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Seattle Theatre Group's
DANCE This Intensive
June 22 - 27, 2020
Pacific Northwest Ballet - The Phelps Center
Open to students ages 13 to 21 with all levels of experience
$375* (includes tuition)
*limited need-based scholarships available
Group pricing and discounts available!
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, 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).
What: Daily classes will include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and more specialty classes!
When: June 22 - 27, 2020
Who: Ages 13 to 20. 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
2020 Teaching Faculty
(More to be announced soon)
Sinae Cheh (Korean Dance & Drumming)
Sinae Cheh is the Artistic Director for Morning Star Korean Cultural Center, where she has been sharing Korean culture with the local community and around the world since 1985. She started dancing with Morning Star at the age of 5 and never stopped. With Morning Star, Sinae has choreographed and produced numerous shows, performed in 27 countries, at over 2500 events. Outside of Morning Star, Sinae has taught Korean dance and music in Boston, New York, and Minnesota for special programs and events, and was also commissioned by the Korean government to share Korean culture in various cities. Sinae is grateful that she’s been able to share her passion through Morning Star.
The Morning Star Cultural Center is committed to enriching the lives of those we encounter through artistic expression, educational opportunities, and cultural appreciation. We proudly serve a global community to promote awareness and encourage positive cultural exchange.
Alex Crozier (Ballet)
Alex Crozier, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of UArts. Alex was a principle with Spectrum Dance Theater. Featured roles include Interlocketer in Donald Byrd's 'The Minstrel Show Revisited', Carnival Boy in 5th Ave’s 'Carousel', and Dream Howard in Village Theater’s ‘Howard Barnes’. He has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and Liz King’s D.ID in Austria. He has choreographed for Ötanzt, Showing Out, Concert for America, and Seattle Men’s Chorus. In 2017 Alex presented his production ‘MILLENNIALS’ and has adapted it into the documentary ‘The Millennial Experience’ slated to premiere spring 2020 at NYC Independence Film Festival. Visit his website for updates
Kari-Lee Florentine (Hip Hop)
Kari-Lee Florentine, the founder and director of the elite Seattle Hip Hop Dance Company “In-Effect", has choreographed for artists as well as produced and directed numerous shows such as Seattle’s own hip hop production “Shameless”. Choreographer/director of award winning competition companies. Some highlights include: the Seattle production of the “The Wiz”, KUBE Summer Jam, Bumbershoot, King County Youth and Action, Choreographer/director for Seattle’s WNBA Seattle Storm, half time for the Seattle Super Sonics, San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, L.A. Underground Hip Hop, and Nordstrom, GameWorks, and Ikea. She has privately trained many dancers who have moved on to dance behind artists such as Tyrese, P Diddy, Collin, Macklemore, and Phirell just to name a few. Some of which have toured with major dance companies. She is passionate and continues to dance and teach workshops.
Jess Klein (Yoga)
Jess graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in dance magna cum laude after studying at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School. Jess has studied yoga for 20 years with luminaries Kathleen Hunt, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra and Mittra Rawat. In 2018 she received a grant to further her studies in Rishikesh, India. Jess teaches at Velocity Dance Center, the Gage Academy of Art and at UPrep, where she’s been on the Fine Arts Faculty for 12 years working with students in grades 6-12. For two decades Jess has danced with many notable choreographers and companies including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney, Macklemore, Molly Scott, Rainbow Fletcher and more. In Seattle she has performed at On The Boards, Velocity, Seattle Art Museum, McCaw Hall, MoPop and Chop Suey. She has toured work to the Southern Theater, PICA's TBA Festival, the Myrna Loy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Colegio San Jose in Barranquilla, Colombia and the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris, France. In 2015 she performed with Mark Haim's piece This Land Is Your Land which was named "one of the most influential works in the past 15 years." -Dance Magazine.
Nikki Long (Musical Theatre Jazz)
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, professional dancer, choreographer, photographer, 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 1st National 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. Nikki teaches and choreographs locally at various theatres, universities, and schools. Most recently choreographing at Shoreline Community College (Little Shop of Horrors), The University of Washington (various master classes), Cornish School of the Arts (Jesus Christ Superstar), Cafe Nordo (Champagne Widow: Spring 2019), The 5th Avenue Theatre (Associate Choreographer for Ragtime and Annie), and will be one of the choreographers in the Village Theatre’s upcoming season. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University, with a double major in Spanish and Dance, and an International Business minor. Nikki is excited to be a part of Dance This 2019!
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 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 has been teaching contemporary styles and dance performance to middle school and high school students at The Northwest School in Seattle since 2006 and was the Dance Department Chair from 2013-2018. She has been a Teaching Artist for STG's Dance This programming since 2007.
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.
Rey Valdes & Daniela Gallardo (Salsa Fusion)
Reinier Valdes was born in Habana, Cuba. He first started dancing to the Afro Cuban rhythms at the young age of 13. Reinier got immediately discovered by a professional Afro Cuban dance team which recruited his talent and showcased him all over Cuba. At the age of 18 he graduated from the Cuban school of dance as a dance instructor specializing in Popular Dances, such as Cuban Salsa, Son, Cha cha cha , Mambo and Rumba. In February of 2009 Reinier relocated to Brazil where he continued his work as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. He started his own performance group in 2010 called “Influencia Latina” and started touring and performing around Brazil. Reinier now lives in Seattle, WA where he funded the only Cuban dance academy and dance group in Seattle named “La Clave Cubana” which he continues to share his talent and passion for the Afro Cuban rhythms through dance classes, workshops, and performances all over the United States. He has a Cuban tour company and is also the creator of the first Cuban Dance Fest in Seattle.
Daniela Gallardo is originally from Mexico. Her love for music and dancing started at a young age leading her to be one of the principal dancers at the music festivals in her school. She then got invited to create her first choreography at the age of 15 where she discovered her passion for teaching. Daniela’s salsa background started in 2009 giving her the opportunity to dance in Canada and Mexico. Soon after, she got invited to join a team back in Mexico where she was able to discover new skills, which in turn led her to grow as a dancer. As soon as she moved to Seattle, WA, Daniela got invited to join “La Clave Cubana” team and right away she started performing and traveling around the US. La Clave Cubana developed her skills as an instructor, which has given her the opportunity to share her knowledge and love for dancing to everyone from kids to adults. Daniela is now the Co-Director of “La Clave Cubana” and teaches alongside Reinier Valdes at their dance academy and at Congresses all over the US sharing her passion and talent everywhere she goes.