Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project


The Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project ( cultivates creativity, leadership, and wellness in and through contemporary dance.

This summer we are offering 4 weeklong workshops. These workshops combine an intensive “company-style” morning class where college dancers and young professionals take dance conditioning, technique, and a new-dance repertory class. In the afternoons, the college dancers work with local middle school girls, refining the college dancers teaching and mentoring schools. In the evenings, college dancers do intensive mentoring with our faculty–discussing how to craft a multidimensional life in dance, after college.

We frequently hear from faculty that doing this program strengthens a dancer’s connection to the field and serves as excellent preparation for students embarking on a senior project or transitioning to the “real world.” Our sites this summer are:

Boone, NC | June 22-27 at Appalachian State University
Huntsville, TX | July 6-11 at Sam Houston State University
Charleston, SC | July 20-25 at College of Charleston
St. Louis, MO | August 3-8 at Lindenwood University with Leverage Dance Theater

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There are still partial scholarship funds available and students can apply online at

Questions? Email Executive Director Ashley Thorndike-Youssef,

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