Ballet+

beyond technique

~ June 10-21, 2019 ~

 

 

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Earlybird Pricing Ends March 31, 2019
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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (Week Two) $397.50 $375.00

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2 Weeks.

80 Hours of Exceptional Training.

6 Expert Faculty-Mentors and Choreographers.

1 Unforgettable and Life-Changing Experience.

An in-depth,  two -week intensive (*option for one-week only) leading students to develop a strong technical foundation in ballet, modern, and jazz resulting in each student finding their own authentic voice.

We meet competitive and conservatory dancers where they are in their training journey. Our faculty travel through Ballet+ together with each individual student – honoring their uniqueness, encouraging growth, and challenging to realize their potential.

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 100 dancers per week. We expect that this will sell-out quickly.

 

About Ballet+ (beyond technique)

Highly-acclaimed choreographer and dance educator Francisco Gella has introduced his revolutionary dance training technique and philosophy to thousands of dancers around the world through intensives, private instruction and master classes. Young dancers have the opportunity to spend a one or two-week intensive with him and his team through his innovative program called Ballet+(beyond technique) .

Ballet+ is more than a program, it’s a powerful idea and a life-changing experience. The program is based on Francisco’s extensive twenty-five year dance career and his background in gymnastics coaching. With an integrated teaching approach, he and his faculty teach the ‘whole student’ – developing dancers into well-rounded and versatile performers and most importantly, human beings.

Ballet+ (beyond technique) – The Miami Experience, accelerates the training of children, youth and pre-professionals and assists them in being fully prepared and motivated for a successful summer of dance experiences – whether going to an intensive, a national competition or staying at your home studio to train in preparation for a college dance program or professional audition.

With the guidance and knowledge of expert faculty mentors with years of experience dedicated to education, training, performance and choreography, young dancers will quickly become more aware of their own body and the mind’s connection to it.  Regardless of how long they’ve been dancing, participants will grow more than they knew they ever believed was possible and get closer to realizing their potential.

Ballet+ takes student dancers beyond technique to explore their limits as an artist, an athlete, and a technician.

 

Participation Eligibility/Daily Schedule/Class Size

ELIGIBILITY:  Ballet+ Miami is limited to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 only due to the requirements of the program. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a competition or conservatory student  having danced for at least one year in a competition studio as a company member with a minimum of 1-2 ballet classes 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. What is most important is that dancers come with a strong desire to be challenged and grow.

PARTICIPATION OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: Student Dancers may participate in either the first or the second week, or both. ALL dancers, regardless of which weeks they participate, will receive the best in training and inspiration from our faculty.

Two-Week Option: Dancers who participate in both weeks will receive a discounted tuition cost and will also be given priority for full participation in original choreography by Francisco Gella and others as well as repertory work from a world-renowned choreographer – reset by their repertoire.  The work will be featured at a closing student demonstration on Friday evening, June 21st.

One-Week Option: Students who participate in the first week will learn some repertory, but will obviously not be able to participate in the final show on the 21st. Students who participate in Week 2 only will have a limited opportunity to learn choreography and participate in the closing show.

Dancers MUST commit to the full schedule for each week. No exceptions for other commitments will be made. The schedule will run from 9am-5 or 6pm daily. Saturday, June 15th will be a day-off.

CLASS SIZE: Every class will have a teaching assistant and all classes are limited to 50-55 dancers max.  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.

Schedule

*Sunday, June 16 is a day for Week 1 and Week 2 students to take classes together. It is strongly encouraged but optional for Week 1 students.

WEEK 1

Monday, June 10:  8am – 6pm

Tuesday, June 11 – Thursday, June 13:  9am – 6pm

Friday, June 14: 9am – 7:30pm

Saturday, June 15:  DAY OFF

Sunday, June 16:  8am – 3pm

WEEK 2

Sunday, June 16:  8am – 3pm

Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20:  9am – 6pm

Friday, June 21:  9am – 7:30pm

 

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABILITY

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 DEADLINES

  • 2/1 –  Early Fall Programs Deadline 
  • 1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships
  • 5/1  – Late Fall Programs Deadline  
  • 2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

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

 

Faculty Mentors

FRANCISCO GELLA, Director and Core Faculty

 

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv, Choreographer
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.

