The Ballet Company Intensive

The Ballet Company Intensive: A joint program of Francisco Gella Dance Works and Ballet Idaho

~ JUNE 1 – 4, 2020 ~

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Ballet Company Intensive 2020 $565.00 $525.00

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  • Early bird pricing ends March 1, 2020.
  • Any studio or conservatory with 10 or more dancers attending, is eligible for a group rate discount. Please contact us in the chatbox below or email us to make arrangements.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10-18 years from in and outside of the United States who are serious about their training and artistry. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a student preprofessional having danced for at least two years in a studio as a company member with a minimum of 3 hours of ballet training per week and 10 hours total of weekly dance classes, or who has been enrolled in a conservatory/arts high school setting with at least six hours of ballet a week and a minimum of 10 hours of total weekly dance classes. All participants must be serious about their dance training and want to improve.

FRANCISCO GELLA EQUITY DANCE SCHOLARSHIP

A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to the combined consideration of both merit and financial need. Decisions on scholarships will be made on a rolling basis and a limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, so it is best to apply early. Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES

2/1 –  Early Deadline for Summer Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

5/1 –  Late Deadline for Summer Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DANCE

FOR A PROFESSIONAL COMPANY WHILE

RAMPING UP YOUR SUMMER TRAINING!

You’ll get the best of both worlds – a summer intensive with exceptional technical and artistic training from Francisco Gella and a one-of-a-kind dance experience giving you an inside look at the life inside of a professional company. Ballet Idaho – a stellar company under new artistic direction – and their dancers will be your host. For three days you’ll become part of a company making moves to be at the top of the pack.

We meet competitive and conservatory dancers where they are in their training journey. Our teaching artists and mentors will travel through The Ballet Company Intensive together with each individual student – honoring their uniqueness, encouraging growth, and challenging to realize their potential. Where a student finds themselves on their journey is less important than their willingness to learn and to challenge themselves.

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.

ABOUT THE BALLET COMPANY INTENSIVE

So much more than just another ballet intensive! You’ll get to work directly with company artistic director Garrett Anderson, Francisco Gella, company dancers of Ballet Idaho, and other teaching artists that will be announced soon. In three memorable days, you’ll take exceptional classes, workshops, learn Ballet Idaho rep, and see a short performance of work from company members. The best part is you’ll see what it takes to become a dancer and what it’s like when you arrive. When is the last time you’ve had the opportunity to be integrated into the life of a professional dance company – all in beautiful Boise, Idaho?

Garrett, Francisco, and the other teaching artists, including Ballet Idaho company members, will be your mentors and guides throughout the experience. They will generously share their vast experience and knowledge to challenge your growth, give you the tools to refine your artistry and teach you all they know about the world of dance. In just three days you’ll see dance from a whole new perspective, and with the exceptional training, you’ll be more prepared to take full advantage of your remaining summer dance experiences that lie ahead.

You’ll meet and be seen by teaching artists with vast connections across the industry. So who knows? You may get connected to college and career opportunities that will help you reach the goals you have set for yourself. Or if you’re unsure about what the future holds and where your interests may take you, Garrett, Francisco and the rest of the faculty will help you to ask the right questions to sharpen your focus for the choices you’ll be making.

SCHEDULE

The program usually runs from about 9:00am to 6:00pm on most days. Classes will include a strong foundation in ballet technique, complemented by Modern technique, Jazz technique, and Contemporary. To help you prepare for the experience, here is a downloadable PDF of a previous year’s schedule as an example of what you can expect this year until we update the schedule closer to the program date. Please note, this schedule is subject to change from year to year.

CLASS SIZE

Classes will be limited to no more than 40 dancers per age group.  Students will be broken into two age groups: ages 10-12 and 13-18.

TEACHING ARTISTS & MENTORS

GARRETT ANDERSON

FOUNDING CO-DIRECTOR & CORE FACULTY, AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT BALLET IDAHO

Garrett Anderson began his training in Walnut Creek, CA under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre. He went on to study on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and then in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s professional division. In 2001, Garrett joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and in 2005 was promoted to soloist.

