frequently asked questions

How can I pay for this program?
We accept payment by check or Zelle.  Upon registering, you will receive an email with detailed payment instructions.

Is there a payment plan?
We can set up a plan for you to pay your tuition in two installments.  If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact

Is there financial aid available?
Yes. We award a limited number of work-study scholarships each year.

Application forms for scholarships are included in the confirmation email that you will receive after registering. Awards generally range from $100-500, with a workload that corresponds to the amount of the award. Work-study assignments will not conflict with your attendance in the workshop, and are generally scheduled during lunch breaks or at the end of the day. Applications for work-study scholarships must be submitted electronically by April 3rd.

What is the refund policy?

All refund requests must be submitted in writing and will be honored according to the schedule below. Your $50 registration fee in non-refundable.

On or before April 1: The full tuition ($1,350) will be refunded.
April 2 – 15: One-half of the tuition ($675) will be refunded  
After April 15: No tuition will be refunded.

Requests for refunds due to a documented medical condition will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

When do I know what elective I'll be in?
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to an online form for elective requests.  You'll rank the electives in order of your preference, and we'll get back to you with your class assignment.  Priority in assigning students to electives is based on registration date, so for the best shot at getting the class you want, register early!  

I want to take more than one elective. Can I alternate between multiple classes?
Because of the relatively short span of the workshop, we cannot allow students to alternate between multiple electives. We've learned that a deeper involvement in one area provides a more fruitful course of study, allowing for a more significant comprehension of the subject matter.

Is there a dress code for the workshop?
There is no dress code for our workshop, however we ask that you wear clothes and/or dancewear that are comfortable and don't obstruct your dancing. Good options are sweatpants, tank tops, or long sleeves. Feel free to bring ballet shoes for ballet class. We strongly recommend that you bring knee pads as well.

Do I have to audition?
No auditions are necessary for admittance into the workshop.  There will be a placement class on the first day to divide students into technique classes. We ask that you not send videos or photos unless you are applying for financial aid or the Devices elective, in which case you must also submit additional materials. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you register, the better your chances are of being accepted into the workshop.

How large are the classes?
Class sizes depend on the total enrollment. In past years, technique classes generally range from 15-20 people per class, and afternoon electives vary depending on the class. Generally, there are no more than 20 people in any given class.

Is there a performance at the end of the workshop?
There is an informal showing by each elective class at the end of the workshop. There are no costumes or lights, and showings are usually either in a studio or black-box theater.

Can I pick my own roommates?
Yes. In the housing section of the registration form, we ask for some information about your lifestyle so that we can match you up with other workshop participants as best as we can. There is also a space on the form where you can give the name of a specific workshop participant if you know a particular person who you want to live with.  It is best to communicate with each other so that you both request each other. Roommates will be assigned after registration closes in May.

What do people do in their free time? Is there any free time?
During the week, we have events scheduled almost every night. They are all optional, but a majority of students choose to attend most events. Events include company showings, which are a wonderful way of dissecting the work; special Q & A nights with Doug Varone and with the company dancers, when you can ask questions about their lives in the company, as professional dancers in New York, and where they came from; and game night; improvisation jams.

Although the weekly workshop schedule is very full, your weekends will be free. We will distribute information packets to workshop participants with details on things to do in town and neighboring cities.

Can I get college credit for taking the workshop?
We do not offer college credit; however, we have been able to work one-on-one with students who have coordinated attaining a college credit with their individual universities. We will gladly provide documentation detailing your involvement in the workshop, so that you can negotiate with your college to get credit.

I'm coming from out-of-town. When should I plan to arrive and depart so that I don't miss anything?

  • Please plan to arrive on June 12 in time for Check-in which is from 12:00 – 3:00pm. Our welcome/orientation activities begin at 4pm.  
  • Please plan to depart on July 2. Check-out is from 11an – 2:00pm. (There are no workshop activities scheduled.)

I am from out of town. What do travel logistics look like?

  • Fly into JFK, LaGuardia or Newark. You will then have to get to Grand Central Station to take a Metro North train to White Plains
  • Fly direct into White Plains via the Westchester Airport


  • The DOVA Shuttle will have some ability to pick-up participants from either the White Plains train station or the Westchester Airport upon arrival and for departure.
  • The DOVA Shuttle can also pick up participants from the bus and train stations at the beginning and end of the Workshop.
  • More transportation information will be distributed after registration closes.

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