Arts & Communication Magnet Academy
Grade levels: 6th-12th
Curriculum: Dance; Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, African, Choreography, Pilates, Vbarre
Performance opportunities: Dance West (ACMA Dance A/B Company), Recital, Musical theatre, Student Choreography ACMA student are give the opportunity to study dance starting in the 6th-12th grade.Dancers are encouraged to be a well round dancer and study all Forms of dance. Musical theatre is offered those with vocal training.
Tuition: Public School, fee’s vary from $125-$250 current 22/23′
Alumni: Various Dance/Theatrical Companies Worldwide
Daily schedule: 7:30am- 2:05pm, After school programs; ie Dance company, Musical rehearsal , until 4:30pm
Additional opportunities: Voice, Acting, visual arts
Baltimore School for the Arts
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Choreography, Conditioning
Performance opportunities: Annual production of The Nutcracker; Open Studio; Spring Dance Concert
Tuition: Free to Baltimore City residents; Students living outside the city must pay tuition. For the 2022-23 school year, tuition is $10,000 per year (subject to change each year.)
Alumni: Linda-Denise Fisher Harrell; Jacqueline Green; Nardia Boodoo; Kennard Henson; Sierra Jones; Deanna Karlheim; Kiyon Gaines Ross; Maeghan McHale Hobbs; Bahiyah Hibah; Kamille Upshaw
Auditions: Acceptance by audition only. Auditions for the 2023-24 school year will be held January 17-20, 2023.
Daily schedule: Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Variations, Men’s Class, Conditioning, Choreography, Dance Colloquium
Additional opportunities: Student Choreography, Guest Artist Workshops and Masterclasses, College and University on-site auditions
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet Folklorico, Dances of the African Diaspora, Pointe, Tap, Composition/Improvisation, Dance History, Dance Kinesiology, Dance & Media, Repertory, Dance Pedagogy, Partnering, Arts Internships
Performance opportunities: Evening of Dance (main stage repertory concert), On Stage at the Montgomery Arts Theater (main stage repertory concert), Will Dance for Change (student produced/choreographed concert), Senior Choreography Projects, Hispanic Heritage Festival, African American Heritage Festival, Repertory Workshop (curricular culminating performance), All School Musical, Creations (collaborative student work performance), various community outreach performances/collaborations
Tuition: Free public magnet school
Alumni: Erykah Badu (recording artist), Jay Franke (Lar Lubovitch, Chicago Dance Festival), Christopher Vo (Lar Lubovitch, Broadway shows), Catherine Ellis Kirk (A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham), Ida Saki (Cedar Lake, “Sleep No More,”), Stephanie Troyak (Tanztheater Wuppertal, Batsheva Ensemble), My’kal Stromile (Boston Ballet), Alysia Johnson (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Mason Manning (Ballet of Difference), Ricardo Hartley (NDT2), Michael Garcia (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet BC), Jonathan Campbell (Sidra Bell, MADBoots), Todd Baker (Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company), Nicholas Kade Cummings (Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett), Montana Dalton (Saarländisches Staatstheater), Austin Goodwin (“Sleep No More”), Zane Unger (Saarländisches Staatstheater), Jared Brown (Hofesh Schecter), Shadden Hashem (Bocatuya), Ausia Jones (Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal), Kaylin Sturtevant (Ballet BC), McKinley Willis (Dallas Black Dance Theater), Omar Rivera (Ballet Hispanico), Joi Ware (New Dialect), Bridget L. Moore (Ron Brown/Evidence, B. Moore Dance), Christian Burse (Complexions Contemporary Ballet)
Auditions: In person, in Dallas, January 28th and February 4th 2022
Daily schedule: Block schedule with integrated arts and academics, rehearsals after school
Additional opportunities: Performance opportunities and master classes with TITAS/Dance Unbound, National High School Dance Festival, College Showcase, Collaborations with local Dallas arts organizations
California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley
Grade levels: 7-12
Curriculum: We offer intensive and specialized pre-professional training in a wide variety of dance forms between two dance conservatories. Ballet & Contemporary Conservatory: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning, Variations, Jazz, Acting for Dancers, Dance Pedagogy, Choreography and Composition, Dance History, and more. Commercial Dance Conservatory: Jazz, Hip-hop, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Ballroom, Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Dance Conditioning, Dance for Camera, Singing for Dancers, Dance Pedagogy, Choreography and Composition, Dance History, and more.
