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Teen Academy

Sunday, July 10 - Saturday, July 16, 2022

Teens dancing on stageThis 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. The presentation will take place in the Falbo Theatre at Creative Arts Center and is scheduled to be free and open to the public.


Lodging and Meals

Lincoln Hall / Evansdale Residential Complex

Technique Classes, Rehearsals and Specialty Classes Location

One Fine Arts Drive | Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

Classes Offered

Daily Technique Classes: 

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

Specialty Classes:

Hip-hop; Israeli Folk Dance; Dance Conditioning and Wellness; Classical Indian Dance, Alexander Technique

SDA Faculty

Guest Faculty 

Luc Vanier / University of Utah – Ballet, Pointe, Repertory

Brandi ColemanSouthern Methodist University – Jazz Rhythm Jazz, Southern Methodist University TX – Jazz, Repertory

Tamara BegleyLouisville Ballet, Western Middle School for the Arts KY – Choreography, Improvisation 

Elizabeth Johnson / University of Florida – Wellness/Conditioning/Alexander, Repertory 

TBA Hip-hop

Gretchen Hurd

WVU Faculty

Yoav Kaddar – Modern, Israeli Folk Dance

Maureen Kaddar

Katreena Snyder – Contemporary, Repertory

Hirali Shah – Classical Indian Dance

Matt Saffron – Tap

WVU Dance Counselors

TBA- WVU Dance Majors

Dancers practicing in the studio Schedule

Sunday July 10:

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 / Davis and Falbo Theatres, VDM)
4:15pm - 5:30pm Repertory rehearsals (CAC / Falbo and Davis Theatres, VDM)
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 11 through Friday July 15:

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 16 : (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 (Falbo 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 (double occupancy WVU Resident Hall & full meal plan): $386.91*

Room only: $203.40*

Meals only: $183.51*

*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.

See application form for details

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 / 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

6. Personal hand sanitizer

Extra Cash 

Extra SDA shirts will be on sale on Saturday July 16th (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. 

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