June 28–August 16, 2020

Under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Chautauqua Dance is well known for the unique opportunity it affords talented students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment. The dance curriculum at Chautauqua is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers. Intensive training in classical ballet continues in rehearsals leading to performances. The faculty at Chautauqua will often help place students into major companies through their many contacts.

Classes and rehearsals take place in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, which includes four large teaching and rehearsal studios, locker rooms, costume shop, administrative offices, and a beautiful lake view. Students are housed in a well-supervised dormitory adjacent to the studios, which also houses musicians, artists, and writers.

Dancers can take advantage of Chautauqua’s many recreational offerings during their free time including symphony concerts, professional dance company performances, Friday Night specials and any number of recitals and lectures at no extra cost. The Chautauqua community provides a nurturing and arts-centric environment for young artists to learn and grow.

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Online School of Dance

FIX 0987 9828 danceprogramsThe Chautauqua School of Dance will be presenting a 4-week intensive online program for the summer of 2020. The program is structured to continue the School of Dance’s tradition of fostering the development of artistry and technique at the highest levels. Class sizes will remain small to maintain personalized and individual attention.

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Apply Today :: Dance Programs

pete and ryan 3Chautauqua's live auditions are held nationally in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class. Video auditions are also accepted. Advance registration is recommended.

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The Programs

dancers at music schoolWorld-class dance training for aspiring professionals in a nurturing studio environment.

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Cost & General Information

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The Chautauqua Dance program includes performances by guest companies in residence as well as School of Dance student performances.

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Artistic Director/Faculty


Under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, students work regularly with world-renowned resident and guest faculty in classes and rehearsals leading to performances.

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Video Archive

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An in-depth look at School of Dance through the years.

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Dance Alumni Highlights

080217 pasdeDeux OS 03Many of Chautauqua's former dance students have gone on to build illustrious careers in leading ballet companies.

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Support the Dance Programs

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