SEATTLE DANCE ADVANCE 2018: Training to Transform

Event Details:
Details Price Qty
Teacher Observer Pass $95.00 (USD)  
Registration (ages 8-10) $550.00 (USD)  
Registration (ages 11-13) $550.00 (USD)  
Registration (ages 14-21) $550.00 (USD)  

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  • Seattle Dance Advance
    November 23, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Event Phone: 213-926-3861

A Thanksgiving Weekend in Seattle You’ll Always Remember.

Almost 30 Hours of Exceptional Training in 3 Days.

Expert Faculty Mentors Led By Master Teacher Francisco Gella.

All at the Beautiful Historic Studios of Cornish College of the Arts.

This three-day holiday weekend 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 150 dancers for the three days (students will be broken into groups of up to 50 per studio based on age). We expect that this program will sell-out.

Brought to you by Francisco Gella Dance Works.  Dance Prodigy Booking, Presenting Sponsor.


For dancers, the future is what they do now to prepare for their success. 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. 

With the introduction of The Seattle Dance Advance the weekend following Thanksgiving holiday, master educator and choreographer Francisco Gella returns to the city that ignited his passion for the art form while a student at the University of Washington. Along with his team of expert faculty mentors, Francisco will share his deep knowledge and expertise refined in his 25+ years as a performance artist, gymnastics coach, teaching artist and dance maker. 

Participants who are traveling from distances, will have the option of booking a discounted hotel room as part of our seminar block, as long as rooms are available. The hotel will be in Downtown Seattle, the ‘Emerald City’. Typically described as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Seattle is filled with vibrant neighborhoods and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful bodies of water and mountains, the city is an exciting destination to visit.

. Special seminars and workshops will be offered to teachers and parents.

Participation Requirements/Daily Schedule/Class Size

The Seattle Dance Advance 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 three age categories; 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & 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:  Friday, 8:30-6; Saturday 9-6; and Sunday 9-7.



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.

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 workshop or two 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.

Hotel Accommodations/Discount Hotel Block

The Seattle Dance Advance Team will be arranging 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.

 Renaissance Seattle Hotel  

515 Madison Street Seattle, WA 98104

Toll free: 1-800-546-9184

Direct: 1-206-583-0300

Book your group rate for Seattle Dance Advance Room Block

For other hotel recommendations close to the studios where the program will be held, go to Downtown Seattle Hotels.

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, 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 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.


CORE FACULTY:  Modern Technique, Ballet, Contemporary Rep

Hai Cohen was born in Beer-Sheva Israel. He trained at Bat Dor Professional dance school and was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship, given only to the top dance students in Israel. His training continued with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. For five years Hai toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company. He was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Rami Be-er in 2007. Hai toured internationally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and currently teaches Kibbutz repertory throughout the world. He joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2010-2013. He currently teaches modern and classical ballet at Idyllwild Arts and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.


Even more outstanding guest faculty to be announced soon!

Program Facilities: Cornish College of the Arts

The original Cornish School building built by Nellie Cornish in 1921, today’s Kerry Hall houses the Dance and Music departments. Off the tree-shaded courtyard on the east side of Kerry is the entrance to the 200-seat PONCHO Concert Hall. Rehearsal rooms and departmental offices take up the bulk of Kerry’s space. The building’s top floor includes some spectacular dance studios. Named for Mrs. A. S. Kerry co-founder of the Music and Art Foundation that saved the Cornish School and ran it as a non-profit, Kerry Hall is a linchpin of the Capitol Hill’s Harvard-Belmont Historic District.

The Kerry Studios at Cornish are located at 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA.



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