Summer Intensive in Italy

JULY 13-28, 2019

Applications open mid-January 2019

OUr Mission: 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Staibdance Intensive in Sorrento, Italy. The 2019 program serves as a meeting place for emerging and established movement artists and includes a partnership with a prestigious dance school in Naples. 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



2019 faculty will be announced soon

   George Staib   Contemporary & Staibdance Repertory

George Staib

Contemporary & Staibdance Repertory

  T. Lang   Contemporary

T. Lang


   Nicole Johnson   Contemporary Ballet

Nicole Johnson

Contemporary Ballet

  Jennifer Salk   Modern & Composition

Jennifer Salk

Modern & Composition

   Gavriel Spitzer   Gaga

Gavriel Spitzer


   Linton Aberle   Countertechnique®  .

Linton Aberle




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

  • 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.


2018 Schedule

Monday, July 16
Welcome reception on the patio of the Grand Hotel Hermitage overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius

Tuesday, July 17
First day of classes

Saturday, July 21
Group beach excursion 

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

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

Thursday, July 26
Free day to explore the Sorrento peninsula

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

Monday, July 30
Tech/dress and public performance at Sant'Agata's central piazza

2019 schedule to be announced soon

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, 2010 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 8. Recipients will be notified by Monday, April 23. 


Work Study 

We are looking for a dancer applicant to also be our social media manager, videographer, and archivist.

This work study will earn a discount on their tuition in exchange for the work completed. 

Apply by the intensive application deadline by submitting a resume stating your qualifications along with a work sample!