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Dance as a Healing Art

Canceled for Summer 2020

Dance as a Healing Art

Important Statement Regarding the Coronavirus:

The health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and community members are of the utmost importance here at Drexel. As a result, we have made the decision to cancel our summer program for 2020. All families will receive a full refund.

For updates on Drexel's Response to the Coronavirus please visit the following website which is updated frequently.

Apply Online (Application deposit required with application, payable with Credit Card)

About the program

This one‑week remote program is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore how dance can be a way to communicate, create, and collaborate in addition to being a healing art. Each day will consist of two technique classes, a seminar on careers in dance, panel discussions with professionals from different dance career paths in addition to choreographic process and individual choreographic work time with faculty. The week will end with a culminating remote presentation. The panel discussions will also be open to the parents to attend.

Students enrolled in the Drexel University Summer Dance Intensive will have the opportunity to investigate dance as a college student, while exploring different dance techniques and dance career paths. The days will consist of technique classes, seminars on careers in dance and choreographic explorations led by Drexel Dance faculty. This one‑week intensive will allow the workshop participant to understand the intersections of technique, creative process, and dance as a healing art.

Program Format

Classes will run Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30pm EST. The day will include morning technique classes in modern/Contemporary, ballet, jazz, and/or Yoga, seminars on careers in dance and choreographic process. There will also be daily panel discussions with professionals in the field sharing information about different dance career paths. The panel discussions are open to the parents to attend. The final day of the workshop will feature a remote presentation with the workshop participants.

The class schedule is as follows (stated in Eastern Standard Time):

9:00‑10:20 AM – Technique class

10:30 ‑11:50 AM – Technique class/ Choreography Workshop/Repertory Class

12:00‑1:30 PM – Break

1:30‑2:50 PM – Seminar including Physical Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Dance Education, Dance as a Healing Art

3:00‑4:30 PM – Panel Discussions with professional dancers, choreographers, Physical Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapists and dance educators.

Closing Performance: The program is capped by a remote presentation on Saturday, 7/11 at 3 PM


Apply Online (Application deposit required with application, payable with Credit Card)

We welcome mature high school students, 14‑18 years old.

Apply by submitting the following items:

  • Your high school unofficial transcript.

A $300 deposit must be included with your application. Acceptable forms of payment are Check or Money Order, or Credit Card (use with online application only).

All applications will be reviewed upon completion and applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Students who are not accepted into the program will receive a full refund of their $300 application deposit.

Upon acceptance, we will mail an information package to you and your family with additional program information and more forms to complete. The $300 deposit will be credited towards the full tuition cost. Upon acceptance, your deposit is non‑refundable. The balance of $500 must be paid by June 22, 2020.

All items must be clearly labeled and emailed to:

Sandra Parks, Dance Program Director:

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and a commitment to learn. We will limit the program to approximately 50 students. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first‑come, first‑serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


The tuition of $800 includes:

  • 2 daily technique classes
  • Daily workshops on Creative Process
  • Daily seminar on Careers in Dance
  • Performance opportunity
  • The opportunity to interact with professional choreographers and dance faculty
  • The opportunity to meet Drexel students and other high school students interested in dance.


Drexel faculty and professional dancers in the Philadelphia area will teach the summer dance participants. Additionally, Drexel Dance students will mentor workshop participants.

Our Degree Program

The Dance major combines rigorous academic coursework with extensive stage and studio dance experiences. We feature an outstanding faculty of noted dancers and choreographers, and the Drexel Dance program is quite different from others in our emphasis on preparing our graduates for a variety of careers in dance and related subjects. We achieve this through Drexel’s outstanding co‑op program, which has all students working for six months in a job related to dance. Our program uniquely offers the option of four distinct tracks to career paths that combine an active engagement with dance with real world occupations. Those are: dance/movement therapy, dance in education, physical therapy and a custom designed track (based on the students unique skills and interests).


Sandra Parks at
Dance Program Director