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 4,000-seat Amphitheater.

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Housing & Meals


dancers on rockChautauqua provides residence hall lodging for approximately 280 full-time students enrolled in the art, music, dance and theater schools. The dance dorm is adjacent to the studios and connected to the cafeteria. Dorm rooms are mainly all doubles, but we do have a few triples and quad rooms. Each room comes with a bed, desk and closet for each student and the bathroom is shared with one other room. Two full time dorm counselors are hired specifically for the dance wing as well as two student counselors so there is adequate supervision. Students are housed together based on their age.

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Meal Plan

Dance JeffCravotta FIX2 0987 9691All sstudents who live in the residence halls will automatically be enrolled in our full meal plan. This plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. There is no option to opt-out of the meal plan.

The food service in the residence hall operates very much like a food court. Because we are using the food court set-up, there will be vegetarian offerings at every meal for any student. “Vegetarian” meals are not vegan meals. Please be aware that we cannot accommodate unique or individual dietary requests.

There are no cooking or food storage facilities in the dormitory. If you have questions on our food service or its offerings, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help you. You may bring a mini-fridge to keep in your room.

(Photo by Jeff Cravotta)


“Chautauqua is unlike any other program, nowhere else can you receive so much personal attention to refine and establish the foundations of ballet technique as well as the skills to be a truly well rounded artist. There are numerous performing opportunities in front of an audience who are truly passionate about dance, and to have the opportunity to perform such a wide variety of repertoire is unparalleled. I would not be the person I am today without my experiences at Chautauqua.”


– Aaron Anker, Pennsylvania Ballet :: Apprentice Dancer 2013 & 2012


“The chance to work with master teachers and mentors such as Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux allowed both my artistry and my technique to develop greatly. The numerous performance opportunities were invaluable, and my work with the company gave me an important taste of professional life.”


– Sarah Pierce, Nashville Ballet :: 2015 Apprentice Dancer