Escazu, Costa Rica

Event Details:
  • January 20, 2016 - January 24, 2016


More Than 27.5 Hours of Training With Expert Faculty

Francisco Gella’s Ballet+ is more than a program, it’s a powerful idea and a transformative experience.

Ballet+ is based on his extensive twenty-five year dance career and his background in gymnastics. With an integrated teaching approach, he incorporates spirituality, psychology, physiology, and kinesthetic awareness – all toward developing you into a more holistic and versatile dancer.

Taking place for the first time in Costa Rica, Ballet+ is designed to accelerate your training and to assist you in being fully prepared and motivated for a successful future 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, you’ll quickly become more aware of your own body and the mind’s connection to it.  Regardless of how many years you’ve been dancing, you’ll do more than you knew you ever believed you could and get closer to realizing your potential.

Ballet+ will take you beyond technique to explore your limits as an artist, an athlete, and a technician.

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For intermediate and advanced dancers ages 9-22 from all schools and studios in Costa Rica and beyond. 

Faculty Biographies



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 years since hetook his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. Universities, schools, andcompanies seek after his award-winning innovative choreography, and highly effective inspirational teachingmethods, across North America and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director COLABOYouth Dance Collective and currently has artistic residencies in Orem, Utah and Dallas, Texas. He alsoserves as ballet director for the nationally acclaimed 24 Seven Dance Convention and the ARIA BalletIntensive. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella immigrated to the United States at age eleven and now resides in Los Angeles, CA



Ballet, Modern, Contemporary

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 theLos Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed in principal roles with The Ailey company and in avariety of concert works from noted choreographers, including Ulysses Dove, Robert Battle, HofeshShechter, Mauro Bigonzetti, Judith Jameson and Ron K. Brown. She has worked with recording artistsWynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Rihanna, and she has been a guest artist on “Dancing withthe 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.



Contemporary, Improv, Movement Research

Jon Ole Olstad started dancing at the age of 16 and took his first ballet class when auditioning for a highschool dance department. He quickly realized dancing was his big passion and that he would do anything tomake his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true. Later he was accepted into the NationalAcademy of the Arts in Oslo, and graduated with a bachelor degree in 2009. After college he was hired forthe tour project “Kamuyot”, a collaboration between the Swedish Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Companyled by artistic director Ohad Naharin. During this time he participated in daily ‘gaga’ class, the training formthey use in Batsheva Dance Company, and developed a great love and respect for this work. In 2010 JonOle formed the choreographic duo “Ruth n ´Walter” together with Caroline Skjoershammer. Their first duet”Epilogue” got invited to the Cross Connection Choreography Competition and in 2012 they created “Dear,its time to turn the lights off”, which was performed in different festivals and venues. In 2013, Jon Ole washired by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot. He has worked withchoreographers such as Paul Lighfoot and Sol Leon, Johan Inger, Hofesh Shechter, Marco Goecke,Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian, Mehdi Walerski and Crystal Pite. In 2015 he was awarded 1. Prize in theprestigious competition, International Solo- Tanz Festival in Stuttgart. With his solo “and we already knewthe names” he was awarded 1.Prize in Dance and 1.Prize in the Choreography category. He startedteaching in 2009 and has a huge passion for sharing his knowledge and the love of dance. He has taught at numerous colleges and studios across Norway, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City- Lines Ballet inSan Fransisco, New York University/Tisch, The National Academy Of The Arts in Oslo, Edge performing ArtsCenter in Los Angeles, Movement Lifestyle and Opificio Movimento in Rome.




