Summer Dance Intensive

In light of recent events regarding the current public health climate, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is committed to working with students to make participation in our summer program a reality. Deeply Rooted is a community of artists committed to individual and collective actualization and dedicated to nurturing artists. It is with this dedication that DRDT aims to provide a nurturing and creative space of healing this summer. We believe art is fundamental in forming community and supporting human relationships. As our students are an integral part of our community, we look forward to supporting you however necessary throughout this uncertain time.

We are optimistic that our summer dance intensive program will move forward as planned, however should the need arise, alternative program scheduling may be provided based on the rapidly evolving nature of this situation. We will keep you updated consistently via emails, our website, and social media as we continue to monitor the situation closely.

About Summer Dance Intensive

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) offers technical training and artistic development within the discipline of dance. Participants are exposed to a rigorous curriculum fostering learning and personal growth, along with opportunities to experience the company’s repertoire through workshops and performances. The curriculum includes classes based in Horton, Graham, Ballet, African-Pyragramic, Body Conditioning, Contemporary Movement. The curriculum also features The Continuum, a three-step process of self-awareness and growth.

The SDI program runs from Monday, July 6–Friday, July 31, 2020. The program attracts local, national and international participants. The average age range of participating dancers is 16. At the conclusion of each SDI, qualified participants interested in continuing with Deeply Rooted meet with the artistic team to discuss their progress, capabilities, goals and potential placement in the Apprentice or Pre-Professional Programs. Deeply Rooted accepts SDI students by audition. Although live auditions are encouraged, candidates unable to attend a live audition may apply online.


The Emerging Choreographers Showcase (ECS) is an advanced division of the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) program. ECS provides an environment for emerging choreographers and dancers to cultivate creativity, deepen technical skill, and gain performance readiness. Also serving as a platform for established choreographers, ECS provides an opportunity for further exploration of one’s choreographic approach. Students selected for SDI scholarship or by video audition are permitted to participate in the ECS. ECS participants complete a six-week program, including classes, repertory, and the culminating SDI performances.


The Pre-Professional/Professional program provides training in ballet, modern, African-based techniques, and repertory workshops led by Deeply Rooted’s Artistic Team, company members, and guest artists. The program fosters artistic growth through a curriculum that develops technical skill and performance readiness. This program is designed for dancers ages 16 and older.

The Pre-Professional/Professional program runs from Monday, July 20, 2020–Friday, July 31, 2020. The hours will be weekdays from 10:00 AM–1:20 PM CST, including a ten minute, break each day.



The Youth program provides training in ballet, modern, African-based techniques, and repertory workshops led by Deeply Rooted’s Artistic Team and company members. The program fosters artistic growth through a curriculum that develops technical skill and performance readiness. This program is designed for dancers ages 12 and older.

The Youth program runs from Monday, July 6, 2020–Friday, July 17, 2020. The hours will be weekdays from 10:00 AM–1:20 PM CST, including a ten-minute break each day.



The Mature H.O.T Women program is designed for women who are Health-Conscious, Optimistic, and Triumphant. The program provides one technique class to strengthen the body, challenge the mind, and nourish the spirit through a synergy of modern, ballet, and/or African dance techniques taught by a member of Deeply Rooted’s Artistic Team. This program is designed for dancers ages 25 and up. 

The Mature H.O.T. Women program runs from Wednesday, July 8, 2020-Saturday, August 1, 2020. The hours will be Wednesday from 7:00 PM–8:20 PM CST and Saturday from 10:00 AM–11:20 AM CST.





The 2020 Summer Dance Intensive Audition Tour is complete


$250 for two-week virtual program

Register Here for Pre-Professional


$250 for two-week virtual program

Register Here for Youth

Mature H.O.T. Women

$200 for four-week virtual program

$25 a class

Register Here for Mature H.O.T. Women

Full Summer Dance Intensive

Single Sessions

Please contact Dance Education Manager, Samantha Brown (samantha@deeplyrootedproductions.org), to discuss any monies already paid towards the four-week program for transferring any current registrations or credits. 

As a result of these adjustments made to our typical four-week process, we are unable to honor scholarships offered for this year’s intensive. If you were offered a scholarship this year and would like to speak further about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.   



What levels are admitted into the Summer Dance Intensive?

Deeply Rooted welcomes and encourages dancers of all levels (beginners to professionals) to audition. On the first day of the intensive, dancers will participate in a placement audition and will be placed into their appropriate level for the remainder of their training.

What does a typical day look like?

Students attend two 90 minute technique classes each day followed by rehearsals.

What classes are offered?

All students train in Ballet, Horton- and Graham-based Modern, Contemporary Movement, Traditional African Dance, and repertory rehearsal and coaching sessions.

Deeply Rooted believes that the growth of the artistic self is equally as important as the growth of the technical self. Our program offers the chance for dancers to push themselves and actualize their artistry in conjunction with their technical growth.

Are there performance opportunities?

In an effort to provide a performance that is both reflective of the students technical achievements as well as entertaining, students are guaranteed to perform in AT LEAST one of the following:

  1. Technique Demonstration
  2. Assigned level repertory

All other casting is based on merit at the discretion of the Summer Intensive Director, choreographer and/or Deeply Rooted Artistic Team.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Deeply Rooted offers a limited number of merit-based and work study scholarships.

What are additional ways I can support my tuition?

Funding from Schools and Civic/Community/Charitable Organizations: Many universities and high schools offer funding and grants for independent study and educational enhancement. Deeply Rooted is not an accredited institution. However, if you provide the proper paperwork, we can validate your training. We will verify the coursework you receive while here in technique, choreography, and artistic growth. Organizations such as sororities, fraternities, the Links, etc. have funded students in the past.

Get a Job: Get a weekend job and dedicate that income to your tuition. It is also possible to work in Chicago during the day, as the intensive hours are in the evening.

Plan a fundraiser: Students have held performance fundraisers and snack sales during school breaks. Create a crowd-funding page for online donations.

Be creative: Remember – where there is a will, there is a way!

Does Deeply Rooted provide Summer Dance Intensive students with summer housing?

Deeply Rooted does not provide housing for the Summer Intensive. However, our studios are located in downtown Chicago at 17 N. State Street, making us easily accessible by public transportation.

Students receive a list of housing resources in the registration packet upon acceptance. Many of our students choose to stay at the University Center (chicagosummerhousing.com) and Hosteling International Chicago (hichicago.org), as they are within walking distance of the studio.

Do you provide chaperones for minors?

No. Deeply Rooted is not responsible for minors before and after their daily classes and rehearsals.

What is the refund policy?

Deeply Rooted has a no refund policy.

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