Opening doors, fostering connections and preparing students for the next step in their dance education or career.

Open Doors Dance Festival
Hosted by Nolte Academy
June 8-August 7, 2020


Open Doors Dance Festival is a summer dance intensive and festival located in Iowa City, Iowa. It is open to students ages 11-22, preparing them for the next step in their dance education or their career.

With four full weeks of classes and performances plus two weeks of specialized ballet intensives and two weeks of tap intensives, Open Doors gives students an opportunity to study and perform with some of the world's most prolific dance professionals. Open Doors also offers a youth option for ages 9+ for both the ballet intensive weeks and the four festival weeks.

Open Doors has served as a stepping stone for serious dance students looking to make the jump into pre-professional or professional programs all over the country. The connections students have made with faculty at Open Doors have proved invaluable, leading students to some of the most respected names in the industry, including Martha Graham Dance Company, the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, the Juilliard School and Point Park University.


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Performance Series

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