Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)

Ages 15-22
Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Summer Dance Intensive transforms dancers' technique and ignites their artistry while exploring modern dance and improvisation. This is a three-week program featuring acclaimed guest artists and faculty that offers the trademark Boston Conservatory combination of rigorous classical training and a cutting-edge approach to contemporary dance.
July 22-August 10
Check-in Time
8 AM - 10 AM
August 10, 12:00 PM
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
Registration for this program has closed.

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by June 1.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. Students who are 15 years of age or older by the start of their Boston-based program are eligible to stay in on-campus housing. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have indicated that you would like to request on-campus housing, please revisit your registration portal and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full.


During the three weeks, you will have an opportunity to study with our gifted and illustrious dance division faculty–working each week to explore a wide range of dance forms. You can expect instruction in composition, jazz, improvisation, Afro-Haitian, repertory, composition, and classical ballet.

Our internationally acclaimed guest artists will challenge you as you move through their unique perspectives and cutting-edge approaches to contemporary dance. Guest artist lectures, or “Artist Talks,” during each week’s residency will inspire you as you invest in your dance journey.


Below is a sample schedule:

9 AM - 10:30 AMBallet class
10:45 AM–12:15 PMMaster class
12:15 PM–1:15 PMLunch
1:15 PM–3 PMRepertory class
3 PM–4:30 PMHip-Hop
9 AM–10:30 AMBallet class
10:45 AM–12:15 PMMaster class
12:15 PM–1:15 PMLunch
1:15 PM–3 PMAfro-Haitian
3 PM–4:30 PMHip-Hop
4:45 PM–5:45 PMDance and Technology
9 AM–10:30 AMBallet class
10:45 AM–12:15 PMMaster class
12:15 PM–1:15 PMLunch
1:15 PM–3 PMComposition/choreography 
3 PM–4:30 PMHip-Hop
6 PM–7 PMArtist talkback
9 AM–10:30 AMBallet class
10:45 AM–12:15 PMMaster class
12:15 PM–1:15 PMLunch
1:15 PM–3 PMAfro-Haitian
3 PM–4:30 PMHip-Hop
6 PM–7 PMDance and Technology
9 AM–10:30 AMBallet class
10:45 AM–12:15 PMMasterclass
12:15 PM–1:15 PMLunch
1:15 PM–3:00 PMRepertory class
3:00 PM–4:30 PMHip-Hop

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

This summer program will conclude at the end of the third week with a performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee main stage theater. The end of program performance will be open to all students, parents, faculty, and staff. This performance will be an opportunity to share what you have been working on over the course of your time with us. For friends and family who will not be able to join us in Boston, the concert will also be made available for viewing at the end of the program.


This program is designed for students and pre-professionals between the ages of 15 and 22 who possess a strong technical background in dance. Participants must also have an interest in expanding into contemporary ballet, modern dance, and improvisation.

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Visiting Artists

  • McKinley Willis

    McKinley Willis

    McKinley Willis, a Dallas native and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts alumna, holds a BFA in Modern Dance Performance with a minor in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. She has performed with prestigious companies like Bruce Wood Dance Project and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and her choreography has been featured in notable showcases and commissioned for special events. McKinley's work, including founding The Artist Kinnection, focuses on fostering connection and authenticity through dance.

  • Cherice Barton

    Cherice Barton

    After her tenure with BJM Danse, Cherice Barton soared as resident choreographer for Franco Dragone’s Le Rêve Cirque in Las Vegas and Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. This transformative period marked Barton's emergence as a distinct voice in choreography, leading to collaborations with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Crystal Pite, and appearances on platforms like the Grammy Awards and America’s Got Talent. As an educator, Barton shares her expertise at renowned institutions such as Juilliard, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, and Marymount Manhattan College, while co-founding Axis Connect with her sister to bridge aspiring dancers with the professional dance world.

  • Clifford Williams

    Clifford Williams

    Clifford Williams, trained at F.H. LaGuardia High School of Art and the Performing Arts, furthered his education at the Ailey School, School of American Ballet, and Juilliard, dancing works by esteemed choreographers. Notable roles include principal dancer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Compañia Nacional De Danza, alongside appearances in Debbie Allen's The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker and Dwight Rhoden’s “Ave Maria,” earning him a Benois de la Danse nomination. Serving as rehearsal director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Williams continues his legacy through teaching, choreographing, and staging Rhoden's works worldwide.

Once You've Enrolled

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check in for the experience of a lifetime.

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