Ballet Intensive



Dates July 12, 2020 - July 25, 2020

​$975 for day students

$2,600 for residential students



05/01/2020 UPDATE:

Summer at Sem has made the decision to move all programming online for the 2020 season. View our Online Dance session here!

The Summer at Sem dance program offers a two-week dance intensive focusing on all levels of ballet, pointe, and partnering. This rigorous program is led by a faculty of professional dancers and choreographers who come from diverse backgrounds and have immeasurable professional experience.

The summer camp curriculum allows dances to refine their technique and increase their stamina while working in a professional-level dance company. Masterclasses offered by guest artists emphasize artistic experience and increase exposure to additional techniques and aesthetics.

The daily structure of our dance program begins with morning classes of ballet and pointe/partnering. All classes are level-appropriate. After lunch, dancers enjoy two choreography periods to learn, rehearse, and perform numbers for their final dance performances.

The ballet session offers a closing performance of dancers, guest artists, and faculty, giving dancers an unprecedented opportunity to perform alongside their instructors.

Director of Dance

​Meet Our Director

Tim Early

Director of Dance Tim Early will be returning to Summer at Sem Creative Arts for his 21st season in 2020. Early, who currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia-based modern company Opus I Contemporary, is a principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet in West Chester, PA.

Early has worked with many choreographers over his tenure, including Nancy Page, Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, and Christopher Flemming.

He has taught ballet, jazz, and modern dance for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Brandywine Ballet, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and West Chester University, as well as a number of schools and dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

They’re here, they want to learn; I have to produce something every single day. I have to teach them something every single day. It’s strenuous, it’s exhausting, but it’s fun; and it’s one of the highlights of my year every year.

​Tim Early, Director of Dance

Dance Auditions


  • Please submit a photograph of the camper demonstrating first arabesque and/or tendu a la second.
  • In addition to the audition photo, dancers must also submit a completed online registration.


  • ​Use the best available visual devices possible.
  • Naming the Audition Submission:
    • Dance Audition: Full Name, Date
    • Dance Audition: Taylor Smith, 01/02/2019

Submitting an Audition

Photos can be submitted as an attachment to: