Dance Workshop

June 21-25, 2020

St. Olaf dance workshop is designed for students to experience the breadth and depth of the St. Olaf College Dance Department where a wide range of classes are offered. Studio time and other educational sessions are balanced with supervised recreational activities. The workshop provides a complete experience on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.

Session, Fees, and Registration 

Dance Workshop Experience $$$
June 21-25, 2020
For boys and girls who have completed grades 7th – 12th 

Camp Features:
Study with nurturing, experienced faculty 
*  Variety of class options
*  Low student-to-instructor ratio
*  Three gorgeous studios with sprung floors 
*  Small group discussions
*  Supervised recreational activities 

MORNING: Dancers will participate in two of the three core dance styles during morning workshops: 
*  Ballet
*  Hip Hop
*  Modern Dance

AFTERNOON: A range of classes will be offered each afternoon. Dancers will participate in unique studio experiences from the following:
African Fusion
*  American Dance: Native and Immigrant Traditions
*  Ballet:  Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Offered
*  Social/Ballroom Dance
*  Choreography and Improvisation
*  Hip Hop
*  International/World Dance
*  Modern Dance

Dance Conversations:
* Dancers learn about the breadth of dance from a variety of perspectives.

Visit to view the three gorgeous studios with sprung floors. 

Participants are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Workshop space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for late-registrations.

Workshop Fee Includes:
Workshop fee includes lodging, meals, and workshop T-shirt (if registration is received after the t-shirt order has been submitted we will do our best to provide a t-shirt). Students are housed in comfortable, secure residence halls. Bedding and bath towels are provided. Instructors and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision. St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Register Today:
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached. When completing the online form please see options below.

Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information.  Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window.  The registration form is still saved and submitted.  Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your students spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day.  Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Meet the Dance Instructors 

Heather Klopchin, associate professor and chair of the St. Olaf Dance Department and co-artistic director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Heather is a principal artist with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater and has danced with other Minneapolis companies including ARENA Dances, Zenon Dance Company, and Eclectic Edge Ensemble. Heather holds an M.F.A. degree in dance choreography and performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Anthony Roberts is St. Olaf dance artist in residence and co-artistis director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Anthony danced professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah; Sharir Dance Company in Austin, Texas; and the Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. Anthony holds an M.F.A. degree in dance with a dance technology emphasis from Arizona State University.

Janice Haws Roberts is professor of dance at St. Olaf and co-artistic director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Janice danced professionally with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, and A. Ludwig Dance Theatre in Arizona. Janice holds an M.F.A. degree in dance from the University of Utah..

Anne von Bibra, assistant professor of dance, performed with Avaz International Dance Theatre and Karpathok Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble in Los Angeles and Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, for which she is a resident choreographer. Anne currently performs Javanese dance in Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble in St. Paul. Anne holds an M.F.A. degree in dance with a specialization in ethnology from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Arneshia Williams, is a visiting assistant professor of Dance at St. Olaf. Her performance opportunities include Jacquelyn Stokes/The Dance Collective, Minister Gail-Faust/4Trinity Evangelistic Dance, Gesel Mason, Millicent Johnnie, Larry Southall, Teena Marie, and Helanius Wilkins. Arneshia holds an M.F.A. degree in dance with an emphasis in religion from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also received a certificate in comparative ethnic studies.

Workshop Schedule

2-3 p.m.                       Check-in
3-5 p.m.                       Workshop Orientation
5-6 p.m.                       Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m.           Evening Social Activity

7:30-8:30 a.m.            Breakfast
8:45-9:30 a.m.            Announcements/Group Warm-up
9:45-11 a.m.                Studio Class
11:15-12:30 p.m.         Studio Class
12:30-1:30 p.m.          Lunch
1:45-2:30 p.m.            Dance Conversations
2:45-4 p.m.                 Studio Class
5-6 p.m.                       Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m.           Evening Social Activity

7-8 a.m.                      Breakfast
8-9 a.m.                      Studio Class
9-10 a.m.                    Studio Class
10-11 a.m.                   Studio Class
11-12 p.m. noon        Showcase Rehearsal
12 noon -1 p.m.         Lunch
1-2 p.m.                      Showcase Prep
2-3 p.m.                      Showcase
3:15 p.m.                     Depart from Campus

Financial Assistance

Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall 

Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station.  There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs.  However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.

Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!

Transportation, Additional Housing, and Non-Residential Option 

Contact the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about additional housing and non-residential options, and go here for transportation options to and from the airport.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone? 
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.

What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy? 
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.

If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want? 
No, at check in the driver’s keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp.  If they wish to leave, a note must be provided by their guardian in advance.

Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can they still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

My child is bringing medication to camp. What do I need to know?
Campers administer their own medication at camp. Camp staff will hold medication upon request in a secure location, and will assist in reminding campers to take their medication. Northfield Hospital is one mile from campus should any emergencies arise. With parent/guardian approval, a St. Olaf employee will help transport the camper to the hospital or clinic.

Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please go here to learn more about transportation options to and from the airport.

What are the housing guidelines during camp?
St. Olaf College has traditional style residence halls. Campers, unless they request a roommate, can expect placement with another camper of the same gender identity. Please contact the camps office to discuss alternative housing accommodations.

How do I request or change roommates for my camper?
Any roommate selections or changes will be honored when received 14 days prior to the start of camp. Roommate selections or changes received within 14 days of the start of camp will be considered if room assignments have not yet been finalized.

May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online?
No. In order to meet regulations, we can only take credit cards using our online form.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of the camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.

When are t-shirt orders placed?
T-shirt orders are placed 14 business days prior to the start of camp. There are limited numbers of extra t-shirts ordered, and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to those who register after orders are submitted.

What if I need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted.  Once received and confirmed,  refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent.  Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.

Where is St. Olaf College located?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport.