Summer at Cornish

Dance College Preparation Intensive



July 6 –July 24, M, T, W, Th, F, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 300, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $1500.00

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The Dance College Preparation Intensive offers a unique immersion for students intending to pursue dance in college. Students will be offered two levels of technique classes in the morning in ballet, pointe/variations, modern and jazz with Cornish faculty and guest instructors. 

Afternoon classes in Pilates, as well as lectures in essay writing, injury prevention, basic anatomy and college options for dancers will be offered. An afternoon block in choreography will guide students with the creation of a solo which can be used for college auditions. 

A final showing of solos will be performed for family and friends on Friday, July 24 from 1pm-2:30pm at Raisbeck Performance Hall.

What to bring

Lunch, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, and jazz shoes.

Requirements & Availability


Carla Corrado

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Carla holds a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington (1989) and a BA in English with a minor in Dance from the University of Rochester. In addition to teaching at Cornish, Carla serves as Cornish’s on-site physical therapist in the Dance Department and holds clinic hours at Seattle Orthopedic Sports.

Carla has been a licensed massage practitioner since 1980 and was one of the founding co-op members of New Seattle Massage. She previously worked at Seattle Sports Medicine clinic as well as backstage and on tour as a physical therapist for Pacific Northwest Ballet. A former dancer who studied ballet, modern, low flying trapeze, Skinner Releasing and contact improvisation, Carla has choreographed and performed in Seattle with various independent artists. Carla is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and has presented at international conferences. She works with local dancers and dance companies as a PT consultant.

Deborah Wolf

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Deborah began her professional career performing with the State University of New York at Brockport’s Company in Residence. Shortly thereafter she joined Concert Dance Company of Boston, New England’s premiere modern repertory company, performing works by over 50 choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, David Gordon, Wendy Perron, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris, and Randy Warshaw. She became CDC’s Resident Choreographer and eventually added CDC’s Artistic Directorship to her duties. Other performance credits include Seachange Theater Ensemble, New York Chambre Dance Ensemble and Peter DiMuro and Associates.

A recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship and seven Finalist Awards in choreography, she has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Boston and Somerville Arts Lottery Councils, and Seattle’s Artist Trust. Deborah has choreographed for the Boston Ballet, the Boston Symphony Youth Concert Series, and numerous other companies both in New England and Seattle. Producer and performer of her own choreography through WolfWorks, she has also been produced by among others: Boston’s Dance Umbrella, Boston Dances, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, New England Choreographers’ Showcase, and in Seattle area by Velocity’s Strictly Seattle and Under Construction, Rockhopper’s On the Side, Dance On Capitol Hill’s Choreofest and Intimate Works, Eastside Moving Company, Men in Dance/Against the Grain Festival of Dancing, Powell/Scott’s Composer/Choreographer #6, Lehua Dance Theater, Evoke Productions’ Full Tilt, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and On the Boards’ 12 Min Max Mainstage and Northwest New Works Festival. Her choreography was selected for the A.W. A. R. D. Show! 2009 administered by the Joyce Theater Foundation, performed at On the Boards, and was a finalist for the event by audience selection.  Most recently, she premiered a new work at the 2010 Men in Dance Festival. Her teaching credits include Harvard University, Rhode Island College, Boston Ballet, SUNY/Brockport, and currently as Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts. She has served on the boards of d9 Dance Collective, Velocity Dance Center and as a panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Fringe Festival. Deborah received her BA in Dance from State University of New York/Brockport.

Naomi Glass

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A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Naomi Glass trained at Cornish College of the Arts, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy before joining Houston Ballet in 1994. In 1997, she was nominated by Ben Stevenson to represent Houston Ballet for the Princess Grace Award.  Her favorite roles include Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Indigo; Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes; Dusk; Twilight; Evening Pas de Deux; Five Poems; Nacho Duato’s Without Words; Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground and Wendy in his Peter Pan.

Naomi has danced in the full-length ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Manon, Sleeping Beauty, Cleopatra, Snow Maiden, Firebird, Don Quixote, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and Nutcracker. Naomi was featured in neoclassical works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Lila York, Helgi Tomasson, Glen Tetley, and Dominic Walsh. Following a ten-year performing career, Ms. Glass retired from her soloist position in 2004. Naomi is faculty at the University of Houston and freelance teaches children and adults throughout Houston. Naomi has enjoyed guest teaching engagements at the University of Iowa, Wichita State University and Rice University. Naomi is married to former Houston Ballet dancer Damian Schwiethale and they are the proud parents of two sons.

