The CMDC summer intensive is a program specially designed with the pre-professional dancer in mind.  The eight-week summer program builds on students’ technique, conditioning, and sustains important muscle memory.  To allow flexibility in your summer schedule, students can sign up in 2-week sessions.  You can do as many sessions as you like, and even do a  combination of in-studio sessions and online sessions to accommodate your personal needs.   


The online class will be streamed from the in-studio class, so all students are getting the same material and progressing at the same pace. A separate instructor will be watching the online students to give them real-time corrections and feedback. 




We are excited to be able to provide our students with the CMDC in-studio summer intensive. To do so safely and cautiously, we’ve made some noticeable and necessary changes to our operations. 


Summer Intensive provides the pre-professional dancer an intense summer experience that focuses on building students’ technique, conditioning, and artistic growth. Through fun and challenging curriculum, students enhance their ballet technique while exploring the various dance styles of modern, contemporary, lyrical, and more. With three divisions for students in developing phases of their training, the CMDC Intensive provides individual attention and custom instruction appropriate for technical and creative development.

In-Studio Safety Guidelines and Procedures


  • A limited number of in-person classes. Classes begin Monday, June 22, 2020.

  • Facility doors are open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

  • Every person will complete a COVID 19 self-screening prior to entering CMDC.

  • Front desk staff is available for questions during open hours.

  • Room capacities are posted outside the room or on the studio door. 

  • Health protocols are posted on a table set up near the studio entrance.

  • Hand sanitation is recommended upon building entry and before exit.

  • Masks are required inside the building at all times. 

  • For those without a mask, CMDC will provide one while supplies last. 

  • Hand sanitizer is available in all studios and public spaces.

  • Everyone will practice at minimum a 6-foot social distance from others while in the building.

  • Traffic flow is organized to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized hourly. 

  • Bring your own water and water bottle. Water fountains are closed.  

  • Classes are scheduled to allow spaces to be sanitized after use.

  • Students’ personal belongings are kept separate from others’ belongings. 

  • Students must bring their own yoga mat and/or towel, flip-flops, water bottles, and lunch. 

  • Public seating and main lobby are not available.

  • Students will follow drop-off and pick-up protocols outside the building. Drop-off and pick-up details will be sent via email to each student upon enrollment.




The safety of our students is of the utmost importance during our Virtual Summer Intensive. While we have no control over the students’ individual space, we have listed a few helpful guidelines for their space in order to receive the greatest benefit from our program.


  • Class starts promptly at the scheduled time. Please login to Zoom several minutes before class to allow time for any technical issues that may arise.

  • For an optimal class experience, please check your WiFi connection/speed prior to class.

  • Make sure your selected space is CLEAR and FREE OF DISTRACTION.  We suggest having your device (desktop, laptop, tablet ) in an open area where dancers can see and be seen on screen. 

  • Dancers should be dressed in full class attire with room prepared with mat, chair/barre, etc..


We look forward to seeing everyone again In-studio or Online!


For any additional assistance or questions please email 

The work of CMDC is supported in part by grants from The Chicago Community Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and Office of Civic Engagement’s Community Programs Accelerator and countless individual donors.

This program is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.