July 20 – August 8, 2020

DanceForce is a rigorous, comprehensive training program for dance students (15+), professional aspirants, and early-career dancers. Programming includes classes in a variety of dance techniques, DanceWorks Chicago repertory, mentorship sessions, artistic coaching, specialty seminars, tell-it-like-it-is professional development sessions, and informal public showings in the Ruth Page Theater.
From previous Dance360 Summer dancers:



“I expected to increase my knowledge about technique, choreography, and artistry. I left the program with all of this and a renewed spirit and energy about taking dance to a whole new level. Even more, I left with additional goals for myself as a dancer and person.”

“Just the gesture of having a mental health seminar itself was extremely impactful. Not enough organizations care enough about the mental health of their dancers.”

Faculty features DWC Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, Dance360 Program Director Sara Bibik, current and former DWC dancers, and MORE!

One, two, and three-week options available! Combine with the ChoreoLab week to take your DanceForce experience to the next level!

Fee: $575 per week

DanceForce video highlights!

SAVE the DATEs for either or both DanceForce Showings: Saturday, July 25 and/or Saturday, August 8. Join us to support and celebrate!

Monday – Friday 9:30-5:30 and Saturday 10am-2pm
Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago IL 60610
One, two, and three-week options available: ONE week July 23-28, TWO weeks: July 30-August 11, THREE weeks: July 23-August 11


Dancers are invited to attend DanceForce via in-person or video audition. Auditioning in-person through DayLab is the best way to experience the Dance360 culture, meet DWC staff/dancers, and to have your questions answered. However, if you are unable to attend a DayLab, Team DWC is happy to offer a video audition option. Auditionees can select to be considered for DanceForce and/or ChoreoLab.

Scholarships and Work-Study Positions

Scholarships and Work-Study Positions are available for dancers attending three or four weeks of Summer 2020 programming. Upon program acceptance, dancers may request a scholarship and/or work-study application. More information about scholarship application timeline is forthcoming. Scholarships require some financial commitment on the part of the dancer.

Early Decision Scholarship and Work-Study application —–>    Due Date: Thursday, March 19   Notification: Friday, March 27

  • Early Decision is for dancers participating in either (or both) the December and/or February DayLabs

Scholarship and Work-Study application —–>    Due Date: Monday, May 11    Notification: Friday, May 15

  • The May dates are open to ALL DayLab attendees plus dancers invited via Video Audition


For more information, please contact Sara Bibik Dance360 Program Director.