Pat Hon

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Pat performed extensively for 10 years with ballet companies in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany. In 1983 she received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Choreographic Fellowship and since then has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Inventions, Singapore Ballet, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Goh Ballet in Canada, Federal Ballet Company of Malaysia, Ballet Petit, and for dancers competing in the International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi.

Before coming to Cornish in 1978, she taught at the Morelli Studios in New York and in Florence, Italy. Pat began studying ballet at the age of 10 in her native Singapore and continued her studies at Rosella Hightower’s Centre de Danse Classique in France. She also studied Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance in Madrid, Spain, and performed with the foremost Spanish dance company, Antonio and his Ballets of Madrid, before coming to New York to attend the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has been teaching for 34 years as Professor in the Dance department at Cornish College of the Arts. Between June and December 2008, Pat was Head of Dance at the School of the Arts, Singapore, where she continues to teach in the summer.

Paula Peters

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Ms. Peters received her early training in ballet, modern, jazz and tap (Royal Academy of Dancing method) at British Dance Academy in Renton, WA, under the direction of Sandra Baca. In October of 1991, she joined Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle, WA) as an apprentice and immediately moved on to become a full company member. In addition to performing with Spectrum, she served as the rehearsal director from 1998 to 2005, retiring from the organization in 2005.

With SDT Ms. Peters performed lead roles in works by numerous choreographers, including Ann Reinking, Margo Sappington, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Claire Bataille, Danny Buracezki, Daniel Ezralow, Trey McIntyre, Donald Byrd, Wade Madsen and Dale A. Merrill, touring throughout the US, Europe and Mexico. In addition to working with Spectrum she performed in local industrials and independent artist productions. She has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington, the Montana Dance Arts Association, and is currently on faculty at Dance Fremont, Cornish College of the Arts and Cornish Preparatory. In addition to teaching, Ms. Peters choreographed the Junior Broadway Production of Once on This Island for Villa Academy, has created several works for Dance Fremont’s Contemporary Dance Company, Fremont DanceWorks, and served as rehearsal assistant to Wade Madsen for Cornish College’s 2008 production of The Pajama Game. Ms. Peters received a BFA in Dance through the Professional Dancers Program at Cornish College of the Arts in 2007.

Steve Casteel

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Steve Casteel was born in Tacoma, WA and received his early training from Jan Collum School of Classical Ballet. At age sixteen Steve joined Boston Ballet II. In 1987, Steve became a member of Houston Ballet where he was promoted to soloist and performed many of the great classical works such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Cinderella. With Houston Ballet, he performed works by such renowned choreographers as Christopher Bruce, Jirí Kylián, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Ben Stevenson, and Paul Taylor.

In addition, he has performed with Diablo Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Next Stage Dance Theatre, and Spectrum Dance Theatre. Locally, Steve has danced in works by Kay Englert, Dominique Gabella, Amii LeGendre, Wade Madsen, Dale Merrill, Crispin Spaeth and Deborah Wolf. From 1997 to 1999 he worked for Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma as Assistant to the Director. In 2001, Steve received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA. In 2004, he received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ. From 2004 to 2006 Steve was the Public Relations Coordinator for Next Stage Dance Theatre. Steve has taught at Bainbridge Dance Center (Bainbridge Island), Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley CA), Cornish Preparatory Dance Program (Seattle), Dance Fremont (Seattle), Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle), and The University of Washington (Seattle).

Michele Miller

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After teaching and managing Dance Space Center now (Dance New Amsterdam) in New York, Miller moved to Seattle to join the Pat Graney Company in 1992. With her business partner KT Niehoff, she began Velocity Dance Center in 1996, serving as the Executive Director. She left her position in 2005, but remained on the Board of Directors until 2006. Michele spent a year as the Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts where she taught dance and choreographed work on the students.

