18+ L.A. DANCER PROGRAM
Our 18+ L.A. Dancer program is for serious U.S. and international dancers who are 18 and older who want to further their dance training in the city known for hip hop/commercial dance. You must be passionate about dance, and are eager to train with a variety of new choreographers and studios, and in different dance styles. We only accept 12 dancers at a time.
August 1 - 31. (Stay tuned for our upcoming dance quarter - three months of dance in Los Angeles!)
So you want to dance in Los Angeles? But how do you figure it all out? You need to ask yourself:
- Where will I stay?
- How will I get around?
- Which studios will I dance at?
- How will I make friends?
- How do I begin to plan my L.A. dance experience?
We do it for you! Why? We know the L.A. dance world and we know our city.
The 18+ L.A. Dancer program is a one-month introduction to the L.A. dance world.
This is the only program that gives dancers 18+ the following:
- A full month of dance classes from a variety of studios and choreographers
- An L.A. family life
- Full room and board
- Coordinated activities to see the real Los Angeles
- A strong support network of dancers and experts in dance who know this fabulous city very well.
- The opportunity to see if dance and L.A. is right for you.
Every week the dancers and dance captain make a weekly dance schedule to maximize every dance opportunity because there are a lot of classes! You will spend your mornings and afternoons dancing at the studios that are home to the most sought-after choreographers in the world, dancing alongside some of the best dancers. To get a true idea of the commercial dance world, you must spend your time training in Los Angeles. What does training mean? It means dancing with a variety of choreographers in different styles, some with more or less Instagram followers than the other, and at small, medium and large studios. In short, you are going to try everything.
Some of the dance studios will be Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, The Playground, The Edge, TMilly, ExpgLA, Debbie Reynolds, Kreative Mindz Studio, IMMA Space, etc.
ACTIVITIES TO EXPLORE LOS ANGELES
Fun activities like Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Boardwalk, Carnival, Dance Downtown, Chinatown Nights, Art Walk, and so much more. We will show you what Los Angeles is really like.
- Read ALL the information in the tabs below.
- Fill out the STUDENT INQUIRY FORM IN THE TABS BELOW to start the process.
- We choose our dancers based on their passion for dance.
- You should have a minimum of two years of dance experience and be able to do the choreography of your favorite choreographer.
- You will be asked to provide a video submission.
- We Skype interview every dancer. It is a super fun and informal chat about dance, L.A., our program and YOU!
- English level: you must have a basic command of English, and be able to communicate with the dancers, choreographers, etc. We don’t want you to miss out on anything and we want you to have a memorable experience with us. We do not care about perfect English. The program is actually a highly effective, organic way to improve English language skills. The Skype interview is conducted solely in English.
All about 18+ L.A. Dancer Summer Program
- PROGRAM OVERVIEW
- DATES AND PRICES
- STUDENT INQUIRY
Now is the time to dance and live in Los Angeles!
If you are passionate about dance, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and try living in Los Angeles! Now is the time to take as many dance classes with as many choreographers of all styles as you can. Now is the time focus on dance and figure out if Los Angeles is the place for you.
How does L.A. Cultural Exchange help our dancers? By giving you a happy place to live, a sampling of all the studios, guidance with all the dance happening in L.A., a built-in network of new dancer friends, and fun activities to see the real L.A. (and tourist spots, of course!).
Space is purposely limited to 12 dancers maximum so we can maintain a comprehensive dance training schedule and a caring, dance-focused atmosphere.
Our goal is to see you train hard, improve quickly, try new dance styles and, ultimately, succeed. If our program can help you launch your dance career then we have achieved our goal.
(a full 30 days of living in Los Angeles and includes everything minus flight, insurance, cell)
Everything is included and taken care of for you: airport pick up, room and board, transportation, dance classes and activities.
Here’s a chart for just one person if you were to come to Los Angeles and do our program on your own.
2 Star Hotel
Metro pass + UBER allowance
Our Summer DANCE in L.A. program is for both U.S. and international dancers 18+ years old who want to further their dance training in Los Angeles at some of the top dance studios in the city. We accept dancers from every country, every background, every religion, etc. We are a dance democracy in Los Angeles and the more diverse our group the more fun we have.
Our program’s goal is to bring a small and select group of talented young men and women to dance hard and enjoy life in Los Angeles.
The ages are 18 and above for this particular summer program. We interview you to determine compatibility for a VERY limited number of spaces. Our students are grateful for this experience, excited to make friends with people from various cultures, and are eager to explore L.A. Appreciation, thank yous, and communicating are necessary for our host families and program. Do you have to be a professional with years of training? No! We look for dancers who have a passion for dance and who will be grateful for the opportunity to live and dance in L.A. We look for dancers who have an open mind, a positive attitude for other dancers and their L.A. family, who will take direction from the choreographer, who will help other dancers, and who will strive to be the best in the class.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INCLUDE?
