“For over ten years, I have sent our students to the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. I am always amazed by their growth as dancers and the maturity of these young artists when they return after three weeks of training and involvement in the program.”
—Daniel Lewis, Former Dean of Dance, New World School of the Arts
Now celebrating its 36th year, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival offers three weeks of intensive dance training on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. WMSDF is an exploration of movement and creativity for students, educators, and anyone looking to enrich and deepen his or her understanding of the moving body and the creative process. Under Artistic Director Laura Glenn, WMSDF offers an internationally recognized innovative and comprehensive approach that combines specialized training, personal attention, and hands-on instruction. Nine faculty members work together to present a cohesive curriculum with more than 12 hours of instruction daily. All classes are taught by gifted educators committed to helping participants reach their maximum potential in dance and movement artistry. It is a program that supports breakthroughs in technique, creativity, and life. Enrollment is limited to 40 resident participants to ensure a four-to-one student-to-faculty ratio.
Artistic Director & Founder
Laura Glenn is a senior faculty member at the Juilliard School, her alma mater, where she has taught for the last 28 years. She also directs and produces the Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon in Hartford, CT, which will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. As director of her own dance company, WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance, she has created more than 35 works and is recognized internationally as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has also taught at Marymount Manhattan and Teacher’s College, the Alvin Ailey School, Lincoln Center Institute, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, and she is a Certified Movement Analyst.
Over the last 28 years, Laura has received fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Roberts and Dance Magazine foundations. Her professional experience includes touring extensively with teaching programs, presenting her own solo program, dancing as a soloist with the Limón Company (11 years), and staging Limón works in addition to the touring of her own company. As the artistic director of White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Laura Glenn nurtured its growth for 31 years.
About Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is a coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as credit and non-credit programs for adults and high school students. The College is nationally renowned for its rigorous academic and creative standards, which are fostered by small seminar classes and individual student-faculty conferences. Located on 44 wooded acres near the beautiful Hudson Valley, the College is just 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan by car or train.
Sarah Lawrence views dance in its totality—body, mind, and spirit—a perspective reflected in conservatory level instruction. Students are exposed to vital aspects of the art as practitioners, creators, and observers. Director Sara Rudner infuses the dance program with integrated, innovative approaches to the creative process, following in the tradition of previous directors Viola Farber and Bessie Schönberg, for whom the preeminent New York Dance and Performance Awards are nicknamed the “Bessies.” Acclaimed dancers and choreographers Meredith Monk, Lucinda Childs, and John Jasperse, among others, studied at SLC.