Summer Dance Workshops

Updated: Jun 24

The summer intensive is a great way to grow as a performer, strengthen your body, develop

dance technique, and prepare to audition next year's musical!

This is the link for students to register: https://bit.ly/2020danceonline

This year the intensive will take place over two weeks:

  • Week 1 - June 29-July 3

  • Week 2 - July 6-10

Classes will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9am - 2:30pm (there will be no Wednesday classes. Alissa Deeter will be teaching voice on Wednesdays.)

There will be two tracks: a beginning track geared towards students who are just getting familiar with dance vocabulary, and an experienced track intended for students who have a firm grasp on basic dance vocabulary.

Sample Daily Schedule (subject to change)

  • 9:00-9:30 - Conditioning

  • 9:30-10:20 - Viewpoints/Movement composition

  • 10:30-11:20 - Ballet

  • 11:30-12:20 - Tap or Vernacular Jazz

  • 12:20-1:00 - Lunch Break

  • 1:00-2:30 - Contemporary Technique and Repertory

We're looking forward to having a great group of teachers this year, including: KJ Dahlaw

(Contemporary and Repertory), Sonja Dale (Ballet), Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies (Vernacular

Jazz), Roshni Shukla (Viewpoints/Movement Composition), and Helen Wicks (Contemporary and Repertory). Scroll down for their bios.

Location

Classes will take place on Zoom and Skype. In the days before the workshop, students will be emailed the meeting ID and passwords for their classes. Zoom requires that you download their software in order for you to use their service. You will be able to access Skype on the web, without downloading. Both services are free.

To get the most out of the workshop, students will need:

  • Zoom installed on the device they are using to take class (Skype does not require installation)

  • A device and internet connection fast enough to support smooth video conferencing

  • A low-distraction, rug-free space of at least 6 ft. by 8ft to dance in

Cost

Sliding scale*: $130-200 per week ($200 rate = $12.50 per class / $130 = $8.12 per class)

*About the sliding scale: The current pandemic has caused the cancellation of many teaching jobs and ALL performance-based work for dancers throughout the world. As artists/educators, they rely on this work to sustain themselves. Since future jobs are still uncertain, we're offering tuition on a sliding scale. This acts as an invitation, to those in our MSA Theatre community with greater access to resources, to give additional financial support in these crazy times to our summer guest artists. All funds paid above the base sliding scale go directly to these generous teaching artists in appreciation of the creativity and expertise that they share with our students.

For information about scholarship support, contact Mr. Franz at msatheatre@gmail.com

For more information about the workshop, email Talli at talli@weavinghearts.com

Sonja Dale (Ballet) is a Bay Area native, trained by Sally Streets at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She later attended UCLA and the Boston Conservatory, and then began her dance career in San Francisco, where she performed with FACT/SF and The Mark Foehringer Dance Project. Sonja moved to New York City in 2010, where she performed with SYREN Modern Dance and began teaching contemporary dance for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theater. She then moved to Boston, where she taught ballet at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Sonja moved back to the Bay in 2015 and is currently dancing for Liss Fain Dance, Sharp and Fine, and the Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and teaching for many ballet schools around the Bay Area, including Steppin’ Out, The Orinda Academy of Ballet, and Conservatory of Classical Ballet.

Kj Dahlaw (Contemporary Technique and Repertory) is a dance artist and educator, parent and resident of Richmond, CA. They have an MFA in Dance from Saint Mary's College of CA and a BFA in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University. Kj spent four years teaching ballet, modern and jazz dance at the University of Nevada Reno before moving to the Bay to finish their graduate degree. Currently, Kj teaches dance in the youth program at ODC in San Francisco and with the East Bay Center of Performing Arts in Richmond, CA. As a teaching artist Kj is interested in cultivating curiosity, presence and aliveness in the dancing body. 

Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies (Vernacular Jazz) is a multidisciplinary dancer, choreographer, and educator. Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, Hannah trained at the Boston Ballet School, the Joffrey Ballet School, and with the Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel. She has appeared at the Spoleto Festival USA, the Philly Fringe Fest, TBA: The Works, Ten Tiny Dances Portland, and the Boston Summer Arts Festival. Hannah is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR, a founding member of sub.set dance, and a nationally lauded lindy hop and vernacular jazz dancer and teacher. Currently she serves as the education coordinator for the 9:20 Special, San Francisco’s longest running weekly lindy hop dance and teaches throughout the Bay Area. 

Roshni Shukla (Viewpoints and Movement Composition) is the co-artistic director of the southland company, a non-profit ensemble based in Los Angeles. As a director, Shukla has helmed productions such as Sara Ruhl’s Eurydice at The Arena Stage in Los Angeles and readings for the Living Room Series held at The Blank Theatre. Shukla has worked with the SITI Company in their production of The Bacchae directed by Anne Bogart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York and at The Getty Villa in Los Angeles. Shukla made her Canadian debut at the Ryerson Theater (Toronto) in Arranged Marriage, written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and directed by Peggy Shannon, the dean of the Ryerson School of Performance. She was recently in the world premiere production of Rabbit/Moon at the Boise Contemporary Theater in Idaho. Shukla has also voiced work for Penguin Random House for books such as Ayesha at Last: A Novel by Uzma Jalaluddin.


Helen Wicks (Contemporary Technique and Repertory) is a dance artist and educator based in the Bay Area. In her practice and teaching she guides students to discover and embody physical clarity through dance technique. Helen’s training began as an elite gymnast where she was a member of the US National Team 2001-2004. Since then, she has studied extensive modern, ballet, and aerial circus modalities. She earned a BA in Dance and Psychology from Bard College. Helen performs professionally with Zaccho Dance Theatre, Flyaway Productions and is Artistic Director of Helen Wicks Works. She's taught creative movement, acrobatics, circus arts, and storytelling to youth and teens at ODC, The Urban School, The Nueva School, Mission Montessori, SFUSD, Bay Area Discovery School, Mission Graduates, Zaccho Center for Dance and Aerial Arts, East Bay Center for Performing Arts and various Bay Area creative centers and schools. 

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