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Ballet Bootcamp

June 22 - 25

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Ballet Bootcamp

June 22-25

  • Get Right Jazz Group
  • Sing Sing Sing Jazz Group
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Session Overview
  • June 22-25 (Sat - Tue)
  • Saturday & Sunday Morning
  • Monday & Tuesday After School
Skill-Based Levels
  • Skill-based levels
  • Faculty place dancers into levels
Faculty
  • Universities/Conservatories: Juilliard, NYU Tisch, SAB, Ailey, Marymount, Joffrey
  • Dance Companies: NY City Ballet, ABT, Keigwin, Complexions, Hubbard Street
  • Performances: Phantom, Rasta Thomas’ Romeo and Juliet; Fosse, Come Fly Away
Curriculum
  • Classical & Contemporary Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Graham
  • Commercial Jazz
  • Technique
  • Heels
  • Lyrical
  • Stretch & Strength
  • Stretch, Leap & Turn
  • Curriculum Varies based on Faculty

Ballet Bootcamp Schedule


Faculty

Lloyd Knight
Lloyd Knight

Lloyd Knight was born in England and reared in Miami. He has a BFA from the New World School of the Arts under Artistic Director Daniel Lewis. Lloyd joined the Martha Graham Company in 2005, was promoted to soloist in 2009, and promoted to Principal in 2014. He has had ballets choreographed on him by Nacho Duato twice, Andonis Foniadakis, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Klye Abraham, Liz Gerring, Michelle Dorrance, Anne Bogart, Pontus Linberg and Mats Ek. Dance Magazine named Lloyd as one of the Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2010. He partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Ms. Graham's Moon Duet, and also is partnering American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland in a Graham duet from Letter to the World. Most recently he was selected as Best Performer of 2015 by Dance Magazine. 

Grace Buckley
Grace Buckley

Grace Buckley grew up dancing in and around New York City before heading to Colgate University. Since graduating from Colgate in 2007, Grace has dedicated her time to working and training as a dancer in NYC. Grace has performed as a member of DeMa Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY, Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet in Louisiana, and recently returned from touring with Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance. When she is not traveling, Grace works as a guest teacher/choreographer around the country, most recently debuting her choreography at the Joyce Theater this past April. Grace remains a regular faculty member at Kelly Burke-Fitzpatrick’s Westchester Dance Academy as well as a guest teacher at studios in the NYC tri-state area and around the country.

Richard Villaverde
Richard Villaverde

Richard Villaverde, born and raised in Miami, began dancing privately coached by Maria Eugenia Lorenzo. He graduated from New World School of the Arts high school and received his B.F.A from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Notably, he was a part of Arsenale della Danza 2012 at La Biennale de Venezia under the direction of Ismael Ivo. He later joined BalletX (2012-2021) where he was featured in works by Matthew Neenan, Kevin O’Day, Nicolo Fonte, Cayetano Soto, Trey McIntyre, Jodie Gates, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, to name a few. He’s performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, Ballet Sun Valley, Belgrade Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. Richard is beginning his third season with the Martha Graham Dance Company where he has been featured in classic works such as “Diversion of Angels,” “Acts of Light” and most recently premiered Husbandman in “Appalachian Spring”. He is also featured in Hofesh Shechter’s “CAVE” choreographed just for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Last year in 2022 had the honor of being part of Twyla Tharp’s revival of her two most iconic works “In the Upper Room” and “Nine Sinatra Songs” at New York City Center.

Lauren Gaul
Lauren Gaul

Lauren Gaul performed as a Radio City Rockette for ten years appearing in the Christmas Spectacular, NBC Behind The Scenes Special, Monday Night Football, Columbus Day Parade, and numerous other shows and events. She performed in shows such as Nothing Like a Dame, Dance Break, The Astaire Awards, The Élan Awards and numerous industrials. She performed in industrials for Audi, Astra Zeneca, Warburg Pinkus and with companies such as Tap Team II & Co, Journey Dance Co, and as a guest artist with Riedel Dance Theater. Lauren choreographed industrials for Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Capezio, Sesame Street, and Sesame Workshop featuring recording artist Brandy. Most recently she choreographed Tennesse William’s The Mutilated starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade (Off Broadway). Her work has been presented at Jacobs Pillow, Jazz Dance World Congress, Broadway Dance Center, the Bridge for Dance and numerous other venues. She was assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares, the Élan Awards, Chicago (Regional), Torched (Off Broadway), and for cruise lines such as Princess and Celebrity. She received her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory or Dance and is an ABT Certified Teacher. Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Pace University in the Commercial Dance Program.

Michael Cusumano
Michael Cusumano

Michael Cusumano grew up on Long Island, New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history at the time.That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994.

Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history, where he danced in all the full-length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few.

