Ballet Chesapeake's August Workshop is designed for the serious professional or pre-professional dance student at an intermediate to advanced level of training. The workshop will include daily Ballet Technique classes as well as Contemporary, Pointe, Variations, and Pas de Deux classes with renowned guest professionals and Ballet Chesapeake faculty. The program is designed to help students continue technical and artistic progress over the summer so that they are ready to begin the school year dancing at their best.
Housing with Ballet Chesapeake families is available Monday-Thursday of each week for out-of-town students. Please contact the Ballet Chesapeake office for more information and registration details.
Female dancers will need to wear a solid color traditional style leotard (no halters, criss-cross straps, or keyholes), pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes.
Male dancers will need to wear a white leotard or form fitting t-shirt tucked into black convertible tights, and black ballet slippers or white ballet slippers with white socks.
Weekday Evenings from 4:30-7:30pm
This program is for intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 10-adult with Director approval or placement class.
Dancers can attend all three weeks or on a drop-in basis, but must register ahead of time.
Cost (for non BC members):
$750 for all three weeks
Catherine Horta-Hayden (Week 1)
Catherine Horta-Hayden received her M.F.A in Dance from Florida State University and her B.A in Dance from Florida International University. She is a Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department at Towson University teaching ballet technique, pointe, variations, and repertory. Mrs. Horta-Hayden also served as the Artistic Director for the Towson University Dance Company and as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. She has served as the President of CORPS de Ballet International and is a National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) Evaluator. She has engaged in extensive performing and has been invited to create and restage numerous works and teach master classes internationally.
Rhodie Jorgensen (Week 1)
Rhodie Jorgenson received her training at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School. She spent the majority of her career dancing with ABT, performing on stage and TV, and in movies, throughout the US, Europe, and the Far East. She has worked with choreographers Balanchine, Tudor, Robbins, Ailey, Smuin, and Feld. Ms. Jorgenson has been responsible for rehearsing many children’s roles for ballet productions at the Kennedy Center, including setting the children’s roles for American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She has also been on the faculty at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Locally she performs with the Bulgarian folkdance troop Zharava.
Keith Lamelle Thomas (Week 1)
Keith Lamelle Thomas is a graduate of The Baltimore School for The Arts. After graduating, Mr. Thomas received a full scholarship to Dance Theater of Harlem, and became a principal dancer with the company. Mr. Thomas then went on to have a wonderful career on Broadway and in film, performing in such shows and movies as Ragtime, Red Shoes, Jellys' Last Jam, Harlem Song and Black and Blue, Malcolm X Stompin at the Savoy and The Producers. Mr. Thomas was an adjunct professor at Towson University, director of their Children's dance division, and he's had the pleasure of teaching, choreographing, assisting and consulting many seasoned and up-and-coming artists.
Anton Wilson (Week 1)
Anton T. Wilson, B.F.A., North Carolina School of the Arts, has performed with Ballet Theatre of Maryland; Parnassus Dance Theatre, Japan; Djazzex, Holland; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; Martita Goshen’s Earthworks; Jennifer Muller/The Works, New York, among others. He has taught, choreographed, and toured internationally for 34 years. Wilson is a 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for choreography. He was one of four choreographers selected to initiate the Four Steps Forward choreography project in The Hague, Holland. Locally, he has choreographed productions for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Vivente, among others. In addition to workshops and master classes, Wilson teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Kirov Academy of Ballet, as well as maintaining his lifelong involvement in equestrian competitions.
Amanda McKerrow (Week 2)
Amanda McKerrow has enjoyed a career as one of America's acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982 and has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship, the Deane Sherman Award for Excellence in the Field of Dance, and the New York Woman Award for Dance. In 2000 Ms. McKerrow together with her husband John Gardner began staging the works of Anthony Tudor for the Anthony Tudor Ballet Trust. Since retiring from performing in 2006, she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, coaching, and staging ballets for professional companies around the world. In 2018, Mrs. McKerrow was appointed Trustee of the Anthony Tudor Ballet Trust overseeing Mr. Tudor’s choreographic legacy.
John Gardner (Week 2)
John Gardner began his ballet training at age twelve. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1978 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner's diverse repertoire included many soloist and principal roles affording him the opportunity to work with many of the great choreographers of the 20th century including Anthony Tudor, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. In 1991 Mr. Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project where he toured extensively. He is currently working at both the professional and student levels and has taught, choreographed, and staged ballets for professional companies and schools in the U.S. and Europe.
Roberto Munoz (Week 3)
Roberto Munoz has been teaching and coaching young dancers for over 30 years, both in the USA and abroad. Mr. Munoz served as the Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music at Point Park College (now University) where her created the pre-professional division and the International Summer Dance Program. Mr. Munoz also spent several years on faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He was then invited to become a Ballet Master/Coach for both Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's Company and its school. In 2005, Ms. Munoz became Executive Director and Ballet Master at Gulfshore Ballet in Florida, and he is program co-founder and Director of the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and the Vail Valley Dance Intensive Programs.