Performance of ‘Glazunov Variations.’
Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University has added a Summer Dance Institute to its repertoire.

Rider’s relationship with Princeton Ballet School will open the doors for students to experience and explore the rich diversity of the dance world.

This newly offered 2-week program is developed for young dancers, ages 14-18, with varying skill levels and disciplines. Each day focuses on solid dance training to include bodywork, ballet, contemporary, and a completely different form of dance, all with ballet as the base.

“Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, has been a leader in dance education for more than 60 years,” Vanessa Logan, executive director, said. “Our reputation, which is built upon our unique, philosophy that dance is for everyone with each individual nurtured in a safe and progressive way, is what attracts students of all levels to our programs. Based upon our successful international Summer Intensive program under the leadership of Artistic Director Douglas Martin, and our existing relations with Rider University, the newly established Summer Dance Institute couples Rider’s distinguished dance program with Princeton Ballet School methods in an effort to expose even more young people to the wonderful world of ballet.”

The partnership between ARB’s Princeton Ballet School and Rider University began over 20 years ago. This unique relationship has provided Rider University’s collegiate dance majors and minors with enriching educational and artistic opportunities that may inspire these young students to pursue dance further.

“The collaboration between two world class institutions—Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University and Princeton Ballet School—will allow us to train a future generation of artists and allow those interested in dance to delve into a wide variety of dance genres in a fun, supportive, and healthy environment,” said Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster College of the Arts.

The Summer Dance Institute will run from July 10 to July 23, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- to 3 p.m. at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Tuition is $1,995 and includes room and board.

To register or learn more about the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University Summer Dance Institute, visit For additional information call 609-924-7416 or email

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