Dance Intensive

dance intensiveEach year, the week-long summer intensive takes place in the University of Iowa's Department of Dance, Halsey Hall, on the campus of the University of Iowa. Summer intensive registration is limited to 25 students. We accept students on a first come first serve basis. 

The UIYB also offers a six-week summer program, offering classes in creative movement, preballet, ballet, and adult classes in ballet.

Summer Ballet Workshops are available for children ages 5-10.

A Summer Dance Intensive is offered for students at an intermediate level for ages 10-17.

Summer Dance Intensive Daily Schedule

Intermediate Ballet Class

1.5 hours. Class will begins with exercises at the ballet barre, followed by center combinations, progressions across the floor, and then typically end with a stretch and reverence. The goals for all students in this class are increased strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Class size and levels of participants will determine if two levels are needed. Class on day one will be a placement class for the week.


1.5 hours. Students in this class with be taught selected small group choreography from classical Ballet variations.

Dance Appreciation

1 hour. This class will feature selected video clips of dance as art, entertainment, and as part of the human experience. The class will be an overview of a variety of styles of movement with time given for discussion.

Contemporary Modern

1.5 hours. Students will enjoy studying a style of dance that blends modern, ballet, and creative movement.


1 hour. A fast paced energizing class designed to explore the variety of forms of jazz styles. From theatrical to contemporary, this class will emphasize isolation, suspension, turns, and leap combinations.

Summer Dance Intensive Dress Code

Ballet: Females - pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and a black leotard. No skirts and
no warm ups. Hair pulled tightly off the face and neck.
Males - white T-shirt, black leggings, and black ballet slippers

Variations: Skirts may be added to leotard.

Modern: Leotard, dance pants, bare feet.

Jazz: Dance pants, t-shirt, jazz sneakers

Dance Appreciation: Notebook and pen.