YUSHA MARIE SORZANO Core Faculty

Ballet, Modern, African-Based Movement, Contemporary, Choreographer
Originally from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Ailey II, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance and the Los Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed in principal roles with The Ailey company and in a variety of concert works from noted choreographers, including Ulysses Dove, Robert Battle, Hofesh Shechter, Mauro Bigonzetti, Judith Jameson and Ron K. Brown. She has worked with recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Rihanna, and she has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars.” She also starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” Ms.Sorzano is a faculty member of The Joffrey Jazz Contemporary Program. When not performing, she enjoys teaching master classes nationally and internationally.

JULIE ROSE FRIEDRICH, Core Faculty

Ballet, Contemporary, Composition 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.

DIEGO SALTERINI

Jazz Technique and Theatre Dance
Diego Salterini, Co-Director of Dance NOW! Miami, is a native of Rome, Italy, having moved to the U.S. in 1997 after an illustrious career as lead dancer, and assistant choreographer for many popular Italian T.V. and theatre shows. In the United States he danced extensively with companies including Michael Uthoff Dance Theater. He trained with Maestro Roberto Salaorni who he considers his mentor, as well as Flavio Bennati (Teatro La Scala), Michelle Ellis (ABT), Mamy Raomeria (Maurice Bejart), Daniel Lewis (Limón), Ranko Yokoyama (Luis Falco), Max Stone, Susie Taylor, Roger Dillhaunty, and Michelle Kadison. His choreography has been presented in nine states as well as Europe, Central and South America. His teaching career, spanning almost three decades, includes national and international organizations such as NWSA, FIU, Miami City Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, Ballet Stagium and Mostra Dança (Brazil), I.A.L.S. (Italy), CENIDI Danza José Limón (Mexico) to name a few. Diego served as regional jazz dance adjudicator for Young Arts until 2012 and has been on faculty at the Interlochen Summer Camp since 2005 and the Joffrey Ballet School NY Summer Program since 2012.

JEFFREY SMITH

Modern Technique
Jeffrey Smith is a Miami based choreographer, multimedia artist, and dance educator. He received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and his MFA from Florida State University focusing on emerging collaborative relationships between dance and multimedia technology. In 2002 Jeffrey became a member of The Martha Graham Ensemble, touring domestically and performing classic Graham works such as Diversion of Angels, Acts of Light and El Penitente as well as teaching extensively throughout New York City’s five boroughs. In 2005 he became a member of The Paul Taylor Dance Company touring internationally and performing in over 40 of Mr. Taylor’s masterworks. Jeffrey’s multimedia pieces, choreographic works, and films have been seen at various festivals and events. Most recently he’s made works for The Peter London Global Dance Company and Tulane’s Newcomb Dance Company in New Orleans where he also designed interactive projections for Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Jeffrey is currently on the faculty at New World School of the Arts.

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Fiona Dorr, BFA Student, Florida State University

 

Program Facilities

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center provides a world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center plays a key role in the economic and cultural development of the area and opened on October 1, 2011.In addition to providing a diverse range of quality entertainment to people from all backgrounds and ages, the Center’s mission includes an emphasis on educational and outreach activities in partnership with community groups. The Center’s multiple rehearsal and performing spaces also offers accessible state-of-the-art facilities to the Miami-Dade artistic community, presenters and audiences throughout South Florida.

SMDCAC is located at 10950 SW 211th St., Miami, FL  33189.

 

Housing

We arranged 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.

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-South/Homestead
2855 NE 9th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033

To make reservations you may phone in or use the website below.
1-800-HAMPTON (426-7866)
On the reservation screen of the hotel direct website:
www.HamptonInnHomestead.com
In the group/ convention code field enter: FGD
Give the reservation agent the following information Property Code: HSTFL
Group code: FGD Group Name: Francisco Gella Dance Works

 

ENROLL

Earlybird Pricing Ends March 31, 2019
If enrolling with a 50% deposit, the balance is due prior to May 9, 2019
Ticket Type Price Cart
BALLET+ 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (Two Weeks) $775.00 $725.00

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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition (Two Weeks) $1,550.00 $1,450.00

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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (Week Two) $397.50 $375.00

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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition (Week Two) $795.00 $750.00

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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (Week One) $397.50 $375.00

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BALLET+ 2019: Tuition (Week One) $795.00 $750.00

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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: balletplus@franciscogelladance.com