"I was impressed by both the quality and quantity of work produced...All four of my students, including my daughter, were inspired and motivated and came back to my program better dancers. The small numbers and personal attention, along with the friendliness of all faculty and students made their experience outstanding!"Deborah Flemming, Teacher/Director, Taipei American Dance School

July 12—August 8, 2019

Attend one or both sessions

Ballet Intensive: July 12-25, 2020
Modern/Contemporary: July 26-August 8, 2020

Day and residential options, ages 12-18

Meet the Director

Tim Early

Director of Dance Tim Early will be returning to Summer at Sem Creative Arts for his 21st season in 2020. Early, who currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia-based modern company Opus I Contemporary, is a principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet in West Chester, PA. 

Early has worked with numerous choreographers over his tenure, including Nancy Page, Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, and Christopher Flemming.

He has taught ballet, jazz, and modern dance for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Brandywine Ballet, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, West Chester University, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of schools and dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tim is currently on faculty at Temple University.

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Program Details

At a Glance

The dance camp program is comprised of a ballet-intensive session focusing on all levels of ballet with pointe classes available for advanced students and a second session devoted to modern and contemporary dance. Both programs run for two weeks and dancers are able to take one or both programs. 

The rigorous program is led by a faculty of professional dancers and choreographers who come from diverse backgrounds and have immeasurable professional experience. The summer camp curriculum allows dancers to refine their technique and increase stamina.

Master classes offered by guest artists emphasize artistic experience. Both sessions offer a closing performance with dancers, guest artists, and faculty.

Daily Schedule

Ballet Session: July 12 - July 25, 2020

  • 9:00 am-10:30 am Ballet class (level appropriate classes)
  • 10:45 am-11:45 am Pointe/variations/partnering (level appropriate)
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Choreography period 1
  • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Choreography period 2

The two-week ballet intensive will focus on all levels of ballet/pointe and partnering. We will welcome guest faculty from the Brandywine Ballet Theater from West Chester, PA.

Modern/Contemporary Session: July 26 - August 8, 2020

  • 9:00 am-10:30 am Class (consisting of two levels)
  • 10:45 am-11:45 am Improvisation/choreography
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Choreography period 1
  • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Choreography period 2

The Modern/Contemporary session will cover a wide range of dance styles including improvisation and dancers choreographic compositions.

Dance Camp Tuition

Two-week Session:
Day students: $975.00
Residential students: $2,600.00

Four-week Session:
Day students: $1,900.00
Residential students: $5,000.00


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Audition Information

Dance Auditions


  • Please submit either a video or photograph of yourself demonstrating first arabesque and/or tendu a la second.
  • In addition to an audition, dance applicants must also submit a completed online application.


  • Use the best available visual and audio devices possible. Film as if at a live audition.
  • At the beginning of your audition:
    • State your name, age, and place of residence (US state or country if international)
    • State the name/composer of the piece you will be performing
  • At the conclusion of your audition:
    • State "I have reached the end of my audition" and repeat your full name.
  • Naming your Audition Video or Photos: 
    • [Program] Audition: Full Name, Date
    • Dance Audition: Taylor Smith, 01/02/2019

Submitting your Audition:

  • Videos can be submitted as a direct URL or an unlisted Youtube video to:
  • Information on creating an unlisted YouTube video, as well as audition information for all of our programs, can be found here.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Gayle Sekel
Director of Summer
Nick Fritz
Associate Director
of Summer Programs
Katie Michaels
Admission Associate 
for Creative Arts

Mailing Address:
Wyoming Seminary—Summer at Sem
201 North Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704-3593 U.S.A.

Fax: 570-270-2198