Summer Dance Intensive

Summer Programs

Summer Dance Intensive

The Summer Dance Intensive is designed for high school students, in their Junior or Senior year, with an interest in examining dance through multiple lenses. Focus will be on developing creativity, evolving technical and artistic skills, deepening an appreciation and understanding of the art form, and preparing students for future goals in higher education and careers in the dance field.

During this two-week summer session, students will:

  • engage in daily technique classes in Classical Ballet ad Modern dance
  • practice additional styles of dance, such as Jazz, African, and Hip-Hop
  • explore tools for improvisation and choreography
  • learn and perform original choreography for an in-studio showcase on the final day of the program
  • meet representatives and discuss topics, such as injury prevention, how to apply to NYU , and how to pursue a career in the dance field
  • attend several exciting performances around New York City 

Carla Flores-Keniston, Program Director

Carla Flores-Keniston is originally from Austin, Texas, but moved to Houston to attend the distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a dance major. She later graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy, and later completed her Master of Arts in Teaching Dance in the Professions with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Flores-Keniston currently serves as program administrator, assistant director for the dance concerts, and as an adjunct professor for New York University’s Dance Education program. She is a certified ballet teacher in ABT’s National Training Curriculum, and currently teaches at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in the children’s division and as part of the educational outreach program. Some of her career highlights have been touring abroad in China and France, performing ballets such as George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Ben Stevenson’s Sentimientos, and her work with Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech School. She continues to teach master classes at numerous dance schools in and around NY, and is now very excited to be the Director of NYU’s Summer Dance Intensive.

Previous faculty have included:

Alexis Andrews

Alexis Arlene Andrews began her ballet training in Reno, Nevada under the direction of Maggie Banks and Dr. Barbara Land. Her training continued at Walnut Hill School for the Arts 01’, the School for American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School. Andrews has performed with the Nevada Festival Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, University of Las Vegas’s College of Dance, New York University as well as a principal guest artist with the A.V.A. Ballet Theater in productions of Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Other performing credits include the Bollywood movie “Jai Cherenjeva” the Bharata Natyam Dance Ensemble in Bangalore, India and a Natya Nectar Dance Company production in Hong Kong. As a dance educator she has taught and adjudicated throughout the nation and internationally for Dance Educators of America and Sheer Talent Ltd. In the summer 2015 Alexis traveled to Costa Rica to begin her own international ballet education tour collaborating with eleven studios. In 2012 she was accepted with partial scholarship into New York University Steinhardt Dance Education Program graduating in May 2014 with a Masters of Art for Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Pedagogy and was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Dance Education. Alexis is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level Seven of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and is honored to begin her fifth year at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO). In addition to teaching at JKO Children’s Division, she is also a Teaching Artist for ABT, Coordinator and Instructor of Ballet at Northside Centers for Child Development, faculty at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and an instructor at New Canaan Dance Academy, Connecticut. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram @alexisarleneandrews and

Ashley Oladehin

Ashley Oladehin is originally from Adams, Massachusetts where she grew up studying ballet, modern, jazz and tap. She holds a BA in Dance from Dean College in Franklin, MA where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Drusilla Carlson Phelps Award, for talent in performance and a future promise in dance education. Ashley has been teaching and choreographing throughout the Greater Boston area for the last 10 years, including at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and North Reading School of Ballet. Her choreography has been featured at various venues including the Boston Opera House. Last summer, she successfully completed the Horton Pedagogy teacher training at Alvin Ailey. She is currently a graduate student in the MA in Dance Education program pursuing a degree in Teaching Dance in the Professions at NYU Steinhardt. This fall, she will be joining the faculty as an adjunct professor at William Patterson University in New Jersey.

Jessa Rose

Originally from Orange County NY, Jessa has worked as a Musical Theater performer and choreographer for over 10 years. National Tour: Wizard of Oz, Networks Productions, 2008-2010 (Ensemble, Wicked Witch u/s). Regional Tour: Surflight to Go, Surflight Theater. Regional: 42nd Street, Oklahoma, White Christmas, Baggy Pants Burlesque, South Pacific. NYU Credits: 2017 Masters Concert— “Notice ME” (Choreographer); “Fashionista," “Shades of Spiraling” (Dancer). 2018 Distinguished Faculty Concert— “Going Gaga,” “Love Thy Neighbor” (Dancer). Jessa served as the Assistant Dance Director for the Musical Theater Intensive Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC from 2006-2017. Jessa has choreographed original pieces for BAA, as well as original works for Harrison High School in Westchester. She has a BA in Theater Performance from Wagner College, and received her MA in May 2018 from NYU Steinhardt’s Dance Education Program in the K-12 Certification Track. Starting this fall, Jessa will be teaching dance at The Gateway School in Manhattan.

