July 5-23, 2021

a summer dance intensive for ages 8-19

Join us for the 24th 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.


SunDance offers an intensive dance experience geared towards the cultivation of technique, artistry, creativity, and performance skills. All participants train in RAD Ballet, Limón Modern, Repertoire, and dance-specific Conditioning. Intermediate and Elementary Programs additionally include Character and Jazz, while Advanced participants engage in Contemporary Composition and Pointe (optional). All dancers participate in interactive workshops led by a series of guest experts from Healthy Dancer Canada, covering topics including injury prevention, nutrition, mental health management, and more. Weekly "Surprise Wednesdays" include special guest workshops in a variety of dance styles. Culminating the three weeks, each group will perform on the last day of the intensive in a Showcase for friends and family.

Program A - Advanced

Ballet, Modern, and Dance-specific Conditioning (e.g. Progressing Ballet Technique, C-I Training™)

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 25-31, 2021.

Program B - Intermediate

Ballet, Modern, and Dance-specific Conditioning (e.g. Progressing Ballet Technique, C-I Training™)

Modern Repertoire, Spanish Character & Jazz

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

Program C - Elementary

Ballet, Modern, and Dance-specific Conditioning (e.g. Progressing Ballet Technique, C-I Training™)

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.

Program C Intro: One-Week Introductory Program (July 5-9, 2021)

A one-week course combined with Program C, designed to introduce young dancers (ages 8-10) to intensive training. Program C Intro culminates with an open house on Friday July 9th, 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 2021 is by video audition only. Auditioning dancers, ages 8-19, may also apply for acceptance to Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre's Company and Apprentice Programs.

Prerequisites: Due to the intensive nature of these programs, applicants are expected to have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance techniques. See below for guidelines, and please read the program descriptions above for detailed prerequisites expected for each SunDance level.

Ages 8-10: Minimum of 1 year of experience

Ages 11-13: Minimum of 2 years of experience

Ages 14-19: Minimum of 3 years of experience



Ages 8-19

Auditions are by video submission only. Applicants will receive the instructions for the video audition, which will consist of ballet, modern and improvisation (no solos required), following the receipt of registration and fee payment.


Registration Deadline:

February 28, 2021 at 11:59PM ET

Video Submission Deadline:

March 14, 2021 at 11:59PM ET

Audition Fee: $30

Please download and read all documents below to begin your Registration process. We look forward to seeing you dance!


Successful applicants will receive notice of their acceptance to SunDance 2021, including Program placement, approximately 2-3 weeks after 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.

Audition Fee: $30.00 (due upon registration)

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2021 at 11:59PM ET

Video Submission Deadline: March 14, 2021 at 11:59PM ET

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

Tuition for One-Week Introductory Program: $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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