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.
August 10-28, 2020
Intermediate Level Afternoons from 1:00-3:30
Advanced Level Weekday Evenings from 4:45-7:30pm
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
Amanda Fair (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Amanda Fair, a native of Baltimore Maryland, has been dancing and writing poetry for over 30 years. She is a graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Ballet Performance. She spent her senior year of college in New York City on an internship at The Dance Theatre of Harlem School where she also taught in DTH’s Community Outreach program. She has performed with companies that include The Washington Reflections Dance Company, Full Circle Dance Company and Nazu and Company and is Founder/Director of Poetic Xpressions Dance Company. Her choreography has been performed at The Kennedy Center, The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Hippodrome and she is a 2010 recipient of The Baker Artist Award. Amanda has taught at The University of the Arts, Morgan State University, The Community College of Baltimore County, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Howard County Ballet, Baltimore Ballet, The Dance Institute of Washington and The Maryland Academy of Dance. She is teaching this summer at The Morton Street Dance Center, The Dance Conservatory of Maryland and Metropolitan Ballet Theatre.
John Gardner (Week 3)
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.
Beth Griffin (Week 3)
Beth Griffin is a native Washingtonian who has performed as a freelance dancer across the globe, including appearances at Dance Place, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has recently appeared with Agora Dance, VTDance, Ballet ADI, Company Danzante, and Human Landscape Dance. Beth has been a rehearsal assistant to local choreographers Vincent Thomas and Runqiao Du, and is currently the Artistic Associate for Agora Dance. She holds a BFA and BS from Towson University, and credits her primary classical training to Suzanne Erlon Kee. While not at the dance studio, Beth can be found at the opera studio where she serves as the Rehearsal Planning and Supernumerary Coordinator for the Washington National Opera.
Hyunmi Jun (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Hyunmi Jun holds a Bachelors & Masters in Performing Arts from Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea & has a comprehensive background in Ballet, Pointe, Yoga, Pilates and Creative Movement. Hyunmi has years of experience teaching children from as young as ages 2 through to adults. She has taught on a recreational level, has instructed ballet classes to middle and high school aged children preparing them for college dance course work as dance majors, and she has also taught dance on a university level as well. She is thankful to have the opportunity to develop the love of dance in children & adults.
Jens Lee (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Jens Lee, a native of New Castle, Pa, is an internationally known and acclaimed Professional Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer. Jens's Training in dance started in Classical Ballet with the Cecchetti style and he later become certified as a Cecchetti Teacher. Jens is also a trained medal winning Triathlete/Marathon runner. As a Professional Instructor and trainer, Jens has taught thousands of students all around the world from age 3-92. Some have received scholarships in dance to colleges and schools such as OSU, YSU, NYCU, Juilliard, CSU, SUNY, and Alvin Ailey to name a few. He has also been the Ballet Master for multiple Schools including Cleveland School of the Arts, Brunswick, Ohio, Midland, Texas, Tucson, AZ and Traverse City, Michigan. As a Competitive Judge, Jens has taught Master Classes and Judge for TURN IT AROUND TOUR & Dance Masters of America.
Amanda McKerrow (Week 3)
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.
Roberto Munoz (Week 2)
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.
Hans Nelson (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Mr. Nelson began his training under Joyce Morrison and continued full-time at the School of American Ballet in New York City, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Nelson has taught at The Washington School of Ballet, Mercersburg Academy, as well as at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under the direction of Donna Pidel. Mr. Nelson was also the Cofounder and Director of Ballet Conservatoire XIV in Columbia with Ms. Pidel. Mr. Nelson is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor.
Florian Rouiller (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who received a BFA from the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the U.S., he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, and Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as with Goteborg Ballet where he performed principal and soloist roles. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, and has choreographed and performed in the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave. Rouiller is also the recipient of choreographic prizes at YAGP and Korean National Competition. He is featured in Lois Greenfield’s book “Moving Still” NY. He was a guest teacher at the Kirov Academy in DC Summer Programs in 2005, 2008 and 2015, and served as a visiting artist at UMBC in the Fall of 2013; he also taught at TWSB in 2006 and 2017. Rouiller teaches and choreographs in the DC metropolitan area at UMBC, Baltimore School for the Arts and City Dance Conservatory in DC.