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

Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, we have made the decision to create two, 2-week Summer Dance Programs instead of our typical 5-week program. Our biggest priority is keeping our students and faculty safe, and to accept the highest number of qualified applicants. 

Depending on availability, there will be an option for students to attend all 4 weeks.

Rising 7th-12th-Graders
June 20 - July 3 / July 11 - July 24, 2021

Summer dance is an intensive 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


Apply Now!

First Application Deadline: $25 application fee automatically waived if application form is submitted by November 30, 2020

Final Application Deadline: January 6, 2021

Components for Online Application

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Dance Questions 

Dance Photo


Current Report Card

Current Attendance Record

Audition Video *see Audition tab*

Out-of-State Applicants Essay *see details below*

Out-of-State Applicants Essay

Essays will be uploaded to the online 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.

Upload the essay in Word or PDF format. Do not upload using the PAGES app.


The Summer Dance Auditions will be held virtually this year.

Audition videos must be submitted by February 5, 2021.

Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a 5-10 minute virtual interview on February 20, 2021 after SCGSAH adjudicators have reviewed all video submissions. Not every applicant will be asked to interview. Not being selected for an interview does not negatively impact your consideration for the program. 

Audition Video & Submission Guidelines

Audition Video Guidelines Video Submission Guidelines

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).