Student Honors Intensive Program

The Dance Masters of America offers a  Student Honors Intensive Program (S.H.I.P.) at both The State University of New York at Buffalo S.H.I.P. NORTH and a Student Honors Intensive Program at the beautiful Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, S.H.I.P. SOUTH.  These are EXCELLENT programs for the serious young dancer.

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 educational programs are specifically designed to extend their dance training and introduce many avenues in dance open to them.


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 world.  At the end of the week, the students will perform in a showcase. 


Students who have reached their eighteenth birthday and want to become a dance educator will be given the opportunity to attend either one of the S.H.I.P Programs or our 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 and prepare  the students 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 or National Treasurer (see contact information below). If approved, the Chaperone will receive free Dormitory Lodging and a Meal Ticket. 


College bound students in their senior year of high school should note that one college credit is available at the State University of New York at Buffalo for a fee. Forms and Fees 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 contect:

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 contact:

Charleen Locascio, National Treasurer at 504-454-1376 or E-mail



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.


 consists of daily Master Classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre