This 10-day program is available for the following sessions below.
Important Note: In addition to the session dates below, only
groups with two (2) or more participants can request specific
dates for a 10-day period that is not listed below. All of the
request for specific dates must be approved by DI management.
Available 2020 Sessions
Nov 10 - Nov 19
Available 2021 Sessions
March 2 - March 11
This program is 10 days in length and anyone, of any skill level,
over the age of 18 years old may participate.
Participants in this program will:
Return to Japan with a whole new range of techniques and tools to infuse in choreography in order to create their own dance style.
Become stronger through the fitness training program that will teach valuable tips to build upon to help with strength, explosiveness and reduce the possibility of injury.
Receive 1-on-1 instruction from elite Atlanta dancers who are some of the best in the industry.
Begin learning English communication through a customized experience-based program.
Explore the great city of Atlanta through excursions of all types.
We work with a wide variety of dance and cheer organizations and elite dancers, and handpick
each specific placement based on your experience level as captured in your application and
Skype interview with our team.
We strive not to have a typical day within the program. Every day
is a little different by design to keep the participants excited and
energized. Below are the activities included in the program.
Elite Dancer 1-on-1 Instruction: One (1) 1-on-1 instructional session with an elite dancer.
Dance Classes: Ten (10) dance training and techniques classes offered at local dance studios.
English Learning: English learning through a combination of classroom instruction and interactive English learning excursions.
Dance Fitness Training: Three (3) 1-on-1 personal fitness training sessions.
Dance Team Visits: Attend practice sessions of sports dance teams (when available).
Atlanta Sightseeing: Trips to famous Atlanta sites.
How exactly did Atlanta become one of the top U.S. hip hop cities? We don't know but we are really happy about it. Atlanta musicians and producers created a style and community that was all their own which came to be an undeniable force in hip hop. That has produced some of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the world. And we have a few of them here just for you! Our program will offer one (1) 1-on-1 instructional session with an elite dancer.
Our Dance Studio
Our DI Dance Studio is a beautiful, spacious studio. The mirrored space also has an incredible state-of-the-art music system.
Featured Dance Instructors
Our study abroad program is one of the best only because we work with some of the best. Below are two of our featured dancer instructors that have performed with some the greatest stars in the industry such as Beyoncé, Usher and Ciara.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tasha B was always inspired by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson,
Beyonce, JLo, Britney Spears, Usher and many more. With signing with the biggest agency in the south,
X-cel Talent Agency, and training for years Tasha has been able to book major jobs and projects. From
this she has been more than grateful to have worked with choreographers such as Chris Grant, JaQuel
Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rich & Tone, Jamaica Craft, HiHat, Rio
Henderson, Kiki Ely, Bubba Carr, Sakinah Lestage, Kennis Marquis, Cici Kelley, Galen Hooks, Marc
Marvelous, Victor Jackson, Sean Bankhead, Joshua Smith and many others. Jobs such as Empire Season
2, The Originals, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Roadtrip, Soul Train Awards all have given Tasha B. the
opportunity to use her talent in many different styles and ways. Recently booking reality show "STAR"
and the Teen Choice Awards, Tasha B. was able to perform and outstanding rendition of "Sweet Charity"
by legendary Bob Fosse, which was choreographed by Sean Bankhead.
Tasha has also been able to work with Ciara on Bruno Mars "24KMagiceWorldTour", Erykah Badu, Ro
James, Tamar Braxton, August Alsina, Tyler Perry, Step Up Highwater, and much more. The highlight of
Tasha B's dance career was when she reached her ultimate dream job of working with Beyonce Knowles.
From the Formation music video, to the Lemonade movie, to Super Bowl 50, the Formation World Tour,
the 2017 Grammy's, and Beychella. The experience, the knowledge shared, the growth accomplished is
exactly what Tasha B wants to share with the world through instructing and teaching. Presently she is
building her brand to uplift, empower, inspire, and motivate women in all communities through women
empowerment events, dance classes, and a night out of fun while also working on other things to take her
vision to the next level.
Born in Queens, NY and raised in Atlanta, Ga, Saidah Nairobi is a self-described "Apple Peach". With no
formal dance training but an exceptional rawness and passion to perform, Saidah's experiences as a
professional dancer can be best described as adventurous, profound, and life-changing. Initially studying
at Bennett College in North Carolina to become an English teacher, Saidah chose instead to pursue her
long-time passion for performing.
Since then, Saidah has danced on stages around the world with music heavyweights including Beyonce (I
Am World Tour, Formation World Tour), Usher (OMG World Tour), Ne-Yo, and Ciara, and became
known over the years as the "dancer with the short blonde hair".
