Ages 15­­­ - 24 • January 17 - June 9
Ages 8 - 20 •
 June 26-July 28

FFDance:  Contemporary Dance meets Choreographic Excellence

Fast Forward Dance was created to develop the choreographic vision and contemporary dance excellence of those who participate in the program. Our teachers are highly crafted mentors who believe relationships coupled with technique are the powerful tools needed to stay a relevant and emerging artist. Our mission is to have an integrated program where students connect with other students, faculty, guest artists and the community in an intimate class structure. 

Philadelphia: Our beloved home

With over fifteen premier dance companies, Philadelphia's booming contemporary dance industry gives Fast Forward Students the opportunity to connect with both budding choreographers and seasoned company directors. Philadelphia is America's only World Heritage City, and in 2015, was named the New York Time's #3 city in the world to visit.  Our universities boast top ranked dance programs, our museums are home to the worlds most precious art, and our performance venues have hosted the most premier dance and theater companies in the world. 

The Rock School: Excellence in Dance Education

Winner of 11 consecutive Outstanding School awards from Youth America Grand Prix, The Rock School currently has alumni in every major ballet company in The United States, in Europe and on Broadway. The Rock School focuses on a mission of excellence and the nurturing of young dancers. Our students learn patience, persistence, attention to detail, discipline, teamwork, and self motivation. The school's exceptional faculty, individual attention, unique in-house Academic program, residence, and overall dedication to developing young artists attracts students from around the globe. 



By clicking the link below, you can create your Fast Forward Account through Mindbody.    


Payment of the registration fee, tuition, room and board are done through the MindBody registration site via the "online store" tab.  


Medical release forms must be completed and submitted to ffdance@therockschool.org before any student can participate in the program.


There are two options to audition for Fast Forward Dance. Applicants can create their video audition and send it directly to ffdance@therockschool.org, or they can audition through The Rock School's 2017 Summer Ballet Audition Tour.

Students must choose to take part in either Fast Forward Dance or the Summer Ballet Intensive. Students are unable to participate in both programs. 

Audition Fee: $25

Create Your Audition Video

For your audition, you must submit a 2-3 minute contemporary piece, barre exercises, and an across the floor exercise. See video for exercises to present. See an example below!

Email Your Audition Link

After creating your audition video and paying the registration fee through Mindbody, send your audition video to: ffdance@therockschool.org with your name and interested session (Session 1 or 2) in the subject.


Please note: Acceptance into Fast Forward Dance program is based on acceptance into the Summer Ballet Intensive. Below are the requirements of the Summer Ballet Tour Auditions.


  • $30 audition fee, pre-register ($40 register on sites)
  • Mandatory audition photos - students must provide Three 4 x 6 in. photos (digital photos only accepted for online registrations)  

Photo Requirements: Poses:

  1. Headshot
  2. Second position échappé
  3. First arabesque 

At this audition, applicants will express interest in Fast Forward Dance on their registration form. This audition is a ballet class, with 20 minutes of optional pointe work at the end.  

Fast Forward Dance class with Special Guest, Lauren Putty

Fast Forward Dance class with Special Guest, Lauren Putty

The exciting part of working daily with kids and movement is to watch them unfold as they gain a brilliant and glowing confidence when they push beyond their own hesitation. Building the relationship with the students is the foundation to acquiring integrity, confidence and trust. Becoming an artist requires an immense sense of self-awareness and generosity. FFD was designed to engage the students at a core level to help begin the process of crafting an artistic voice through movement.
— Sun-Mi, Director of Fast Forward Dance.


Ages 15-24 | January 17 - June 9

Registration Fee: $25

Program Tuition, Marine Club Residence Fee, and Meal Plan: $9960 


Ages 8 - 20, June 26 - July 28


Students will be placed and take ballet classes with The Rock School's Summer Program students.

  • Morning: Ballet class and optional men's class, pointe or pre-point.
  • Afternoon: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Contemporary Class
    Tuesday, Thursday: Strength conditioning or choreography 


When making your payment, please select the payment option of your level. 

Installment dates: March 1, April 1, May 1

Registration Fee: $25

Levels 2-2x: $2,370.00
Installment Price (3): $790.00 

Levels 3-6: $2,610.00
Installment Price (3): $870.00


Room and board pricing is the same for all levels. It includes housing at either Cabrini College (girls) or The Marine Club (boys), and breakfast, lunch, and dinner at either the Cabrini College Dining Hall or the Ballet Bistro at The Rock School. 

Installment dates: March 1, April 1, May 1

Room and Board for all levels: $3,210.00
Installment Price (3): $1,070.00

To pay, add both your level pricing option and your room and board option to the ticket.