The Lawrence Summer Dance Institute

A free program for young dancers exploring connection and culture through dance. Hosted by Jean Appolon Expressions and Izizwe Dance Studio
Teens (ages 13-18): July 18-22
Youth (ages 5-12): July 25 - Aug 5
Both programs run Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm.
Please note: The youth program (Ages 5-12) is currently full. To join the wait list please email 


Final Performance and Community Celebration: August 6th

 Registration Form English         Formulario de Registro Español

For the last four summers, Izizwe Dance Studio has collaborated with Jean Appolon Expressions, to offer a free summer dance institute based in Lawrence Massachusetts. The 2022 program focuses on the theme of Kiltirèl Conexiones (Cultural Connections in Haitian Creole and Spanish), highlighting the similarities and cross-cultural connections between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with dance as the main point of harmony.

For my son, it’s just been an incredible experience, we’ve had a hard time putting into words how important it has been for him. I think to be a part of not just a dance community where he feels accepted but also to be able to broaden that is so important. The experience of exploring culture and diversity and coming together in a community in ways that you can’t always do unless you have something in common. Dance, music, the arts, is the common denominator.
— Lawrence Summer Dance Institute Parent 2018

JAE and Izizwe Dance Studio understand now more than ever that connection to culture, education, and art are vital in creating individual and community success. The program includes classes for dancers ages 5-18, that are centered around movement, identity and social justice. We are thrilled that this program will occur directly after JAE runs a similar program in the Dominican Republic, giving our students a chance to connect to kids from another country through dance.

Final performance and community celebration

Saturday August 6th

All Summer Dance Institute students and families will be invited to attend this free performance and community celebration outdoors in Lawrence, MA. There will be short performances by the dance students, and opportunities for everybody to get on their feet! This celebration aims to share, uplift and connect Haitian, Dominican and African dance traditions.

Program Details 

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

  1. Classes in Yoga, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Haitian, African and Latin dance techniques

  2. Literacy-based arts activities and creative movement for ages 5-12

  3. Choreography and cultural connections workshops for ages 13-18

  4. Instruction and choreography by professional dancers