Michele has spent two summers teaching at Bates Dance Festival in Maine, and has also taught at the Guandong Modern Dance Festival, the University of Washington, the University of Montana - Missoula, Western Washington University - Bellingham and annually at the University of Oregon - Eugene. She has taught locally in summer workshops for Dance This!, Strictly Seattle, Cornish Summer Dance Intensive, SFADI and the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography workshop. In 2010, she choreographed a piece commissioned by Evoke Productions for their Full Tilt production. She was a founding member of the d9 Dance Collective, an all-women repertory company working with choreographers David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Lisa Race, Stephanie Skura and others. Michele performed with LeGendre Performance Group from 1999 to 2004. Michele is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches private Pilates sessions at Halfmoon Acupuncture and Pilates, and at her new space, SH/FT Movement and Healing Arts, LLC, the business she runs with her partner. Michele holds a fourth degree black belt in Kajukenbo Kung Fu and teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi to both dancers and martial artists. At the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago, Michele won two gold medals for forms, and in 2005 was the Women’s Junior Division Grand Champion in Tai Chi at the Hong Kong Martial Arts Association competition. She currently studies Chen Style Tai Chi with Derryll Willis, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Koo Style Tai Chi with Cheung Yui Shing in Hong Kong, returning annually to study with him. Michele teaches Northern Shaolin and Koo’s Tai Chi at SH/FT.

Alia Swersky

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Alia Swersky is a movement artist, performer and teacher, engaged deeply in the vital act of dance improvisation. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in dance and now teaches at Cornish as an adjunct faculty member since 2005. Committed to training and engaging youth populations as well as college students, she founded The University Preparatory High School dance program, teaching a variety of dance styles, curating a series of guest teaching artists, and choreographing work for middle and high school students. Committed equally to the local professional dance community, Swersky has taught at Velocity’s Strictly Seattle Festival and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). She has been a long time Co-artistic director of Dance Art Group (DAG), a non-profit organization that promotes the practice and appreciation of dance and somatic education in the Seattle area. DAG produces the annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and other events that support innovative research and education in dance/movement. Swersky has taught yoga continuously for over 10 years at a number of studios, and invites this influence into her dance work and teaching. Other influences include contact improvisation, release/somatic techniques, Aikido, Buddhist meditation, and many pivotal dance partners and teachers. Since 1998, she has danced and toured nationally and internationally as a member of the LeGendre Performance Group. Swersky continues to work in artistic collaboration with Amii LeGendre, teaching and in creating work together. Swersky has collaborated and performed in the works of many Seattle artists including The Maureen Whiting Company, Khambatta Dance Company, Jurg Koch, KT Niehoff of Lingo Dance, and is currently working with Salt Horse. Alia’s improvisational and choreographic works have been presented in many intimate venues around Seattle, as well as 12 Minutes Max, Choreofest, SFDI, as part of Crispin Spaeth’s MIXER2, Velocity’s NEXT Festival NW, Cornish College of the Arts’ BFA shows, and the Northwest New Works Festival.

Alison Staplin Dean

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Dr. Alison Staplin Dean currently manages the Summer and External Programs at Cornish College of the Arts. As the Summer and External Programs Manager, she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of both curricular and residential aspects of Cornish College of the Arts K-12 summer programs and in the development of new continuing education initiatives for youth through adults at the College. She also works to develop mutually beneficial community educational partnerships throughout the Greater Seattle area.

Alison has served as a private educational consultant in Seattle, WA, helping families build individualized learning plans for students at all levels. Alison has also assisted college prep students, including those with learning differences and ADHD, with admissions at both the high school and higher education levels. Dr. Staplin Dean moved to Seattle after serving as a founder and the Dean of Academics and Admissions for eight years at a performing arts boarding school in Philadelphia, PA. Alison is a former professional ballet dancer, and is also involved in non-profit work, as well as research in arts and education.

Pam Algenani

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Pam Alegnani is a Pilates-Evolved Instructor since 1999. Her certifications include Polestar, Balanced Body and Pilates and Beyond. She enjoys working with all levels of students. In 2009 and 2010 she taught Pilates at Cornish College of the Arts for the Summer Dance Program training young dance students. Her philosophy of lifetime fitness as our bodies’ age and change helps students to adapt exercises to their range of motion, to re-pattern old habits and to learn to move through their limitations. The focus of her work helps students develop core strength, gain structural integrity, and increase their balance and coordination. She teaches with a sense of humor and compassion encouraging her students to be aware of how their body moves. She is influenced by numerous international yoga and Pilates teachers and believes patience and progress takes time. For more info on Pam see