Event Details:
  • 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.  


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 9-6.



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  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.

Parent Involvement

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.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up thirty 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.

Faculty Mentors



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


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: Contemporary and Contemporary Rep

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 seven years in the company, he and his wife left In 2008 to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, as a first soloist. There he toured extensively throughout Europe and the world. In January of 2011, he returned to the United States to dance with Trey McIntyre Project. Following this tour, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in August of 2011. In August of 2016 Garrett became Chair of the Dance Dept. at New Mexico School for the Arts. He has since performed two seasons with SF Danceworks in San Francisco for which he was named as one of the years outstanding male performers by Dance Europe in 2016. Garrett has worked personally with such choreographers as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and more. Garrett has also been a Guest artist with LED, Ballet Chicago, Civic ballet of Chicago, and Chicago Reparatory Ballet. Garrett was the recipient of the American Ballet Theatre national dance scholarship and holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s college of California. Beginning in July of 2018, Garrett will become the Artistic Director of Ballet Idaho in Boise.



CORE FACULTY: Jazz and Musical Theatre

Lisa was born and raised in the UK and trained at The London Studio Center, The Conservatoire de Paris (with Matt Mattox), Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey in New York. She now lives and works in Los Angeles after living for 5 and a half years in New York. Lisa has performed the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago in many countries around the world including Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Kuala Lumpur,and is regarded as an expert of the ‘Fosse style’. She has worked with and assisted many leading choreographers including Susan Stroman, Matthew Bourne ,Gillian Lynne, Baayork Lee, Chet Walker, Mitch Sebastian, Al Blackstone, Lisa Stevens and Andrew Wright. She was the associate choreographer of Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London ,and has been choreographer or assistant choreographer on shows such as 42nd St, Crazy For You, Cats, Carousel Peter Pan and Zombie Prom. She has been a faculty member at University of California Irvine, teaching jazz dance, and at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York for 6 years (teaching theatre dance on both the Jazz and Contemporary and Youth Ballet Programs as well as in their summer intensives in NYC, Miami and LA) and AMTA NYC. She is also a fully qualified Flybarre instructor for Flywheel Sports. Lisa taught Matt Mattox, Jazz, Musical Theater and Tap in London for colleges such as; Millennium Performing Arts, AMTA, London Studio Center, The MTA, GSA and Mountview for many years before moving to the states. Lisa teaches all levels and all ages of dance and movement. She was head of dance for the pre – AMTA part time school in London – working with actor/movers. She was also fundamental in helping AMTA move to NYC and set up their second school in 2017. She is the Founder, Creative Director and Producer for her production company LDR Creative.

Program Facilities: Performing Arts Academy of Marin

The Performing Arts Academy of Marin is located at 

60 Belvedere Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941.



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