A physically demanding and rewarding program that embraces the strength of both traditional and 21st-Century concert dance.

Rising 7th-12th-Graders
June 20 - July 24, 2021

Summer dance is an intensive five-week program that offers rising 7th-12th-grade students (who apply during their 6th-11th grade school year) pre-professional training in classical ballet with a modern/contemporary dance component. The ballet program, similar to the residential program, is based on long-established concepts and ideas taken from the Vaganova, Cecchetti and R.A.D. schools. The modern/contemporary dance component exposes students to theoretical concepts rooted in principles based on the Graham, Horton, Limon, and Cunningham techniques.

Our Summer Dance program, like our Residential High School program, is committed to remaining at the forefront of a fast-changing dance world by complementing its classical ballet and modern dance training with a diverse range of concert dance and dance related forms such as Variation, Men’s Technique, Basic Partnering, Historical Dance, Pantomime/Acting for Dancers, Yoga, Movement Improvisation, African Dance, Stretch & Strength and Nutrition.

  • Students must be 12-years-old by June 1, 2021 to attend.
  • Out-of-state students can apply for this program.

Summer Dance Faculty

Our summer dance faculty includes many instructors from our Residential High School program. They are experts in their fields and are experienced in their specialty. Learn more about our Dance faculty.

Male and female dancers
Photo of young dancers at the barre
Young ballerinas in the parent presentation


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Dance Application Options

Dance applicants have two application options: Early Decision and Regular Decision. We strongly urge you to view the Dance Application Options document below before starting your application.

Update: The deadline for Early Decision Dance has been extended to October 23rd due to the challenges of COVID 19.

Dance Application Options 

Here’s what you’ll need to complete the online application.

ID Photo

A passport-style photo of yourself from the shoulders up. This will be used as your student ID photo if you are accepted.

Grades and Attendance

A copy of your most recent report card will be uploaded to the application. If attendance is not part of your report card, you will need to include an attendance report. 


To request recommendations, you will provide the names and email addresses of the dance teacher, academic teacher, and an individual for homeschool/virtual school recommendation (if applicable) on the application. 

Dance Experience

List any classes/training/experiences you may have had in the past two years. This information is used to help us better understand your dance background.

Dance Photo

Recent photo in standard dance attire, facing front, demonstrating a tendu in 2nd position.

Out-of-State Applicants Essay

Finished essays will be uploaded to the application.

Describe in 500-800 words why you want to study dance at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, where you see yourself 10 years from now, and how studying at the Governor's School will help you achieve your goal.

Once all application materials are received, you will receive an email confirming your audition date. 

The Admissions Office will notify you if information is missing from your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.


Early Decision Dance Auditions will be video submissions this year. Click here to learn more!

Update: The deadline for Early Decision Dance has been extended to October 23rd due to the challenges of COVID 19.

   Audition Video Guidelines     Video Submission Guidelines 

The Summer Dance audition process...

will demonstrate the applicant’s physical suitability for the everyday rigor of our Classical Ballet and Modern/Contemporary programs, technical aptitude, artistic potential, and ability to take direction. The audition will include:

  • Ballet Class – 1.5 hours
  • Modern Center Practice – 30 minutes
  • Interview - 5 minutes; completed in small groups of 4-5 students

Standard Dance Attire

  • Females: Black leotards, convertible pink tights, ballet shoes. For the modern center practice, applicants must be barefoot (rolled up convertible tights).
  • Males: Black t-shirts, dance belts, black convertible tights with black shoes. For the modern center practice, applicants must be barefoot (rolled up convertible tights).

Out-of-State Summer Dance Students

Students from out-of-state can choose to apply for Early Decision and submit an audition video or apply for Regular Decision and audition in person. 

Important Dates

There are two admission options for Dance applicants – Early Decision and Regular Decision.

Early Decision Dance

Applying for Early Decision is strongly encouraged. The majority of spaces for our dance programs are filled during Early Decision, and students who apply and audition during the Early Decision process will receive priority for admissions.

Audition Registration and Application Deadlines
  • October 23, 2020 - Completed application deadline 
Audition Dates

All Early Decision Dance auditions for the summer of 2021 will be done by video submission this year. These videos must be submitted by October 23, 2020.

Admission Decision Notification
  • November 30, 2020 - Admission decisions for Early Decision Dance will be emailed.

Note: Decision status will not be given over the phone. 

Regular Decision Dance

Note: The majority of spaces in our Dance programs will be filled during the Early Decision Dance process.

Application Deadline
  • January 6, 2021 - Regular Decision Dance application deadline 

Teacher recommendations, grades and attendance must also be submitted by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete and for your audition to be scheduled.

Audition Dates

Regular Decision Dance Auditions

  • January 30, 2021 - Upstate
  • February 6, 2021 - Lowcountry
  • February 20, 2021 - Midlands
Admission Decision Notification
  • April 1, 2021 - Admission decisions for Regular Decision Dance will be emailed. 

Note: Decision status will not be given over the phone. 


Application Fee: $25 for all applications submitted after November 30. For those in need of financial assistance, the Application Fee Waiver on the Submission Confirmation page of the application can be submitted instead of this fee.

Deposit: Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, students must submit a $150 non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the program.

Tuition: $2,100 - includes the $150 non-refundable deposit (fees are based on previous year and subject to change).

Financial aid is available for residents of South Carolina with validated financial need.

Fees and Financial Aid