Blue Lake International Exchange Program

During the summer season, each dance student will have the opportunity to audition for the International Ballet Ensemble, which will tour Europe and the Midwest during the summer of 2015 as a part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity, see the Blue Lake International Program.

Blue Lake’s Dance Program is designed to challenge young dancers and enhance their current level of training. Dance Majors receive five hours of daily instruction that includes ballet technique, pointe or pre-pointe, partnering, men’s classes, repertory, along with contemporary classes offered in the afternoon. Workshops such as injury prevention, dance composition, improvisation, dance history, and careers in dance help to provide a well-rounded summer dance experience.

Students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. Please go to minors for a complete list of courses.Students also have the opportunity to hear various performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.

Placement Class
To better accommodate each student’s level of training, dance majors participate in a placement class on the first day of camp. Dancers are placed in either level A or B, according to proficiency. Dancers remain within their class levels throughout the course of the day and are placed together for morning conditioning classes, selected workshop classes, and final Sunday performances.

Dance Ensemble
Blue Lake’s Dance Ensemble is a four week summer intensive program that culminates in performances held at the 750-seat Miller Theater on the campus of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Participation is by audition only and is limited to 40 dancers working at an advanced/intermediate level of training. Ensemble dancers receive daily technique classes along with coaching, mentoring, and rehearsals, all led by Blue Lake’s outstanding dance faculty.

Blue Lake Scholarship Auditions
All prospective dance campers are encouraged to participate in the Free Master Class/ Scholarship Audition. Merit Scholarships are awarded to dancers based upon ability, potential, work ethic, and commitment to dance. The most advanced dancers will be invited to join our 4-week intensive program and participate as a member in the Blue Lake Dance Ensemble. Dancers unable to attend a scheduled audition may send a DVD audition or email a video file. Please visit Dance Scholarship Audition Information for updated audition-master class sites for the 2014 season, as well as detailed information on DVD audition requirements.


High School
Grades 9-12 next school year

Session I: June 25 - July 6, 2014
Session II: July 9 - 20, 2014

No audition required. Basic knowledge of ballet technique and terminology is recommended.

Grades 7-9 next school year

Session III: July 23 - August 3, 2014
Session IV: August 6 - 17, 2014

No audition required. Basic knowledge of ballet technique and terminology is recommended.

Dance Ensemble
Grades 9-12 next school year

Audition required
Four week intensive program

Session I and II: June 25 - July 20 Performance Dates: July 18 and 19