Modern / Contemporary Dance



Dates July 26, 2020 - August 8, 2020

$975 for day students

$2,600 for residential students

Modern/Contemporary Dance


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 Modern/Contemporary session will cover a wide range of dance styles including improvisation and dancers choreographic compositions.

Our dance program is led by a faculty of professional dancers and choreographers. The curriculum allows dancers to refine their technique and increase stamina. Masterclasses are offered by guest performers who emphasize artistic experience. Both sessions offer a closing performance with dancers, guest artists, and faculty.

Meet Our Director

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, West Chester University, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of schools and dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tim is currently on faculty at Temple University.

It's much like a professional dance company where you have a very long day, and you learn routines very quickly, and you have to put on a show in two weeks. I wanted to get a feel of how a professional company would be.

Alyssa S. (Dancer, 2018-19)

Dance Auditions


  • Please submit a photograph of yourself demonstrating first arabesque and/or tendu a la second.
  • In addition to your audition photo, dance applicants must also submit a completed online application.


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

Submitting your Audition

Photos can be submitted as an attachment to: