The Ballet Company Intensive

A joint program of Francisco Gella Dance Works and Ballet Idaho

~ Summer 2020 ~

Check back in October for the 2020 BCI program details and earlybird pricing! Email us at info@franciscogelladance.com if you have immediate questions.

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 from Francisco Gella with exceptional technical and artistic training and a one-of-a-kind dance experience giving you an inside scoop on 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. And 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, ID.

Garrett, Francisco, and the other teaching artists including Ballet Idaho company members will be your mentors and guides through 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.

ELIGIBILITY

Open and limited 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.

CLASS SIZE

Classes will be limited to no more than 38 dancers per age group.  Students will be broken into two age groups: ages 10-12, and 13-18

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

In 2019, the program ran from about 9AM to 6PM on most days. Check back later for specific dates and time. 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 last year’s tentative schedule to give you an idea of what to expect at BCI.

All classes will be held in Boise, ID at Ballet Idaho. Ballet Idaho is located at 501 South 8th Street, Boise, ID, 83702.

FRANCISCO GELLA EQUITY DANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to 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 better to apply early.

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

Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.

2019 TEACHING ARTISTS and MENTORS

Garrett Anderson, Artistic Director, Ballet Idaho

Garrett 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, Belguim. 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 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.

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Chief Creative Officer, Francisco Gella Dance Works

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.

More teaching artist and mentors to be announced soon!

HOUSING

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.  

PROGRAM FACILITIES

All classes for the intensive will be held in Boise, ID at Ballet Idaho and Academy studios

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 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.

  For questions and more information: info@franciscogelladance.com