STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM - DANCE
Our Summer Dance in L.A. program is for U.S. and International dancers 14-18 years old who want to further their dance training in the city known for hip hop/commercial dance.
This is the only program that gives dancers a full month of dance classes from a mix of dance studios, an L.A. family life, full room and board, coordinated activities to see the real Los Angeles, and a strong support network of dancers and experts in dance who know this fabulous city very well. You will live and dance in L.A. just like a local. Our goal is to provide you with everything you will need so you can concentrate on dance, and dance hard. This is what we do all year long, since 2013, and our summer programs are a condenseced, intense version of our quarter programs.
Every week the dancers and dance captain make a weekly dance schedule to maximize every dance opportunity because there are a lot in the summer! We are a dance democracy. You will spend your mornings and afternoons dancing at the studios that are home to the most sought-after choreographers in the world. You will dance alongside some of the best dancers, some who’ve danced with your favorite celebrity. To get a true idea of the commercial dance world, you must spend your time training in Los Angeles. Some of the dance studios will be Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, TMilly Studios, EXPGLA, IMMASPACE, Debbie Reynolds, The Playground, Kreative Mindz, The Edge, IDA, Evolution Studios, etc.
As part of our month-long Summer DANCE in L.A. program, we will have a special, two-week morning to mid-afternoon program with the team at Movement Lifestyle. You will take specialized classes, and get to talk with studio owners and choreographers on what it’s really like in the commercial dance world.
ACTIVITIES TO EXPLORE LOS ANGELES
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We choose our dancers based on their passion for dance. You should have a minimum of a year of dance experience and be able to do the choreography of your favorite choreographer. You will be asked to submit videos. You will improve when you are here. We do not care about perfect English level. You will improve your English while in L.A. All we care about is dance! We Skype interview every dancer. It is a fun and informal chat about dance, L.A. and our program. Fill out the STUDENT INQUIRY FORM below to get started!
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Dance and live in Los Angeles! (We take care of everything.)
This is the only program that gives dancers a full month of classes, an L.A. family life, coordinated activities to see the real Los Angeles, and a strong support network of experts in dance who know this fabulous city very well.
Spend your mornings and afternoons at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle and Debbie Reynolds in the NoHo Arts District, home to the most sought-after choreographers in the world. Dance alongside some of the best dancers, some who’ve danced with your favorite celebrity. To get a true idea of the commercial dance world, you must spend your time training in Los Angeles. Why not combine it with summer fun?
We will match you with your host family, your L.A. family who will provide you not just room and full board, but a loving home. We will also do a ton of fun activities to explore Los Angeles, both touristy and local hot spots. You'll explore everything from Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Magic Mountain, Venice Boardwalk, downtown districts, classes at other studios like The Edge Performing Arts Center and IDA in Hollywood, fun individual classes like Groov3 and Old School Skinny 90s House Party, and everything in between.
Los Angeles is a huge dance destination in the summer but we take care of everything so you don't have to. You won't have to worry about anything but dancing and enjoying L.A. life. Space is purposely limited to maintain a comprehensive summer dance training schedule.
We call it the Los Angeles Summer Dance Program Vacation!
9AM – 1:30PM
Spend your mornings and afternoons dancing at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, Debbie Reynolds in the NoHo Arts District, home to the top choreographers in the business. We'll METRO it over to Hollywood studios like The Edge and IDA along with fun classes like Groov3.
On group activity days you will explore the city and do a ton of activities to explore the history, culture, tastes and city ambiance…from Magic Mountain to Hollywood Blvd. to beach days and hanging out with new friends.
6:30 – 10:30PM
Dinner time with your L.A. family. Free time with your host family and new friends or another round of class.
(a full 30 days living in Los Angeles and includes everything minus flight, insurance, cell)
Everything is included and taken care of for you: airport pick up, your housing, food, transportation, dance classes, entertainment entrance fees and snack. But being under 18 you would not be able to come by yourself so we provide a family structure and supervised, planned activities at a much more economical price. 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
Entrance fees + food
(Our Program: $4,600)
Our Summer DANCE in L.A. program is for both U.S. and international dancers 14-18 years old who want to further their dance training in Los Angeles at some of the top dance studios in the city.
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 for the entire, fun month of July. So when someone asks you: “What did you do last summer?” You simply say: “ I was living and dancing in Los Angeles last summer.”
We will match you with your L.A. host family, your home base and forever family. You will dance at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, The Playground, Debbie Reynolds (17+ only), The Edge and other studios offering particular classes. We will explore the city as a group and you will simply be an L.A. dancer for July.
The ages are 14-18 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, Magic Mountain, 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 this summer!
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.
IS THERE A CURFEW?
The curfew is set by the family. If it is broken, the students are given a warning. If it is broken a second time, the students are sent home.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?
There is no alcohol consumption. Students who break this rule will be sent home immediately, at the natural parents’ expense.
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, June 30 and the departure date, August 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 other U.S. students as well as an eclectic group of hand-selected international exchange students. The Program Managers are available 24/7, and live in the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of L.A. where our program is located.
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?
WHEN IS THE PAYMENT DUE?
Students are invoiced the full program fee amount. All fees are due by May 30.
CAN I CANCEL?
A student has the right to cancel by June 15 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.