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Lawrence Virtual Summer Dance Institute

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"The Lawrence Summer Dance Institute gave my children the opportunity to take classes with professional dancers; an opportunity they would never have had. I saw them grow as dancers and as people. It also gave them the chance to travel across the world without ever leaving Lawrence!" 


Jean Appolon Expressions and Izizwe Dance Studio understand now more than ever that connection to culture, education, and art are vital in creating individual and community success. Our summer dance institute offers youth an opportunity to learn from professional dancers and choreographers in an environment that focuses on individual growth and community development. Our mission is to offer something to every young dancer; whether you are on track for a professional/collegiate career in performing arts or just inspired to dance, have fun, and make new friends.  Priority will be given to Merrimack Valley residents. 

For the safety and well-being of our dance community; the Summer Dance Institute will be offered remotely with opportunities to participate in outdoor performances and activities that remain socially distant. Please reach out to us with more information on how we are following the statewide guidelines for a successful and safe program.

To learn more about Jean Appolon Expressions click here 

While we are proud to offer the Summer Dance Institute for free, JAE accepts donations on a rolling basis. Donations will help bring in guest teachers/teacher support, technology support for participants, and future program development. click here to donate and learn about how your generosity impacts our communities. Thank you for your support! 


The Summer Dance Institute is drawing on the strengths of both JAE and Izizwe in order to offer the following:

  • Classes in Yoga, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and cultural dance techniques
  • Literacy-based arts activities, along with creative movement for ages 5-12
  • Choreography and mind-body awareness workshops for ages 13-18
  • Instruction and performance by professional dancers
  • Access to online content, instructional videos, performance videos, and choreography tutorials
  • Possible outside performances and classes that are socially distant and community-based, depending on safety and policy guidelines   

To ensure participants get the most out their session, attendance will be taken daily and commitment to each class is expected. Please make sure you have access to space and privacy while participating in the Summer Dance Institute


    Ages 5-8 July 6th-July 17th
    Monday-Friday 9:30am-10:15pm                          
     Ages 9-12 July6th-July 17th
    Monday-Friday 11:00am-12:00pm  
      Participants will learn and view several genres of dance along with creative movement, yoga, storytelling, literacy, and games that boost creativity, independence, and cultural awareness. Perfect for those new to dance or those who want to deepen their movement skills. 

     Ages 13-18 July 6th-17th
    Monday-Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
      Participants will learn and view several genres of dance with an emphasis on building strong technique and performance skills. Participants will have access to performance videos and tutorials done by professional dancers along with workshops that focus on mind body awareness, choreography, and cultural dance. 



     Ages 13-18 

    July 6th-July 17th                           
    Monday-Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm 

    July 20th-August 14th                                          Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00am-12pm


     This small group of participants will have access to high quality dance training to build strong dance technique, choreography, and leadership skills beyond the two week teen session. Participants will have an opportunity to teach younger members while fostering their creativity with the guidance of professional dancers and choreographers. Access to dance performance videos, interviews and tutorials will be provided to participants throughout the 6 week intensive. Performance opportunities for the pre-professional session will be given in a virtual setting or outdoors depending on safety and policy guidelines.




    JAE company members Meghan Mcgrath and Mcebisi Xotyeni performing at Jacob's Pillow (2019) Photo © Christopher Duggan
    Jean Appolon teaching at the 2019 Lawrence Summer Dance Institute