PROGRAM DATES: July 21st (arrival) - July 28th (departure), 2023

FOR: high school and gap-year students

TUITION: BLUEPRINT STUDENT DISCOUNTED RATE - in-person - $1500 - includes room & board as well as transportation to and from airport.
FOR STUDENTS ONLY ATTENDING COMPASS - in-person - $1750 - includes room & board as well as transportation to and from airport.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: click here for details

AUDITION INFORMATION: Admission is by audition only.
Please do not be intimidated by the idea that you have to audition to attend. The purpose of the audition is to assess student interest and to create a class of students working at similar levels.
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About Compass: Dance for Movers

Compass: Dance for Movers is a unique program in that it’s a dance intensive for those without many years of dance training. The program is designed to provide exceptional dance training to beginner or beginner/intermediate high-school students. We have found that often, students simply do not have time to train in all disciplines, attend school, and perform. Many reach a time in their pursuits where they realize that they have college or professional auditions coming up and they do not feel prepared to face the dance portion of these auditions. They may also simply be at a place in their training where they decide that they would like to focus on dance. Compass: Dance for Movers is the program for all of these students.

Working hard in this safe and supportive environment will guide you on your journey to becoming a more skilled and confident dancer.


At Compass: Dance for Movers you’ll receive training from dedicated professionals in the major dance disciplines of ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as classes in proper warm-up, terminology, movement improvisation, and more. You will also participate in mock dance calls to prepare you for future auditions.

A typical day at Compass: Dance for Movers will consist of classes and rehearsals from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Classes will be held seven days a week with an occasional break scheduled in as needed. Classes are kept small to ensure individual attention.

Evenings will be spent in less physically demanding activities to help students further their knowledge of various dance styles and techniques.

Wake Forest University has no responsibility for the conduct of any program or activity offered by The Performing Arts Project. Wake Forest functions only as a site for the conference/camp and will provide many of the services specified for the conference/camp such as facilities, food and housing. The University assumes no responsibility for any damage, injury or loss to any person or property, from any cause whatsoever except to the extent such liability results from the sole negligence of Wake Forest University.

what are the room and board details?

Compass students are housed in air-conditioned dormitories on the campus of Wake Forest University. All students are required to live on campus. Adult chaperones live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. They are also available to help students with their personal needs such as doctor visits. Students are assigned to a room with a roommate in their same age range. Dormitories have common areas as well as coin laundry rooms. Students are asked to bring their own linens, but may purchase a linen package from the dormitory if they so choose.

Students eat on campus in the Student Union at the Fresh Food Company dining hall. They are served three meals a day with food service provided by Aramark Food Service. The dining hall has ample selections and accommodate students with eating limitations including vegetarians, vegans, and those with food allergies to nuts, gluten, and lactose. Students may also choose to eat at some of the other food options on campus, such as the food court; however, these options are not covered in student tuition and require that the student pay the restaurant separately at the time of service.


Community Agreement

The Performing Arts Project has a Community Agreement in place, created by faculty member Alejandro Rodriguez, for all administration, faculty, interns, staff, and students. This agreement establishes best practices for the prevention/repairing of any potential harm.

The contents are discussed and updated at the beginning of programming to fit the specific needs and input of each company of students. A previous Compass Community Agreement can be viewed below.

Compass Community Agreement




Additional Compass Programs

Compass: Dance for Movers 2021 Fall Session

Who is Compass for?

Beginning or beginning/intermediate dancers ages 14-114

What is Compass? 

Our Compass: Dance for Movers program provides beginner to beginner/intermediate-level dance technique training in a supportive environment in order to help guide you on your journey to becoming a more skilled and confident dancer.

Who will be teaching at Compass? 

Broadway performers and educators Nina Goldman (The Phantom of the Opera) and Ayo Jackson (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

Compass Program Information

Instead of a drop-in class format with different students in each class, Compass offers six weeks of consistency in your training with classes tailored to the specific needs of the group. All classes will be held live online twice a week, last 1.5 hours and use the same format we were able to master during our summer intensives. All you need is a computer connected to the internet and a bit of space to move around in and get your groove on. Auditions are not required.

October 12th - November 18th, 2021
Two classes per week
7pm-8:30pm Eastern
Tuesdays - Ballet
Thursdays - Jazz/Specialty Classes

Participation in this session is $600.

Scholarships available - contact for more information.

To register please click here. Choose "Compass Fall Program" for the type of payment and then proceed to credit card payment. A 2.5 percent online fee will be added. We can also be found on Venmo @PerfArtsProj with no fee assessment if preferred.