Artists from around the world come to Chautauqua each summer for a unique learning experience. Part of that experience is becoming part of the CHQ community. School Performing and Visual Arts students and emerging professionals live in our dorms side-by-side with others studying music, art, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School handbook is required reading prior to arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program.

Chautauqua Connections

One way to become involved in the dance program at CHQ is by becoming a member of “Chautauqua Connections” which sponsors Festival and Apprentice dancers. Dancers (usually in pairs) are connected with sponsors who provide non-financial support along with a home cooked meal, a batch of cookies, a listening ear and having a “special fan” at performances. Information will be sent to enrolled students in the Spring. Contact Susan Helm at or 502.897.3870 for more information.

Chautauqua Dance Circle

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The Chautauqua Dance Circle is a supportive, enthusiastic link between the Dance Program and the CHQ community. It is dedicated to assuring that Chautauqua Dance remains competitive with other summer dance programs, and continues its tradition of excellence. Each year a major portion of Chautauqua Dance Circle’s annual dues will go toward a student scholarship presented to the Chautauqua Institution earmarked Chautauqua Dance Circle-Dance Scholarship. For more information contact Karen Dakin (, president.

Chautauqua Dance Circle Brochure


Choreographic Workshop/MFSO Collaboration

Forest Bethany Latham and Alex CarrazzoneA unique collaborative program pairing the advanced students of Chautauqua Dance with students of the Chautauqua School of Music (voice & instrumental.)  It allows young musicians an opportunity to perform solo & chamber repertoire, and work in a creative relationship with other artists in a dance performance.  This performance takes place at 4pm on Friday of week seven.  Aside from standard repertoire, there is also a possibility for musicians to perform their own original compositions.

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Many of Chautauqua's dance alumns have gone on to build illustrious careers in some of the worlds leading ballet companies. Below is a partial list of alumni carrers. Please contact Coordinator of Student Services, Sarah Malinoski-Umberger.

Patricia McBride is one of five to receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2014, joining Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Sting. Continuing a career that spans more than six decades, McBride now serves as associate artistic director of the Charlotte Ballet and as master teacher at Chautauqua Institution's School of Dance.

The School of Dance provides students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,400-seat Amphitheater.

2018 Dance (Company and Student) Performances

 **All performances are in our brand new, state of the art, 4,400 seat Amphitheater unless otherwise noted.

Week 4:
Tuesday, July 17 | Pilobolus
Thursday, July 19 | Pilobolus

Pilobolus’ residency will also include activities such as a lecture demonstration, a performance on Bestor Plaza on July 18, pre-concert talk, open rehearsal, master classes for the School of Dance, and a mini performance for children.

Week 1-3: Charlotte Ballet in Residence
Charlotte Ballet’s residency will also include activities such as “Meet Hope Muir”, master classes for the School of Dance, open rehearsals and lectures.

Wednesday, June 27 at 8:15 p.m. | Dance Salon, Charlotte Ballet  

Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. | Workshop 1 Studio Performance (in Carnahan-Jackson Studios)  

Thursday, July 5 at 8:15 p.m. | Charlotte Ballet in Residence with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
*Includes Apprentices  

Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. | Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, director
*Includes Workshop 2, Apprentice and Festival (no ticket needed)  

Wednesday, July 11 at 8:15 p.m. | Dance Innovations, Charlotte Ballet   

Sunday, August 5 at 2:30 p.m. | Inter Arts Collaboration  

Monday, July 23 at 8:15 p.m. | Chautauqua Festival Dancers with the Music School Festival Orchestra  
*Includes Apprentice and Festival (comps will be provided for dancers)  

Wednesday, Aug 1 at 8:15 p.m. | An Evening of Pas de Deux featuring Alumni Artists

Saturday, August 11 at 8:15 p.m. | Guest Company TBD with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m. | Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, director
*Includes Workshop 2, Apprentice and Festival (no ticket needed)