The UCLA Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute is geared towards dedicated, hard-working students interested in taking their artistic abilities to the next level through intensive training and creative collaboration, culminating in a final performance.
Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institutes is an award-winning, unique, nine-day program for advanced high school students that integrates the disciplines of dance, choreography, spoken word, music, and identity exploration, and offers guidance to students in assessing the role the arts can and will play in the next stage of their lives. Offered by a combination of UCLA's acclaimed dance faculty and high-level professionals from the greater Los Angeles dance community, the Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute includes daily movement classes ranging from forms such as post-modern dance and hip-hop, to world dance genres such as Hawaiian/Polynesian and West-African. Each technique class will also explore the history of the dance form, where students can develop an appreciation of their heritages. Further, students will study dance composition, a choreography class where students learn in-depth how to create and structure their own dance works. The program will guide students as they investigate their roles as young artists through special sessions devoted to the idea of using art as a tool for individual transformation and social change. The program also offers a unique, one-of-a-kind Arts and Life class, which will facilitate exploratory discussions about the role of the arts in both a greater societal context and a more local, personal one. After each intense and rigorous day of dancing, training, sharing, and studying, the students return to their dorms and participate in fun and engaging activities. This provides them with the opportunity to explore the UCLA campus, Westwood Village, and get a taste of what it is like to live in a college dormitory. Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, (which includes supervision, a meal plan, and a schedule of activities) is mandatory for all students.