Next Steps - Summer Dance Intensive

Coming Summer 2022

Check Back Soon for Information on how to REGISTER!
Check Back Soon for Information on how to apply for Scholarships!!!


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!

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 2021 Intensive – CLICK HERE
Housing Information:

Next Steps 2022 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 2022 intensive.


Next Steps will offer scholarships for the 2022 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



Dance Faculty for the 2021 Intensive: Matt Pardo (JMU-Dance), Julie Nakagawa (DanceWorks Chicago Co-Founder and Artistic Director), Jen Edwards (Arts Entrepreneurship Expert), Jacob Brent (JMU-Musical Theater), Elijah Richardson (DanceWorks Chicago)

Dance Accompanist: Toby Twining (JMU-Dance)


Questions? Please contact Matt Pardo at


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