Kaitlyn Yiu

Kaitlyn Yiu, from Los Angeles, started dancing at age three, and was trained in the Vaganova method before attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2013. While in L.A., Kaitlyn received awards and scholarships in YAGP Regionals, L.A. Music Center Spotlight, and Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (IBC); she also performed in the 2011 Anaheim International Dance Festival. Internationally, Kaitlyn competed as semi-finalist in International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki, Istanbul, Budapest, and Moscow. During her studies at Tisch, Kaitlyn worked with many esteemed choreographers and teachers, including Crystal Pite in her piece “Polaris” as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. After graduating from Tisch in 2016 with a B.F.A. in Dance and Psychology and the J.S. Seidman Award, Kaitlyn made her professional debut with Houston Grand Opera in January 2017 as the female principal dancer in *Nixon in China. *She just recently graduated with an M.A. degree in Teaching Dance in the Professions/ABT Ballet Pedagogy at NYU Steinhardt, receiving recognition for Excellence and Leadership in Graduate Dance Education.

Morgan Lamb

Morgan Lamb is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee where she began her training at Studio One under the direction of Melita Brock Warner. At Studio One she trained in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, acrobatic, and hip-hop dance. Later, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in fibers and a minor in dance. While studying textiles she also developed her technical artistry as a dancer with her mentor Vincent Brosseau. Here she performed in multiple mainstage productions where she was featured as a soloist. In 2013 she completed an internship in London, England, with the bespoke embroidery company Hand and Lock. Currently, she is expected to graduate in 2018 with a dual-degree from Steinhardt (MA, Dance Education, Teaching all Grades) and Tisch School of the Arts (MFA Dance). During her time at NYU she has had the honor of performing in Crystal Pite’s Polaris alongside her Tisch classmates and at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in 2015. Through Steinhardt she completed the Limon Workshop, Teaching Contemporary Limon, where she deepened her knowledge of her dancing and teaching artistry. Morgan has taught in a variety of settings and is currently an assistant, and substitute teacher at Peridance Capezio Center.

Leyland Simmons

Leyland Simmons was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He began his formal dance training with Barbara Devereaux of the Royal Academy School of Dance in Anchorage, Alaska and Michelangelo Canale of the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy. He later studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, The Ailey School and Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, Canada. Leyland is a Graduate of the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City and a former member of Ailey 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Mr. Simmons has also performed with the New York City Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Forces of Nature Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s/Rituals, George Faison and Ballet X. Leyland has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Cincinnati, Moscow and Miami International Ballet Festivals. One performance of Mr. Simmons noted that he was “vibrant in his solo, whipping off multiple pirouettes…,” and “he added powerful turns and jumps while remaining sensitive to the otherwise gentle ending.” Leyland is also a sought after teacher having taught at notable institutions like the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School for the Arts, Steps on Broadway, NYU, and the Ailey School. He has also appeared in numerous film, television, and print projects such as the History Channel's Honor Deferred, The Conan O’Brien Show, YRB magazine, Law and Order, Starbucks Red Campaign, Puma, and Sansha. Mr. Simmons is also a graduate of the Workshop in Business Opportunites Program and a member of the School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a certified teacher in the American Ballet Theater Pre-Primary to Level Three Curriculum, and an American Ballet Theater Affiliate teacher. Leyland holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Phoenix and will Graduate in the spring of 17 from NYU with a master’s degree in Dance Education with a concentration in K-12 studies.

Afaliah Tribune

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.F.A in Dance, Afaliah Tribune studied and trained with Mrs. China White, former principal dancer of Dance Theater of Harlem. Afaliah has performed and toured with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Bebe Miller, Andrea Woods, Philip Hamilton VOICES, and many pop and R&B artists. She has also been featured on television specials for MTV and BET Networks. Her dance and music career have brought her to such places as Japan, Sweden and Africa as a sought after performer. Afaliah has held choreographic residencies and taught master classes at Middlebury College, Steps on Broadway, The Ohio State University, and Dance Africa. Also an accomplished singer and songwriter, Afaliah has penned songs for CBS network shows and for several advertising campaigns. Ms. Tribune founded Afaliah Tribune Dance in 2010. As a choreographer, rapper, singer and songwriter, Afaliah uses her various artistic skills and interests to create a marriage between movement and music in a way that speaks largely to all audiences. Afaliah is currently enrolled in the Dance Education program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture and Human Development and will receive an M.A. in Dance In The Professions in the fall of 2016.

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: July 9, 2017
Move Out Date: July 22, 2017

Cost and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost $2,000 $2,000
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $820 $820
Programming Fee $80 $80
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

Scholarships are not offered in conjunction with this program.

Summer Dance Intensive Sample Schedules: Week 1 and Week 2

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