Summer Intensive FAQ

What is LACDC’s Summer Intensive?

LACDC's Summer Intensive immerses you in the LACDC company experience where you will have the opportunity to train and explore with a diverse group of teachers in an open and supportive environment, where your uniqueness is celebrated. You will dive into daily classes in a variety of contemporary dance styles that will encourage your versatility as a dancer and awaken your experimental spirit as an artist.  While working alongside other advanced pre-professional and professional dancers, you will have the opportunity to expand upon your current training and try new techniques that challenge, strengthen and advance your abilities as a well-rounded contemporary performer.  The program also focuses on LACDC's value of community and the group dynamic in the creative process.  We encourage a collective experience and artistic achievement as a group throughout the two-week intensive.


What is the registration deadline?

There is no deadline to register. Registration is open until we are full. We will post on the website when we are sold out.

What is the class level? Is there an audition?

There is no audition requirement.  The intensive is taught at a pre-professional / professional level (Ages 18+) and is recommended for advanced dancers with a minimum of 3-5 years of training in Modern, Ballet, and/or Jazz.  It is not recommended for dancers who are new to contemporary dance or are looking for an introduction to modern or contemporary technique.  The classes are fast-paced and rigorous, with a focus on pushing advanced dancers to the next level in technical skill and performance abilities.

Students 15-17 years old will be considered via a video submission application. If you are 15-17 years old and you attended a previous intensive as a full-time student, you are free to register and do not have submit a video again for open registration.

How is the second week different from the first?

The main attraction of the second week is primarily the smaller class size and working with a new set of teachers.  Students will also get more time to work on pieces of choreography and hone their performance quality in the work.  The overall comfortability of the students and relationships developed between them are also stronger moving into a second week of work together.

Additionally, the level of improvement and development over two weeks is significant in comparison to the one-week participants as they have more time to work on their craft. Students taking the full intensive will also perform in a showcase at the end of the second week.  

Students have the option to sign up for either week or both weeks.  Students taking only the second week have the option of performing select material at the showcase.

What is the daily schedule?

Monday – Friday: 
Technique /  10-11:45am 
Lunch  / 12pm-12:30pm 
Repertory / 12:45-2:45pm 
Specialty  / 3-4:30pm

*This is a sample schedule and subject to change.


Technique and specialty classes can include floorwork, release technique, contemporary jazz, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and improvisation.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. LACDC provides need-based and talent-based scholarships to advanced level dancers ages 15-17 and 18+. Dancers will be selected for half or full-tuition scholarships. In addition, LACDC also has a work study program available to dancers (ages 18+ only) who are interested in supporting the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and Stomping Ground L.A. administrative teams during the LACDC Summer Intensive in exchange for reduced intensive tuition and a Summer Movement Fellowship (SMF) for dancers (ages 18+) that gives opportunity for professional dancers to have mentorship, interact and train alongside LACDC artists, and gain a broader perspective of LACDC’s company culture. 

Summer Intensive Scholars, Movement Fellowship, and Work-Study Recipients are selected through an application process. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application first before filling out the official registration form.

Who is teaching?

The LACDC Summer Intensive faculty will be announced as teachers are added to the roster.  Please check our Summer Intensive Page and follow us on social media for updates.  Past intensive teachers have included Jasmine Albuquerque, Benjamin Allen, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Doug Baum, Roya Carreras, Genevieve Carson, Christian Denice, Mike Esperanza, Roderick George, Jamila Glass, Maria Gillespie, Chad Michael Hall, Ryan Heffington, Charlie Hodges, Derion Loman and Madison Olandt, Nathan Makolandra, Rebecca Lemme, Bradley Michaud, Genna Moroni, Kitty McNamee, Nina McNeely, Nadine Olmo, Micaela Taylor, Gerran Reese, Melissa Schade, Spenser Theberge, Jessie Lee Thorne, WHYTEBERG, Kevin Williamson, Stephanie Zaletel and more!

In addition to our guest teachers, Co-Founder of LACDC Kate Hutter & Artistic Director Jamila Glass will be teaching repertory, improvisation, and composition.

