New Year’s Training Camp – 2021


DECEMBER 28-30, 2021

Pasadena, CA

  • ‘Bootcamp’ style training (with supportive faculty) that pushes the physical, technical, and artistic capacities of each individual participant.
  • Preparation for upcoming virtual and live auditions, intensives and performances in the 2022 season.


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NYTC 2021 $580.00 USD

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  • Early bird pricing ends October 15, 2021 
  • If enrolling with a 50% deposit, the balance is due on December 1, 2021.
  • Any studio or conservatory with 10 or more dancers attending, is eligible for a group rate discount. Please contact us in the chatbox below or email us to make arrangements.
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Open and limited to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10-21 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 three 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. Although the above is required, what is most important is that dancers come with a strong desire to be challenged and grow.

Space will be limited for up to 100 dancers for the three days and dancers will be broken up into two groups based on age. We expect that this program will sell-out again this year.


To increase the diversity of dancers who are able to train with us and to create an inclusive learning environment, Francisco Gella Dance Works offers a limited amount of tuition scholarships for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships are reserved for those with true financial need, and will be allocated according to the combined consideration of both merit (ability and potential) and demonstrated financial need. Decisions on scholarships will be made on a rolling basis, and because a limited amount of scholarship awards are awarded, it is best to apply early.

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





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. With New Year’s Training Camp, and the expert guidance of the program’s artistic directors Francisco and veteran dance educator Julie Friedrich, preprofessional dancers from 10 years old to college-age have an opportunity to spend a challenging and fun-filled three-day ‘boot-camp’ style intensive in beautiful Los Angeles. This rigorous, holistic program 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.


Along with the exceptional training and mentorship you’ll receive from our faculty, there’s another important reason to attend New Year’s Training Camp!

Our intensive is a designated audition location for the Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Trainee Program, as well as scholarship awards for Francisco Gella’s Ballet+ (beyond technique) intensive in Miami and the New Century Dance Project Choreographic and Performance Workshop. All of these programs will be held between June and August 2022. 

There’s nothing extra you need to do when enrolling in NYTC and there is no extra cost if you’d like to audition. Our staff will reach out to everyone who has enrolled before the program begins to find out if you’d like to register for the audition.


To help you prepare for the experience, here is a downloadable PDF of the 2019 schedule (2020 was virtual) as an example of what you can expect this year until we update the schedule closer to the program date. Please note, this schedule is subject to change from year to year.

The daily class schedule will run between the following hours:

  • Tuesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm

Student dancers are required to participate for the entire three days of the program to experience the desired results.


Classes include a strong foundation in ballet, modern and jazz techniques, along with complemented by Contemporary Movement, Theatre Dance (Broadway), Improvisational techniques, Yoga, and workshops focusing on auditions and college dance/careers in dance.



Artistic Director and Core Faculty

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv, Choreography Rep

Francisco Gella’s distinguished twenty-five career as a compelling dancer, award-winning choreographer, and widely-recognized dance educator began when he took his first formal dance class at the University of Washington at the age of nineteen. His innovative choreography and highly effective teaching methods are sought after by professional companies, universities, arts high schools, conservatories, and studios across North America and around the globe.

Francisco’s choreographic commissions include Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Orange County School for the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  His commission ‘Between the Lines’, set on PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April, at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and was selected by PHILADANCO’S Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown as the company’s sole performance at the opening to the Democratic National Convention in 2016. 

Among the recognition he has received includes numerous choreography awards at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition including Outstanding Choreographer, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the National Regional Dance America Conference in 2007.  In 2013, Francisco premiered ‘Concentric Harmonies’ at Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles, a work that went on to receive the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, his work ‘Solstice’, performed by the Phoenix Ballet had its world premiere at the 60th Anniversary Gala of the Beijing Dance Academy and its European premiere at Poland’s prestigious Lodz International Ballet Festival. In May 2016, his work ‘Souvenirs de Mouvement’ was selected as a featured performance at the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing & Visual Arts’ annual ‘Flying Horse Gala’. In 2018, Francisco’s work, performed by the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was selected for the gala performance at the National High School Dance Festival.  Most recently, Francisco was invited to return as a resident artist at the International Dance Festival Palm Springs in 2020 where he has again been commissioned to premiere a new work. And coming up in 2020 he has been invited to create new works for Ballet Idaho and Brigham Young University.

Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and COLABO Youth Dance Collective (2008-2015). As founding Chief Creative Officer of Francisco Gella Dance Works, he has created numerous educational programs; Ballet+ (beyond technique) workshops, the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, New Year’s Training Camp, Seattle Dance Advance, the Ballet Company Intensive, the New Century Dance Project (a youth dance festival), the College Prep program, and Dance 360 – an online educational community that provides ongoing knowledge and support for students, parents, and teachers. Additionally, Francisco is the lead ballet and modern faculty member for the 24 Seven Dance Convention and founding director of ARIA Ballet Intensive produced by Break The Floor. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Francisco now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Core Faculty, Francisco Gella Dance Works

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv, Choreographer

Julie Friedrich’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, mentor, and dance educator in the areas of ballet and contemporary dance spans more than 18 years since she joined her first professional company at the age of 17.  Julie received her primary dance education from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Meredith Baylis of the Joffrey Ballet School. Upon graduation, Julie joined the American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre and then went onto join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.  Discovering her passion for contemporary dance during her time with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she made the move to Europe where she danced professionally for the following five years. She has danced works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Ohad Naharin, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Guy Weizman, Alex Ketley, and various other European choreographers. Upon returning to the United States Julie joined the acclaimed contemporary dance company BodyTraffic as one of its founding members.

Currently, Julie teaches, choreographs and mentors students across the country. She teaches full time at the Windward School in Culver City under the direction of Alesia Young, and tours the country with Francisco Gella as part of his artistic team as one of his principle faculty mentors. In 2017 Julie became the associate artistic director of the Pre Professional Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico under the direction of Francisco Gella. Julie has been on faculty at the ARIA intensive as part of Dancerpalooza for the last three years. Most recently Julie has signed on to become one of the main contributors to Dance 360 under the umbrella of Francisco Gella Dance Works.

Previously, Julie taught for over a decade at both the Orange County High School for the Arts and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During her time at both schools, along with teaching ballet and contemporary, she was the lead senior seminar advisor to all of the graduating dance students going onto the professional and collegiate world of dance.  Through her guidance, Julie has numerous Young Arts winners and her students have gone on to study at the Juilliard School, USC/Kaufman, SUNY Purchase, Tisch at NYU, and the Boston Conservatory just to name a few. Professionally, she has former students working in such companies as ATE9, Kyle Abraham, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cirque Du Soleil, and on Broadway. In 2012 Julie was featured in the documentary film “ Fame High” for her mentorship of Grace Song, the first Korean American female to be admitted in dance to the Juilliard School.

In 2013, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers.


Theatre Dance

Wilson Mendieta is a graduate of the University of Washington with an M.F.A. degree in Dance and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Evans School of Public Affairs. He also received a B.F.A. degree in Acting and B.A. minor in Dance from Montclair State University. Prior to earning his Masters in Fine Arts degree, he lived in the New York City area where he worked as a performer for television, radio spots, commercials, concert dance companies, and Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. His choreography has been seen throughout the States including at The Kennedy Center in D.C. and has been invited to festivals in Venezuela and Australia. He’s taught at the University of Minnesota, Purchase, Montclair State University, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP 21, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam, to name a few. His research on how to better equip performing arts students to have sustained careers in their fields has been invited for presentation at the International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Oahu, HI. He also has served as a panelist for several arts funding organizations including The National Endowment for the Arts.


steven sofia

Steven Sofia is presently teaching Dance and Pilates at Chapman University. Prior to joining the faculty at Chapman, he spent three years as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington for the Musical Theater Program.  Steven is a Broadway performer, dance captain, choreographer and dance and Pilates teacher. His Broadway and National tour credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls (‘92 revival), and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story. Some other credits include: A Chorus Line at Olney Theatre (Helen Hayes Award winner for the Best Musical in 2013), An Evening with Betty Buckley at Carnegie Hall, Applause at City Center’s Encores, Susan Stroman’s Contact with Sarasota Ballet at Asolo Rep. Theatre, and several Tony Awards and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade presentations. He also danced with The American Dance Machine where he worked with such choreographers as Ron Field, Agnes DeMille, Buzz Miller, and Gwen Verdon, to name a few. He has been an assistant to Broadway choreographers Tony Stevens and Chris Chadman. Steven restaged the National Tour of Chicago for Troika, a number for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Andy Williams, productions of Pippin, Anything Goes and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the UW, a production for the Wings Theater, and directed and choreographed Pippin for NYU’s Cap21. Steven has been on the dance faculty with NYU, Cap21, SUNY Purchase, Marymount College, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Steven is also a certified classical Pilates instructor.





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We’ve 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. Please check back here by September 15 for hotel details.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued with cancellations made up to sixty 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 is under 30 days, a 50% refund will be issued b 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 on their letterhead must be submitted before a refund will be considered.

Feel free to contact us in the chatbox below or email us if you have any questions.