Summer Immersion Project

with Jessie Jeanne & Dancers, in partnership with Boston Dance Theater

"[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 

June 11-22, 2018

The Summer Immersion Project (SIP) is designed as a rigorous training experience for motivated dancers, ages 18 and older, within a professional contemporary dance company environment.


During Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D) two-week SIP, you will study, rehearse, and perform with Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and members of the company. All students will take daily class taught by current company members. Morning class is followed by repertory+rehearsal and studio showings. Students will have the opportunity to learn repertory by Itzik Galili (Israel), Sidra Bell (NYC), Yin Yue (China/NYC), Marcus Schulkind (Boston), and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett (Boston).


Classes and rehearsals will prepare students to enter into JJ&D's creative process which includes improvisation, contemporary phrase work, and somatic practice. The program will conclude with a showing of company repertory performed by program participants which will be advertised and open to the public.

Upon completion of the program, 2018 SIP participants may be considered for 2019 JJ&D apprentice positions.


JJ&D’s SIP 2018 will take place at Hibernian Hall, the heart of Boston's home for the arts, located in Dudley Square, Roxbury, MA (184 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02119)


Public Transit Options:

MBTA: Silver Line "Dudley Square"

Bus: 1, 8, 14, 15, 19, 23, 28, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 66, 170, 171


855 Shawmut Avenue Boston Parking (valet service)

Madison Sq Development Private Lot (entrance Zeigler St) spots marked "Madison Sq" available after 5pm

Harrison Avenue (2 hour street parking)


Session 1:

Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F

Session 2:

Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F*

*Showing Friday 6/22/18 @4pm

Who Should Apply

Students and professionals ages 18 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 SIP application.

How to Apply

Statement of Intent (Application Round 1)


Please state your:

  • Age

  • Current place of training (school, university) or employment (company, collective)

  • Styles or training and length of study of each discipline

  • Motivation for applying to JJ&D's SIP 2018

  • Imagined beneficial outcomes of attending JJ&D's SIP, should you be accepted into the program

We will review all letters of inquiry carefully and respond with either an invitation to apply and more details on location and dates, or an invitation to express interest again next year. JJ&D's SIP is a highly competitive program and has a very limited number of spaces. Each candidate will be vetted thoroughly. Please state whether you intend to apply for inclusion in Session 1, Session 2, or both weeks. Note that only participants present for both weeks will perform in the showcase on 6/22/18.

Supplemental Materials (Application Round 2)


  • Applications will include (via Google Forms link):

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Headshot

  • Full-length dance shot

  • One-page (maximum) resumé

  • Video audition (YouTube or Vimeo links only): Your video audition should be a 60- to 90-second solo piece (set or improvised) that highlights range and dynamics. Applicants should be sure that their recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.

You will receive notification of acceptance within two weeks of receipt of supplemental materials.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2018.

Spaces for participants in SIP 2018 are extremely limited. Early application is highly encouraged.

Tuition and Fees

  • No application fee  

  • Tuition (Note, does not include meals or housing):

    • Session 1: $500 (Pay via PayPal Secure Link HERE)

    • Session 2: $500 (Pay via PayPal Secure Link HERE)

    • Both Sessions: $800 (Pay via PayPal Secure Link HERE)

 Housing options: Airbnb, Hotel, Hostel


Sample Schedule

10:00am - 10:30am // Silent Meditation

10:30am - 11:00am // Tea Time: Self Directed Reflection / Journaling

11:00am - 1:00pm // Company Class

1:00pm - 2:00pm // Lunch

2:00pm - 4:00pm // Open Rehearsal / Repertory

4:00pm - 5:00pm // Snack & Notes