frequently asked questions

How can I pay for this program?
You can pay either by check or Zelle.  To pay by check, please contact our Workshop coordinators at  To pay by Zelle, there's no need to contact the office; you'll be notified how to pay during the online registration process.

Is there a payment plan?
Upon registration, you will have the option to pay in full or to pay an initial $1,350 installment. If you pay an installment upon registration, your remaining balance will need to be completed by May 15.

Is there financial aid available?
Yes. We award a limited number of work-study scholarships each year, based on an application process. Application forms are included in the confirmation email that you will receive after registering.

Applications must be submitted electronically by April 16th.

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.

What is the refund policy?

All refund requests must be submitted in writing. $50 of your tuition is a nonrefundable registration fee.

If you decide to drop out of the workshop before April 1, you will be refunded in full (less the $50 non refundable registration fee).

If you decide to drop out of the workshop between April 1 and April 15, DOVA will retain half of total fees owed + the $50 registration fee, and you will be refunded the balance.  

If you decide to drop out of the workshop after April 15, we cannot offer any refunds.

If you need to drop out of the workshop because of a documented medical situation, an exception to this policy will be considered.

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 don't obstruct your dancing and that you’re comfortable wearing to take class. 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 25 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 participants 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?  
On June 4, check-in will take place between 12-3pm; please plan to arrive at SUNY Purchase within that window. Our welcome/orientation activities begin at 4pm.  On June 24th, there are no workshop activities scheduled. Check-out will occur that day between 10am-1:00pm.

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

Options for getting to our Workshop

  • Fly into JFK, Laguardia or Newark and then take the Metro North to White Plains
  • Fly direct into White Plains via the Westchester Airport

We will have some ability to pick up students from either White Plains train station or Westchester Airport and drop them off for departure. More information on that DOVA-run shuttle will be distributed after registration closes. This shuttle can also include pick up of students from the bus and train stations at the beginning and end of the Workshop. Again, those arrangements will be made after registration closes.

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