After dancing the extensive ballet repertory of SFB for 7 years, In 2008 he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium. There, as a first soloist,  he toured extensively throughout Europe and the world, continuing to perform classically as well as delving into the work of European contemporary choreographers.

In January of 2011, he returned to the United States to dance with the Trey McIntyre Project. Following a world tour with TMP, Garrett joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in August of 2011. After dancing with HSDC for four years, including leading repertory roles and creating original work, in 2015 he transitioned into freelance performance work and teaching. Garrett is a seasonal member or SFDanceworks in San Francisco. Previously the Chair of the Dance Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM, Garrett was appointed the Artistic Director of Ballet Idaho in July 2018. Garrett was the recipient of the American Ballet Theatre national dance scholarship and graduated with honors with a B.A. in dance from St. Mary’s College of California.

Francisco Gella

FOUNDING CO-DIRECTOR & CORE FACULTY, AND CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AT FRANCISCO GELLA DANCE WORKS

Francisco Gella, has had a distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, that 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.

Francisco Gella’s distinguished twenty-five career as a compelling dancer, award-winning choreographer, and widely-recognized dance educator began when he took his first formal dance class at the University of Washington at the age of nineteen. His innovative choreography and highly effective teaching methods are sought after by professional companies, universities, arts high schools, conservatories, and studios across North America and around the globe.

Francisco’s choreographic commissions include Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Orange County School for the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  His commission ‘Between the Lines’, set on PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April, at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and was selected by PHILADANCO’S Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown as the company’s sole performance at the opening to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.  

Among the recognition he has received includes numerous choreography awards at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition including Outstanding Choreographer, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the National Regional Dance America Conference in 2007.  In 2013, Francisco premiered ‘Concentric Harmonies’ at Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles, a work that went on to receive the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, his work ‘Solstice’, performed by the Phoenix Ballet had its world premiere at the 60th Anniversary Gala of the Beijing Dance Academy and its European premiere at Poland’s prestigious Lodz International Ballet Festival. In May 2016, his work ‘Souvenirs de Mouvement’ was selected as a featured performance at the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing & Visual Arts’ annual ‘Flying Horse Gala’. In 2018, Francisco’s work performed by the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was selected for the gala performance at the National High School Dance Festival.  Most recently, Francisco was invited to return as resident artist at the International Dance Festival Palm Springs in 2020 where he has again been commissioned to premiere a new work. And coming up in 2020 he has been invited to create new works for Ballet Idaho and Brigham Young University.

Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and COLABO Youth Dance Collective (2008-2015). As founding Chief Creative Officer of Francisco Gella Dance Works, he has created numerous educational programs; Ballet+ (beyond technique) workshops, the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, New Year’s Training Camp, Seattle Dance Advance, the Ballet Company Intensive, the New Century Dance Project (a youth dance festival), the College Prep program, and Dance 360 – an online educational community that provides ongoing knowledge and support for students, parents, and teachers. Additionally, Francisco is the lead ballet and modern faculty member for the 24 Seven Dance Convention and founding director of ARIA Ballet Intensive produced by Break The Floor. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Francisco now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Adrienne Kerr

PRINCIPAL DANCER, BALLET IDAHO

Teaching Artist and Mentor

Adrienne Kerr began ballet in Albuquerque with Karen Alwin and Deanna Encinias. In Youth America Grand Prix competition, she placed in the top 12. There, she received multiple bronze honors in the solo classical and contemporary categories of semi-finals in Denver and Dallas and performed in the national finals in New York City. The youngest student in Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program, Adrienne has also received scholarships to the summer programs of Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Ballet West, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. At age 14, Adrienne was invited to train at Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship and made her professional debut in the Chinese quintet of Stowell/Sendak’s The Nutcracker nine months later. She joined Ballet Idaho at age 17 as a trainee and has since originated corps, solo, and principal roles for Alex Ossadnik, Peter Anastos, and guest choreographers.

