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, 2019 (please note this is Tuesday-Sunday!)
9:00am-1:00pm (geared towards dancers 13 and under dancing at an Int-Int/Adv level)
1:30-5:30pm (geared towards dancers 14+ dancing at an Adv level)
*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!
Tom Richardson is a sought after choreographer and instructor based in New York City. Tom began his training as a dancer, singer and actor; a well-rounded triple threat and began working professionally at a young age. Working across 3 continents by the time he was 22. Tom appeared in the US national tour of Broadway’s SWING! (swing/lead vocal understudy), TraumNovela in the European Premiere in Spain (Ecco), Falco, a new multimedia musical in Vienna, Austria based on the late 80's pop star, Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Gypsy, West Side story and Alice through the looking glass, Cinderella to name a few.Tom has danced for Kym Mazelle, as well as Industrials for Joop Perfume, Mission Australia, Coca Cola and has appeared in Tv commercials and film.
Movement coach/choreographer for the 2017 Hausach (German fashion house) couture collection campaign for both print and video. Tom was selected as one of the 2018 Capezio A.C.E Award (A Choreographer Excellence) Finalist from choreographers around the world. He was assistant choreographer to Shelly Masenior for So You Think You Can Dance - Ukraine, additionally helping her set pieces in NYC.
For three years in a row, Tom was invited to present choreography to perform at D.RA. Dancin' Downtown at the Joyce Theater NYC. Other choreography credits include Dance: In It For Life (Off-Broadway), NDA/NCA Varsity Collegiate national championship, Midnight on Broadway for CCL, La Companyia XII International (Spain) The Winged Ones (Creative Team- Australia), TraumNovela an adaption of Stanley Kubrick's novel Eyes wide shut (Associate Choreographer, Spain). No LiMiTs off-off Broadway fund raiser. Choreographer on “BDC moves” video series.
Tom has taught master classes at dance companies, professional dance studios, competition studios, conventions and set choreography all over the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia. He is resident faculty with Artistic Dance Exchange Touring the US, Canada and Europe. Special Guest at TDR - The Dance Revolution (Mexico) He was also a faculty member at Intrigue Dance Intensive and has been a Guest Faculty with The Pulse on Tour. He has taught/judged for Shine Dance (Canada) and has judged for multiple dance competitions in the US, Canada and Australia..
Tom is a Faculty member at world renowned Broadway Dance Center (NYC), as well as guest teaches at Steps on Broadway (New York City) Edge Performing arts Center (Los Angeles) The Underground Dance Centre (Toronto, Canada) and Urban Dance Centre in Sydney, Australia. Tom, has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine Online, Danceplug, Dance.com (US), SYTYCDISM, Articles (Canada), and Intrigue Dance Intensive interview series and recently named a choreographer in the Top 6 concept videos to watch - Dance Spirit Magazine.
Tom has received multiple awards for his choreography at many National and international competitions and is known for inspiring and challenging dancers, not just to be a well-trained dancer but to be a creative artist and true performer.
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.
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.
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.
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, Skwhirlhaus, 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.
Meredith Yuhas, born in Charleston, 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, Yuhas strives to 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.
Ryan Kirby began dancing at the age of 6, training until he graduated school in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. After graduation, he worked as a company director for Starz Artistic Performing Company. It was there that his choreography won numerous national first overalls and FDC awards. After directing for 2 years, Ryan decided to pursue his dream of dancing professionally and moved to Los Angeles, California. After moving, Ryan worked on Glee, toured the country with Macy's passport and on the 2015 Pentatonix tour, worked on a Toyota commercial, and on several music videos and industrials. He also taught at IDA (international dance academy) in Hollywood, Mather Dance Company, and EVOLVE dance intensives as faculty. Ryan returned to his home of Starz in 2018 and has been teaching and traveling since.
James is a Business and Finance major at the University of South Carolina who has had a passion for dance his whole life. He started dancing and performing all disciplines of dance with Dance Productions in North Carolina where he studied tap under Sabrina Perrell at the age of 11. He now is the Assistant Director and Director of Tap at Columbia City Jazz where he has worked with many world renowned choreographers such as Anthony Morigerato, Mike Minery, and Travis Wall.
Brendan Moran started dancing at the age of 4 1/2 in a 45 minute tap class. From there he proceeded to diversify his training at Miller Street Dance Academy in North Carolina and then moved to South Carolina to dance at The Southern Strutt. He has won many regional titles, and even a national title, during his competitive years that include Top Ten Best Dancer, Teen Mr. Dance of America, and numerous first overall solo performances. He has proceeded to strive towards a professional career by furthering his training and education at Pace University’s Commercial Dance program where he is continuing to expand his knowledge for the industry while getting his BFA.
Holly Ryder Robinson
Holly Ryder is a South Florida based teacher, focusing mainly on contemporary movement and improvisation. Since becoming certified in Vinyasa, she has developed a class that emphasizes body awareness and transitions from yoga based warm-ups to full improvisational movement and phrasework. Her students have been featured on “World of Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “So You Think You Can Dance the Next Generation.” She is a faculty member of Intrigue Dance Convention, Tribe Dance Convention, and Impact Dance Convention based in Mexico. Holly’s formal training began in Georgia under the mentor ship of Shannon Childers and Cherrise Wakeham, and continued at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she attended as a dance major with a focus on composition. It was there that she started to be recognized for her unique choreographic voice. Her work has been showcased on stages such as The National College Dance Festival and Raw Artists. In addition to teaching all over the United States, Holly has spent time teaching in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. She feels lucky to be able to spread her love for movement exploration to dancers both regionally and nationally.
Danielle has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Florida and owns Danielle LaVia’s Voice Studio in Mount Pleasant, SC - previously based in NYC. She is also the Musical Theatre Director for a program she started from scratch at Black Tie Music Academy. Danielle spent many years performing professionally all over the world and is thrilled to finally have her feet planted in such a beautiful place she now calls home! www.DanielleLaVia.com, www.DanielleLaViaStudio.com
Landon Monroe is from Greenville, SC and started dance at the age of 10. He studied hip hop at Upstate Carolina Dance Center for two years before starting his competition career. After gaining significant training competing with Starz Artistic Performing Company, Landon graduated in 2014. He has won Elite Male Dancer at West Coast Dance Explosion and has performed backup with LZ7 and Eden XO. Only months after graduation he joined the staff of Dianne’s School of Dance & Starz Artistic Performing Company. Following his first year when his choreography won top overalls and choreography awards on the regional and National level, he started traveling to studios in the southeast to set choreography and teach master classes. Some of Landon's established relationships are with South Carolina Dance Company, Burns Dance Studio, The Centre & Co., and more recently United We Dance. Landon teaches a wide range of contemporary and Hip hop styles. His focus in the Contemporary classroom is geared towards musicality and intricacy where his Hip Hop classes can vary from feminine to hype to soulful, but no matter what style, confidence is always key. He feels that performance based choreography creates a feel good atmosphere and pushing the kids to their highest limit mentally and physically teaches the kids to value their self worth. He knows not every student is going to be on the path to professional dancing, and knowing that he alters his teaching to give each student exactly what they need to get the most out of their dancing. Landon continues to train and educate himself by taking dance classes and staying up to date with current dance affairs and style trends. In the upcoming future Landon plans to grow his relationships with studios and their students to create motivated and passionate dancers.
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