Three dance styles will be offered during the three-week program: Jazz, Ballet and Tap. If you like, you'll have the chance to take all three.

Recommended for Musical Theater Performance students.


See descriptions below for what to wear and any shoe requirements.


Students taking the ballet workshop ballet shoes and ballet attire (leotards, tights, leggings, bike shorts, t-shirt or any tight fitting clothing).

Taught by Amy W. O'Brien, Assistant Professor of Dance at Ithaca College.

Professor O'Brien writes:

"I am a teacher and an artist who is inspired by the pure quality of movement and clean lines of the ballet technique. The implementation of ballet vocabulary and responsible professionalism when taking a class is a part of my ballet curriculum for all levels. My hope for students is that they gain a better sense of who they are by their exploration in strength building, stretching, and understanding their body alignment. I feel energized by those who decide to dedicate their whole mind and spirit to an art form that has no boundaries. Creating an open space for students to take risks and travel on their own path is deeply rewarding."


Students taking the jazz dance workshop should bring a jazz shoe or sneaker or a character shoe.

As a performer Courtney appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein, The Producers, The Full Monty and Little Me. She traveled the country in Cats, Fosse and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. She's also danced at Radio City Music Hall as a Radio City Rockette. 

Taught by Courtney Young, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College.


Student should have tap shoes, and ideally shoes with screw-on taps. Clothing should allow comfortable movement: tank tops, t-shirts on top, and dance or yoga pants, or shorts that are not baggy on the bottom. Re-usable water bottles would be good, too!

Beginners are welcome, but this is a "mixed level" class.  Prof Livesay will start with basic technique and Broadway style, and move into rhythm technique with some improvisation. Students will explore the difference between tap as an audio/visual form, and tap dancer as percussionist.

Taught by Liz Livesay, Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts.