Application opens November 15, 2019 • Fee (USD): $40.00

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Admission and Scholarships


CHQ welcomes applications from talented students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious background. Admission is by audition only and students must enroll in the entire duration of the program. Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made before March 1, and no decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee is paid. Two to three weeks after the audition, admission results will be sent to the email address on the student's application.


Students may apply for scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of student’s talent, years of study and financial need. In 2016, the Chautauqua Institution awarded direct scholarship aid to 60%
of the students in the School of Dance. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the online financial
aid form.


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“Chautauqua is an intimate program where you develop close relationships with incredible, world class teachers and the talented dancers you're surrounded by. You have the opportunity to explore different styles of dance and perform diverse repertoire for a wonderful, engaged audience. It's a unique experience that you can't find at any other summer intensive.”


– Alexandra Heier, Pennsylvania Ballet :: Apprentice Dancer 2013 & 2012


“Studying ballet at Chautauqua was one of the most rewarding experiences. There is something invaluable about working with the finest teachers from around the world. The opportunities provided for me at Chautauqua have prepared me to continue to grow as a dancer.”


– Gabriela Schiefer, Boston Ballet II :: 2014 Apprentice Dancer