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Next Steps - Summer Dance Intensive

Coming Summer 2023

Check Back in December of 2022 for Information on how to REGISTER for our Summer 2023 Intensive and how to apply for Scholarships!!!

 Next Steps Dance 2022 Participants

                                    *Next Steps Dance 2022 Participants enjoying JMU’s incredible campus!

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University is proud to partner with DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) to present, Next Steps – Summer Dance Intensive. This exciting program is designed specifically for committed and curious students ages 13 – 19. Participants study with nationally and internationally recognized artists and experts in the field, and gain real-world experience being coached in repertory from a professional dance company!

The Next Steps 2022 Dance program contained 26 dancers from 9 different states.  We intentionally keep this intensive small in order to ensure dancers get an incredible and individual experience with our renowned faculty.

Check out our 2022 Recap Video for an inside look into what Next Steps Dance has to offer.


Dancers will engage in:
  • Daily technique classes (Ballet, Modern, Musical Theater), taught by JMU Dance Faculty and members of DWC, including Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa
  • Daily rehearsals of DanceWorks Chicago Repertory,
  • Professional development seminars,
  • Culminating online showing of the work, open to family and friends
  • To see the schedule from the 2022 Intensive – CLICK HERE
Housing Information:

            Next Steps 2023 will offer on-campus housing for participants. This will allow Next Steps dancers to get the full experience of a JMU dance major!  Check back soon for more information on housing options during our Summer 2023 intensive.


Next Steps will offer scholarships for the 2023 Summer Intensive. Scholarships are awarded by filling out the Next Steps Scholarship Form before the scheduled deadline. **Please check back soon to learn about the application and scholarship deadlines**. You must register for the intensive first and pay in-full before your scholarship application can be processed. The award notifications will be sent out via email.

  • Q & A session for dancers with current JMU dance majors
  • Q & A session for parents, caregivers, dance teachers with JMU and DWC representatives
  • Afternoon Sessions in Arts Entrepreneurship, Dance Films, Audition Prep, and more!

Meet some of the dancers of the 2022 intensive as they pick one word to describe their time at Next Steps at JMU!

Questions? Please contact Matt Pardo at

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