COVID-19 UPDATE: SUMMER IMMERSION PROJECT GOES VIRTUAL // Registration has been extended to July 6, and as always, there are NO APPLICATION FEES.

In response to MA Government Advisories with regard to re-opening Massachusetts, and considering the health and safety of our community, we are adjusting SIP 2020 in the following ways:

NEW DATES: July 13-17, 2020⁠

NEW TIME: 10 AM - 2 PM⁠

NEW LOCATION: Online via Zoom

⁠NEW RATES: $350 all inclusive



  • All applicants proceed directly to ROUND 2

  • No letter of recommendation required

  • No dance shot required

Round 2 Application:

We will keep applications open on a rolling basis until July 6.⁠⁠ For any information and questions email:

Immersion Projects


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"[The Immersion Project] allowed me to work on myself as a choreographer, a dancer & as a person... I was put outside of my personal boundaries, practices, and habits physically, intellectually, and emotionally..."  -WIP 2018 Participant (Choreography focus)

"...i was challenged and it gave me insight on how much passion goes into this company."

SIP 2018 Participant (Performance focus)


"BDT created such a special and inclusive environment for us to explore and learn new ideas  and perspectives. I felt enabled to discover deeper parts of myself as an artist and human and for the I am so grateful!"

WIP 2019 Participant (Choreography focus)


The Summer (SIP), Winter (WIP), and Creation (CIP) Immersion Projects are designed as a rigorous training experiences for motivated dancers, ages 16 and older, within a professional contemporary dance company environment. During SIP, WIP, and CIP you will study, rehearse, create, and perform with co-artistic director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and members of the company. All students will take daily class taught by current company members.

This year BDT is piloting the Creation Immersion Project (CIP), which is a 2 day workshop designed to invite dance practitioner-makers into creative process with co-artistic director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and BDT core members. This year CIP will focus on the topic of climate change and its short and long term effects on the ocean and the Boston Harbor, informed by the research of Dr Larry Pratt (MIT, Woodshole Oceanic Institute). Daily sessions will comprise of in-studio research through scientifically-informed improvisation, learning and co-creating choreography, and engaging in discussions about how dance and science can work together to create meaningful dialogue with an audience. CIP will be co-hosted by the Boston Center for the Arts as part of Jessie's Boston Dancemakers Residency with BDT. 

Who Should Apply

Students and professionals ages 16 years and older who possess a strong technical background, a regular improvisation practice, and value somatic awareness. Applicants must also have an interest in expanding compositional expertise through advanced improvisational tasks, used to generate movement material. It is highly recommended that prospective participants research the choreographers whose works are part of the company's repertory before completing the letter of interest.

How to Apply

SIP 2020 online application form:

Faculty + Company


Sample Schedule

10:00-11:30 -- Morning contemporary technique class

11:30-11:45 -- Short Break

11:45-1:45 -- Repertory + Workshop

1:45-2:00 -- Wrap up