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Dance Intensive

This summer program focuses on the complete dancer. You will be submerged in the art of dance, with daily classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre Dance, and Choreography. The classes emphasize development of clean technique, musical precision, artistry and healthy self-assessment.

The dance faculty are all working professionals and will bring a rich diversity to the workshop. They will work with focus on technique and performance. Instructors encourage you to open your mind and your body to new forms of expression and they will polish your form. They will teach you how to bring energy and confidence into your dancing. The environment is professional and focused. The course is rigorous, so expect to be challenged. The final showing offers pieces of choreography which are developed in the classes.

Former faculty includes Chad Michael Hall, Kitty Mcnamee, Robert La Fosse, Jennifer Ringer, Jock Soto, Melissa Sandvig, Josie Walsh, Allyne Noelle, Larkin Miller, Lillian Barbeito, James Gregg, and Robyn Gardenhire.

The Dance Intensive requires a video audition for acceptance. Please submit a one minute video showing you dancing in your favorite style of either ballet, modern or jazz. This can be a performance video or made in a dance studio.  If it is a video of a group dance, please make sure you are visible for us to see and be clear as to which dancer you are.

Once you have submitted the Camper Application, we will send you information on how to submit your dance video.

Dance Experience

It is suggested that applicants have at least three years of dance training in ballet, modern or jazz.  The training is rigorous- dancers will be in class and rehearsals for about 6-8 hours per day. On the first day, after an audition placement, dancers will be split into training levels. Careful consideration will be given to place students into a group that will be most advantageous to each participant.

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Conditioning for dance
  • 10:15 am – 11:45 am: Ballet
  • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Pointe, pre-pointe, or men’s class
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45  pm: Modern or Choreography
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Jazz or Hip Hop
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Rehearsal

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is currently the Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy as well as the Director of the Idyllwild Arts Children’s Dance Program. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, her MFA. in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of a Deans Teaching Fellowship as well as a University Fellowship. Ellen has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City and San Diego Opera and as principal dancer with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, La Danserie and Chattanooga Ballet. Ms. Rosa has also performed with Louise Reichlin and Dancers, Charleston Ballet Theater, Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware and was featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White at Disneyland. As a choreographer Mrs. Rosa-Taylor has had her works presented across the USA. LA Times has called her style… “a unique jazz ballet style.”. As a dance educator, Ms. Rosa-Taylor is an ABT Affiliate Teacher for levels Primary- 7 and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow, which has been awarded to only 50 ABT certified teachers worldwide.

Jonathan Sharp was trained at National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. He danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the touring Stars of American Ballet, headlined by Robert LaFosse and Darci Kistler. He has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player on Another World and guest-starred on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. He has taught at Idyllwild Arts Academy for thirteen years and he also teaches and directs internationally.


  • Pink or flesh tone tights
  • Leotard (any color, but please bring a black one for your performance)
  • Clean ballet shoes
  • Pointe shoes (if applicable)


  • Black tights
  • Plain black or white T-shirt (no writing/graphics)
  • Dance belt
  • Ballet shoes


  • Short or open-toe tights, preferably black
  • Knee pads, preferably black
  • T-shirts or leotards (no writing/graphics)


  • Girls: Jazz Shoes
  • Boys: Jazz shoes

Hip Hop:

  • Colorful street clothes
  • Sneakers

All Students:

  • Water bottle, Thera-band, yoga mat

12- 17

July 16 – July 29, 2023
Two-week Session

Student Recital
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, Room and Board

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
30 total
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students

Skill Level
3 year of dance training
Class will be split into training levels at the start of the workshop.

Ellen Rosa Taylor, Jonathan Sharp, and other guest faculty

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