- Enrollment in Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle and dance class pass, plus group classes at other NoHo and Hollywood studios
- Matching you with one of our L.A. host families
- The host family takes care of room and board: three meals a day, support, help, activities, a family structure
- Organizing group activities to explore L.A.
- A month unlimited METRO pass
- Monitoring integration into the host family and training
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
- Mandatory health insurance
- Pocket money for shopping, out with friends when not with L.A. family or program activities, or group activities with a non-hosted lunch
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM LOCATION?
Our program and L.A. families is located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, the suburban area of L.A. Our schools and training facilities are primarily in the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood and Hollywood. All of these are accessible to major modes of transportation, including two METRO subway lines for easy access to school, home, arts training and all of Los Angeles.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED?
We have a jam-packed summer of exciting group activities planned for you, everything from Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Venice Boardwalk, downtown districts and everything in between. We will use the METRO for our group events. All students will be provided with a METRO pass (your BFF). You will experience the tourist L.A. AND the local spots. Our goal is for you to not only be a dancer, but be a Los Angeleno during your time with us!
ARE THERE RULES?
The application will list all the program rules and causes for dismissal from the program. All students will receive a copy of the program rules in their orientation packet and we will review them at our student orientation.
I’M 18, AM I AN ADULT?
Yes, you are. However, according to US law, you must be 21 to consume alcohol. For any laws broken, you will assume full responsibility.
IS IT WEIRD LIVING WITH A FAMILY?
No, it’s awesome! You’re in a happy environment where you are taken care of so you can concentrate on dance. There will be rules like with any family or living situation. But each L.A. family is selected because they understand the program and that you are here to dance. They open their home to you because they want to help you. Please remember this.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
You are a welcomed guest in your L.A. family’s home. They want to make sure you are happy and doing well. Communicating with them is important. Letting them know you are ok, where you are going, what your schedule is etc., is the nice thing to do.
ARE THERE PETS?
YES! Approximately 99% of our L.A. families have dogs and/or cats plus turtles, fish, etc. Often times a four-legged furry friend is your host sister or brother.
DO I NEED INSURANCE?
Proof of health insurance is mandatory. For our international students, we do not have a requirement of which company you choose or any affiliation with any company. It should be travel medical coverage. Here is a good place to start: www.internationalstudentinsurance.com
You should arrive on the program arrival date, August 1 and the departure date, September 1.
WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?
L.A. is huge and our students must understand that it will take time to get places and need to plan accordingly. We will provide each student with a METRO pass. It is the student’s job to get to any arts training or extra curricular activity. The host family and our team will show the student how to get to class. We will also show students the L.A. METRO system, which is what we use for group activities and how we all will get around this summer. Even though L.A. is large, it is very easy to navigate the transportation system.
IS THERE PROGRAM SUPPORT?
Students will be a part of the L.A. Cultural Exchange student family, which will include an eclectic group of hand-selected dancers from all over. The Program Managers are available 24/7, and live in the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of L.A. where our program is located. There will also be a dance captain to guide the group, who is normally a former L.A. Cultural Exchange dancer.
WHO WE ARE
We are L.A. Cultural Exchange, a program of Artists Exchange Group, Inc., an arts education, marketing and tourism corporation based in Los Angeles' booming NoHo Arts District since 2003. The NoHo Arts District is Los Angeles' official arts district located in the North Hollywood neighborhood. NoHo is filled with 20+ theatres, professional dance studios, acting studios, art galleries, recording studios, boutiques and a myriad of dining options and venues that give us one-of-a-kind events.
WHAT’S THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
- SKYPE interview with the student.
- Accept student in program
- Fill out application and appropriate forms
- Match the student with the host family
- Dancer group and orientation materials
WHEN IS THE PAYMENT DUE?
All students get a checklist of next steps, dates, etc.
CAN I CANCEL?
A student has the right to cancel by July 1 and will receive a refund less the $300 application fee and any other itemized nonrefundable fees within 30 calendar days. If the program cancels, we will refund entire program fee within 30 calendar days.
CAN I WITHDRAW?
A student may withdraw from the program within the first week and there will be a prorated refund given less application fee and other itemized nonrefundable fees within 30 calendar days. After that date and at any time if a student is dismissed from the program due to failure to follow policies outlined in the Student Rule Book, there will be no refund due.
ARE THERE ANY NONREFUNDABLE FEES?
$300 Application fee, mailing or courier fee, all bank wire transfer fee and credit card processing fees, housing placement service fee or any actual cost of housing arrangement for students incurred, passes, activity entrance fees, or similar charges.