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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 taught by NKU faculty and guest artists as well as current students and alum! This is a great opportunity to receive industry and technical training in a variety of dance forms, build your network, gain insight into multiple careers a dance major can provide, and get a glimpse at campus life in our new state of the art dance studio.


Registration deadline: July 15, 2021

  • Registration Fee: $20
  • Program Fee: $300

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.


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Tentative Schedule

Last updated: May 24, 2021
  • 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 & Arrival
9:15-10:15 a.m. Warm-up, Improv, Discovery
9:30-10:15 a.m. Parent meeting with Dance Coordinator
10:20-11:30 a.m. Ballet
11:30-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lecture: Nutrition for Dancers
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Cafeteria, Campus Tour
1:30-2:15 p.m. Tap
2:15-3 p.m. Jazz
3-4 p.m. African Dance Forms
4 p.m. Circle Up
4:15 p.m. Conclusion

Friday, Aug. 6

Time Session
9 a.m. Registration & Arrival
9:15-10 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
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Theatres, Studios Tour
1:30-2:15 p.m. Hip Hop
2:15-3 p.m. Ballet
3-4 p.m. African Dance Forms
4 p.m. Circle Up
4:15 p.m. Conclusion

Saturday, Aug. 7

Time Session
9 a.m. Registration & Arrival
9:15-9:45 a.m. Warm-up, Improv, Discovery
9:45-10:30 a.m. Commercial Jazz
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-noon Ballet
noon-1 p.m. Lunch, Rec Center Tour
1-1:45 p.m. Injury Prevention and Wellness
1:45-2:30 p.m. Grad Panel
2:30-3:15 p.m. African Dance Forms
3:15-4 p.m. Choreography
4 p.m. Circle Up
4:15 p.m. Conclusion

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