The summer program is an intensely charged arena for the development and maturation of young, aspiring dancers. Classical ballet and contemporary dance classes are supplemented with jazz, tap, character dance, and modern. To help prevent injury and improve muscular strength, Conditioning classes are regularly held. To understand the demands of repertory pieces, students will learn the principles of Composition and Choreography, encouraging them to create their own pieces. Furthermore, Theatre and French classes round out the intensive program. It is a complete, consolidated, and comprehensive dance-training package.
Faculty: Teresa Emmons, Andrea Emmons, Alexander Boitsov, Melanie Caffo

Guest Teachers

Alexander Boitsov:

Danced with the Donetsk Ballet in Russia and trained under the Vaganova Method. Director of the International Ballet Academy. International teacher and coach.

Nicole Hammond:

Nicole is a Dance Conservatory Alumni (1991). After graduating cum laude from The American University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre, Nicole went on to choreograph and perform professionally in New York and nationwide as a member of Actors Equity. Some of her favorite productions include Cats, Crazy for You, The Will Rogers Follies, Guys and Dolls, Grande Hotel, Sweet Charity and A Chorus Line.

Her choreography spans a variety of styles from musical theatre to her highly lauded contemporary ballets. At the International Youth American Grand Prix in New York, Nicole’s ballet “Synthesis” received the top honor for contemporary works. She has also been recognized by the International Ballet Competition for contributions in the contemporary ballet division. Her work has been seen at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, in multiple theatre productions and is currently in the repertory of several professional ballet companies.

Nicole oversees the nationally recognized musical theatre program she created for The Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center where she is also an instructor. Most recently, Nicole served as choreographer for the world premier of the re-imagined “Talking With” by Jane Martin in Washington DC. This spring Ms. Ruark will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the American Russian Arts Symposium.

Ballet and Contemporary Dance:

The summer program has featured guest teachers in classical ballet and contemporary dance from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Donetsk Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre among others. The teachers introduce the students to varied styles of dance including Horton, Limon and Graham for Contemporary Dance, and Bournonville and Russian in Classical Ballet.

Special Events

Field Trip

“An American in Paris” – A staging of the famous movie with Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron, and a MASTER CLASS with one of the cast. Enhancing Technique! Conditioning and strengthening sessions for dance performance.

Sat, July 18

Summer Performance

Performance at the Schwartz Center for the Arts

Thurs, July 30, 2 pm & 7 pm

Level 1

Students from the Intermediate Program are eligible for the Level 1 Intensive Program Camp. For three days a week, for five weeks, students will dedicate their time and energy in a complete dance training package which includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Production, Tap, and Performance.

Level 2

Students from the Apprentice Program are eligible for the Level 2 Intensive Program Camp. The camp requires more focus and dedication as students are committed to five days a week of training for five weeks. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance, Performance, and Conditioning.


Pre-Professional Students are eligible for the Advanced Intensive Program Camp. At this level, students must engage in a highly focused environment where they are challenged to expand their standards and grow as artists. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance, Performance, and Conditioning.


Full payment
Due By 5/15
Level 1 (9 am–3:30 pm)
Mon, Wed, Fri – Ballet, Jazz,
Modern, Production, Tap, Performance
Level 2 (9 am–4:00 pm)
Mon through Fri– Ballet, Pointe,
Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance
Performance, Conditioning
Advanced (10 am–5:00 pm)
Mon through Fri–Ballet, Pointe
Variations, Jazz, Modern, Character Dance
Performance, Conditioning