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The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University is proud to announce the inaugural Summer Dance Institute – A Three Day Holistic College Dance Institute for Artists in the Making. The Program will take place Aug. 5-7, 2021 on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Participants between the ages of 14-23 can experience immersive dance major courses working with professors, fellow students, receiving industry, pedagogical training, building your network, gaining insight into all the various careers a dance major can provide, and the beginnings of campus life in our new state of the art dance studio.


Registration deadline: July 15, 2021

  • Registration Fee: $20
  • Program Fee: $300
    • Early Bird Discounts:
    • Program Fee $250 (Register by May 1)
    • Program Fee $275 (Register by June 1)

Group Rates

To register groups of 5 or more at the same time with the same form of payment, please contact Melanie Hartzel at (859) 572-1432 or Each individual in a group of 5 or more receive a discount of the early bird program fee plus registration fee from now until July 15 ($270)

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Cancelations & Refunds: Cancelations will be accepted until Aug. 3, 2021. Full refunds, minus a $25 cancelation fee will be given until that date. Cancelations after Aug. 3, forfeit all refunds. To cancel and request a refund, contact NKU Connect Center at or (859) 572-5600.



Hampton Inn and Suites

10 Hampton Ln
Wilder, KY 41076
(859) 441-3049

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

8 Hampton Ln
Wilder, KY 41076
(859) 815-8855

Comfort Inn & Suites

10 Country Dr
Wilder, KY 41076
(859) 441-3707

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Please contact Tracey Bonner with any questions.

Tentative Schedule

A finalized schedule will be available to participants the day of registration.

All sessions take place in Health Innovation Room 125 unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Aug. 5

Time Session
9 a.m. Registration
9:30-10:30 a.m. Warm-up, Improv, Discovery
10:30-11:30 a.m. Jazz
11:30-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lecture: Nutrition for Dancers
12:30-2 p.m. Lunch, Cafeteria, Campus Tour
2-3 p.m. Ballet
3-4 p.m. Tap
4-4:15 p.m. Closing Circle

Friday, Aug. 6

Time Session
9-10 a.m. Warm-up, Improv, Discovery
10-11:15 a.m. Modern
11:15-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pilates
12:30-2 p.m. Lunch, Theatres, Studios Tour
2-3 p.m. Ballet
3-4 p.m. Hip Hop
4-4:15 p.m. Closing Circle

Saturday, Aug. 7

Time Session
9-10 a.m. Warm-up, Improv, Discovery
10-11 a.m. Choreography
11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ballet
12:15-2 p.m. Lunch, Rec Center Tour
2-3 p.m. Modern
3-4 p.m. African Dance Forms
4-4:15 p.m. Closing Circle

Meet the Faculty

Other guest faculty to be announced