Summer Intensive in Italy

JULY 8-23, 2017

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 summer program.


"The first time I came to Sorrento and the Hotel Hermitage, I fell in love. As my students presented their final choreographic projects on the pool deck overlooking the city, the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the distance, I knew I needed to return and to bring other dancers to this inspiring place. I cannot think of a better setting in which to grow as an artist, a performer and a citizen of the world." - George Staib



George Staib Modern & Staibdance Repertory

George Staib

Modern & Staibdance Repertory

Kathleen Wessel Modern & Staibdance Repertory & Pilates

Kathleen Wessel

Modern & Staibdance Repertory & Pilates

Gavriel Spitzer Gaga & Ohad Naharin's Repertory 

Gavriel Spitzer

Gaga & Ohad Naharin's Repertory 

Sarah Hillmer Contemporary Ballet & Rehearsal Director

Sarah Hillmer

Contemporary Ballet & Rehearsal Director

Jennifer Salk Experiential Anatomy & Composition

Jennifer Salk

Experiential Anatomy & Composition

T. Lang Contemporary 

T. Lang



Tuition includes:

  • 11 days of intensive study; 3 classes and rehearsal daily 

  • 14 nights accommodation at the 4-star Grand Hotel Hermitage - Double room, private bath, air conditioning, pool

  • Full breakfast and 4-course dinner daily at the Hermitage

  • Day excursion to the island of Capri (includes private transportation by boat and guided island hike)

  • Day excursion to the beach at Positano (includes transportation, entrance to private beach, sunbeds, umbrellas, beachside cafe lunch voucher)

  • Outdoor performance in Sant'Agata's central piazza

  • Roundtrip airport transportation by private bus and car

Total Tuition: 2017 Tuition $2,375 US

(tuition does not include airfare, lunches or alternative travel arrangements)

Space is limited, and SPOTS WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due within 3 weeks of acceptance.


2017 Schedule

Saturday, July 8
Welcome Reception on the patio of the Grand Hotel Hermitage overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius

Sunday, July 9
First day of classes

Thursday, July 13
Group excursion to the island of Capri

  • transportation via private boat

  • optional guided island hike included

  • free day to explore the island, swim, and/or shop

Tuesday, July 18
Group excursion to the private beach at Positano

  • transportation, entrance to the beach, sunbeds, umbrellas, lunch voucher to the beachside cafe included

  • free day to explore the city, swim, and/or shop

Saturday, July 22
Tech/dress and public performance at Sant'Agata's central piazza


 Scholarships for partial funding toward program costs are available.

Awards are need-blind and are based on artistic merit, intention, and vision of the applicant.

If interested in being considered for a partial scholarship, please submit a one-page artist statement and a letter of recommendation in addition to application materials to with the Subject field as follows: LastName_Italy_Scholarship. 

Scholarship applications are due by Monday, April 3. Recipients will be notified by Saturday, April 8. 

Participants should plan to fly roundtrip from the Naples International Airport. It is recommended that your flight arrive in Naples by 2:30pm at the latest on Saturday, July 8. If you are flying from the United States, that means you will book a flight that leaves on Friday, July 7 and arrives in Italy the next day. Private cars have been arranged to transport participants from Naples to the hotel in Sant'Agata throughout the day on Saturday, July 8. The price of transportation to and from the airport by car or bus is included in the tuition and will not be refunded if the participant decides to arrange alternative transportation.

Upon acceptance into the program, all participants will be contacted to discuss travel plans and confirm details. Please contact Virginia Spinks, Staibdance in Italy Communications Coordinator, at with any questions.

All participants must have valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of travel. Keep in mind that it takes about 6 weeks to renew passport through the mail. See U.S. Passports & International Travel for more information on United States passport applications and renewals.

Tuition is 70% refundable if Staibdance receives written notice of cancellation on or before May 31, 2017 and 30% refundable if Staibdance receives a written notice on or before June 9, 2017. Between June 10, 2017 and July 5, 2017, a 25% refund will be given for medical reasons only, and the participant must present verified medical documentation. No refunds will be issued after July 6, 2017 for any reason. All refunds will be issued by September 29, 2017.