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North Carolina Dance Institute
Summer 2023 Dance Camps

In addition to summer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop, North Carolina Dance Institute offers a variety of summer performance workshops, intensives, and dance camps for children and teens of all levels.

Registration Begins April 11.
Camp costs are shown for each camp and the annual NCDI $30 registration fee may apply. Family and multi-camp discounts are available. Register online to enroll, and please mail the payment upon registration. Our summer camps fill quickly – register early to secure your spot!

NCDI alumna Maggie Mial (photo by Steve Clarke)
Save 20% on multiple dance camps if you register by May 15!
Purchase a dance camp at the normal tuition, and receive a 20% discount on all other camps of equal or lesser value. This applies to an individual student or as a family.
Camp Dates Ages
Summer Showcase "VOW2MOVE" June 12-24 9-18
Contemporary Basics Boot Camp July 24-28 10-16
Ballet Basics Boot Camp July 24-28 10-16
Pre-Pointe Primer July 25-27 12-17
Broadway Bound Boot Camp July 24-28 9-15
'Encanto' Dance Camp July 24-28 5-9

Summer Showcase

Dance and Perform This Summer!

The highlight of our summer session begins with the NCDI Summer Showcase VOW2MOVE. This two-week dance intensive features high-energy contemporary choreography by NCDI faculty and guest artists. Dancers are selected by audition to collaborate in the process of creating original dance works for this year's performance: VOW2MOVE, Voices of Women to Movement, a tribute to iconic female vocalists.

The Summer Showcase gives young dancers insight into what it takes to quickly develop complex choreography for the stage. NCDI instructor Brooks Owens (photo by Bidget Daily)Selected intermediate/advanced dancers will work closely with Summer Showcase c0-directors Kirstie Spadie, Victoria Moore, and Sarah Putterman. The process culminates into two performances on stage, Saturday June 24 at 3:00pm and 6:00pm at Wakefield High School Auditorium.

The Summer Showcase is a great performance opportunity for NCDI dancers, and is open to other dancers in our community. Acceptance is subject to approval by audition. Auditions are held at NCDI March 4 and May 13, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Contact Victoria at for more information.

Summer Showcase Intensive
Time: June 12-23 (Mon-Fri) and June 24 (Sat)
   Rehearsals are run 9:00am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
   Week 1: Dancers divided into morning or afternoon groups
   Week 2: Dancers rehearse all day
   Select dancers may require additional rehearsal time
Performances: Saturday June 24 3:00pm and 6:00pm
    Wakefield High School Auditorium
Ages: 9-18 yrs
Level: Intermediate/Advanced (by audition only)
Instructors: Kirstie Spadie, Victoria Moore, Sarah Putterman, and guests
Cost: $500

NCDI student Kayla (photo by Ken Wolf)
NCDI offers exciting summer dance intensives designed for fast-paced, informative, active learning. Students spend an in-depth week guided through intense technical classes and challenging choreography. Our faculty provide a positive and thorough approach to training for all levels of dancers.

Contemporary Basics Boot Camp
Explore contemporary dance

The Contemporary Basics Boot Camp is focused on the beginner to intermediate dancer for body awareness, enhancing technique, and exploring cutting-edge contemporary styles. NCDI alumna Emily Nicolau (photo by Chris Peddecord)NCDI contemporary instructors focus on exposing young dancers to the many facets of contemporary dance styles, including weight sharing partnering, inversions, and contemporary dance concepts including improvisation techniques.

This in-depth intensive can be paired with the morning Ballet Basics Boot Camp to give dancers a full-day camp with lunch at NCDI.

Contemporary Basics Boot Camp
Time: July 24-28 (Mon-Fri) 1:00pm-3:00pm
Ages: 10-16 yrs
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: NCDI faculty and guests
Cost: $180

Ballet Basics Boot Camp

The Ballet Basics Boot Camp is a fast-paced introduction of ballet fundamentals and conditioning for the body. A fun format led by NCDI Artistic Director Kirstie will give students boot camp exercises to practice throughout the summer. This camp is designed for the student who has an interest in ballet and wants to further their knowledge in an accelerated week of ballet fundamentals. Classical ballet attire is required (black leotard/pink tights). Bring a healthy snack.

Students often take the Ballet Basics Boot Camp followed by Contemporary Basics Boot Camp to have a full-day camp opportunity with lunch at NCDI.

Ballet Basics Boot Camp
Time: July 24-28 (Mon-Fri) 10:00am-12:00pm
Ages: 10-16 yrs
Level: Beginner
   (Minimal or no ballet experience required, subject to approval)
Instructor: Ms. Kirstie
Cost: $180

NCDI alumna Lindsey Matheis (photo by Rick McCullough)

Pre-Pointe Primer

Students recommended for Pre-Pointe classes for Fall 2023 should participate in the Pre-Pointe Primer. Pointe shoes should be purchased, fitted, and sewn prior to the primer. Please e-mail Kirstie for placement questions.

Pre-Pointe Primer
Time: July 25-27 (Tue-Thu) 3:30pm-5:00pm
Ages: 12-17 yrs
Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Ms. Melody
Cost: $100

Broadway Bound Boot Camp

NCDI student Jane (photo by Ken Wolf)

Broadway bound? You need training in singing, acting, and dancing! This action-packed camp has it all, covering the "Triple Threat" techniques needed for success in Musical Theatre. Students learn choreography from Broadway musicals, including "Hamilton", "Fosse", and "Hairspray".

The Broadway Bound Boot Camp includes learning monologues, an audition song, and upbeat choreography. It features informational seminars on signing with a talent agent, headshots, resumes, and strategies for audition confidence. Learn what it takes to make it in show business! This is one of our most popular camps at NCDI. Sign up today!

Broadway Bound Boot Camp
Time: July 24-28 (Mon-Fri) 1:00pm-4:00pm
   Informal in-studio showing on Friday, July 28, 3:00pm
Ages: 9-15 yrs
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructors: NCDI faculty and professional vocal coach
Cost: $220

'Encanto' Summer Dance Camp
Find your magic!

NCDI offers an imaginative and creative arts camp that explores the adventures of the Madrigals through song and dance! Spend a week with Mirabel, Disney's famous daughter, as she discovers fantastical things about her charmed family! Each fun-filled day will feature dancing to the songs from Encanto and arts and crafts exploring Colombian culture. NCDI students (photo by Ken Wolf)

The children create story books, art work, and finish the week with a special mini-performance for our parents and grandparents at 11:00am.

The day wraps up with lunch bunch (please provide a packed lunch for your dancer). Pink leotards, skirts, and tights for girls or black shorts and black t-shirt for boys, with ballet slippers are required. This is an inspiring summer camp experience for the budding young artist who loves to dance! Don’t wait - Our children's camps sell out!

Encanto Dance Camp
Time: July 24-28 (Mon-Fri) 9:00am-11:30am
   (Early drop-off at 8:30am is available)
Ages: 5-9 yrs (*Must be 3 by May 1)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: NCDI faculty
Cost: $180