- Northern California Intensive
June 26, 2018 - June 28, 2018
Event Phone: 213-926-3861
Jumpstart Your Summer.
3 Days of Rigorous Training.
Almost 30 Hours of Focused Class Time.
Expert Faculty Mentors Led By Master Teacher Francisco Gella.
All in Beautiful Marin County, CA just outside San Francisco.
This three-day summer intensive focuses on providing strong foundation in technique accompanied with diverse movement styles and genres – all for the purpose of unlocking the potential that exists within every participant.
Frequently called a ‘breath of fresh air’ by students, parents, teachers and directors alike, every one of Francisco Gella’s programs delivers on a central commitment: To transform hardworking young adults into remarkable young artists regardless of body type or background, and instilling a belief in them that anything is possible with hard work, a sense of purpose, and a willingness to take risks.
*Space will be limited to up to 100 dancers for the three days (students will be broken into groups of no more than 50 per studio based on age). We expect that this program will sell-out.
Brought to you by Francisco Gella Dance Works.
ABOUT the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INTENSIVE
You’ve got a long summer of dancing ahead. With the Northern California Intensive you’ll set yourself up for a summer of unprecedented acceleration in your journey.
Not every summer intensive will meet you where you are at in your journey. Not every intensive will give you the tools you need to take you to the next level. The measure of an exceptional intensive is how much you have changed by the end of the program, not by how long the program lasts. In just three long days, Francisco Gella and his team of faculty mentors will set you further along your path toward technical and artistic excellence. When given the proper information and tools, dancers, as well as their parents and teachers who support them, have the keys to unlock the potential that exists within.
The schedule begins each day with ballet barre, center barre and stretch/conditioning. As each day unfolds, students are introduced to modern and jazz technique, and finally taught to take their technique forward into their artistic development through contemporary and improv movement. Students will develop new confidence as they strengthen their technical, athletic, and artistic foundations.
Participation Requirements/Daily Schedule/Class Size
The Northern California Intensive is limited to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 only due to the rigorous requirements of the program. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a student preprofessional having danced for at least one year in a studio as a company member with a minimum of 3 hours of Ballet training per week and 10 hours total weekly of dance classes, or enrolled in a conservatory setting with at least six hours of Ballet a week and a minimum of 10 hours of total weekly dance classes. Although the above is required, what is most important is that dancers come with a strong desire to be challenged and grow.
Students will be grouped into two age categories; 8-12, and 13 & up. For most of the weekend, each age group will have their own class. There will be several classes that we may organize the dancers a bit differently. But for nearly all the classes, size will be limited to 50 dancers max. Although classes will be based on age group although faculty reserve the right to move a student to a different class if it is obvious they will benefit from the change.
Student Dancers are required to participate for the entire three days of the program to experience the desired results.
The daily schedule is as follows: Tuesday, 8:30-6; Wednesday 9-6; and Thursday 9-7.
A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to combined consideration of both financial need and merit.
To apply for a scholarship, please send the following information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions on scholarships will be made on a rolling basis and a limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, so it is better to apply early.
An essay (again no longer than 1 page with 1 inch margins and 12 point font) explaining your circumstances. A compelling essay will convey why this scholarship may make it possible for you to attend given personal and familial financial restrictions.
Information for a reference that may be contacted (preferably your studio/conservatory director or a teacher).
If awarded, a non-refundable deposit of $95 is required to hold your spot. For awards that are partial scholarships, the non-refundable deposit will be applied to your partial balance due.
Teacher Observer Passes
Teachers are invited to observe classes throughout the weekend. In addition to observation, there will be several workshops planned for teachers/directors only. A teacher pass must be purchased in advance for $95.
Parents are invited to the opening orientation session, the closing session, as well as a panel that will focus on helping young dancers prepare for future study and careers. The cost of these opportunities for involvement are built into the student registration cost.
FRANCISCO GELLA, (Director)
CORE FACULTY: Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv
Francisco Gella’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, spans more than twenty-five years since he took his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. Universities, schools, and companies seek after his award-winning innovative choreography, and highly effective inspirational teaching methods, across North America and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director of Break The Floor’s ARIA Ballet Intensive, Ballet+ (beyond technique) Workshops, and is the lead ballet faculty for the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella immigrated to the United States at age eleven and now resides in Los Angeles, CA
JULIE SHULMAN FRIEDRICH
CORE FACULTY: Ballet, Contemporary, and Improv
Julie Rose Friedrich grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her training from Meredith Baylis and the Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. She began her professional career under the direction of Septime Webre at American Repertory Ballet. Julie has danced for Les Grands Ballet Canadians, Orma Dance Company, Compagnia Zappala Danza, MotoMimetico and Bodytraffic. Currently, Julie teaches full time at the Windward School in Culver City, California. She has served as the senior seminar teacher for the dance department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts for the past seven years. Julie has mentored numerous Young Arts winners, and her students have gone on to study at Juilliard, USC/Kaufman, SUNY Purchase, and Dominican Lines just to name a few. Previously, she has served on faculty at the Orange County High School for the Arts and as a master class teacher all throughout southern Italy. She has guest taught for the Alvin Ailey company, Lucinda Childs company, ATE9, and Bodytraffic.
CORE FACULTY: Modern Technique, Ballet, Contemporary Rep
Hai Cohen was born in Beer-Sheva Israel. He trained at Bat Dor Professional dance school and was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship, given only to the top dance students in Israel. His training continued with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. For five years Hai toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company. He was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Rami Be-er in 2007. Hai toured internationally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and currently teaches Kibbutz repertory throughout the world. He joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2010-2013. He currently teaches modern and classical ballet at Idyllwild Arts and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Additional faculty mentors to be announced soon!
Program Facilities: Performing Arts Academy of Marin
60 Belvedere Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941.