After ABT, Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He went on to perform in the original cast of All Shook Up on Broadway, then most recently starred as “the jury” in the smash hit Chicago the musical on Broadway. Michael competed and won the title of "Mr.Broadway" in the Broadway Beauty Pageant in 2011. Other credits include The Most Happy Fella at New York State Theater, On the Town at Encores, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today’s Show, ABT Now for PBS, Le Corsaire for PBS, feature film Center Stage. Michael frequently teaches at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts at City Center, the Peridance Center, and is currently on faculty at Pace University.

Sondra Steiner
Sondra Steiner

Sondra Steiner started her dance career at the Budzynski Studios of Ballet. She trained with The Pennsylvania Ballet School (The Rock School) and performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Sondra was accepted by The Boston Ballet, Richmond Ballet, BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet into their intensives. Sondra has studied and worked with Melissa Hayden, Gloria Govrin, Trinette Singleton, Christopher d’Amboise, Jacques d’Amboise, David Howard, Fernando Bujones, Roy Kaiser, and Barbara Sandonato. Her repertoire has included principal, soloist, and corps roles in the ballets Paquita, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Dracula, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Giselle, and Petrushka. Sondra attended college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in ballet and traveled abroad to perform with The Hungarian Ballet Academy and in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Reed Tankersley
Reed Tankersley

Reed Tankersley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his training at the age of 5. After graduating from The Juilliard School in 2014, Reed joined Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour and continues to perform with the company. Most recently he starred in Tharp’s “In The Upper Room” and “Nine Sinatra Songs” at New York City Center. As a freelance performer he has performed works by many New York based choreographers including: Jonah Bokaer, Jessica Lang for Seattle Opera’s “Aida”, and Broadway’s Chase Brock. In 2019, Reed ran away to the circus and toured the country as the lead performer in Cirque Du Soleil’s, “Volta”. Reed is a NFAA Youngarts award winner and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Reed has a passion for teaching and fostering the creativity in the next generation of dancers. He has been faculty on multiple conventions including Art of Movement, Humans on tour, Dance Device lab, and iHollywood Dance; and and in-studio workshops throughout the country.

Kim Craven
Kim Craven

Kim Craven most recently served as the Resident Choreographer of CATS on Broadway, and will be the Associate Choreographer on the 1st National Tour going out January 2019. Prior to that she was the Associate Choreographer for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS on Broadway and Paper Mill Playhouse. She served as the Resident Director for Twyla Tharp's COME FLY AWAY on Broadway, the Associate Director/Choreographer for the 1st National Tour, and was the Dance Supervisor for Tharp's SINATRA DANCE WITH ME at The Wynn Theater in Las Vegas. Other Tharp works include: Dance Supervisor for the 1st National Tour of MOVIN' OUT, Associate Director/Choreographer for MOVIN' OUT in London, and Resident Director for TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' on Broadway. Other credits include: Dance Captain for the 1st National Tour and Las Vegas production of MAMMA MIA, the Dance Supervisor for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd National Tours of SWING, and the Dance Captain for ON THE TOWN on Broadway.

She began her training at Westside Ballet in Los Angeles, and spent summers at the San Francisco Ballet School and The School of American Ballet. She moved to NYC to study full time at SAB in her senior year of high school and began her professional career dancing with The Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She moved to LA to pursue commercial dance and eventually returned to NY when she earned her first Broadway show.

Teaching credits include: New York City Dance Alliance, Marymount Manhattan College, L.A. Chamber Ballet, Westside Ballet, Orange County High School of the Arts, Crossroads School.

Shelly Hutchinson
Shelly Hutchinson

Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, instructor, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. She has been a Contemporary and Musical Theater choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine for the last four seasons, also on the creative teams and performed in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah, and Aida as associate choreographer and assistant director. She was choreographer for the adapted stage version of Disney's High School Musical. TV appearances include MTV, CBS Morning Show, ABC, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Kings, HBO Miniseries Mildred Pierce, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Learning Channel, dancer for Wyclef Jean and in Lou Bega’s Mambo #5. Performing credits include Radio City Music Hall, Warner Brothers Films, Disney, Off- Broadway and Regional Theatre, Broadway Bares, International Arts Festival in Italy, Care Wave Japan, National and European Tours including Fame, the Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, Irene, and West Side Story, assistant choreographer for Falco, a multi- media show in Vienna, Austria based on the late 80's pop star.

Shelly is currently choreographing for Nix as part of Planet Connections Theater Festival In New York City. Her work has recently been seen at City Center, Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Salvatore Capezio Theater. With 17 years of deep and diverse teaching experience with all levels and ages, she has taught at various studios in the US, Germany, Italy, Austria, Prague, Argentina, Japan, Costa Rica, Cirque Du Soleil, Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, The Pulse, and more in New York. Shelly continues to travel around the country for master classes, choreography, and private instruction.