Saidah's latest tour was on Beyonce's Formation World Tour and since then she has transitioned into
other fields of entertainment including acting, with a recurring role playing dance teacher, Electra, on the
television series, Step Up, recording music, and publishing her first work as an author, her dance memoir
titled, 'Leap of Faith: The Journey of a Dream.' Living by faith over fear, Saidah Nairobi is dedicated to
using her journey in arts and entertainment as an instrument of worldwide inspiration for all to activate
faith, put in the work, and make dreams come true. Stay tuned because the compelling and unorthodox
journey of Saidah Nairobi beholds much more.
Today, Atlanta is home to over 300 recording studios, 60 music venues, 30 music festivals and 4 professional sports teams that showcase long beloved, currently popular, and swiftly rising talent. It only makes sense to have unbelievable dance studios to support and train the thriving dancers within the entertainment and sports dance industry. From hip hop to ballet, our program has partnered with several of Atlanta's top dance studios to offer an array of classes. Together with the DI advisory team, classes will be collaboratively selected for your stay based on your interests and skill level. Your DI advisor will also will escort you to your first day of class at each studio.
Why not learn English and about Atlanta at the same time? In addition to our non-credit classroom English lessons, we are passionate about our experiential-learning sessions that consist of outside the classroom, hands-on English learning experiences. Not to mention it's just plain fun! Participants can benefit from field trips to grocery stores, shopping venues and various Atlanta must-see locations that provide an exciting experience that supports their English learning journey. Some field trips offer practice opportunities, while others are more geared towards developing confidence when traveling around a new and unfamiliar U.S. city.
No matter what your goals are, our 1-on-1 dance fitness training program is a perfect way to achieve your fitness and dance training goals all at the same time. Whether you are striving for dance technique improvement or increased stamina, better flexibility or improving strength or body shape, our program will develop a fitness plan that specifically achieves the results you desire. If you're having a problem with turns or you want to gain more flexibility, our fitness programs can tailor exercises to help strengthen those weaknesses. Our experience can help you realize your full performance potential.
Our Fitness Facility
Our DI fitness facility houses some of the best state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-training equipment in the city. The open design gym is also equipped with a relaxation and recovery zone, where members can unwind and relax. The upscale fitness space also includes:
Functional Fitness Training Space
Free Weights and Cable Rack
Selectorized Weight Machines
Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bicycles, and Rower
Locker Rooms with Shower Facilities and Locker Rental
Atlanta is a great sports town! As a result we have some phenomenal cheerleader and dance teams that support our teams. Our program, when available, will allow participants to visit practices sessions with various sports dance teams around the city. Experience how they prepare for each game, experience how they practice and most of all experience how they create the best fan experiences in the country!
Our Staff is Here to Assist You!
Our staff is here to assist you every step of the way. Below we have outlined our 5-Step Orientation
Process. Our process is designed to make your transition to Atlanta seamless and worry free.
1 Skype Pre-Arrival Orientation
2 In-Person Airport Pick-up
4 Post Arrival Orientation
3 Hotel Check-in Assistance
5 Activity Check-in Assistance
In addition to our 5-Step Orientation Process, our staff also manages the following program components
below (Note: dance studio classes and our English instruction are managed by our 3rd party partners
with our assistance and oversight).
Fitness Training Instruction
Dance Technique Instruction
Atlanta Sightseeing Guidance
Our staff will be available during working hours to help with your
logistical needs or address any issues you may face, and are
available 24 hours via an emergency phone for serious
emergencies. Each participate will be introduced to their DI advisor
as soon as they are accepted. Several meetings will be set-up with
your advisor before and after your arrival. Your DI advisor is here
to make sure you have the best possible experience here in
About Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Among the nation's fastest-growing metro areas, Atlanta is attracting newcomers from around the country and the world. 16.5 million people come to visit Atlanta each year. With a flare for the arts and entertainment, Atlanta offers a wide selection of museums, music venues and a thriving theatre, movie and music scene.
Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the country - including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the CNN Center and the Western hemisphere's largest indoor aquarium. In recent years Atlanta's centrality, vibrant music and movie scene, business climate, and gracious living have transformed the city into a magnet for young people from all parts of the USA.
How would you like to live, train and dance in the land of hip hop, sports and entertainment? As T.I., Migos, Ludacris, and Usher will undoubtedly tell you (if you happen to meet them), Atlanta has one of the most active and storied entertainment and music (especially hip hop) scenes in the country. An entirely new style of rap and hip hop came out of Atlanta, a style that has a specific cadence and flow that is totally unique to the ATL. Atlanta is a special city for Japanese dancers.
Very few Japanese dancers train in Atlanta.
Atlanta is a huge entertainment city and is considered the "2nd Hollywood" or "East Coast Hollywood".
Atlanta is home to many dancers that work with top artists such as Missy Elliott, Beyonce and Ciara.
Atlanta is considered the Hip Hop capital of south with its own sound and flare.
Atlanta's low cost of living allows this program to offer more value-added activities at the same cost or less than most other programs around the country.
The MARTA system is Atlanta's train system and has been a staple to the community. Today, MARTA is one of the top 10 transportation agencies in the U.S.
