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Pre-Teen Dance Intensive

July 7 — 18, 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.

  • Ages
    11 – 12
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available


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


Beginning/Intermediate dancers will immerse themselves in technical training with daily classes in ballet, modern, improvisation and choreography. Weekly courses in jazz and character dance will be offered, as well as lectures in ballet vocabulary and music for dancers. Dancers will gain physical strength, and develop an understanding of the culture of dance. 

No audition required but three years of previous dance training is recommended.

An informal showing of class work for family and friends will be scheduled for Friday, July 18, 2014 at Kerry Hall.

Casey Craig

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Casey Craig
Instructor

Casey is a Seattle based choreographer and performer. His choreography has been seen at Civic Light Opera, Studio East, Art’s West, Village Theatre Kidstage, The Experience Music Project (EMP) and ART/ Kentridge HS where he is the resident choreographer. Regional performing credits include West Side Story (Baby John), Cats (Mungojerrie), Hello Dolly (Barnaby), Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey), Joseph (Benjamin), Kiss Me Kate (Paul), and Peter Pan (Peter). Casey is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Christine Juarez

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Christine Juarez
Faculty and Summer Dance Coordinator

Christine is currently the Coordinator of Summer Dance for Cornish College of the Arts where she has taught ballet, pointe, creative movement and pre-ballet for the past 19 years. She also choreographs for Cornish’s pre-college apprentice company and is a fixture in children’s choreography and opera in the Seattle area. She is Director of Dance for Vashon Allied Arts and has been the Artistic Director of Blue Heron Dance Company, which she founded, for the past 13 years. Christine splits her time running dance programming between Vashon Island and Capitol Hill. She has been teaching for over 30 years. She studied ballet with John White, Margarita De Saa in Philadelphia and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Jacques Cesbron at Indiana University where she earned a B.S. in Ballet and Music and a M.S in Modern Dance and Physical Sciences under the direction of Bill Evans. Christine is a master artist in residence for the state of Washington and works collaboratively with classroom teachers bringing movement to the academic curriculum. She performed extensively throughout the Midwest and East Coast and is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier children’s choreographers.

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Danela Lewis
Instructor

Danela began her training at Palos Verdes Ballet in Southern California. She continued her training with summer programs at San Francisco Ballet and participated in various workshops and regional performance groups. Danela went on to perform with San Francisco Ballet, Bella Lewinski Co. and several California and Northwest regional companies. Although performing was her first love, Danela's interest in teaching began at a young age. By the time she was 13, she was assisting in young level classes developing her understanding of teaching and sharing her love of dance. Danela was a member of Dance Educators of America where she had the honor of working with many amazing dancers including Tatiana Riabouchinska, one of the infamous Baby Ballerinas, as well as choreographers across the United States. She has been a director for studios in California and Washington and has over 35 years of teaching experience. It has been her goal to supplement her Ballet education by studying "anatomy of movement" to prevent injury and promote proper body placement for her students. Whether her students have gone on to be professional ballet dancers, pursue dance degrees, or other career paths, all have left with a broader understanding of dance, love for the arts, and the beauty they bring to our world.

Jessica Jobaris

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Jessica Jobaris
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Jessica Jobaris is a performer, choreographer, and instructor based in Berlin, Germany. From 2000-2008, Jessica enjoyed an active Seattle dance career, performing with renowned Seattle companies Lingo Dance Theater, Scott/Powell Performance, Maureen Whiting Company, and Bryon Carr Performance (NYC). Since moving to Berlin, Jessica has worked with choreographers Kirsten Burger (for MTV), Jess Curtis & Maria Scaroni/Transmission Symmetry Project, and visual artist Eloise de Hauteclocque. Her love of experimental theatre has taken her to study, perform and/or choreograph in Vienna, Berlin and Amsterdam, and she has been awarded several choreographic residencies and commissions throughout Seattle, Idaho, Utah and Florida. Jessica has choreographed over 20 works for dance-theatre, musicals, film and theater. With long-time collaborator, Luke Allen, she is Co-Artistic Director of CorpusCorpus Movement Association, a multi-media performance art company, funded by city, state and corporate sponsors. Having a great interest in merging dance with film, she has created several dance cinemas; her most recent cinema collaboration with Luke Allen premiered in Uplink’s Next Moment in Tokyo. She holds a Master's in Intra-Personal Psychology from her twenties, and a Ph.D on the insatiable desire of humanity. She also studies yoga, integral philosophies of nature and heart resonance. She is currently working on a new dance cinema, “Join; All the Promises I Made You,” with filmmaker & musician Luke Allen, who is co-founder of their performance collective CorpusCorpus Movement Association. They are on retreat (constantly).

Maria Gitana

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Maria Gitana
Instructor

Maria Gitana has been teaching and performing Flamenco-Spanish dance for 30 years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a Maestra de Baile with the Spanish Dance Society. She has received grants in Washington, from the Shoreline/LFP Arts Council and the Bellevue Schools Foundation for residencies, workshops and after school programs the through Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. She teaches in conjunction with ASUW Experimental College and Seattle Central Community College at her Flamenco Gitana studio in Seattle. Her studio hosts the only Spanish Dance Society certifications ever conducted in the Western states. Previously, Maestra Gitana was an Urban Gateways artist in Chicago, where she is recognized as a Master of Ethnic Art by the Illinois Art Council. As a teaching artist, Sra. Gitana formed the arts in education performance company, FLAMENCO GITANA. The company has been endorsed in the King County Touring Arts Roster since 2005.

Paula Peters

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Paula Peters
Instructor

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.

Vanesa Wylie

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Vanesa Wylie
Instructor

Vanesa Wylie graduated from Cornish College of The Arts in 1994 with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduating she worked and performed with many local choreographers including Kristina Dillard, Pat Graney, Michelle Miller, Jessica Jobaris, Lynn Simonson and the Big Red Dance Company. In 1998, Vanesa and her husband formed The Bleeding Hearts Theatrical Dance Ensemble where they directed, choreographed and self produced their own shows. Vanesa’s choreography has also been seen at Bumbershoot, The Fringe Festival, The Moore and 12 Minutes Max. In 2000, she began teaching and fell in love with it. She joined the Preparatory Dance faculty teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Primary and Modern. Vanessa has taught dance at The Dance School, Studio One, Immaculate Conception, The Country Day School and in the Snohomish School District. She recently joined the dance faculty of Vashon Allied Arts where she is teaching modern and ballet. Vanesa is passionate about sharing the experience of dance.

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