Student Honors Intensive Program

A Message from our National Executive Secretary…

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to offer our Student Honors Intensive Program (S.H.I.P.) at both The State University of New York at Buffalo S.H.I.P. NORTH and DMA's newest educational venue S.H.I.P. SOUTH at the beautiful Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. These are fabulous programs for the serious young dancer. The dance education received at these intensive programs are second to none.

The members of the Dance Masters of America's Advisory Committee and Mr. Tom Ralabate, our Education Stratagist saw a need for a special program for serious dance students.  This educations program is specifically designed to extend their dance training and introduce them to the many avenues in dance open to them. With these ideas and goals our S.H.I.P program was developed and has grown tremendously and we are pleased to now offer the same program to more young dancers with the addition of S.H.I.P. SOUTH.


The students attending S.H.I.P. NORTH or S.H.I.P. SOUTH will have daily technique classes, in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop, taught by our fabulous faculty. They will fine-tune their auditioning skills for both college and the professional.  At the end of the week, the students will perform in a showcase. 


Of course, students who have reached their eighteenth birthday and want to become a dance educator will be given the opportunity to attend our regular Teachers Training School Program.


Students attending either S.H.I.P. NORTH or S.H.I.P. SOUTH are required to stay in the dormitories. With common housing, our aim is to create a friendly and fraternal atmosphere that will foster mutual growth an prepare them for college life. The Dance Masters of America will provide adult chaperones for all students attending this program. Adults (over the age of 21) wishing to volunteer may request a Chaperone Form from the Administrator. If approved, the Chaperone will receive free Dormitory Lodging and a Meal Ticket. 


College bound studentsin their senior year of high school should note that one college credit per year is available at the State University of New York at Buffalo for a fee. Forms will be available onsite at the Registration Desk. (At this time this is only offered at S.H.I.P North.


If you have any questions pertaining to S.H.I.P. NORTH, please feel free to call Laura Bostic, S.H.I.P. NORTH Administrative Director at (734) 718-9146 (Cell) or E-mail her at


If you have any questions pertaining to S.H.I.P. SOUTH, please feel free to call,  Charleen Locascio, National Treasurer at 504-454-1376 or E-mail



Robert Mann

National Executive Secretary


is an educational journey for young emerging dancers ages 13-18 and prepares them for the job demands of the 21st century.


 is a voyage through the classroom, that challenges the dancers technical and artistic expression.


is the pathway to the stage and nurtures the development of resourceful artists of the future.

S H I P consists of daily Master Classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

We also prepare the dancers for The Musical Theatre, Dance Company and Commercial Dance Auditions,

along with other Dance Career options, Wellness Classes, and much more.