Our intensives are designed with the serious dancer in mind, incorporating many styles of dance + tons of guest instructors. Each day will push dancers to continue their education, dive into new experiences in different styles of dance, and give them the opportunity to work with our in-house instructors as well as numerous guests in the industry. (Two sessions based on dancers individual experience.)
August 13-18, 2018
9:00am-1:00pm - Int-Int/Adv Edge Intensive
1:30-5:30pm - Adv Edge Intensive
*Edge Co Choreography to follow in the evening from 6:00-9:00pm -- dancers will be notified in advance.
We will sell out! Reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Bonnie Boiter-Jolley is a Principal dancer with the Columbia City Ballet. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School program where she studied with Melissa Hayden, Warren Connover, Kee Juan Han and Christine Spizzo among others. She spent summers training with Boston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Boiter-Jolley also graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at the school, she worked closely with Stacey Calvert, formerly of the New York City Ballet and performed in numerous Balanchine ballets including but not limited to "Apollo," "La Source," "Serenade," and "Scotch Symphony." Prior to joining Columbia City Ballet, Boiter-Jolley danced professionally with Wideman Davis Dance company and Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, Washington. She has attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training workshop and is currently the Director of Ballet at the Columbia City Jazz Conservatory.
Carly is a dancer and choreographer currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She has trained under some of the top the industry leaders in styles ranging from ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and musical theatre. She grew up training and dancing with the award winning Southern Strutt Dance Company. She has danced with the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders, with Unbound Contemporary Company, ATLA Connect, and is currently a choreographer for some of the top competitive dance studios in the nation. She has won many awards for her choreography including Top Choreographer at the 2017 Dance Awards.
Dale was named "Top Private Studio/Conservatory Teacher" by Dance Teacher magazine and The Dance Teacher Summit in Longbeach, California! She is an active choreographer and master instructor throughout the United States and has taught internationally at the Kiradjiev Cultural Center in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Danz Studio in Costa Rica, and the Singapore Dance Association at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. We are proud to have her working with our Edge Co dancers year-round with our artist in residency program and train our students to continue pushing and inspiring them in their art.
Jack Beaule has been involved with dance since the age of eight years old. Jack graduated from the Greenville Fine Arts Center in 2017 where he trained in modern, ballet, and composition from freshman to senior year. He also competed and trained with Dancers Corner of Greer, South Carolina his last two years of high school. Now at age nineteen, Jack trains extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary as a sophomore at Pace University. Jack has choreographed many pieces both at the Greenville Fine Arts Center as well as for countless dance studios in the southeast. He has been recognized at a regional level for his endeavors, winning the first place award for Outstanding Student Choreography at the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, Virginia. He draws inspiration from the surrounding world: the music he listens to, the people he meets, and the things he experiences. Jack is currently pursuing a BFA in Commercial Dance with a focus in choreography at Pace University in New York City.
Cherrise Wakeham is an established Atlanta-based choreographer and educator with a tenacious vision and a tireless devotion to her craft. She has shared her passion for dance with a wide range of students, companies, and programs throughout the country in both the professional and competitive arenas, making waves in the dance community. Known to “burn the floor with edgy, explosive LA contemporary jazz performances” – Dance Magazine, and have “an undercurrent of risk-taking and emotional honesty” – ArtsCriticATL, Cherrise has also been called “a true creative genius” by Dance Informa Magazine. She was named the 2014 1st Runner Up winner of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, a 2-time Choreographer Pick for the Pulse on Tour, and a featured choreographer for Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Atlanta. She has had her work, “Midnight in the Garden” commissioned for Flux Projects in Atlanta and has been invited to share her choreography as guest performances for charitable events and collaborative showcases such as Women in Film and Television of Atlanta, Project S.A.F.E., The Pink Frog Foundation, Phazes of Love, Legacy of Love, and AIDS Athens. She recently choreographed the College Football Hall of Fame’s Flash Mob sponsored by Chic-fil-A.
Upon moving to Atlanta in 1998, Cherrise was invited to be a founding member of The Phoenix Dance Project, under the direction and choreography of John Mattson, where she attributes her professional start as a performer, choreographer and educator. In 2007, she founded the Atlanta-based, non-profit professional contemporary commercial dance company, Project 7. Her work both independently and with Project 7 has appeared on stages ranging from the Joyce Theatre in New York City to the Alliance, Balzer, 7 Stages, kwhirlhaus, and Buckhead Theaters in Atlanta. Cherrise has served on faculty with Academy of entertainment under the director of Chase and Tessa Benz, judged competitions, and now hosts her own in-studio workshops called Project iN House. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cherrise aims to combine a concentration in child development with her passion for cultivating creativity, discipline, and self-worth within her students in a professional and positive atmosphere.
Kate Harpootlian is a sometimes working dancer, professional auditioner, budding choreographer and improvisational comedienne extraordinaire. She was a raised a Southerner training at the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Dale Lam. Having traveled the world with CCJC, Kate graduated early from high school and took her dancing dreams to the great city of New York. She now sort of resides in Los Angeles and New York and kind of her suitcase. Her sometimes work credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” Dancing with the Stars, Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II, Boardwalk Empire, Ellen, SYTYCD Season 12, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, works by Jason Parsons, works by Heather Lang, Oui Danse, and Shaping Sound Dance Company.
