Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA
Fees/cost: $525 plus $25 annual Professional Learning user fee
Requirements/prerequisites: Curricula A, new or veteran teachers; Curricula B, DIDC-A or Summer Institute
Registration deadline: Curricula A July 23; Curricula B July 30
Description: Creating, implementing, and sequencing dance curricula aligned with the National Core Arts Standards. Curricula A: First level of foundations series. Comprehensive overview of teaching dance including elements of dance, human development theory, how to integrate dance across subject matter, and more. Curricula B: Learn how to develop dance units and support your students in making meaningful dances; teaching pedagogy, choreography.
Contact: 510-883-1118; jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org; lunadanceinstitute.org

 

NDI Teaching Artist Training Intensive

Sponsoring or producing organization: National Dance Institute
Dates: July 30–August 10
Location: NDI Center for Learning & the Arts, New York City
Fees/cost: $1,000; limited scholarships available by application
Registration deadline: June 1
Description: Participants work with New York City public school children as they learn about NDI’s teaching techniques and tools, which equip educators to motivate, engage, and inspire diverse learners through the power of the arts. Includes daily teaching opportunities, choreography workshops, group discussions, and presentations from leaders in education.
Contact: 212-226-0083; hbailenson@nationaldance.org; nationaldance.org

 

Robey Jazz Dance Teacher Training Workshop

Sponsoring or producing organization: Robey Jazz Dance Technique & Curriculum
Dates: August 13–15
Location: Webster University, St. Louis
Fees/cost: $450
Requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: June 1
Description: Comprehensive instruction in Jazz Dance Technique & Curriculum, Level 1 to 6. Topics include jazz dance technique, class format and sequencing, teaching across multiple perspectives, business ethics, clarifying values and goals, marketing and branding your business, and more. Certificate received upon successful completion of workshop.
Contact: 203-300-3464; jamesrobeydance@icloud.com; robeyjazzdance.com

 

Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program

Sponsoring or producing organization: Russian American Foundation
Dates: August 5–12
Location: New York City
Fees/cost: $1,950 tuition; housing fees TBA
Requirements/prerequisites: Professional level of ballet training; ages 18 and older; familiarity with Vaganova technique. Teaching experience not mandatory.
Registration deadline: April 15
Description: Training program conducted by teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, an institution founded more than 240 years ago. Curriculum focuses on musicality, strength, and purity of classical technique.
Contact: 212-687-6118 x 208; Annie Sundelson, asundelson@russianamericanfoundation.org; bolshoiballetacademy.com

 

Twinkle Star Dance Annual Conference

Sponsoring or producing organization: Twinkle Star Dance
Dates: August 17–19
Location: Omni Royal Orleans, New Orleans
Fees/cost: Non-subscribers: $499 for two attendees; subscribers: $349 for two attendees; $125 for each additional attendee
Requirements/prerequisites: None
Registration deadline: Until filled
Description: Designed to show studio owners how to build a strong recreational student base through use of the Twinkle Star (ages 2–6), Show Stars (ages 6 and older), and Fire It Up Adult Dance Fitness programs. Includes dance movement classes and business sessions. For owners, teachers, and administrators.
Contact: 925-583-2830; amanda@twinklestardance.com; twinklestardance.com