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Summer Teen Programs

Dance Intensive (Limited Space Available)

This program has limited space available.

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 Robert La Fosse, Jennifer Ringer, Jock Soto, Melissa Sandvig, Josie Walsh, Allyne Noelle, Larkin Miller, Lillian Barbeito, James Gregg, and Robyn Gardenhire. Early enrollment is encouraged.

Students can sign up for two or three weeks of this dance program.

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.



  • Pink 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

Modern and Jazz

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

Hip Hop:

  • Colorful street clothes
  • Sneakers

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

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

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is the Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University where she trained with Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and her MFA in Dance from Florida State University, where she received the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship as well as a University Fellowship.  Rosa-Taylor is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow.  She has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet. Rosa-Taylor was also featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White: An Enchanting Musical at Disneyland.

Jonathan Sharp was trained at the School of American Ballet by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Ferrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. He has danced professionally with the Boston and Pennsylvania Ballets and appeared in the original casts of Broadway shows and revivals The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Sharp is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow.  

Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel, and studied ballet at Bat Dor Professional Dance School, where he was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship, given to the country’s top dance student. Hai’s training continued with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. He toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company and was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company. In 2007, Hai joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, touring and teaching internationally with the company. He was a member of the acclaimed Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC (2010-13). In addition to teaching at Idyllwild Arts and LACHSA, Hai is featured regularly as guest faculty, choreographer and clinician at schools across America.

Age: 12-16

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

& July 3-24, 2021
Three-week session

Performance information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:
$3,240 – Two weeks
$3,960 – Three weeks

Day student tuition:
$1,940 – Two weeks
$2,520 – Three weeks

Lab fee:
$50 – Two weeks
$75 – Three weeks

Enrollment limited to 16 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Ellen Rosa-Taylor, Jonathan Sharp, & Hai Cohen

*The total capacity of the program may increase to 20 pending changes in Health Guidelines from the CDC and local authorities.

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