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FORGE Summer Dance Intensive

FORGE Summer Dance Intensive 2024 will be held June 16-June 29, 2024. For further information, contact Lindsay Viatori at

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FORGE (@forgesummerdanceintensive) is a Professional Training Workshop held each summer in the Performing Arts Center on the beautiful Slippery Rock University campus. The FORGE Dance Intensive is designed for students who are looking for a vibrant and challenging summer program with outstanding faculty. Classes cover a breadth of disciplines including (but not limited to): modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, improvisation, repertory, composition, somatic practices, and body conditioning with highly regarded international, national, and local dance artists.

All participants will have performance opportunities for both repertory work and their own choreography during the performance series. This intensive is geared towards dancers ages 13+ and employs the best teaching practices in the dance field to create a non-competitive environment so that dancers and teachers can thrive!

FORGE Summer Dance Intensive was created by Ursula Payne and Lindsay Viatori in partnership with the Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University in 2016 to create a world class summer dance intensive that brings national attention to western Pennsylvania and contributes to the richness of dance culture in the tri-county region and northern Pittsburgh. This program exposes young dancers to the campus of SRU and its nationally ranked dance program.

Tuition and Fees 2024

  • Overnight $1,600 for non-SRU students, $1,440 for currently enrolled SRU Students, which includes housing accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at Boozel Dining Hall.  
  • Commuter $1,500 for non-SRU commuter students, $1,350 for currently enrolled SRU Students, which includes only lunch and dinner daily.
  • Payment installments available.

All students receive lunch and dinner on campus as well as access to SRU amenities. Students in need of housing accommodations will be hosted in the SRU dormitories. They will have access to breakfast, lunch and dinner and have full access to all SRU facilities.

Tuition and Fees include FORGE logo T shirt/ tank top. All students registered for these workshops will receive free admission to all formal and informal performances held throughout the intensive, as well as any guest artist and pop-up events.

Sample Schedule

  • 7:30-8:30 A.M. Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 A.M. Ballet/Modern technique
  • 10:45-11:45 A.M.  Pop-Up Events
  • 12:00-1:00 P.M. Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 P.M. Jazz Technique
  • 3:00-4:30 P.M. Hip Hop
  • 5:00-6:00 P.M. Dinner
  • 6:15-7:45 P.M. Repertory

Past Faculty:

  • Lindsay Renea Benton
  • Jeremy Blair
  • Grady McLeod Bowman
  • Teena Marie Custer
  • Emmalee Hallinan
  • Jennifer Harge
  • Duane Holland, Jr.
  • Jocelyn Hrzic
  • Kate Jewett
  • Eriko Jimbo
  • Ellie Kusner
  • Marc Macaranas
  • James (Washington) Manning
  • Bianca Melidor
  • Donald C. Shorter
  • Helen Simoneau
  • Maurice Watson 

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