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DANCE This Camp at Centrum

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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.

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

Open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018 at all levels of dance experience - from beginner to advanced.

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2019 Teaching Faculty Announcing Soon!

Last Season's 2018 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.

Mark Kihara (Lindy Hop)
Mark Kihara has been teaching, performing, and promoting African-American jazz dances since the late 1990s. His primary focus is lindy hop, the original swing dance. Dance has taken him all over the world, most notably as a featured instructor at Sweden’s Herräng Dance Camp. He has won or placed at a variety of competitions including the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown and the American Lindy Hop Championships. You can find him teaching regular classes and workshops at Seattle’s Century Ballroom. His instruction always shows great respect to swing dance’s originators. Inspired and tireless, Mark makes believers out of anyone who ever wondered if they could swing dance.

Kirsten Kinney (Contemporary)
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, Dance Masters of America, and performed as well as choreographed for the band Queensryche’s Cabaret-style Rock Concert, EnL’air, Physical Poetry and other local area dance concerts. In 2001, Kirsten supplemented her teaching skills with a certification in authentic Pilates from the Pilates Studio of Seattle (currently Seattle Pilates International). She has taught, choreographed, and performed in the Seattle Area for the past 20 years, as well as traveling to set pieces all over the West Coast. 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 for, “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.

Mashud Neindow (West African Drumming)
Mashud Neindow was born in Tamale, Ghana, and arrived in the United States through the Homowo African Arts and Culture from Accra. 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 and 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 AileyCamp, 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.

Ellie Sandstrom (Ballet/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.

Hannah Wintrode (Hip Hop)
As nomadic mover Wintrode has set up bases in dance communities all over the country including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. Her formal training began at the age of 10 and started creating her art at the age of 15. As a commercial dancer and choreographer she has worked with artists and companies such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ricky Martin, Kimberly Cole, Herb Albert, Beacon, T Mobile, Sonos Speakers and Amazon to name a few. In 2015, Wintrode started her own training company, The Westsiders based in Seattle, Washington and that has now started to expand into camp intensives around the country. Wintrode is a dedicated teacher on the national dance convention Artists Simply Human and freelances at studios, camps and intensives all around the country.

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