Shelly is the Director of UNCOVERED CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, a series of intensives based in New York City to help young dancers find their identities as choreographers, and is currently producing a series of concerts to benefit various national charities.

Calli Chafin
Calli Chafin

Calli Chafin began her training in the Chicagoland area where she also performed with the Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Indiana Youth Ballet. After traveling the country with NRG Dance Project she landed in NYC where she has danced on Nickelodeon, performed in the sold out Prudential Center (EEP!), and had her hand in many other shows, productions, and events! She also assists Broadway Dance Center and Steps faculty weekly. Calli finds so much joy running all over the city teaching the youth of Manhattan! She’s recently had the opportunity to expand her horizons, judging and teaching with Artistic Dance Exchange.

Jenny LeProtto
Jenny LeProtto

Jenny LeProtto started dancing at age four, studying all forms of dance including tap with Mike Minery (Tapaholics, Slide, American Tap Festival, JUMP Director) and performing works by Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer, NUVO Director). While she trained in all forms of dance, Jenny's current fortes are teaching tap, hip hop and jazz, as well as teaching all styles of dance for young children. Jenny is best known for her tap choreography. She was recently recognized by American Dance Awards for many of her tap, jazz and lyrical pieces. Jenny’s work has been described as “intricate, polished and exciting!” Jenny is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a major in Education.

Amanda Molina
Amanda Molina

Amanda Molina completed her early dance training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey where she received a diverse dance education with Jason Luks, Jaclyn Walsh, and Sharon Hockstein. Upon graduating high school, she attended SUNY Purchase. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a BFA from their Conservatory of Dance. While attending Purchase, Amanda performed works by Rosalind Newman, Rena Butler, Roderick George, Dorchel Haqq, Doug Varone and Jason Reese Cianciulli. She was also selected to study abroad for a semester at London Contemporary Dance School. Amanda has furthered her training at summer intensives including Joffrey Ballet School, Steps on Broadway and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for three years. She is currently a Peridance Contemporary Dance Company member, where she has performed works by Igal Perry, Jessica Lang, and Nicholas Palmquist.

Elisabetta Spuria
Elisabetta Spuria

Elisabetta Spuria started her professional career as a dancer and choreographer, working as associate choreographer and assistant director for artists such as Mariah Carey and Michael Bolton. Elisabetta was assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in theater productions including “Footloose”, “Nights on Broadway III”, “Carmen”, “Candide” and “Aida.” She assisted directors and choreographers AC Ciulla, Michele Assaf, Josh Bergasse, and Terry Beeman; choreographed regional productions of “SPRING AWAKENING,” “HEDWIG and the Angry Inch,” “HAIR,” “CHICAGO,” “The Who’s TOMMY,” and “TESS A New Rock Opera.” Elisabetta was nominated for an NYIT award for her work in “disOriented” and has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC.

Ashley Gallotto
Ashley Gallotto

Ashly Gallotto began dancing at young age, primarily training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey. Ashley teaches all styles of dance as well as acro and aerial silks! Her dances have been recognized for their technique, performance qualities and choreography by many leading competitions.

Jenna Kulacz
Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz, a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Westchester, New York, graduated summa cum laude from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. As a professional dancer, Jenna has performed with notable companies such as Pilobolus, EMERGE125, Gaspard & Dancers, and Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT as a soloist in Arts Across America: A Live Virtual Performance at the John F. Kennedy Center. She has worked with a variety of New York project-based companies in performances including the Harlem Dance Festival and with AThomasProject at Bryant Park Summer Performing Arts Series. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jenna has danced works by notable choreographers and companies including Yoshito Sakuraba, Gallim Dance, and NW Dance Project. Most recently, she performed at the Delacorte Theater in the Public Theater's production of 'The Tempest' for "Shakespeare in the Park". She thoroughly enjoys teaching and choreographing and is particularly skilled at nurturing younger dancers. She is currently a company member with EMERGE125, a dance educator and choreographer at Westchester Dance Academy, an assistant for New York City Dance Alliance, and a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. 


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Brandon Cournay Testimonial

“I can’t imagine a stronger group of faculty for up-and-coming dancers than the DANJ's Ballet Bootcamp teaching staff. These are the types of educators that helped me achieve my dreams!!” — Brandon Cournay (Mark Morris Dance Group, KEIGWIN + CO., Juilliard Graduate)

Ashley Lindsey Testimonial

As a guest faculty and choreographer at DANJ, I am so excited for all the dancers who will be attending Ballet Bootcamp and learning from this amazing faculty.... it's going to be awesome!!!!!” — Ashley Lindsey (Limón Dance Company, UNSCA Faculty and Graduate)