Applications for the 2019 Summer Intensive have closed.

Summer Intensive in Italy

2020 dateS TBA Soon


OUr Mission: 

The staibdance summer intensive in Sorrento, Italy, serves as a meeting place for emerging and established movement artists from across the globe. Participants are encouraged to create collaboratively, embrace spontaneity, build foundations for life-long connections, and hone their authentic, unique voices. The intensive is a source for personalized attention, providing the time and space for infinite growth as a performer. Together, we merge with the history, customs, and warmth of the region, celebrating cultural exchange.


"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   Contemporary & Staibdance Repertory

George Staib

Contemporary & Staibdance Repertory

Judith Sanchez Ruiz   “Your Own God” Intensive Improvisation Workshop

Judith Sanchez Ruiz

“Your Own God” Intensive Improvisation Workshop

Anna Bracewell-Crowder   Contemporary

Anna Bracewell-Crowder


Jennifer Salk   Modern & Composition

Jennifer Salk

Modern & Composition

Gavriel Spitzer   Gaga

Gavriel Spitzer


Elita Cannata   Countertechnique®  .

Elita Cannata




Tuition includes:

  • 10 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

  • Group beach excursion

  • Outdoor performance in Sant'Agata's central piazza

  • Round trip airport transportation by private bus and car

Total Tuition: $2750

(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 $500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.


2019 Schedule

Saturday, July 13
Welcome reception on the patio of the Grand Hotel Hermitage overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius

Sunday, July 14
First day of classes

Wednesday, July 17
Group beach excursion to Conca Del Sogno Beach Club

  • Transportation, entrance to the beach, sunbeds, umbrellas, and lunch voucher to the beachside café included

  • Day to explore Nerano, swim, and/or shop

Monday, July 22
Free day to explore the Sorrento peninsula

  • Options include exploring Positano, Pompeii, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Mt. Vesuvius, or Naples

Friday, July 26
Tech/dress and public performance at Sant'Agata's central piazza

Italy Intensive participants should plan to fly round trip from the Naples International Airport. It is recommended that your flight arrive in Naples by 2:30pm at the latest on Saturday, July 13. If you are flying from the United States, that means you will book a flight that leaves on Friday, July 12 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 13. 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.

Each participant must have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of travel. Keep in mind that it takes about 6 weeks to renew a 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 June 1, 2019 and 30% refundable if Staibdance receives a written notice on or before June 20, 2019. Between June 21, 2019 and July 5, 2019, 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, 2019 for any reason. All refunds will be issued by September 30, 2019.


 Scholarships for partial funding toward program costs are available.

Awards are need-blind and are based on the 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 1. Recipients will be notified by Monday, April 15. 

Work Study

This position will get a partial scholarship toward their Italy tuition in exchange for serving as the social media archivist and videographer.

See the position description below to see the full list of responsibilities and qualifications.  In addition to submitting all Italy application materials, to be eligible for the Work Study position, you must submit a resume detailing your qualifications and a work sample to

Work Study applications are due by Monday, April 1. Candidates will be notified about interviews by Wednesday April 3.