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Dance as a Healing Art

July 6 – July 11, 2020

Dance as a Healing Art

Commuter Program for High School Students

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

About the program

This one‑week non‑residential program is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore the intersections of technique, choreographic process and dance as a healing art. Each day will consist of two technique classes, a seminar on careers in dance, choreographic process and choreographic work time. The week will end with a culminating performance.

Students enrolled in the Drexel University Summer Dance Intensive will have the opportunity to investigate dance as a college student, while enjoying the benefits of being in Philadelphia. The days will consist of technique classes, seminars on careers in dance and choreographic explorations led by Drexel dance faculty with special choreographic mentorship by Drexel dance students. 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 Friday between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. The day will include morning technique classes in modern, ballet, jazz and/or improvisation, lunch with dance majors, seminars on careers in dance and choreographic process. The final day of the workshop will feature a performance with the workshop participants.

The class schedule is as follows:

9:30‑11:00am – Technique class 1

11:15‑12:45pm – Technique class 2

12:45‑1:30pm – Lunch with Dance Majors

1:30‑2:15pm – Seminar including Physical Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Dance Education, Dance as a Healing Art

2:15‑3:00pm – Choreographic workshop

3:00‑4:30pm – Choreographic work time

Orientation: You will have an orientation on Monday, July 6th from 2:00‑4:00pm for both you and your parents to get familiarized with where classes will be held on campus during the week. Students will be expected to report directly to their first class on Monday morning.

Closing Performance: The program is capped by a performance and reception the evening of the last day of the program.

Facilities: Drexel’s dance facilities include 2 dance studios, theater and a fully equipped Pilates studio alongside additional studios in the state of the art athletic center.

Meal Plan: Drexel will provide you with lunch every day during your one‑week program.

Health Services: You are required to submit proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program.

Housing: This summer program is designed as a commuter program therefore supervised residential housing is not offered. We can make recommendations for accommodations on or near Drexel's campus. Both options require a parent to stay overnight with the student if they are under the age of 18.

  1. Drexel On-Campus Dorm Accommodations: Short-term housing available to students and their parents in a Drexel Residence Hall. For more information visit: Summer Conference Housing
  2. The University City Sheraton Hotel: This hotel is walking distance from our campus. Phone (215) 387-8000 or visit University City Sheraton
  3. The Study hotel: On Drexel's campus.  Phone (215) 387-1400 or visit The Study


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

Apply by submitting the following items:

  • Your high school transcript; official or 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, of course, 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 $900 must be paid by June 5, 2020.

All items must be clearly labeled and emailed, or mailed to:

Sandra Parks, Performing Arts
MacAlister Hall Building 9B ‑ Room 2018
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email items to:

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 $1,200 includes:

  • 2 daily technique classes
  • One meal a day
  • 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).

Questions? Call 215-571-3527 or Email Sandra Parks at