Irene Diamond Summer Institute
In the spring, Advanced Program dancers from the S.W.A.T. and Celebration Teams are invited to audition for a chance to improve their mastery of technique and choreography at the Irene Diamond Summer Institute. Structured in the tradition of a dance academy, the month-long program combines a full schedule of classes in ballet, tap, jazz, ethnic dance, music (instrumental and vocal), and choreography. The 100 dancers who receive a scholarship to the Irene Diamond Summer Institute maintain an intensive training schedule, dancing five days per week, six hours per day. This rigorous structure improves the dancers' ability to learn a wide variety of choreography in a short amount of time, while they develop the discipline and excellence of presentation necessary for the performing arts.