Where can I find media from previous intensives?

Check out past Summer Intensive highlights on Instagram via our OFFICIAL HASHTAGS: #LACDCsummer. Also, check out footage from previous Intensives on LACDC's YouTube Channel.

Sign up for our newsletter or join us on Facebook Instagram to get updates on our 2023 Summer Intensive.

Where should I stay if I am traveling from out of town?

Click on the Travel Guide for some recommendations of where to stay and how to get to the space by public transportation each day.  Unfortunately, LACDC is not able to offer housing or transportation for the Summer Intensive, and it is the responsibility of the student.  But, we have had students travel here from all over the world, and often find that students stay with other students, sublet apartments together, and figure out carpooling options for the duration of the intensive. We will try to facilitate making these connections with other students interested in housing and transportation options as best we can.

Where is the intensive located and what are the parking options? 

The venue for all activities is Stomping Ground L.A. (SGLA), 5453 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, California 90032.

Parking Info: In consideration of our neighbors, please consider these parking options first:   
1. SGLA parking lot   
2. Parking on Alhambra Ave   
3. Parking on areas of side streets that are not in front of homes   
*Also, if there are trash cans out on the curb, please do not move them from their spots.

Is there a vaccine requirement?

These are the COVID Compliance Measures in association with the venue Stomping Ground L.A.




What is your refund policy?

If a student must cancel their registration due to a conflict or not attend the program due to an unforeseen circumstances such as illness or injury, LACDC must be given written notice by email to [email protected] 

Cancellations or withdrawals from the program made by June 26, 2023 will receive a 50% refund.  After July 9, 2023, there will be NO refunds. There will be no exceptions made to this policy in the event of a cancellation or unforeseen circumstance.

What is the likelihood of me getting off the waiting list and how late will students be notified?

The chances of students getting off the waiting list depend on the number of registered students who cancel their participation in the program.  We take people from the waiting list up until the first few days of the Intensive.  We have also been able to pull students from the waiting list every year, so it is beneficial to sign up for the waiting list if you still have a strong interest in training with LACDC.


What is the geographical diversity of the students?

We have had students from around the world come and train with us.  Past countries include Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Canada, England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, & Turkey. 

Past colleges include:

AMDA, Arizona State University, Adelphi University, Bard College, Boston Conservatory, Brigham Young University, Cal Arts Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College of the Arts, Elon University, George Mason University, Indiana University, James Madison University, Johnson C. Smith University, London Contemporary Dance School, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount University, Malone University, Marygrove College, New York University, New Zealand School of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, Northern Kentucky University, Oakland University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Point Park University, San Diego State University, Santa Monica College, Sarah Lawrence College, Slippery Rock University, Southeast Missouri State University, Stephen F. Austin University, SUNY Purchase, Temple University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Women’s University, Towson University, Tulane University ,UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Akron, University of Arizona, University of Auckland, University of the Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Idaho, University of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of the Philippines, University of Rochester, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wyoming, The Urdang Academy London, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wayne State University, West Texas A&M University, Wright State University, Yildiz Technical University

What are dancers saying about our intensive?

Thank you to LACDC for giving us such an open space these past few weeks.  It’s been so wonderful being able to explore and go deeper in my passion in such a safe space.  I’m just so grateful that dance gives us a community of people who just get it.  I literally can’t see my life any other way.  — Nicole Flores  

I’ve had such an amazing two weeks at LACDC’s intensive!!  I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need to work on all while meeting the sweetest humans.  We learned so many styles at this intensive, but of course hip hop was my favorite. :)  — Chelsea Raymond

I cannot put into words how thankful I am to have been a part of such a refreshing and fulfilling experience. I’ve met so many wonderful souls I hope to dance with again. — Ally Pawlowski 

Absolutely loved this intensive last year! I was travelling from Australia and this experience was priceless! My movement vocabulary and skill evolved from start to finish and all the choreographers were incredibly inspiring. I still utilise the exercises and improv practices to this day ❤️ highly recommend xx


Still Have Questions?

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