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Full Day Camp (9:00AM–3:00PM)
Ages 14–18

This intensive is for dancers looking to refine their technique and artistry, while having a fun and quality summer dance experience. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, men’s, Graham technique, and contemporary. We work on repertoire and variations led by the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers.

Dancers must have extensive training with a minimum of two years of pointe work. Placement will be in your acceptance letter or contact one of the Co-Artistic Directors of Dance at or


Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer New York City Ballet

Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue her training during the Winter Session. As a student, Ms. Bouder performed featured roles in Balanchine’s Dances Concertantes and Stars and Stripes for the School of American Ballet’s 2000 Annual Spring Workshop. Ms. Bouder was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet in June 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet that October. She was promoted to Soloist’s rank in February 2004, and in January 2005, Ms. Bouder was promoted to principal dancer.

Matthew Dibble, Former dancer with Royal Ballet Company, founding member of K Ballet, Broadway performer

Matthew Dibble has a strict classical ballet background, having trained at the Royal Ballet School as a student. After performing for five years with the Royal Ballet Company, he became a founding member of the K Ballet Company in Japan. In 2002, Mr. Dibble was invited by the brilliant choreographer Twyla Tharp to join the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical “Moving Out.” He continued to work with Ms. Tharp extensively, and in 2010, he was an original principal in her hit Broadway production of “Come Fly Away.” Mr. Dibble’s extensive dance career has included many renowned choreographers, including William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Benjamin Millepied, and Christopher Wheeldon. He continues to perform with Twyla Tharp Dance and stages her works for ballet companies throughout the world.

Michael Snipe Jr, Former dancer Ailey II, Parsons Dance Company, and Movin’ Out (musical), Ballet Faculty at Ballet Tech in New York City




Stephen Rooks, Former Principal Dancer Martha Graham Dance Company

Steve Rooks danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved Principal Dancer’s rank.

Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar and the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been awarded Research Grants to travel to Latvia, Zambia, and in 2014 to Finland, where he choreographed “Plate Tectonics” on 24 international dancers. The Masterworks Festival commissioned Mr. Rooks to create ballets for several contemporary composers, including Clarice Assad, Piet Swerts, and David Skidmore – all to live orchestra.

Mr. Rooks has served as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival. A solo “Vista” was created for Aran Bell (ABT) for the 2014 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Four contemporary solos were recently submitted to the 2016 Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition.

Tommie Waheed Evans, Former Dancer Philadanco!, Assistant Professor of Studio Practice UArts Philadelphia

Evans began his formal training with Michelle Blossom at the Dance Connection in Los Angeles, California. He continued his studies under Andrea Calomee and Karen McDonald’s mentorship at Hamilton High School before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School. As a student, Evans performed Matthew Rushing, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Karol Armitage, and Debbie Allen. He was an assistant to the current artistic director of Ailey II, Troy Powell. Evans’s professional appearances include the popular sitcom “The Parkers,” the Emmy Awards, HopeBoykinDance, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2006 he founded his company, Waheed-Works. Evans has set choreography on The Garden State Dance Festival,  Philadelphia Dance Boom Festival, Grace Dance Theater, Verb Ballet, Eleone Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, and The University of the Arts. Evans is the Artist-in-Residence at Philadanco and is currently on faculty at the University of the Arts. His awards include a Dance/USA Philadelphia Rocky Award, Billy Penn: Who Next Arts, Howard Gillman Foundation Fellowship Winner, and a BalletX 2017 Ballet Choreographic Fellowship. Evans recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University.