Performance opportunities: Winter Dance Concert, Spring Ballet Concert, Dance Film Festival, Student Choreography Concert. Plus many additional performance opportunities including: annual All-School Musical, cross-conservatory collaborative performances, annual Season Finale, community performances, and more.
Tuition: CSArts-SGV is a tuition-free, donation-dependent program made possible through a unique public-private partnership with the Duarte Unified School District.
Alumni: Graduates have been accepted to collegiate dance programs including University of Southern California, Pace University, Point Park University, Oklahoma City University, University of California, Irvine, California State University, Long Beach and many more.
Auditions: CSArts-SGV admits all applicants on a space-available basis, except in the areas of dance and music. Conservatories in the School of Dance do not have an entry level of instruction; thus, applicants must meet a minimum proficiency level on their scored rubric at their Conservatory Placement Activity. Upon completion of the Conservatory Placement Activity, applicants will receive a scored rubric with helpful feedback and a proficiency level from our conservatory staff.
Daily schedule: Students attend academic and elective classes in the morning and early afternoon, on a block schedule, followed by 2.5 hours of conservatory instruction in the late afternoon, four days a week.
Additional opportunities: There are numerous opportunities for students interested in both additional training performance opportunities, offered after conservatory hours!
Coronado School of the Arts
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is San Diego County’s premier public school arts conservatory, home to 200 scholar artists grades 9 through 12, who attend the nationally-ranked Coronado High School. CoSA provides an intense, pre-professional arts education to students from Coronado and from all over San Diego, who are admitted after a competitive application/audition process.
Performance opportunities: Our award-winning student artists perform and exhibit at the Coronado Performing Arts Center on the Coronado High School campus, in either the 570 seat Main Stage or 80 seat Black Box theatre.
Alumni: CoSA Dance students have gone on to dance professionally in the Boston Dance Theater, San Diego Dance Theater, and Norwegian Cruise Line, and have attended dance programs at UCLA, UCSB, Dominican University and more.
Daily schedule: Each school day CoSA offers three or more hours of instruction, pairing young artists with educators who are also industry specialists. With a curriculum designed by professional artist/educators, students are immersed in their chosen specialty in one of six conservatories: Classical and Contemporary Dance, Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design, and Graphic Design), Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre & Drama, Theatre Production, Design & Management and Visual Art. CoSA is a State of California-approved Career Technical Education program. A core academic day with up to six periods (3 per term – block 4×4 schedule) at Coronado High School, and 2 1/2 hours of arts instruction in CoSA classes. CoSA arts programs end at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (early release on Wednesdays).
CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Program
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Ballet, Modern, Composition, Jazz, Pointe, Dance History, Repertory, Dance Topics, Dance Skills and electives within and outside the dance department
Performance opportunities: Annual Choreographers’ Showcase performance with past guest artists including: Derek Brockington (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Camille A. Brown, Alberto de Saz (Nikolais/Louis Foundation), Brandon Collwes (Merce Cunningham Trust), Brandon Courany (Keigwin + Company), Larry Keigwin, Jennifer Nugent (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), Stephen Pier, Andrea Weber (Merce Cunningham Trust), among others. Intermezzo (curricular performance), Senior Dance Concert (student choreographed and produced).
Tuition: Free to students in the greater Hartford area
Alumni: Jolet Creary, Rickey Flagg, Corey Hutchins, Rosanna Karabetsos, Caine Keenan, Carley Marholin, Kyle McHargh, Rebecca Pappas, Kristen Shoen-Rene, Taylor Spellman, Derrick Yanford
Auditions: Students are selected by lottery
Daily schedule: Unique half day program, 1-4:15pm
Additional opportunities: Master classes with a variety of professional artists, performance opportunities within Connecticut, National High School Dance Festival and other events.
Grand Center Arts Academy
St. Louis, MO
Grade levels: 6 – 12
Curriculum: Students choose a pathway in high school and spend half the day in the art of their choosing. AP, dual-credit and 1818 courses are offered.
