The Bates Dance Festival brings together students, performers, educators and choreographers in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through daily classes, workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.

The Festival’s Professional program enrolls up to 190 participants, age 18 and older, who have a minimum of four years of current and continuous dance training and the ability to dance at an intermediate level. The program is designed for individuals seeking to immerse them selves in an intensive dance experience. Class size is limited in order to maintain the quality of the learning experience. Students can pre-register for classes as part of the application process. An audition is not required for enrollment, however a resume and three-minute video are required to help determine class placement.

General Information

Detailed information about the Professional Training Program.

Class Schedule

Please see the class schedule for the Professional Training Program.

Application & Fees

See a list of courses for the Professional Training Program.


See a list of our courses and course descriptions.