In 2012, Adrienne was a Princess Grace Foundation Dance Performance Award nominee. Adrienne’s repertoire includes classic works as well as others by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Bruce Wells. In addition to her study of principal roles in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote with Gelsey Kirkland in New York City, Adrienne has danced the title role in Firebird, as well as the principal roles of Kitri in Don Quixote, Odile in Swan Lake, Snow Queen and Dewdrop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tall Girl in Rubies, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since her promotion to principal dancer for Ballet Idaho’s 2015/16 season, Adrienne has been recognized for her performances as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, leads in Ravel Concerto and Nine Sinatra Songs, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, The Artist in The Monster and the Gift, and First Violin in Concerto Barocco. Locally, Adrienne has also performed with Project Flux, Boise Dance Co-op, at TreeFort and is a requested teacher in ballet and jazz. Adrienne has also served as company dancers’ representative, is a competition adjudicator, and is a Featured Artist for Russian Pointe brand. Sponsored for the 2017/18 season by Sandra and Brent Fery.

Andrew Taft

PRINCIPAL DANCER, BALLET IDAHO

Teaching Artist and Mentor

Andrew was born in Miami, Florida where he began his classical training at the age of 9 with Ruth Wiesen at the Miami Conservatory. He studied also with Thomas Armour, Robert Pike, Nancy Raffa, and other professional guest artists. He trained in both Limon and Graham technique at the New World School of the Arts. His ballet training continued in New York City with private coaching by Johan Renvall and David Howard. Andrew has danced leading roles with Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, Miami Ballet, Francis Owen/Cox Dance, Ballet Hawaii, and Miami City Ballet. Notable roles include Franz in Coppelia, Soloist in Theme and Variations, Prince Charming in Cinderella and The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty.

In 2011, Andrew had the honor to perform for Michelle Obama and her daughters in Ballet Hawaii’s The Nutcracker. Andrew joined Ballet Idaho in the 2008 season and has been a principal since 2012. He has danced leading roles in Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Pulcinella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Piano Concerto in G, Firebird and many others. Sponsored for the 2017/18 season by Robert and Brenda Atkinson.

Jessica Sulokowski

SOLOIST, BALLET IDAHO

Teaching Artist and Mentor

Jessica grew up in Jackson, New Jersey. She studied dance with the Princeton Ballet School and the Academy of Dance Arts, where she successfully passed the Royal Academy of Dance major examinations and performed as a pre-professional dancer with Company of Dance Arts. She has attended summer intensive workshops at the Kirov Ballet, the Washington School of Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jessica has been with Ballet Idaho for seven seasons, performing leads such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker and Tall Girl in Rubies. She has performed with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Anchorage Classical Ballet as the lead in La Bayadère, Project Flux, and Boise Dance Co-op. Aside from performing, Jessica teaches at the Ballet Idaho Academy, Ice World, and throughout New Jersey. She is a certified yoga instructor and lead actress of locally produced Boise film, Almosting It.

PROGRAM LOCATION

All classes for the intensive will be held in Boise, ID at Ballet Idaho and Academy studios. Ballet Idaho is located at 501 South 8th Street, Boise, ID, 83702.

LODGING

We try to arrange for a limited number of discounted hotel rooms for dancers and their families traveling from a distance. You’ll want to make your reservation early since there is a limited number. Please check back closer to the program dates for more information and discount links.o.  

ABOUT BOISE, IDAHO

Making many lists as one of the most liveable locales in the United States, Boise is the largest city in Idaho and is the capital of the Gem State. Boise is located in southwest Idaho, 430 miles from the seaport terminal of Portland, Oregon; 360 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, Utah; and 384 miles south of Spokane, Washington. Boise’s location serves as a conduit to provide highway, air and rail access to the Northwest. Boise helps set the cultural tone of the state, offering residents and visitors a rich collection of amenities from parks and restaurants to museums and music venues. While most of the city lies on a broad, flat plain, a stretch of mountains to the northeast offers great neighborhoods as well as great hiking and camping opportunities.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up forty-five days prior to the start of the program.  An exception will be made for documented medical or health reasons due to an unforeseen injury or illness. For dancers with an injury or illness, 100% of the tuition will be refunded up to thirty days prior to the start of the program. If the illness or injury reported to the program director under 30 days, a 50% refund will be issued by check no more than five business days after the completion of the program and the other 50% may be used as a credit for another program in the next twelve months that is produced and owned by Francisco Gella Dance Works. In the case of any injury or illness, a documented note or letter from a licensed physician must be submitted before a refund will be considered.

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