Are you ready to work in the commercial dance industry? You will be.

With COVID still an uncertainty and our faculty and dancers' safety TOP priority, we have decided to do two retreat style intensives this year to keep the groups small as well as booking large houses away from big cities or other groups.

Tuition includes all classes, lodging and meals. 

*COVID tests will be required of all dancers and faculty before arrival. 

Auditions are now open and due to small acceptance numbers these will fill up fast so apply early!



Big Sky, Montana

Welcome to RTW (Ready to Work) Alumni only retreat style intensive. Dancers must have attended at least one summer event to apply. 

This is an 8 day intensive for alumni only that will include a music video shoot with an artist, dance shots, headshots with hair and make-up team, one on one technique and talkback with CDI faculty and guests, virtual meeting with casting and talent agents, and so much more. 

Faculty and dancers will all stay together in an incredible mountain mansion and all meals are included. Dance classes will be held indoors and outdoors as well as photo and video shoots on location. Seminars will be held in the indoor theatre room. 

Only a select group of alumni who we feel are ready for this level of training will be accepted. 

$4,000 for the 8 day intensive

*payment plans available

Audition requirements:  

Please paste link to a single google drive folder titled “FULL NAME - RTW SUBMISSION” that contains 4 items:

 1.   Google Doc including the following:

⁃ Introduction and brief statement of intention (why you would like to attend RTW). Please include what year(s) you attended CDI summer and location(s).

⁃Clickable link to dance reel on Vimeo or YouTube 

⁃Clickable link to online artist presence (website and/or social media artist page)

⁃Short Artist Bio (35 words or less)

*Be sure to allow to access the google doc  as an editor*

 2.    Headshot in JPEG Format

 3.    Danceshot in JPEG Format

 4.    Resume in PDF format



Pigeon Forge, TN

This year will be another retreat style event but the full 12 days for new dancers and alumni!

Join us for seminars, mock auditions, talent agents, technique, headshots and dance shots, heels, on camera, guest teachers, artist experience and more! Dancers will be divided into groups by age. 

Dancers and faculty will live together in an awesome mountain mansion and all meals are included. Dance classes will take place inside and in an outdoor studio and seminars will be held in the indoor theatre room. 

Space will be limited as we are only doing one session so we recommend applying early. 

$5,000 for the 12-day intensive

*payment plans available

Audition requirements:

Dancers must submit a video that includes a one min bio/intro, a 1-2 min dance clip in a technical style ( ballet, contemporary, jazz, etc), a 1-2 min dance clip in a commercial style ( hip-hop, heels, jazz, etc), and a full body dance or editorial photo. Please include your name, email and insta handle in this video. These must be combined into one video.