Summer Dance Intensive 2022
With a special focus on Broadway and musical theater CDT is proud to bring you
While dancers will be learning Broadway inspired choreography and discovering what it is like to work in show business, intensive participants will also have class and choreography in other forms of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, partnering, ballroom, acro, and more!
Faculty to be announced soon.
Monday- Friday, June 6th-17th 9:30am-4pm
With a performance on Friday, June 17th at 6pm
Students should pack a lunch each day.
For levels V and higher, ages 11 and up
Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 23rd in conglomeration with CDT Performance Company Auditions.
Along with choreographic studies, students will take class to better improve ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. Various other classes such as yoga, flamenco, ballroom, and hip-hop will also be incorporated in technique studies.
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. Five professional images are included in the price of the intensive
Get ready for a performance like you've never seen before! Friday, June 17th at 6:00pm, we will hold a end of Summer Intensive Performance with new choreographic works by: Kenny Keawekane, Billy Hawkains III, Frank Hay, and Emily Schelber. Performance will take place at CDT studios.
(Due June 1st)
(Pay balance by May 10th)
Deposit to hold spot
Levels V and higher, ages 11 and up
Saturday, April 23rd
10:30-12:15 Levels VII-Advanced (ages 13 and up)
12:30- 1:45 Intermediate Levels V-VI (ages 11 and up)
Or send in a dance resume, letter of recommendation, and dance video showing ballet adage, pirouette, allegro, pointe if applicable, and at least 16 counts of a contemporary combination.
Billy Hawkains III
Billy James Hawkains III, was first introduced to dance from the pews of his hometown Baptist church in Detroit, MI. Despite his lack of formal coaching, the fourteen-year-old, soon-to-be dancer began taking classes under Anthony Smith at Lewis Cass Technical High School where ballet was his first genre of study. Learning at fourteen years of age what others learned at four didn't come easy, but Billy held tight to the budding passion inside of him.
Now a multidisciplinary dancer, choreographer, writer, and filmmaker; Billy James Hawkains recently made history as the first African American male in over fifteen years to hold an MFA in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the first dancer to be featured on the cover and inside UNCG’s annual research magazine. Hawkains also holds a BFA in dance performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
In 2017, he began dancing with Theatre of Movement, a performance and visual art collective led by creative-visionary Duane Cyrus. Billy's work as a choreographic assistant to Cyrus can be seen in a number of works including "Colony of Desire," a commission for the Charlotte Ballet that premiered in January 2020. Hawkains continued his work with the collective alongside mentor Duane Cyrus as a founding member of The Black Network; a band of artists, professionals and activists promoting funding opportunities and growth within the global black community.
Throughout his career, Billy has performed world-renowned works by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Juel D. Lane, and many more. His unique dance style combines Ballet, Modern, Afro-contemporary, and Flow Acrobatics, to result in a visceral approach to movement that is both rhythmic and athletic.
During his graduate research, Billy examined religious topics and themes in relation to movement. In his MFA thesis work, "By Fire", he explores his deep connection to Afro-diasporic spirituality through dance and music.
Billy's current creative expression is triggered by his Christian faith, and his on-going research into African/African American religions and Black Culture. He continues his research under the mantle of his collective, The III Collective. Billy is currently serving as the Limited-term Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University.
Kenny Alika Keawekane
Broadway Musical Theatre
While he teaches Hip-Hop at CDT throughout the year, we are so excited to bring Kenny into our intensive to work with CDT dancers on his Broadway skills! Kenny Alika Keawekane is an Hawaiian born, Northern raised, Southern fried, and self-taught “Panda.” He has been performing, teaching, and choreographing professionally for the past 11 years in Central to Eastern Tennessee. He is constantly striving to be a better performer/artist, collaborating and engulfing himself in other types and styles of venues, art, and dance. His experiences include being a Choreographer at Coffee County High School for the Showchoir and Theater Program, playing Dr.Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror Picture Show, dancing in music videos for Eric Paisley and Call Me Spinster, appearing in a commercial for TUL Pens, creating and performing in shows at the Barking Legs Theater, and working with The Pop-Up Project and appearing in their dance film “The Light We Share.”