Seattle Theatre Group's
DANCE This Camp at Centrum
2018 Dates Coming Soon!
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, Afro-Cuban, Cuban Salsa, Tahitian 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.
PAST TEACHING FACULTY (2017)
Vincent Hicks (Jazz)
Growing up in the heart of Motown, Vincent has been surrounded by music his entire life. Starting as a musician and later finding his passion for dance he has traveled to over a dozen countries and almost every state in the US. Vincent is currently a sought after Master Teacher, Performer, Producer, Choreographer, Vocal Arranger, Conductor and Director for various projects across the globe. Vincent has directed and choreographed dozens of musicals, and too many live shows to count! Currently, Vincent is a proud faculty member of Dance Educators of America, as well as a lead teaching artist for Disney Theatricals and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Vincent has worked on the Emmys, Academy Awards, and the Pepsi Super Bowl show Halftime show with Katy Perry, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, and Beyoncé and most recently Lady Gaga. Vincent’s work as a choreographer can be seen on stages across the world. He is every day continuing his education and pursuing his passion for keeping the arts and musical theatre alive.
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.
Nanave Radford (Tahitian)
Nanave started dancing Tahitian (Ori Tahiti) in 2003. Having dabbled in it before as a child due to her Tahitian and Polynesian heritage, she started to take it seriously through performing with Apatoerau at age 14. By 2006 she was teaching, performing, and choreographing with Te Fare O Tamatoa. In 2011, Nanave danced professionally with Kei Tawhiti and dove further into studying Ori Tahiti through training courses at the Conservatory of Arts in Papeete, Tahiti. Currently she has completed 5 of 6 levels at the conservatory. She has conducted classes and workshops locally as well outside of Washington State and has been teaching students at the University of Washington to their Polynesian Student Alliance since 2009. In other training, Nanave was a competitive club gymnast for many years, studied jazz, ballet, and modern through college courses, was a part of Bellevue College’s Eastside Moving Company for 2 years, and is a licensed Zumba® instructor and MixxedFit® National Trainer.
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 ballet to young adults and beyond at Velocity Dance Center and contemporary styles and dance performance to middle school and high school students at Northwest School in Seattle, where she is the Dance Department Chair.
Reinier (Rey) Valdes (Afro-Cuban & Cuban Salsa)
Reinier was born in Habana, Cuba. He first started dancing to the Afro Cuban rhythms at a young age of 13. Reinier got immediately discovered by a professional Afro Cuban dance team who recruited his talent and showcased him all over Cuba. At age 18 he graduated from the Cuban school of dance as a dance instructor specializing in Latin rhythms, such as Cuban Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, 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 touring and performing Brazil. Reinier now lives in Seattle where he continues to dance and share his talent and passion for the Afro Cuban rhythms through dance classes, workshops, and performances through his dance academy, La Clave Cubana.
Hannah Wintrode (Hip Hop)
Hannah Wintrode found her love for teaching at the age of 16 when she began fusing multiple genres of dance in her own unique way. Hannah is known for her hard hitting, clear and flavorful style of hip hop. From a small town in Ohio, Hannah moved to New York City and trained at Broadway Dance Center and performed in shows in both New York City and Boston. Seattle was her next stop! She taught at Westlake Dance Center, one of Seattle's most prestigious studios, and was also a member of several Seattle based crews including: BoomKatz, Potion and Cruz Control. On March 2016, she formed her own crew The Westsiders.
When Hannah moved to Los Angeles, she co-directed an all-girl hip hop crew, Katalyst. Katalyst has performed at Carnival, World Of Dance in Los Angeles, Hip Hop International and Posers. As a Monsters of Hip Hop Alumna, she had the opportunity to choreograph for the 2013 and 2014 Monsters of Hip Hop shows in Los Angeles. Hannah has shared her knowledge on various conventions throughout the United States. Hannah continues to tour the United States teaching for numerous studios, 2 Days in OC, Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle in Los Angeles. Hannah's mission is to inspire young dancers to expand their creativity, character and range of movement.
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