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DANCE This Intensive participants working on their ballet positions.

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Seattle Theatre Group's

DANCE This Intensive

Pacific Northwest Ballet - The Phelps Center

June 24 - July 1, 2019 *New Dates
Open to students ages 13 to 21 with all levels of experience

Applications are now open for our 2019 DANCE This Intensive program!


*Due to changes in school calendars due to snow, our program schedule has been updated.


The DANCE This Intensive provides an opportunity for young dancers at all levels to immerse themselves in dance over the course of one week. Students are exposed to a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.  Students receive instruction from professional instructors in a variety of dance styles and genres.

  • Comprehensive dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Brazilian Dance, Nutrition and more specialty classes!
  • Develop individual style and performance skills
  • Free T-shirt
  • Final Share showcase at the historic Moore Theatre in Seattle
  • Complimentary Ticket to STG's DANCE This Performance

Where: Classes are held at the Pacific Northwest Ballet – Phelps Center in Seattle Center (301 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109). The Final Share Performance on July 1st will be held at The Moore Theatre.

What: Daily classes will include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Cultural and Specialty classes.

When: June 24 - 27 from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, June 28 - 29 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, June 30 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, July 1 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Who: Ages 13 to 21. All levels of experience welcome!

Program Cost: $375* (scholarships available – apply during registration)
*Groups of 5 or more can contact dancethis@stgpresents to setup group registration and discounted rate

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

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

  • 100% refund (minus $25 processing fee) for cancellations made prior to June 3, 2019.
  • 75% refund for cancellations made June 3 - 7, 2019.
  • 50% refund for cancellations made June 8 - 23, 2019.
  • No refunds when the program begins on June 24, 2019.





Aileen and Daniel (Brazilian Dance)

Daniel and Aileen’s story began in Daniel’s native city of Salvador, Brazil where they met in 2004 studying dance. They shared a dream of opening a studio which offered a place to build community and promote cross-cultural understanding through their love of dance. Daniel has been studying, performing and teaching Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira for 24 years and holds the rank of Mestre in Capoeira. With much enthusiasm, Daniel joyfully shares his native Afro-Brazilian culture through Capoeira and dance, two of the most significant artistic expressions of Black Brazilian culture. As a native New Yorker, Aileen began her dance training at an early age and advanced her studies at Broadway Dance Center, Steps and Phil Black. She performed and choreographed with local theatre productions and expanded her studies to include Afro-Cuban, West African, Salsa, Tango, Orixa Dance Movement and the Silvestre Technique in New York, Seattle, Brazil and Argentina. Aileen’s charisma and enthusiasm radiates her belief in dance as an art form which allows expression, joy, balance, and the cultivation of cross-cultural understanding through a common corporal language. In 2008 Daniel and Aileen married and moved to Seattle. They have worked diligently over the past 10 years to create Bahia In Motion and their Capoeira school: Moringa de Barro. In June 2012, they opened Balance Studio where they currently teach Brazilian Dance and Capoeira classes. Bahia In Motion’s dance company has performed in festivals and productions throughout the Northwest. Local partnerships include Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Fremont Arts Council and Cornish College of the Arts. Bahia In Motion also runs an annual tour to Bahia, Brazil. Daniel and Aileen’s work is rooted in their firm belief of the importance of a balanced body, mind and spirit and the integral role culture and the arts play in nurturing this balance. They are committed to building community and enriching the lives of individuals across the lifespan.

Alex Crozier (Ballet)

Alex Crozier, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his dance training from Wissahickon Dance Academy under the direction of Nancy Malmed. As a graduate of University of the Arts he received his BFA in Dance. Alex was a principle company member of Spectrum Dance Theater working with Donald Byrd. With Spectrum, he performed various lead roles including the Interlocketer in Donald Byrd's 'The Minstrel Show Revisited' and the Carnival Boy in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of 'Carousel'. He has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet as a guest artist, the Houston Grand Opera, and with Liz King’s D.ID in Austria where he toured extensively throughout the country. Alex has had the opportunity to present work at the Austrian dance festival Ötanzt and Central District Forum's Showing Out. He has created work for Seattle Men’s Chorus and Spectrum Dance Theater. In 2017 Alex presented his fulllength production MILLENNIALS which focused on the prevalence of cultural appropriation and pop culture within the Millennial generation. Alex is currently based in Seattle as an independent artist creating original dance and film work.

Michelle Chandler-Smith (Jazz)

Michelle began her dance journey at age 12. With over 25 years of experience, her interests and expertise are in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and modern. She spends her free time teaching and traveling the country continuing her dance education, choreographing, teaching master classes, intensives and judging. Michelle has studied under the guidance of Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordano, Dave Massey, Doug Caldwell, Sean Greene, and several others. She has also had the privilege of performing as a member of the jazz-based Eastside Moving Company and the modern-jazz Company Fusion, both in Seattle. After three years at Chapman University in Orange, California and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theatre, she began her teaching career in Bellevue, Washington at Backstage Dance Studio. Several of Chandler-Smith’s students have won title awards regionally and nationally and have gone onto careers with Holland America, Carnival Cruise Lines, Stiletto Entertainment and are seen in many industrial pieces in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City, as well as Company work in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, Saipan and London. Michelle also sits on the judging panel regionally and nationally for KAR, Rainbow Dance, Showbiz and other esteemed Dance Competitions. Michelle continues to teach master classes, convention classes on staff at Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) and Dance Masters of America (DMA), and shares her choreography across the country, all of which she feels so honored and blessed to continue to do. Michelle is now Co-Owner/Director at Inspire Academy of Dance which opened this past summer 2016 in the Seattle area. Michelle is truly excited to be sharing her choreography, knowledge and insight with students willing to pursue the heart and soul of dance as an innovative and expanding art form.

