Enjoy the highest quality dance training in the heart of St. Louis with artists from The Big Muddy Dance Company! The Big Muddy’s summer intensive program will expose students to the highest quality dance training, taught by the artistic director and dancers of The Big Muddy, in addition to nationally renowned guest faculty. All classes and showcases will be held in the Grand Center Arts District, home of The Big Muddy Dance Company. The buildings located in the Grand Center arts district and offer free parking, wireless internet, spacious studios with sprung dance floors and marley, a black box theater and amenities.

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  • What

    Ballet: Ballet serves as a foundational technique for nearly all styles and dance vocabularies in some capacity. Dancers will focus on ballet technique as a tool for developing proprioception, coordination, strength, and efficiency of movement.

    Contemporary: A class designed to expand awareness of the body in relation to itself and the space it inhabits through a means of guided exploration. Dancers will focus on tools for improvisation, manipulating weight, and moving into and out of the floor.

    Jazz: Focus on high energy athleticism in conjunction with varying technical elements integrated throughout center combinations and locomotor phrases.

    Choreography: Dancers will have an original work created on them by artists of The Big Muddy Dance Company. The work will be performed as part of the end of the week Showcase for friends and family.

    Acting Workshops: (Sessions 1 & 2) Dancers will work with acting coach Janet Brown to incorporate elements of character development and improvisation into their dancing, increasing personal awareness and emotional depth.

    Company Repertoire: (Session 3) Dancers will learn Big Muddy company repertoire taught and coached by company members and will perform excerpts as part of their end of the week Showcase for friends and family.

    Yoga: (Session 3) Yoga will serve as an opportunity to build a balance of strength and flexibility for dancers, while emphasizing the importance of breath in movement and increasing body awareness.

    Mental Toughness: (session 3) Dancers will learn the mental tools to increase focus, confidence, and consistency, propelling performance to significantly higher levels. These tools have been adopted by some of the most elite athletes, artists, and business professionals in the world.

  • When

    Session 1:

    • Ages 10 - 13
    • June 29 - July 3, 2020
    • Daily 9am - 5:30pm
    • Tuition $420

    Session 2:

    • Ages 14 - 17
    • June 29 - July 3, 2020
    • Daily 9am - 5:30pm
    • Tuition $420

    Session 3:

    • Ages 18+
    • July 6 - 17, 2020
    • Daily 9am - 5:30pm
    • Tuition $720

  • How


    Space is limited! Registration opens on January 15, 2020 and will remain open until full, at which time a waiting list will be established for entrance into the program. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total tuition is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due by June 1, 2020.

    Payments can be made by check, cash, or credit card (We accept MasterCard, Discover, Visa or American Express).


    There are dormitory room and board options available within walking distance of the dance studios, and chaperones included for Session 1 & 2. For information on St. Louis accommodation reservations, please contact Dustin Crumbaugh at


    A very limited number of scholarships will be made available based on merit and financial need. Those applying for a scholarship must submit a letter indicating circumstances as well as evidence of financial constraint. Early application is encouraged. All materials and questions should be sent to