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DANCE This Camp at Centrum participants in motion.

Seattle Theatre Group's

DANCE This Camp at Centrum

August 2-9, 2020
Port Townsend, WA

Open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020 at all levels of dance experience - from beginner to advanced.
$900 (includes tuition, room and board)
*limited need-based scholarships available

The DANCE This Camp at Centrum provides an opportunity for high school students to study a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.

Students participate in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Contemporary/Lyrical, Cultural and other specialty dance classes with professional dance instructors from the Seattle area and beyond.

Each day includes technique classes and repertory sessions, with time for meals and exploring the Fort Worden campus. At the end of the week, students share their work at a Sunday showcase for friends and family.

Centrum is located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. Perched on the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Fort Worden offers 450 acres of sandy beaches, wooded hills, wetlands, and a historic campus, with stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic and Cascade ranges. Renovated Fort buildings, including classrooms, dormitories, performance and studio spaces, serve as students’ homes during their time at Centrum. Dorm wings are supervised by experienced dorm counselors.

STG’s DANCE This Camp is a partnership with Centrum.

Open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020 at all levels of dance experience - from beginner to advanced.

Questions? Please contact Program Manager Rex Kinney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 Teaching Faculty

(More to be announced soon)

Enjoy videos from our 2019 Camp here!

Prashanthi Chitre (Bollywood)

Prashanthi Chitre comes with 22 years of teaching experience and runs “Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts (PCIPA)” in Redmond, WA. She is a caring teacher and a very creative choreographer specializing in Indian Classical Dance(Kuchipudi), Folk, Bollywood and Contemporary dance styles.

She brings in the spiritual wisdom into her teaching and nurtures the holistic growth of a student through Performing Arts. She has taught students ranging from 2 yrs old to seniors from diverse backgrounds including children and adults with special needs.

She is also a Computer Science Graduate and has had 13 years of Industry experience. Combining her longing for life with passion for arts, she has now made dance her way of life!

Erick "Spider" Paul (Hip Hop)

Erick "Spider" Paul, originally from Seattle, WA, began dancing at the age of 17. In 2005 he joined the group called the Young Americans where he received his training. Passionately driven he has traveled around the world performing and teaching dance. He is now currently working in Hollywood as a professional dancer. Credits include: TruTV's FAKEOFF, Dance Network's STEADY MOBBIN, Nick Cannon, Alyson Stoner, Todrick Hall, and Anjelah Johnson, NIKE, MINI COOPER, & KIA.

Kirsten Kinney (Ballet / Lyrical)

Kirsten graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and in Dance Performance. While attending UCI, she was a member of Donald McKayle’s modern company Etude Ensemble, Fresno Ballet, and has returned to UCI as a guest choreographer for Bare Bones Dance Theatre, and as a guest performer for Donald McKayle’s Tribute.

In Seattle, Kirsten has taught for many local studios and projects including Westlake Dance Center, Dance This, Global Party, Cornish Prep Program and Dance Masters of America. She choreographed and performed for the band Queensryche’s Cabaret-style Rock Concert, EnL’air, Physical Poetry and other local area dance concerts.

Kirsten’s dance background includes Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. Currently, she teaches full-time at Gotta Dance and is the director for their performing team.

Joelle Martinec (Jazz / Musical Theatre)

Joelle Martinec is a versatile choreographer and dancer. She the Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer for Los Angeles based SoleVita Dance Company. SVDC has performed in Costa Rica, New York, and has produced and taken part in many shows in Los Angeles. Joelle’s choreography, along with SoleVita company members can be seeing in music videos for Ashley Chambliss, TJ Stafford and Adjoa Skinner. Joelle has also choreographed for numerous musical theatre productions in Los Angeles including, “Westside Story”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and the soon to debut “On With The Show”.

As a dancer, she has been featured as “The Business Woman” on GLEE’s “Feud” episode, as an ER doctor next to Marcia Gay Harden in Code Black’s “Better Angels” episode and in feature films; “The Big Lebowski” with Jeff Daniels and “A Time For Dancing” choreographed by Marguerite Derricks. Joelle can also be seen dancing in Bjork’s music video “It’s Ohh So Quiet”. Joelle spent many years teaching at Edge Performing Arts Center and was known as “the teacher’s teacher” during her 13 years with Tremaine Dance Convention.

Ms. Martinec teaches all over the world and is currently on faculty with The Industry Xperience and Dance Plug online dance classes. In 2018 Joelle launched Ginger Sole Photography, capturing dancers, families and weddings in her lens.

Ellie Sandstrom (Modern)

Ellie Sandstrom, a Seattle Magazine “Spotlight Award Winner” and Velocity Dance Center’s “2016 Dance Champion”, is originally from Minneapolis, where she began her movement training with Minnesota Dance Theater and later Ballet Arts Minnesota. She has studied various forms of dance technique, body conditioning, composition, improvisation and performance at dance festivals and schools across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance.

Ellie worked and toured with the dance companies Locust and Scott/Powell Performance from 2000-2010. Her choreography, under the name SANDSTROMMOVEMENT, has received funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and from Artist Trust. Her work has been produced locally and nationally by organizations such as On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center and Perpich Center for the Arts, and commissioned by Seattle Dance Project, Creative Dance Center and Washington Ensemble Theater, among others.

She currently teaches contemporary styles and dance performance to middle school and high school students at Northwest School in Seattle, where she is the Dance Department Chair.

Rex Kinney (DANCE This Program Manager/Intensive Director)  

Rex Kinney is the Dance Education and Performance Manger for Education and Community Programs Department at Seattle Theatre Group. As a teaching artist for STG, he has taught workshops and classes for Disney Musicals in Schools, Disney’s Newsies, DANCE This Intensive and Camps, and many other programs. As a program manager and producer he currently overseas STG’s DANCE This and Global Party. Rex is also the Head Coach and Director of the Shorecrest High School Hip Hop Team and entering his 19th year with the program. He has helped the team to 15 consecutive Washington State District 1 titles, 9 WIAA State Dance/Drill Championships, and 5 National titles. He was honored by the Washington State Dance/Drill Coaches Association as “Coach of the Year” in 2011 and inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.  

Rex has taught and choreographed for several groups, studios, and companies all over the Northwest like Microsoft, Boeing, Seattle Sonics/Storm, Seattle Seahawks, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Reach and Dance Chance Programs, Centrum’s Blue Heron and Explorations Program, Elite Performance Dance Camps, an adjunct instructor for Cornish College of the Arts, Gotta Dance, Westlake Dance Center, and Backstage Dance Studio.