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Seattle Theatre Group's
DANCE This Camp at Centrum
August 11-18, 2019
Port Townsend, WA
$900* (includes tuition, room and board)
Open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019
*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 Saturday 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 2019 at all levels of dance experience - from beginner to advanced.
2019 Teaching Faculty
Awal Alhassan (West African Dance)
Awal Alhassan has been an ambassador of Dagomba traditions for as long as he can remember. Born into a traditional drum and dance family in Tamale, Ghana, he has spent his life devoted to the arts of his culture. Awal is also known for his passion and ability to infuse traditional movements with modern dance expressions.
His rare ability to choreograph various styles of movement is sought after and commissioned by dance companies and peers worldwide. Awal has performed and choreographed in many countries in West Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
For the past three years, he has been the West African Dance instructor for Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp, a renowned national program from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Prashanthi Chitre (Bollywood)
Prashanthi Chitre comes with 21 years of teaching experience. She is a passionate dancer, a caring teacher, and a very creative choreographer who runs her Performing Arts studio (Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts - PCIPA) in Redmond, WA. She specializes in Kuchipudi, Indian Folk, Bollywood and Indian Contemporary dance styles. She believes in nurturing holistic growth through Performing and Healing Arts. Through PCIPA, she focuses both on teaching the art form and on exploring the dance from a deeper perspective to understand life through movement!
She has taught students ranging from 2 yrs old to seniors including children and adults with special needs.
She is very excited about collaborating with STG once again and teaching at Centrum Camp. Living, breathing, teaching and dancing 24/7 in the midst of nature is what she loves, and Centrum Camp provides all that while she shares her love of dance with students.
Niecey Chong (Hip Hop)
After spending over a decade in Los Angeles, Niecey is back home in Seattle and excited to share her experiences with the next generation of dancers. She is a Monsters of Hip Hop alumni and a past faculty member of the beloved Debbie Reynolds Legacy studios. Niecey has had the privilege of training under Chonique & Lisette, Marty Kudelka, Galen Hooks, and completed her training in commercial acting at Killian's Workshop and improv at United Citizens Brigade.
Her past credits include Amazon Prime Day Commercial, Budweiser Commercial, Target Commercial, Nickelodeon's "How to Rock", Magic Mike, and Fox's "Mobbed".
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.
Mashud Neindow (West African Drumming)
Mashud Neindow was born in Tamale, Ghana, and arrived in the United States through Homowo African Arts and Culture from Accra, Ghana. A drummer since the age of six, Neindow was a member of the National Dance Company of Ghana for 13 years. He started building drums at the age of ten, learning from his father. He continues this tradition today when he is not performing.
He has toured all over the world. Highlights include Africa Contemporary Festival in Nigeria, Expo 2000 in Germany, the 1996 US Olympic Games, and the Harare International Festival in Zimbabwe as well as performances for President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou and The Queen of England. From 2016 to present, Neindow has been the West African Percussion instructor for Seattle Theatre Group Ailey Camp, a national program created by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Neindow now resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and children, where he continues his family tradition of Lunga (Talking Drum) drumming music.
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 BalletArts 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.