- The Snow Maiden
  at E.J. Thomas Hall.
  Two performances.
  Sat Feb 4th at 7pm
  Sun Feb 5th at 1pm
  Tickets $20.00 Adults
  and $10.00 children
  and students. 

2017 Summer Calendar





Welcome to Dance Institute

Celebrating over 40 years of Dance

Dance Institute of The University of Akron is a ballet-based pre-professional program for students ages 7 through high school. Founded in 1967, Dance Institute is nationally recognized for its curriculum, which prepares students for careers in concert dance performance and dance education, and for its faculty and guest teachers, who represent extensive professional performance experience, academic backgrounds and many decades of teaching expertise. Graduates and former students are currently performing in Pennsylvania, California and Ohio and teaching throughout the country.


Based on a beautiful Russian fairy tale, Dance Institute’s full-length story ballet, The Snow Maiden, is an original Dance Institute production entirely developed and choreographed by the faculty of Dance Institute. Premiering in 1998 under the direction of Lana Carroll Heylock, The Snow Maiden is performed every other year during the winter season and has been staged at E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall since 2006. Dance Institute students also perform locally in residence at The University of Akron and in collaboration with northeast Ohio area dance companies and other arts organizations. Students also make outreach visits to various non-profit civic and community organizations. Since the inception of the city of Akron’s Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, Dance Institute has provided the festival’s Children’s Interactive Program for 38 of the 40 weekends. Most recently, Dance Institute students performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2016 summer concert series.


Dance Institute’s curriculum is designed to provide rigorous training in ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap and emphasizes the technical proficiency, artistic development and positive dance experience of each student, and the physical, educational and creative value of dance training. Its summer intensives offer concentrations in modern, ballroom/character and hip-hop and additional performance opportunities. In addition to its pre-professional program, Dance Institute offers introductory dance classes for children ages 3-7 and recreational non-credit evening dance and conditioning classes for adults, teens and children ages 7-12. All Dance Institute classes are held in the seven technology-enhanced studios of the Center for Dance and Theatre at Guzzetta Hall located on The University of Akron campus. The University of Akron is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.


We hope that you will enjoy our performances of The Snow Maiden and we invite you to visit us at Guzzetta Hall.

Christina Foisie
Manager, Dance Institute

Leslie Sullivan DelPrince
Assistant Manager, Dance Institute