Since 1982, Sue has been the Owner/Artistic Director of The Dance Studio of Fresno, and Co-ownerof The Dance Studio 2. The studios have attracted thousands of dancers from throughout the State ofCalifornia and especially from the Central Valley. Sue has been a guest teacher for severalorganizations including The Debbie Reynolds Dance Center, United Spirit Association,University ofSanta Barbara, Houston Met 2 and various private dance studios, universities, and workshopsthroughout the United States. She has served as an Adjudicator with several dancecompetitions/conventions including WCDE, Break the Floor Productions, USA, and Hall of FameDance Challenge. In 2015,  Sue’s dancers received notable success in the dance world.  Her EliteDance Company was awarded “‘Studio of the Year” at last summer’s Dance Awards National Finalsand was also named “Top Ensemble” and “Top School” at the Youth American Grand Prix in LosAngeles. Students mentored and trained by Sue have gone on to prestigious dance programs such asJuilliard (Miriam Gittens- 2013), Suny/Purchase, Marymount Manhatten, NYU, University of Arizona,Chapman, UCLA and many more.  Several of her students have worked professionally in Companies,Broadway and Television including Jason Glover(SYTYCD season 6 top 10), Gina Starbuck (Wicked-Bring it On- Art 4Life) Allysa Shorte (After Midnight, High School Musical 3) Tiffany Rea (principal dancer with Elisa Monte Dance Company) and Sean Omandam ( soloist for Colorado Ballet). Sue believes when children realize the joy of movement and the reward of hard work, the result is an explosion of emotion, a thrill in their accomplishment, and a hunger for the pursuit of excellence in all areas of their lives.



*Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, January 20

8:00-8:30am Check-in/Registration
8:30-9:00am  Kick-off with the director and the faculty
9-10:30am Ballet Technique
Group A/Francisco
Group B/Yusha
10:30-Noon Group A/Ballet-Based Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
Group B/Ballet Technique for Contemporary Dance with Yusha
Noon-1p Lunch
1-2:30p Group A/Ballet Technique for Contemporary Dance with Yusha
Group B/ Ballet-Based Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
2:30-3p End of the Day Debrief/Faculty Check-in w/Dancers
6-8:30p Adult Ballet Class

Thursday, January 21

9-10:30a Group A/Port de Bras Technique with Yusha
Group B/Ballet-Based Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
10:30-Noon Group A/Ballet-Based Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
Group B/Port de Bras Technique with Yusha
Noon-1p Lunch
1-2p Group A/ Horton Modern Technique with Yusha
Group B/ Limon Modern Technique with Francisco
2-3p Group A/ Horton Modern Technique with Yusha
Group B/ Limon Modern Technique with Francisco
3-3:30p End of Day Mindfulness and Breathing Session
6-8:30p Adult Ballet Class

Friday, January 22

9-10:30a Group A/Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
 Group B/Pointe with Yusha
10:30-Noon Group A/Pointe with Yusha
Group B/Stretching and Conditioning with Francisco
Noon-1p Lunch
1-2:30p Group A/Men’s Class with Francisco
Group B/Pointe with Yusha
3-3:30p End of the Day Debrief/Faculty Check-in w/Dancers
6-8:30p Adult Contemporary Class

Saturday, January 23

9-10:30a Turns and Leaps with Francisco
10:30a-Noon Finding your personal voice through movement with Jon
Noon-1p Lunch
1-2:30p Adult Ballet Class
1-2p Group A/Contemporary Rep with Yusha
Group B/Contemporary with Jon
2-3p Group A/Contemporary with Jon
Group B/Contemporary Rep with Yusha
3-4p Teens & Seniors Tap Masterclass with Sue Sampson-Dalena
3-3:30p End of Day Mindfulness and Breathing Session

Sunday, January 24

9-10:30a Group A/Ballet Technique with Francisco
Group B/Ballet Technique with Yusha
10:30-11:30a Group A/Contemporary Ballet with Yusha
Group B/Movement Exploration with Jon
11:30-12:30p Lunch
12:30-1:30p Group A/Movement Exploration with Jon
Group B/Contemporary Ballet with Yusha
1-2:30p Adult Contemporary Class
1:30-2:30p Juniors & Minis Tap Masterclass with Sue Sampson-Dalena
2:30-2:45p Break
2:45-3:45p Improv Jam with Francisco
3:45-5p Closing Program with Parents and Teachers




Venue Phone: 506 2288 5490

317 Avenida Escazu, Escazu, Costa Rica