View the MARTA train map to explore rail lines and stations. Rail maps are also posted in all MARTA stations and inside rail cars. For more information, click here for an interactive map with streets, MARTA station guides and maps of each rail line below.
MARTA will be the primary option for 80% of the required destinations for this program. For any other destination, not on the MARTA transportation line, participants will be required to use other transportation options at their own expense. The DI advisor will work with you prior to arrival to assist with budget allocation for UBER transportation.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code: ATL) is the only commercial airport in Atlanta. You will book your flight to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. A DI representative will be waiting for you in the designated airport area sent to you by your DI advisor. You will then be accompanied to your living accommodations and will spend the first day going over the program's itinerary, a transportation overview, emergency and safety information and settling into your accommodations.
The following day will include an orientation to Atlanta, in-depth look into the itinerary, and the start of your program.
Discover what makes Atlanta so unique. Explore places to visit that are found "only in Atlanta." During your time outside of the assigned program schedule, you are completely independent to explore the city. In fact, we encourage it! We will send a link to all the cool things to explore and a weekly schedule of events highlighting exciting events happening around Atlanta. Whether it's our world-class aquarium or iconic Stone Mountain, Atlanta has so much to see!
We know how difficult finding perfect living accommodations from thousands of miles away
can be. We take the stress away by offering housing options that are convenient and safe. Our
job is to narrow those choices and provide ongoing support for your entire stay. While studying
abroad offers an exhilarating challenge knowing that you have accommodations that fits all of
your needs and transforms your new living space to a home away from home.
The options offered for this session are located below.
Our living accommodations are located within stylish Buckhead. Known for its upscale malls and the independent art galleries, our location is located walking distance from the MARTA Station, grocery store and two of the biggest shopping malls in Georgia. Chicly dressed locals frequent the trendy restaurants along Peachtree Road and Roswell Road, while twenty-somethings hang out at lively bars and clubs.
Extended Stay - Atlanta
Conveniently located near two major shopping malls (Lenox Mall/Phelps Mall), grocery stores and many restaurants.
Fully fitted kitchen/living room equipped with all necessary utensils, oven and fridge freezer
Flat Screen Television
Bed linen and towels are provided weekly
Internet access is provided free of charge
On-site laundry facilities
Outside swimming pool
Our living accommodations have all the amenities you need, like a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and cooking utensils. Your comfort is assured thanks to separate dining and living areas as well and ample work space. You'll feel right at home with in-room WiFi Internet access and cable television. And the convenience of an on-premise laundry facility saves you precious time while you acclimate to your new surroundings.
You will be living in extended living accommodations. All rooms are shared with another participant in the program, although single rooms are available at an additional cost. You will have a roommate that is also a participant of the program. You can also choose your roommate if they have also been accepted to the program.
Note: DI will not house a male and female together, unless specified by the two participants.
Program cost includes most expenses such as living accommodations but does not include all the cost of the program. Please make sure you review the Inclusion/Exclusion section below to see exactly what is included and what is not included in the program cost. Program cost are non-refundable once you are accepted in the program and payment is received by DI.
Apartment (Double Occupancy)
Extended Stay Living (Double Occupancy)
Extended Stay Living (Single Occupancy)
10-Day Dance Program
10-Day Dance Plus Program
10-Day Fitness Program
10-Day Dance & Fitness Program
10-Day Youth Dance Program
10-Day Basketball Cheerleader Program
$50 application deposit due upon submitting initial application,
(goes toward the cost of the program, not an extra fee,
refundable only if DI rejects your group application or cancels
$500 non-refundable program deposit (goes toward the cost of
the program, not an extra fee) to secure your place for your
chosen session due within 4 days of official acceptance
Remaining balance due 30 days before the program start date
plus $250 refundable housing security deposit which is
returned after the program minus any damages.
Pre-departure orientation via video chat
Assistance with travel arrangements
24-hour emergency support
Grab and Go Breakfast
Housing as noted in the Living Accommodations section
All items listed in the Program Components section
In-person registration assistance at the dance studios
Any type of insurance
Meals (All other meals not noted in the inclusion section)
Laundry Services (laundry facilities located at living accommodations for an additional fee)
Passport application assistance and/or fee
ESTA application assistance and/or fee
Registration is now open for all dates in 2019. Apply today!
Submit a simple online application
Schedule a live video with your DI Advisor
Receive your acceptance and welcome to Atlanta!
How the Process Works
To apply, click the "Apply Now" button below. You will fill out a simple initial application
online and pay a deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward
your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask
you to do the following:
NOTE: You must apply at least 6 weeks prior to your requested arrival date.
Select "Apply Now" below to begin your application.
Pay the Program's deposit through the Online Deposit Payment System (Save a
copy of your payment confirmation for your records.)
We will contact you with an acceptance decision within two weeks of your Skype
interview and finishing your application.