The Bates Dance Festival offers three distinct training programs. The Young Dancers Workshop (YDW) a rigorous three-week program serves up to 100 pre-professional dancers ages 14-18. The Professional Training Program (PTP) a three-week intensive offers 30 daily classes in a wide array of dance disciplines and serves an intergenerational community of 190 dancers ages 18 and up. The Youth Arts Program is an arts day camp that serves local children ages 7-16 with dance, music, theater and visual arts training.

Education Programs

2018 Program Details will be available in early December

Professional Training Program
July 14-August 5, 2018

Young Dancers Workshop
June 22-July 13, 2018

Youth Arts Program
July 16-August 5, 2018

Professional Training Program

The Professional program enrolls up to 190 participants, age 18 and older.

Young Dancers Workshop

A rigorous three-week program serving pre-professional dancers ages 14-18.

Youth Arts Program

An intense and enjoyable three weeks of performing and visual arts classes for ages 6-17.


Learn about our internship opportunities.

Teacher Training Workshop

Learn about our Teacher Fellows program.

Alumni Survery

For the Alumni of our programs.