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Details Price Qty
Registration (ages 8-12) $575.00 (USD)  
Registration (ages 13-21) $575.00 (USD)  

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  • New Year's Training Camp
    December 27, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Event Phone: 213-926-3861


3 Days.

27 Hours. 

8 Exceptional Faculty Mentors.

1 Transformative Experience. 

A rigorous and holistic intensive to accelerate training ,inspire and motivate greater individual effort, and prepare students for successful auditions, intensives, performances and competitions in the new year ahead.

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.



Highly acclaimed dance educator and choreographer Francisco Gella has introduced his revolutionary dance training technique and philosophy to hundreds of dancers around the world through private instruction and master classes. And now preprofessional dancers from college age to 8 years old have an opportunity to spend challenging and fun  three-day training camp in beautiful Los Angeles. New Years Training Camp is a rigorous new holistic program that is structured to accelerate your training as a dancer, inspire you to go much further in your journey during the year ahead, and want more for your future. The technique-based program will focus on strengthening the body, mind and spirit with a structured curriculum that will build on skills each day, resulting in opportunities to demonstrate your detailed artistry before the three days are complete.

FRANCISCO GELLA,  Artistic Director and Principal Faculty Mentor
Ballet, Strength and Conditioning, Modern, Contemporary Ballet, Improv
[BA in Dance, University of Washington; Choreographer; Danced Professionally Including PHILADANCO, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Ballet Pacifica;  Ballet Faculty for the24 Seven Dance Convention.; Master Teacher and Trainer with Francisco Gella Dance Works.]
JULIE SHULMAN FRIEDRICH, Principal Faculty Mentor
Ballet, Contemporary, Improv, Career Planning Strategies
[Dance Faculty at Windward School; Has Taught at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Orange County School of the Arts; Danced Professionally in Canada, Italy and the USA including Les Grand Ballet Canadians and MotoMimetico; Master Teacher with Francisco GellaDance Works.]
[BFA in Dance, University of California, Los Angeles;  Professional Dancer with Danielle Agami’s ATE9; Certified Gaga Teacher.]
Horton Modern Technique and Social Dance
[BFA in Dance, Fordham University; Danced Professionally Including Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Morphoses, BODYTRAFFIC, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers;  Master Teacher with Joffrey Jazz Contemporary Program and Francisco Gella Dance Works.]
Theatre Dance and Jazz Technique
[BFA in Acting and Dance, Montclair State University; MFA in Dance, University of WashingtonRetired Professional Dancer; Assistant Professor in Dance, Chapman University; Broadway Performer and Choreographer.]
[BFA, The Juilliard School; Danced Professionally with BODYTRAFFIC, Koresh Dance Company, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal;  Dance Faculty, Windward School, Gabrielle Charter School, and AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts; Yoga and Fitness Instructor.]
Open and limited to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 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 weekly of dance classes, or who has been 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. All participants must be serious about their dance training and want to improve. 



Classes will be limited to no more than 50 dancers per group.  Students will be broken into two age groups – ages 8-12, and 13 and older.



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.

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.



The program will run from 9am – 8pm each day.  On the first day, check-in will begin at 9am with orientation beginning at 9:30am. Classes include a strong foundation in ballet technique, complemented by Modern technique, Jazz technique, Contemporary, African-based movement, Theatre Dance (Broadway), Improvisational techniques, Yoga, and workshops on healthy body maintenance and college dance/careers in dance.

All classes will be held in Los Angeles at the Windward School.  Windward is located at 11350 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066.



Space WILL be very limited so you will want to register early for this unique opportunity. We fully expect to sell out.



New Years Training Camp will soon be releasing information on a special discounted block just for students and their families. Rooms at the discounted rate are available for check-in beginning on December 27 with a check-out of December 31.  The official training camp hotel will be

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles-Westside

6161 West Centinela Avenue

Culver City, California 90230


Event registration code: 601



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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.