Vince-John Frijas (Hip-Hop)

Combined with his love for the arts, obsession with music, and passion for teaching, Vince-John thrives to create an environment where students can develop into the best humans they can be. He started his dance career at a young age by imitating Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". In high school, he joined a step/dance team called Crimson Haze and began submersing himself in the world of stage entertainment. He graduated from the University of Washington in June of 2014 as a business major with an economics minor. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Hip-Hop Director at the Image Studio of Dance in Fircrest, WA. Vince-John also teaches Hip-Hop II/III at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle. During the day, he is an information technology specialist with the Air National Guard on Camp Murray, WA.

Vince-John has trained with and under numerous talented dancers, choreographers, and teachers that have worked with the industry’s top artist like Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Beyonce, Prince, ‘Nsync. He has also danced with a multitude of dance groups such as The Heat, De5inco, Team Boogiezone - Breed: Seattle, Cruz Control, Phyzikal Graffi-T, Twisted Elegance BoomKatzz, The Image Performing Company, BoomKatzz, Electriq Dance, and 2010 World of Dance Champions: Kontagious Movement.

Nikki Long

Nikki Long (Musical Theatre)

Nikki is a California native but has lived and danced all over the country and in other parts of the world. She is a mother of two, a professional dancer, a professional photographer, a Pilates instructor & is a current vacation swing for Aladdin Broadway and 1st National Tour, and assists in the casting of Aladdin on Broadway & it’s touring companies. She is an original cast member and dance captain for Aladdin on Broadway. She was formerly a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King Broadway and 1stNational Tour, Monty Python’s Spamalot 1st National Tour (original cast), and a Radio City Rockette in NYC. Her regional theater credits include Elf, Cinderella, Catch Me If You Can, On The Town, White Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mame. She is a former dancer for Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, and Monica. Other highlights include performances on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View, The American Music Awards, The Image Awards, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, 106 & Park, Nightline and various music videos and commercials. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University, double majoring in Spanish and Dance, and has a minor in International Business.

Mindy Lu (Nutrition)

Mindy is a Nutritionist and Food & Body Therapist based out of Seattle, where she specializes in helping people create change and develop positive relationships with food, health and their body. She's grateful to have the opportunity to guide others in their own journey towards wellness and there is nothing more gratifying than being a part of someone's story and watching them achieve their goals. Mindy is a graduate of Bastyr University and holds Masters degrees in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology. Outside of nutrition and body image work, Mindy is a dance teacher and finds a tremendous amount of joy in watching her students progress. Her other interests include running, rock climbing, watching lots of television and seeing the world. (And cake - she really loves cake.)

Amy O'Neal (House)

Amy O'Neal is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, movement director, and dance educator. She is physically multi-lingual and equally participates in street and club dance culture and contemporary dance and performance. Her work is at the intersection of these worlds, while honoring their cultural differences. A sought after artist and teacher for the past eighteen years, Amy works nationally and internationally choreographing and performing for stage, dance films, live music shows, music videos, and commercials and teaches at studios, colleges, and universities. Amy has a degree in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she was awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Her work has been funded by Creative Capital, National Dance Project, the National Dance Project, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation among others. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow and was nominated for a Herb Alpert Award. From 2015-2017 she toured her eighth acclaimed evening-length dance show, Opposing Forces, to 9 US cities, screened the first documentary film about the show at 6 dance film festivals, and will premiere the second documentary in 2018. She is a long time collaborator of musician/composer/Late Late Show with James Cordon band leader, Reggie Watts, and has worked with him both on stage and screen. After 20 years in Seattle, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2017. She teaches a weekly class at Ryan Heffington's, The Sweat Spot, in Silverlake on Sunday evenings called Rhythm is a Dancer. Along with Dani Tirrell, Amy co-founded the House classes and Open Sessions at The Beacon: Massive Monkees Studio and co-produced the first Seattle House Dance Project four day event celebrating House dance and music culture. Amy has been teaching and/or choreographing annually for Dance This programs since 2004.

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 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.

Natalya Zrazhevskaya (Cha Cha)

Natalya is one of the youngest Professional Latin dancers in the United States DanceSport industry. Born in Russia - but raised in Seattle, she has become well known in Washington's dance community through her devoted participation in competitions and passionate performances in shows around the area with her partner and students. Throughout her dance career, Natalya has consistently been a winner of the local Northwest Regional Championships, and a finalist in out-of-state competitions such as Desert Classic, San Francisco Open, and Southwest Regionals. Choreography and performances done by Natalya and her partner, Umario, have become praised at an international level because of their short-films such as "El Tango De Roxanne".

Aside from working her way up to training with the top Ballroom and Latin coaches in the world, Natalya has explored the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, and contemporary dance in order to diversify her training and artistry. She has been a member of the Seattle dance companies "Breed Seattle", "Westsiders", and "Black Floor Collective" parallel to competing at a national level with her partner.

Natalya has been teaching and choreographing for 6 years, and has loved exploring the nitch of implementing Ballroom technique into the other styles she has learned. She believes that the intricate techniques of Latin partner dance should be accesible to all, and that her vast area of experience in different dance forms has taught her to better-understand how to teach the tools to dancers from diverse movement backgrounds while maintaining their personal style and artistry.

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