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Teen Academy

Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, July 17, 2021

dancers training in a swimming poolThis weeklong, in-residence dance program is geared toward dancers ages 12-18 interested in furthering their dance training. The faculty includes current WVU Dance Program instructors as well as guest artists. The program will offer dance technique classes, classes in wellness and conditioning and other movement related classes. It is required that applicants have at least 3 years of prior dance experience to be eligible for registration to the Teen Academy. A student showcase is scheduled for the last day. Students are encouraged to bring a dance from their home studio/school that they wish to present and share at the showcase. A one-on-one performance coaching session with SDA faculty will be offered to each student performer. The final showcase will also include original work by faculty created on the students during the week. Due to current Covid protocols it is unknown if the showcase will be open to the public. The presentation will take place pin the Clay Theatre at Creative Arts Center and is scheduled to be free and open to the public. Further details about audience limitations for this event will be announced as soon as they are made available.

Lodging and Meals

Lincoln Hall / Evansdale Residential Complex

Covid 19 Protocols

Download a letter about COVID safety precautions at the Canady Creative Arts Center (PDF)

  • Arrival and check-in will be scheduled per each participant to avoid overcrowding in the dorm lobby. Please contact our main office to schedule your arrival and check-in time.
  • It is required that all participants get tested for Covid 19 at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Please have proof of test results to be presented upon arrival.
  • Each student who chooses to reside on campus, will have their own room at the rate of a double occupancy rate.
  • Lincoln Hall offers rooms that share one full bathroom between two rooms (one bathroom per 2 residents).
  • All participants who choose to reside on campus will be subject to WVU Covid protocols.
  • Social distancing, sanitizing, and face masks will be required in all public areas and during large group gatherings.
  • All participants will always be accompanied by WVU Dance Program dance majors who have been especially selected as counselors for this summer program.
  • In case a participant gets sick (Covid related or not) or injured and is required to leave the program, parents/guardians will be notified immediately.
  • Each participant is asked to bring extra face masks for use during the week
  • Each participant is asked to have their own hand sanitizer with them at all times. It is recommended to have extra in their room.

Technique Classes, Rehearsals and Specialty Classes Location

WVU Canady Creative Arts Center
1436 Evansdale Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506

Classes Offered

Daily Technique Classes:

Ballet; Modern; Jazz; Contemporary; Choreography & Improvisation; Tap; Yoga

Specialty Classes:

Hip-hop; Israeli Folk Dance; Dance Conditioning; Classical Indian Dance

SDA Faculty

Guest Faculty 

Maurice Brandon Curry / Eglevsky Ballet, New York City – Ballet, Pointe, Repertory

Brandi Coleman / Jazz Rhythm Jazz, Southern Methodist University TX – Jazz, Repertory

Tamara Begley / Louisville Ballet, Western Middle School for the Arts KY – Choreography, Improvisation

Gretchen Hurd / Morgantown Dance, Wesleyan College WV– Hip-hop

Emma Fuller 

WVU Faculty

Yoav Kaddar – Modern, Israeli Folk Dance

Maureen Mansfield Kaddar – Modern, Yoga, Conditioning & Wellness

Katreena Snyder – Contemporary, Repertory

Hirali Shah – Classical Indian Dance

Matt Saffron – Tap

Teen Counselors

Sarah Walker

Lilly Runion

Emma Fuller

Karrah Parsons


Sunday July 11:

10:00am - 1:00pm Arrival and check-in (Evansdale Res. Complex / Lincoln Hall)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Welcome BBQ (Parents/Family Welcome) CAC outdoors
2:40pm - 4:00pm Placement classes (CAC / Falbo Theatre, VDM and Clay Stage)
4:15pm - 5:30pm Repertory rehearsals (CAC / Falbo Theatre, VDM and Clay Stage)
5:45pm - 7:00pm Dinner (Towers cafeteria)

7:15pm - 8:30pm Social Activity (Dorms)

8:30pm - 9:30pm Free time (Lincoln Hall dorms)

Monday July 12 through Friday July 16:

7:00am – 7:30am Breakfast (Towers cafeteria) 8:00am – 12:15pm T echnique and repertory classes

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch and Free Time (Towers cafeteria and dorms)

2:00pm – 5:45pm Technique and Repertory Classes (CAC)

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner (Towers cafeteria)

7:15pm - 8:45pm Specialty classes and activities

Saturday July 17 : (All Saturday classes are open for observation)

7:30am – 9:00am Prep for check-out and breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am Technique/Warm up classes

10:15am – 11:30pm Technique/Warm up classes

11:30am – 12:00pm Prep for Showcase

12:00pm Showcase (Clay Theatre Stage)

1:00pm – 1:30pm Checkout of dorms and departure


Student Tuition* (for all classes & activities): $625.00

Registration fee: $50.00

*(No Registration Fee if registering by June 30th!)

Tuition and Registration after June 30th: $675.00

Full tuition will not be refundable after July 1st!

Room & Board

Full Room & Board (single occupancy WVU Resident Hall & full meal plan): $356.07*

Room only: $188.16*

Meals only: $175.86*

*All Room and Board fees are to be paid on arrival day at check-in. Do not call in or send room & board payment to the School of Theatre & Dance.

What to Bring

Dance Attire 
1. Tights- Skin-tone or black (Suitable for class & performance)
2. Leotards (Suitable for class & performance)
3. Wrap Skirt (mid-thigh or shorter/preferably chiffon or tricot) *Optional
4. Ballet shoes
5. Pointe shoes (must have previous pointe training)


1. Footless Tights, dance pants, or shorts (Suitable for class & performance)
2. Leotard, Tank, or full unitard, footless (Suitable for class & performance)
3. Bare Foot or socks (NO Modern scandals).


1. Tights, Leotards, or Full unitard, Jazz Pants (Suitable for class & performance)
2. Jazz shoes or Jazz sneakers


1. Tights, Leotards, Shorts, Jazz Wear (Suitable for class & performance)
2. Tap Shoes (Please make sure your shoes are in good condition, no exposed screws, etc.)
3. Screwdriver to maintain shoes

Yoga Yoga / exercise mat (please label mat with your name)

Student Showcase
1. Costume or desired dance attire for the performance
2. Personal make-up kit and hair accessories
3. Device with uploaded music (to be sent to counselors at the camp)

Special (Recommended. Not required) 1. Thera-band/stretchy band for stretching and warm-up.
2. Your personal First Aid Kit and supplies for "tired feet" (a used tennis ball or massage tool)
3. Spiral or binder notebook (small enough to fit in dance bag) and pencil/pen.
4. Re-useable ice pack with your name on it.
5. Sharpie Marker to mark your personal items

Strongly recommended: 

1. Extra face masks 

2. Personal hand sanitizer

Extra Cash 

Festival shirts will be on sale (see T-shirt order form. Advanced orders are recommended, as there will be a limited amount of shirt sizes on sale).

Medical Forms and Waivers

The forms below are required for every student and must be handed in at check-in. 
Medical/Emergency Information Form (PDF)
Showcase Information Form (PDF)
WVU COVID19 Waiver (PDF)


Register now online via Eventbrite

Note: The Eventbrite link above only includes a tuition payment. Room and board payment is separate and will be collected at the Lincoln Hall dorm lobby. See prices above. 

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