Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More on Summer Study - Company School or Conservatory?

Once you've decided to do a summer dance program, it can be a daunting task to decide which one is right for you with the plethora of choices. One way to divide and conquer is to split the choices into two categories - company school versus conservatory. Here are some videos to help you, and an article from Dance Magazine that breaks it down - Dance Magazine: Summer Study Guide 2011: Conservatory vs. Company School.

The main difference? Company schools offer you exposure to join the company, while conservatories offer small class sizes with individualized attention and a chance to join their year-round school. Company schools include San Francisco Ballet School, Miami City Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and any other school at a professional dance company. Conservatories include The Rock School for Dance Education, The Nutmeg Conservatory, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Harid Conservatory.

Here, some San Francisco Ballet students share their summer intensive experiences at SFB.

Here is a video from The Rock School for Dance Education on their summer intensive.


  1. Thank you for posting this - it is very valuable information. Anyone who frequently visits dance forums can see how daunting a task it is to decide between summer intensives and even though forums can't compare SIs...it is hard for a parent and child to make a decision especially when they are so expensive and so many forks in the road to know which to take. We are from Canada so it is especially difficult to figure how to maximize opportunities and green cards. Thank you for giving up more knowledge to help us make a decision. Love your forum and the stuff you've been posting. It is such useful information especially articles like taking care of your body etc. Great Work

  2. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Have you attended summer intensives in Canada? I can imagine that coming to the US and dealing with green card issues is a major hassle. I wish you all the best and hope you find a summer intensive that is perfect for you!