Performance opportunities: Robust opportunities for students in all four pathways such as: Muny, Fox, Sun Theater, The Repertory Theater
Tuition: Free; public charter school
Auditions: Demonstration of art is required upon registration
Daily schedule: Block Schedule: 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
Additional opportunities: Student government, chess, ACT prep, sports via our other high school
ICON Arts Academy
Iowa City, IA
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Dance (Classical, Contemporary), Theatre Arts (Acting, Musical Theatre), Music (Voice, Percussion & Piano, Composition), Design & Production (Visual Arts, Set design, Costume Design, Lighting and sound Design, Scenic Painting/Sculpture)
Performance opportunities: TBD
Tuition: $22,000. Room & Board: TBD (info avail in January 2023). Academic Fee: Iowa residents $0, out-of-state $8,750
Auditions: 2023 scheduled auditions: New York City (1/7), Iowa City, IA (1/14), St. Louis (1/21), Chicago (1/28), Austin (1/29), Winston-Salem (2/4), Des Moines (2/10), Denver (2/18)
Daily schedule: Students will participate in intensive arts education from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday, with more than 20 hours of arts education weekly.
Idaho Fine Arts Academy
Grade levels: 6-12
Curriculum: A pre-professional dance program with choreography and performance at its heart. Dance majors study dance technique, anatomy, conditioning, history, filmmaking, writing about dance and art criticism.
Performance opportunities: Several times each semester in informal and formal settings in and outside of school. Guest artists each semester create choreography on and with dance majors. Past guest artists include Barbara Angeline, Bradley Beaks, Kay Braden, Teresa Perez Ceccon, Nick Cendese, Daniel Charon, Caitlin Cullen, Lauren Curley, Kathleen Diehl, Dave Eggar, Bill Evans, Efren Corado Garcia, Laura Halzak, Marla Hansen, Molly Jorgensen, Mary Lyn Graves, Isabella Machado, Cassie Meador, Amy O’Brien, Daniel Ojeda, Chuck Palmer, Re’Sean Pates, Nathan Powell, Rebecca Rasmussen, Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
Alumni: Kalie Dow, Alexa Firmage, Ashley Fletcher, Hayli Henretty, Amalia Romero
Auditions: Annual; see https://www.westada.org/o/ifaa/page/arts-audition-info and watch the audition video (youtu.be/jTPTbYzFAH8).
Daily schedule: 7:40 am–2:39 pm; block schedule with four periods a day, alternating eight classes between A and B days. Students attend 88 minutes of the dance major class five days a week.
Additional opportunities: Three concurrent enrollment courses in dance through Boise State University; junior and senior chapters of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. As a member of the National Dance Education Organization, the Idaho Dance Education Organization, and Dance and the Child International USA, IFAA participates in state, national and international events. Collaborations with the six other IFAA arts majors (Film, Vocal Music, Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Theater, Visual Arts).
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Anatomy and Kinesiology, Ballet , Pointe Class, Men’s Class, Pas de Deux, Dance History, Jazz Dance, Modern Dance, Dance Composition, Tap Dance, Senior Seminar, Hip Hop
Performance opportunities: 2 Full length Concerts each year on the IAA campus plus Student Choreography Concert and the Solos and Duets Concert. Competitions: Youth America Grand Prix, Spotlight, Standing on the Edge. Festivals: Pasadena Dance Festival, Tri-Arts Festival Performing opportunities with local professional companies.
Tuition: In-State Boarding Tuition: $57,900 (Must show proof of California residency for the past 2 years). Boarding: $67,000. International Boarding: $69,500. Domestic Day Tuition: $30,000. International Day Tuition: $35,000.
Alumni: Julian Barnett ‘98: choreographer and 2015 U.S.– Japan Creative Artist Fellow. Nicholle Rochelle ‘99: 1999 Bronze Medalist at Genée International Ballet Competition, 2002 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship winner. Eleanor Bauer ‘00: 2013-2016 Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater, Brussels. Neal Beasley ‘00: 2004 winner of Princess Grace Foundation – USA Award. Marisa Hamamoto ‘00: Founder of Infinite Flow, America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company. Kaley Pruitt ‘06: Illinois State University Dance faculty, founder of Kaley Pruitt Dance company. Braulio Alvarez de la Parra ‘09: Tokyo Ballet. Gina Galetto ‘12: Dancer for Celebrity Cruises. Lani Dickinson ‘12: Winner of 2015 Princess Grace Scholarship for Dance and Choreography, AXIS Dance Company. Ricardo Urbina ‘15: Hamburg Ballet. Cemiyon Barber: ’14, Carlos Martinez, ’18: First State Ballet
Auditions: Candidates for the Dance major are encouraged to audition on campus or during an audition tour. If a live audition is not possible, candidates must submit an American format DVD or provide an online audition on a site such as YouTube. Details of what the audition should include are on the website here: https://idyllwildarts.org/academy/dance/.
