Dance Institute

The studio is your lab and the world is your stage. Practice rigor, discipline, and focus through movement.

The Dance Institute gives high school students a real glimpse into the Wake Forest Dance Program. The week long program will give participants access to dance classes with Wake Forest faculty, where high school students will experience a sampling of some of the classes offered within the dance program at Wake Forest. This program is designed for dancers that have had significant training and are upper- intermediate/advanced level dancers in ballet, modern or jazz dance. A limited number of spaces are available.

At a Glance

Dates: Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,350

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Dance Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility
  • Connections between Dance and the Liberal Arts
  • Compositional tools for Choreography
  • Meetings with admissions counselors who can answer your questions about the Presidential Scholarship in Dance
  • Meetings with current students in the Wake Forest Dance program

Hands-On Experience:

  • Ask Dr. David Popoli, Physical Therapy, Medicine and Rehabilitation, about injuries and injury prevention
  • Participate in real and honest discussions with Wake Forest dance company members about balancing their time in college as an active dancer
  • Dive into a variety of classes taught by Wake Forest dance faculty
  • Learn how neuroscience and dance are exciting research topics at Wake Forest University

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Dance Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,350

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrival and breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am- Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30 – 11:00 am – Ballet
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Jazz
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30- 2:30 pm – Discussion with current WFU dance company members and WFU costume design faculty
  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Modern dance technique
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Discussion with admissions: Preparing your portfolio for scholarship opportunities
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for the next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00  – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is based upon the 2018 curriculum and is subject to change.

Christina SorianoChristina Soriano

Academic Leader, Dance Institute

Christina Tsoules Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University and the newly appointed director of the dance program. At Wake, she regularly teaches Improvisation, Dance Composition, Modern Dance technique and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular. Christina received her MFA in dance from Smith College and has danced for many inspiring choreographers, including Alexandra Beller and Heidi Henderson. In addition to the new works she creates for the Wake Forest Dance Company each year, Christina’s choreography has been presented throughout New England, North Carolina, New York and in Vienna, Austria. Choreographic or teaching residencies include the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amherst College, Trinity College (CT), Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College and Providence College. Christina has premiered a new work at the Music Carolina Festival in Winston-Salem since 2013; this past summer her work “The Patsy Project” featured a cast of 25 dancers, ages 4-75, with live music by Martha Bassett and her band singing music by Patsy Cline. Since 2012, Christina has regularly taught a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in three scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help the mobility and balance of people living with neurodegenerative disease. She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, and most recently the NIH to conduct a randomized clinical trial, testing her improvisational dance method in a community of adults living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their carepartners. Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Theatre Journal, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics and Frontiers in Neurology.