The Bates Dance Festival offers three training programs for various levels.

Training programs include the Young Dancers Workshop (YDW), a rigorous three-week program serving dancers ages 14-18; the Professional Training Program (PTP) serving dancers ages 18 and up; and the Youth Arts Program serving local youth ages 7-16 with dance, music, theater and visual arts training.

In 2021 BDF will only offer the Professional Training Program in-person as well as two online programs. Click the images below for more information.

Professional Training Program

July 10- August 1, 2021
Ages 18+

A 3-week program of daily technique and creative intensives.


July 12-17, 2021
Ages 14-18

A rigorous and inclusive one-week virtual program serving pre-professional dancers.


July 19-23, 2021
Ages 18+

A 5-day online intensive featuring technique and creative process.