Daily schedule: Daily ballet technique class followed by either modern or jazz technique. Pointe class, pas de deux, Men’s class, Composition, Dance History, Hip Hop. Evening rehearsals.
Additional opportunities: American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Exam. Teaching opportunities with Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Children’s Dance Program. Various Masterclasses throughout the year. Academic program prepares students for the rigors of college and a range of career opportunities both within and outside of the arts. The Arts Enterprise Laboratory is the only high school program of its kind in the entire United States, offering student grants, master classes, career education, and arts education internships.
Interlochen Arts Academy
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Ballet focus with additional courses in contemporary styles
Performance opportunities: Two fully produced ballet performances from classic repertoire; showcase performances
Tuition: Boarding: $70,950; Day: $40,175; 80% of students receive financial assistance
Alumni: Derek Brockington, Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company; Liz Lerman, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Auditions: Upload video to application or audition on campus during open-house events
Daily schedule: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Additional opportunities: Tours, collaborative projects, guest artists
Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA)
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap, Composition, Musical Theatre, Folk Dance, Character
Performance opportunities: Fall/Spring Repertory Dance Concerts, Senior Recital, Dance Showcase I & II
Tuition: Public School – Audition required
Alumni: Mario Zambrano, Roderick George, Allysen Hooks, Zach Tang, Courtney D. Jones, Laura Gutierrez, Justin Prescott, Robbie Moore, Kacie Boblitt
Daily schedule: 3 – hours of dance a day – 15 hours per week
Additional opportunities: photo by Amitava Sarkar
McCallum Fine Arts Academy
Grade levels: 9-12
Curriculum: Applied anatomy and kinesiology, ballet, dance history, hip hop, improvisation/composition/choreography, jazz (classic, contemporary, Latin, Afro-), Laban Movement Analysis, Language of Dance, modern, social dance (vernacular and partner), tap, world dance forms
Performance opportunities: Two faculty-directed productions, student-directed productions, various festivals and other opportunities
Alumni: Have studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, New York University, Penn State, Long Island University–Post, Point Park, Sam Houston State University, Shenandoah University, Texas Christian University, University of Arizona, University of Texas–Austin, Western Michigan University
Auditions: Every winter
Daily schedule: Varies depending on level
Additional opportunities: National and Regional High School Dance Festivals; National Honors Society for Dance Arts and graduating with honors; performances at professionally produced events in the Austin area.
Miami Arts Charter School
Grade levels: 6-12
Curriculum: At the middle school level, MAC dancers receive fundamental dance education tools that prepare them for a future in dance, with an emphasis on ballet technique, modern dance, jazz, and contemporary. Middle school dancers train anywhere between 3-5 hours per week. Additionally, first-year students also participate in a supplementary dance conditioning class that focuses on classical pilates mat training to increase their understanding and awareness of anatomical body alignment. Through this course, they learn about basic anatomy for dance as well as the proper techniques to care for their bodies as young pre-professionals. High school MAC dancers are introduced to a completely new and enhanced dance program as they enter the ninth grade. The number of classes increases, with students taking anywhere between 8-10 hours of dance per week. Based on a rotating block schedule, students take ballet technique and modern dance classes to strengthen and refine their dance foundation. On the opposite training day from ballet and modern techniques, dancers benefit from a well-rounded selection of classes to further their growth and versatility. Classes vary every day, and include but are not limited to contemporary, jazz, conditioning, pilates, progressing ballet technique, latin jazz, musical theatre dance, basic ballroom concepts, afro-theory, hip hop, and other cultural dance styles to round out their overall training. Students also take a dance history course at the beginning of their high school careers to enrich their dance education and broaden their views of the future ahead of them. Dance classes are supplemented with college and career readiness workshops, where students learn to build their dance resumes and prepare for auditions as well as find post academic opportunities best suited for each student through teacher-mentoring.
Performance opportunities: Our performance season provides our middle and high school dancers the opportunity to share their creativity with the community, as well as gain artistic experience and knowledge that can only be attained through live performances. We begin each year with the NSHDA’s self-produced showcase in the fall. Our largest performance of the year is the MAC Spring Dance Concert. We conclude our season with the Student Choreography Showcase.
Tuition: Free Public Charter School
Alumni: Graduating students from the MAC Dance Program become well-rounded candidates for prestigious programs at top colleges and universities, as well as immediate employment opportunities in both dance and dance-related fields.
