Next Steps - Summer Dance Intensive

June 27th to July 2nd, 2022

The 2022 Next Steps Dance Intensive is sold out!
To place your name and contact information on a wait list,
please email Matt Pardo at

We hope to dance with you soon! 

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 intensive offers students two exciting program options for engaging with us and DanceWorks Chicago…



These two dance intensives are designed specifically for committed and curious students ages 13 – 19. Participants will study with nationally and internationally recognized artists and experts in the field, and will gain real-world experience being coached in repertory from a professional dance company! 

Space is limited for in-person participants (30 dancers) and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. There is no audition for the intensive.
Priority registration will be given to dancers who register before April 15th. Dancers registering before May 1st will receive a JMU Tote Bag. 

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 Mutter Matters by Charissa-Lee Barton from DanceWorks Chicago’s repertory.
  • Professional development seminars including audition preparation with Matt Pardo and Julie Nakagawa and entrepreneurship in the arts with Jen Edwards!
  • 2 performance opportunities for the 6-day intensive and 1 performance opportunity for the 3-day intensive. The performances will showcase the repertory work and will allow students to utilize some of their audition skills as well!


DanceWorks Chicago in Mutter Matters by Charissa-Lee Barton.

  • To see the schedule for all the programs – CLICK HERE 
  • All dancers will receive a JMU arts T-shirt.

Important Deadlines:
  1. Early-bird Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2022
    1. Register before April 15th to receive free JMU SWAG!
  2. Scholarship Deadline: May 20th, 2022
    1. Award emails will be sent out on or before May 23rd, 2022.  All applicants will be notified either way.
  3. Registration withdraw deadline for a 100% refund: June 1st 2022
Important Information:

If demand for the intensive allows, plans will be made to split dancers into 2 separate groups, but will not exceed 30 dancers per room. 

Cost Breakdown with on-campus housing and food:

3-day Dance (housing and food) – $600.00

3-day Dance (no housing or food) – $400.00

6-day Dance (housing and food) – $1200.00

6-day Dance (no housing or food) – $800.00


* These prices are for a double room in a dorm and include 3 meals a day in the dining hall

*ACTIVITIES: All tuition includes  group activities on and off campus, which will be announced at a later date closer to the registration deadline.

***LUNCH – for those in-person dancers who are not staying in the dorm, but would like to buy lunch in our JMU award-winning dining halls, the cost is $12.50/day. 


*** All payments are 100% refundable up until June 1st, 2022. ***

On Campus Housing and Food:

Next Steps participants have the option to stay in JMU dorms while in the program.  This exciting opportunity allows the students to get the full JMU student experience. 

Dorm Information:

  • Single and Double Dorm rooms are available. 
    • The price above is for double rooms
    • A single room is $12.50 more per night than a double occupancy room. 
  • Double rooms will be assigned randomly unless there is a specific request for a roommate. 
  • Linen service is included in every room: 
    • Linens include: 2 sheets, 1 pillowcase, 2 towels, and 1 washcloth. 
    • Double towels will be provided for stays greater than four (4) nights.  
    • Linens are provided folded in each room (beds are not pre-made).
    • Pillows are provided (free of charge) for each bed; blankets for air-conditioned dorms.

Campus Dining Information:

  • For participants who are staying in campus housing, you will receive 3 meals a day in JMU’s award-winning dining halls.  If you are staying in the dorm, the meal plan is required. 
  • For those participants who are not staying in the dorm, but would like to buy lunch in JMU’s award-winning dining halls, the cost is $12.50/day. Participants who are not being housed in campus housing, are NOT required to purchase any campus meals.
Hotel and Harrisonburg Information:

Next Steps participants who are not local, can utilize campus housing/food but are also welcome to stay in hotels in the Harrisonburg area.  If you choose to stay at a hotel, evening supervision is not provided. Dancers not staying on campus are eligible to purchase lunch tickets for $12.50 each but cannot purchase breakfast or dinner through the dining hall. Please reach out to Matt Pardo (Email: with any specific questions.

For more information on Harrisonburg, please visit the Visit Harrisonburg VA website. 

Here are some local hotels that are near the beautiful Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, which will be the base of all Next Steps Summer programs…

  1. Hotel Madison – 3-star hotel – on campus, across the street from the Forbes Center
  2. Double Tree by Hilton Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  3. Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  4. Courtyard by Marriot Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  5. Red Roof Inn Harrisonburg – 2 star – 1 mile away
Covid Protocols:

All Next Steps Participants are required to be fully vaccinated by the start of the program on June 26th, 2022. Proof of vaccination is required and will be collected after registration. 

In accordance with JMU’s Covid policy, all students and faculty will be required to wear masks at all times in the studio and on-campus. More protocols and guidelines will be issued as we approach the beginning of the intensive.  All of our policies are in line with JMU’s Covid Protocols and we will be updating these protocols to match JMU, the state of Virginia, and CDC guidelines as they evolve or change.


Next Steps will offer a limited number of  scholarships for the 2022 Summer Intensive. Scholarships are awarded by filling out the Next Steps Scholarship Form before the deadline of May 20th, 2022. 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 on or before May 23rd, 2022 and the award recipients will receive a refund for their awarded amount via a check in the mail.

  • Q & A session for dancers with current JMU dance majors 
  • Q & A session for parents, caregivers, dance teachers with JMU and DWC representatives


Dance Faculty: Matt Pardo (JMU-Dance)Julie Nakagawa (DanceWorks Chicago Co-Founder and Artistic Director), Jen Edwards (Arts Entrepreneurship Expert), and a TBD DWC Company Member

Dance Accompanist: Toby Twining (JMU-Dance)


Questions? Please contact Matt Pardo at


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