The Academy of Dance Arts

Academy of Dance Arts (732) 842-9262
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Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Summer school guide for parents and students

Dear Parents and Students,

These days there are literally hundreds of summer programs to choose from and there are many factors that go into deciding what program is right for which student. The most important things that we think you should be considering are good safe training, safe housing and a faculty with a good reputation.

Some generalizations we feel comfortable making are:

  1. Students under 12 years old should not attend programs away from home.
  2. Students who are not excited about dancing for at least 6 hours a day should not consider going away for a summer program.
  3. Students who are not comfortable in competitive environments should not consider going away for a summer program.
  4. Summer intensives are for serious students, or students who would like to decide if they are serious about dance.
  5. Summer intensives are a wonderful opportunity to improve technique in a short amount of time (hence, intensive!)

The links below are for schools that we think are good options for most students of the Academy. We have either been there, know students who have done well there or know & can recommend the faculty members.

Ellison Ballet:

School of American Ballet:

Chautauqua School of Dance:

Juilliard School:

Harid Conservatory:

American Ballet Theater Young Dancer Workshop:

Boston Ballet:

Alvin Ailey Theater:

Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive:

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet:

University of South Carolina:

Carolina Ballet:

Again, these are general recommendations and the programs may not suit every student. We hope the information above can help guide you in choosing a program that might work well for you.

Also, keep in mind that The Academy offers classes throughout the summer and students can benefit from the high quality training they know and love, right here at home! Students who participate in all The Academy’s exciting summer programs enjoy very noticeable improvement! Join us and see for yourself!

We hope this is helpful!

With our kind regards,

Nicholas and Shayne Mishoe

Directors, The Academy of Dance Arts