Auditions: Applications accepted year-round; see website.
Daily schedule: middle school dancers: average 5 hours of dance per week, high school dancers: average 12 hours of dance per week, not including after school rehearsals and master classes.
Additional opportunities: High school students also benefit from multiple learning opportunities that vary each season, ranging from guest choreographers to performance and workshop field trips. Examples of these events include regional and national high school dance festivals, district dance workshops, and the superintendent’s showcase performance. The MAC Dance Program also holds a junior and secondary chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. The junior and secondary chapters usually participate in annual state events, such as the Florida Dance Performance Assessment and the Florida Honors Concert. The secondary chapter also produces their very own MAC NHSDA showcase every fall and actively participates in community service through dance, as well as smaller activities within the dance program to promote a positive learning community.
The Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts
Grade levels: 7th – 12th plus Gap Year
Curriculum: Acting Fundamentals, Acting Improvisation, Ballet, Classical Styles, Conditioning, Guitar, Jazz, Modern, Monologues, Music Composition, Music Theory, Musical Theatre, Partnering, Piano, Pointe, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Shakespeare, Song Analysis, Sound Recording, Street Jazz, Tap, Variations, Voice, Vocal Ensemble
Performance opportunities: Fall Cabaret, One Act, Showcase, Vocal Performance Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix
Tuition: Middle School = $22,100+/year, High School = $23,750+/year, Postgrad/Gap = $13,800+/semester
Alumni: Ben Cherington, Ben Cook, Roxanne King, Beth Mann, Georgia Monroe, Jeremiah Porter, Brooke Thornton, Elpida Voryas
Auditions: Individually scheduled
Daily schedule: Integrated arts classes, academic and rehearsal blocks; typical school day runs 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Additional opportunities: Housing for domestic (high school/gap year) and international (gap year) students available. A variety of extracurricular opportunities including additional music, theatre and dance lessons and classes, pre-professional companies (ballet, tap, jazz, improv theatre, musical theatre), master classes, summer intensives and performance opportunities (The Nutcracker, Follies, Spring Ballet, Company Project, Spring Production, Improv Showcase, music recitals and more).
The HARID Conservatory
Boca Raton, FL
Grade levels: 9 – 12
Curriculum: Professional-training curriculum for classical ballet dancers
Performance opportunities: Two series of performances are presented each year. (www.harid.edu/performance-repertoire)
Daily schedule: www.harid.edu/academic-year
Additional opportunities: www.harid.edu/residence
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Grade levels: Year 3 – 13
Curriculum: Dual Curriculum (Academic and Vocational)
Performance opportunities: Multiple
Tuition: £5,135 – £8,585 per term
Alumni: Daisy Ridley, Ella Henderson, Lily James, Bart Edwards, Sabrina Bartlett, Joe Griffiths-Brown
Auditions: Held in the autumn and spring terms
Daily schedule: 8am – 6:30pm
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Grade levels: 9-12 Classical Ballet, 10-12 Contemporary Dance
Curriculum: 9-12 Classical Ballet, 10-12 Contemporary Dance
Performance opportunities: Yes
Tuition: In-state: $0; Out-of-state: $13,978
Alumni: Gillian Murphy, Trey McIntyre, Claire Kretzschmar
Auditions: TBD January-February 2023
Daily schedule: TBD
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Grade levels: 9-12 with a PG year available
Curriculum: Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative college-preparatory academic curriculum.
Performance opportunities: Boston Ballet Nutcracker, Winter Showcase, Student Choreographic Project, Next Generation year-end performance, Fall musical, Fall play, Winter Play, Spring Musical, New Ink/Rough Cuts, Black on White, Winter Visual Art Show, Spring Visual Art Show, Chamber Music Concerts, Voice Recitals, Jazz Concerts
Tuition: Day student tuition is $55,000; Boarding student tuition is $71,600
Alumni: Many notable alumni from all five majors, including Boston Ballet dancers and dancers in major dance companies across the globe; for recent alumni news: www.walnuthillarts.org/alumni
Auditions: Early winter through the spring (Visual Arts and Writing, Film & Media Arts programs have a portfolio review; Dance, Music, and Theater programs require auditions.))
Daily schedule: Varies, depending on major
Additional opportunities: ART 360 program, Kaleidoscope Program, Full suite of student life opportunities including clubs, affinity spaces, field trips off campus