In 2016, she was runner-up at the Capezio Ace Awards with her piece "Diginity." The following year she premiered "Better Late Than Never" at 25Live in Long Beach. She currently enjoys working and choreographing with young students across the country, hoping to the inspire them with her nerdy love of body alignment, theatrical contemporary movement, and self deprecating stories of advice such as “what you shouldn’t do in auditions that I have done.” A constant student at heart she has been exploring the journey from dancer to creator for some time and is most certainly excited to show what has come of it.
Michael Hall is a New York Based dancer who began his training in his hometown of Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina under the direction of Debbie Stringfield. He would eventually transition his training to Columbia City Jazz under the direction of Dale Lam at age 15. He then would become the 2015 Male Best Dancer at The Dance Awards Las Vegas. After graduating High School Michael continued to pursue his Career in Dancing and found himself onboard Royal Caribbean's Cruise Line in "Saturday Night Fever the Musical". He's recently spent the past few months in Cairo, Egypt dancing in a new television show starring Sherihan. (Famous Actress/Singer in the Middle East.)
Chase Hudson, a Southern Strutt alumni, is now attending Pace University in New York City working towards earning a BFA in commercial dance. Aside from school, He has performed professionally and worked for artists such as Shannon Mather, Talia Favia, Kirsten Russell, Dee Caspary, and Jess Hendricks. His passion for choreography and working with kids sparked early, which has driven him to many choreographic opportunities at studios all over the United States. His choreography has been recognized and awarded at numerous dance competitions, including when he was named Choreograher of the Year at Kids Artistic Revue Nationals in 2017. He hopes to continue to inspire younger generations and share his passion as much as possible!
Meredith Yuhas, born inCharleston, SC, has always been motivated to move, climbing trees at a young age and competing nationally in competitive sports throughout High School. Yuhas found her deep attraction for dance when she was a teenager, uniting her athletic endeavors and artistic mind within the Wando High School Dance Program under Jessica Crum Belcher and Julie Delizza.Years later, Yuhasstrivesto inspire and be inspired through the power of vulnerability, human connection, and mindfulness that is actualized through movement education and daily life.
Yuhas holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Psychology with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership from Columbia College, SC. In college, Yuhas presented twelve fully formed main stage pieces (dance and aerial dance work), three site specific works, and represented Columbia College at National Honor Conferences in Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and Atlanta, GA. Yuhas was rewarded for her choreographic rigor, receiving the very first Martha Brim Award for Choreography and Artistic Merit. As a performer and choreographer, Yuhas has presented her works on a number of stages across the South East including Greenville Artisphere (2015, 2016), American Dance Festival Student Show (2017), American College Dance Association’s SouthEast Conference (2015, 2016, 2018), The 2018 Asheville Fringe Festival, Columbia’s Emerging Choreographers Show, and 2018 PortFringe Theater Festival in Portland, Maine.
Premiering January 2018, through the guidance of Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton and Martha Brim, Yuhas launched her own dance collective out of Columbia College, Yuhas & Dancers. Yuhas continues to explore risky and athletic contemporary movement, held within the intimacy of illustrated human relationships and the universal need for connection through her grassroots dance collective made up of ten strong and diverse women, based in Columbia, SC.
Additionally, Yuhas is a 225 hr. Registered Yoga Instructor, and has taught classes at Holy Yoga Columbia, Columbia College, and MUV Fitness Columbia. Yuhas is also certified by Born to Fly Aerial Teacher Training, and teaches classes in aerial hoop, static trapeze, and aerial silks. Yuhas is thankful for the many opportunities she has received to learn from internationally recognized artists such as Pilobolus, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Bebe Miller, Angie Hauser, Robert Moses, Nora Chipaumire, Miguel Gutierrez, Stephanie Martinez, Ronald K. Brown, George Staib, Gaga Teacher Maree Remalia, Gerri Houlihan, Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, David Parsons Dance Company, and local dance training with The Power Company Collaborative, Annex Dance Company, Revolve Aerial Dance, DanceFX/Dance Lab (Jenny Broe), and many more. Yuhas plans to continue her education by beginning her Masters in Dance Movement Therapy in New York City, Fall 2018.
Casey started dancing at age 3. She grew up training extensively in jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary. She became inspired to teach at age 17 and spent her senior year of high school as a master teacher, choreographer and director of a company. Casey is a 2013 graduate of the College of Charleston where she studied Arts Management and minored in Dance. During college Casey continued to train, was active in the school’s Dance Department, became a member of the College of Charleston’s Dance Team, traveled around the US as a master teacher and choreographer, served as a dance teacher and directed a company of her own. Currently Casey is one of the Artistic Directors for Augusta West Dance Studio’s Performing Companies and travels the United States as a master teacher and choreographer. She is also the co-founder of Project Give Dance which is a fundraising campaign that provides children with the opportunity to dance through financial aid. Casey’s devotion to excellence and ability to bring out passion in dancers has earned her the spot as an award-winning choreographer and a trusted dance teacher that provides quality dance education. Her fun and high-energy classes are sure to push you to your limit and leave you feeling revived and powerful.
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