Mission Statement

WHAT: FORGE is a summer dance intensive housed in Butler County. Created by Ursula Payne and Lindsay Viatori in partnership with the Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University.

WHY: The tri-county Region (Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties) and northern Pittsburgh is in need of a world class summer dance intensive program, to rival the caliber of dance festivals available in other cities. FORGE will bring national attention to western Pennsylvania and increase the richness of dance culture in the tri-county region and northern Pittsburgh. Students will receive excellent training from highly regarded national and local dance artists. This program also acts as an avenue to expose the region’s young dancers to the campus of SRU and their nationally ranked dance program.

FORGE SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE: All classes are held on the beautiful campus of SRU in beautiful dance studios. The Professional Training Workshop is geared toward dancers ages 13+.  FORGE seeks to share the best practices in our artistic field and will create a non-competitive environment for dancers and teachers to thrive. 

FORGE Summer Dance Intensive will be held on the beautiful Slippery Rock University Campus. This workshop is designed for students ages 13+ who are looking for a fun and challenging summer program with incredible faculty. Classes offered will cover a breadth of disciplines (but not limited to): modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, partnering, improvisation, repertory, composition, yoga, body conditioning and wellness for dancers.


Overnight $1,600 for non-SRU students, $1,440 for currently enrolled SRU Students, which includes housing accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at Boozel Dining Hall.  

Commuter $1,500 for non-SRU commuter students, $1,350 for currently enrolled SRU Students, which includes only lunch and dinner daily.

    The DAILY SCHEDULE of the Professional Training Workshop will be quite rigorous with approximately 7 hours of classes offered each day. Students will have a block of classes in the morning, followed by an hour lunch break, and a second block of classes in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the day will conclude with a repertory experience. Studio space is also available each evening for choreographic projects.

    All participants will perform during the Forge Summer Dance Intensive Showing on the last day of the festival.


    Welcome to the FORGE Summer Dance Intensive!

    We understand when it comes to summer dance programs, you have lots of options; we hope you find your time at FORGE/SRU to be rewarding and bountiful. All residential students should indicate roommate request during registration. If you don’t have a roommate request, we will match you by age. Here is a list of additional informational items to help you prepare for your stay on campus.

    Tentative First Day Schedule (This will be emailed in your correspondence prior to arrival)

    • Check-In will be at the Residence Halls in the afternoon. Follow the signs on campus for Forge Check-In.
    • 3 pm - Orientation for both students and parents in Studio Theatre (West Stoner 222). 
    • 5:30 pm - Parents depart.
    • 6 pm - Dinner at Boozel Dining Hall
    • 7:30pm - Kickoff Dance Class
    • All Residential Students will receive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Boozel Dining Hall (On day one students will receive Dinner). You can bring money for snacks in the room or for eating off-campus.
    • All Commuter students will receive Lunch and Dinner.
    • You must provide your own linens and bath towels, the beds are twin XL size.
    • There is a Laundry room on each floor. The charge is $1.50 to wash and $1.50 to dry.  Cash or Debit/credit cards are accepted.
    • There is a TV located in the lounge area for common use.
    • Students will be provided a room key and lanyard during check-in, this will act as their meal ticket. Room keys must be returned upon check out or you will be charged $25.00 NO Exceptions!
    • Please bring water bottles to use; there are filling stations in all dance facilities.
    • There are events and workshops planned during the weekend. Parents can pick students up in the lobby if they come to visit. Once students move in parents will not be able to go the residential floors of the Dorms.

    It is recommended that you pack the following items:

    • Dance attire
    • Solid black form fitted pants, tops, dancewear for final showing.
    • Tennis shoes/sneakers for hip hop
    • Notebook and writing materials
    • Appropriate dance shoes such as ballet, tap (optional) and jazz shoes
    • Optional laptop computer
    • Personal supplies that you will need for first aid or personal care

    Faculty will be announced on or before March 1, 2024!