July 6-24, 2020

a summer dance intensive for ages 8-19

Join us for the 23rd edition of SunDance in association with the Royal Academy of Dance – the only summer intensive in the world to combine RAD Ballet and Limón Modern. With world-class instruction from leading dance artists from across the globe, this full-day, three week intensive provides young dancers ages 8-19 with the means to realize their artistic potential in a professional, interdisciplinary atmosphere.

Acceptance to SunDance 2020 is by audition only, in person or by video. Keep reading below to learn more about the programs and how to audition.


All dancers train in RAD Ballet and Limón modern, in addition to enjoying our "Surprise Wednesdays" which include special masterclasses in styles such as Hip Hop, Bollywood, Afro-Caribbean, and Musical Theatre. Culminating the three weeks, each group will perform on the last day of the intensive in an in-studio Showcase for friends and family.

Program A - Advanced

Ballet, Modern & Progressing Ballet Techniques

Modern Repertoire & Composition OR Classical Repertoire & Pointe

Prerequisites: Minimum 3 years modern and/or RAD Gr. 8 / Intermediate or equivalent.*
Advanced dancers may also consider applying for Ignite!, an auditioned, one week, pre-professional summer dance program for artists between the ages of 15 and 22 with a focus on the creative process. Ignite! will directly follow SunDance from July 26-31, 2020.

Program B - Intermediate

Ballet, Modern & Progressing Ballet Techniques

Modern Repertoire, Spanish Character & Jazz

Prerequisites: Minimum 2 years modern and/or RAD Gr. 7 / Intermediate Foundation or equivalent.*

Program C - Elementary

Ballet, Modern & Progressing Ballet Techniques

Modern Repertoire, Character & Jazz

Prerequisites: Minimum 1 year modern and/or RAD Gr. 2 or equivalent.* 8-year-olds with no previous dance training should consider CCDT's Summer Arts program.

Introductory Program (C Intro) July 6-10, 2020

A one-week course combined with Program C, designed to introduce young dancers (ages 8-11) to intensive training. Program C Intro culminates with an open house on Friday July 10th, inviting family and friends to observe Intro dancers' final day of classes.

*Program placement is determined by audition. A dancer's Program placement may change within the first two days of the intensive, at the discretion of the instructors.



Acceptance to SunDance 2020 is by audition only. Auditioning dancers may also apply for acceptance to Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre's Company and Apprentice Programs. Live auditions take place at CCDT's studios in downtown Toronto. 


DANCERS AGES 8-13 | Sunday February 23, 2020
Ages 8-10 from 10:00 - 11:30am
Ages 11-13 from 12:00 - 2:00pm

Prerequisite: a minimum of 1 year of ballet and/or modern dance training

DANCERS AGES 14-19 | Sunday March 1, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm

Prerequisite: a minimum of 3 years of ballet and/or modern dance training

Applicants who are unable to attend a live audition may submit a video audition between February 23 and June 1, 2020.

Videos do not have to be professional quality.  See below for details for all audition procedures. 


Registration for the 2020 SunDance and CCDT auditions is now open!


Please download the following documents:


Audition Instructions

Registration Form

Candidate Form


Please read through the Audition Instructions fully. To register for an audition, complete the Registration Form and email it to schoolofccdt@ccdt.org. The Candidate Form should be completed and brought to the audition along with a headshot (does not need to be taken professionally).

You can also get in touch with any questions by calling 416-924-5657, or emailing schoolofccdt@ccdt.org


Successful applicants will receive notice of their acceptance to SunDance 2020, including Program placement, approximately 2-3 weeks after a live audition or receipt and review of a video audition. Dancers will then receive a full registration package. The School of CCDT must receive a completed registration form accompanied by full tuition payment to complete enrolment and secure your spot in the Program.

Full 3-Week Program A/B/C Tuition: $1500.00

One-Week Introductory Program Tuition: $620.00


Two $1000 scholarships are awarded to exceptional SunDance participants to aid with the cost of training following summer. Funded by RAD Canada and the School of CCDT.

QUESTIONS? Contact us!

416-924-5657 | schoolofccdt@ccdt.org

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Serving the areas of Toronto, East Toronto, Cabbagetown, Corktown, Danforth East,  Riverdale, Leslieville, ​Beaches, East York, Scarborough, Leaside, North York, West Toronto

Offering some of the top dance classes for Kids in Preschool, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.