Levels V and higher, ages 11 and up, instructor permission required for admittance
Students should pack a lunch each day.
Ready to see what life is like as a dance professional? This intensive will take you there. Intermediate and advanced dancers will experience a variety of dance techniques from multiple teachers throughout the course of 2 weeks. Students will study ballet, modern, and jazz techniques and will learn three different pieces of choreography that will be used throughout the 2019-2020 season. Additionally, participants will be able to connect with dancers who have danced on Broadway, at Disney, in professional companies, and more. Other guest speakers will include professors at universities, dance teachers, studio owners, and dance therapy counselors. There will be a photo day in which dancers can get their standard head shot (needed for most professional and university auditions), and a few other images of full body dance poses. The sitting fee for the photos is included in the price of the intensive and students will be able to purchase prints and files of the photos directly from the photographer for additional costs. Students will have a short performance at CDT at 6pm on Friday, July 19th
Dancers not currently enrolled at Chattanooga Dance Theatre, must take a drop in class ($16 fee) as an audition, or send in a dance resume, letter of recommendation, and dance video showing ballet adage, pirouette, and allegro work, pointe if applicable and at least 16 counts of a contemporary combination.
Collage Dance Collective
RICKEY J. FLAGG II was born and raised in Windsor, CT. He began his dance training at a local studio in Hartford, CT called The Artists Collective. At 14 he started training in many different styles including Hip-Hop, Modern Dance, West African and Tap. In Rickey’s junior year of High School he was accepted into the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he began to hone in on his Ballet and Modern Techniques. Simultaneously, he was part of the Hartt School Community Division under the direction of Miguel Campaneria. After one year of college at The University of Hartford Rickey continued his training with Mr. Campaneria in Cary, NC. There he progressed quickly which allowed him to dance roles in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Spring Waters Pas de Deux and excerpts from Raymonda. Mr. Flagg has choreographed solos for the Youth American Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition, several of which placed in the contemporary category. In 2012, Rickey was awarded a full scholarship to attend Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Training Program under the direction of Virginia Johnson. Flagg was a featured lead in many of the productions put on by the school; Flower Festival, Paquita, Pulcinella Suite and Nutcracker to name a few. Upon completion of the training program at DTH, Rickey accepted a contract with Charlotte Ballet II. While in the second company he got many opportunities to dance in
full length productions with the main company. These included Coppelia, Four Temperaments, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. Rickey joined Collage Dance Collective in 2015. Here he’s performed works by Sir Fredrick Ashton, Arturo Fernandez, Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Christopher Huggins, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kevin IEGA Jeff and many others. Rickey has recently finished his fourth season with Collage.
Alex just graduated from grad school at the University of Virginia, and is moving to Chattanooga this summer to be a high school counselor at Ivy Academy at Soddy Daisy. She has taught at Wilsons Academy of Dance during my grad school career and is looking forward to teaching dance this coming year, because nothing beats helping kids improve their dance skills and their confidence!Here’s a note from Alex:I grew up in the dance world and have been teaching dance for almost ten years. I started my teaching career at All American Dance Factory in Tampa, FL and also at Elsa Pardo in Tampa, FL. When I moved up to NC to attend college at the University of North Carolina, I began teaching at International Ballet Academy and have taught there for the past 6 six summers as the jazz and contemporary instructor. I have also choreographed many competition pieces and my choreography has won various awards at dance competitions, such as top 12 contemporary piece at Youth America Grand Prix and the bronze medal at World Ballet Competition.As a dancer, I trained under Haydee Gutierrez at the Performing Arts Center in Tampa and at All American Dance Factory. I attended summer ballet programs at Miami City Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre NY. I also furthered by ballet training by attending year round school at Miami City Ballet School on full scholarship. I was also a competition kid growing up and won awards such as Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA and the Grand Prix Award at Youth America Grand Prix.
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