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2014 Dance Courses

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Dance College Preparation Intensive

July 14 — August 1, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall 300, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This course is currently full. If you have any questions, please contact us. Make sure to specify which course you're writing about.

What to Bring Lunch, Ballet shoes, Pointe shoes, and Jazz shoes.

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, August 1, 2014.


Brenna Cook

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Brenna Cook

Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Brenna Monroe-Cook began her dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music under the direction of Stephanie Clemens and performed extensively with the affiliated MOMENTA Performing Arts Company. She went on to receive her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Professionally she has worked with Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Thang Dao Dance Company, Subtle Changes, Riedel Dance Theatre and enjoyed five years of international touring with the Limon Dance Company. Ms. Monroe-Cook continues to teach Limon technique and stage repertoire for various companies and schools nationwide as well as presenting her own choreographic work. She also received her Pilates Certification from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City and is an active Pilates instructor.

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Carla Corrado
Adjunct Faculty

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 Wolf

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.

Kitty Daniels

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Kathryn “Kitty” Daniels

Kitty began her professional career as a ballet dancer, performing with companies in the United States and Europe. She continued her performing career in modern dance, performing with the Bill Evans Dance Company, Concert Dance Company of Boston, and Beth Soll and Dancers as well as numerous Seattle independent choreographers, including Pat Graney, Long Nguyen, Erin Matthiessen, and Wade Madsen. Nationally known as a teacher of ballet, modern dance, and dance science, she has taught at the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance and Teachers Intensives, California State University Summer Arts Programs, London Contemporary Dance School, University of Washington, Boston University, Mount Holyoke College, and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She has been an invited presenter at conferences of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Education Organization, the National Dance Association, Not Just Any Body and Soul, Dance USA, National Association of Schools of Dance, Performing Artists Medical Association and CORPS De Ballet among others. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Journal of Dance Education and Dance Teacher. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Kitty has worked clinically as assistant to dance kinesiologist Karen Clippinger. She holds a BA from Goddard College and an MA in Dance Kinesiology from Lesley College. She is a member of the Council of Dance Administrators, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

Naomi Glass

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Naomi Glass

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.

Patricia Hon

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Pat Hon

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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Paula Peters

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
Adjunct Faculty and Director of Cornish Preparatory Dance

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).