New Year’s Training Camp – 2022


While They Rest, You Train


 ~ NYTC 2022 will be held in Los Angeles on December 28-30. Registration will open by July. ~

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 8 years old to college-age 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.


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.


The program will run from 9am to 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.

To help you prepare for the experience, here is a downloadable PDF of last year’s schedule to give you an idea of what to expect at NYTC.

All classes will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy.  LABA is located at 16422 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436, USA.


A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to the combined consideration of both merit and financial need. Decisions on scholarships will be made on a rolling basis and a limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, so it is best to apply early.


9/1 – Early Deadline for Fall Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

11/1 – Late Deadline for Fall Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

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


2019 Faculty to be announced before the event.

FRANCISCO GELLA, Chief Creative Officer & 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

JULIE ROSE FRIEDRICH, Associate Director for College and Career Programs & 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.

YUSHA MARIE SORZANO, Associate Director for Community Management & Core Faculty

Yusha Sorzano

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.


Theatre Dance and Jazz Technique
Wilson 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.


Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Christina has trained and performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, as well as South America and Asia.

Christina was destined to dance, and at the age of twelve began her professional training at The National Ballet School of Canada and subsequently, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Following a serious ankle injury, she redirected her focus from classical ballet to contemporary dance, and moved to New York City to attend the renowned Juilliard School. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, Christina danced professionally for over a decade, touring the world with companies that include Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, BODYTRAFFIC (Los Angeles) and Koresh Dance Company (Philadelphia). Christina has also worked commercially and has performed in special events for companies such as Cirque du Soleil,  Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, L’Oreal and Radio Canada.

Alongside her love of performing, Christina naturally gravitated towards teaching. In addition to teaching dance, Christina is a 200 hr YogaWorks certified Yoga Instructor and she teaches both yoga and dance in private and group settings. Christina is on Dance Faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Windward Private School, Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and The Gabriella Foundation. You can also catch one of her upbeat dance fitness classes at The BOD in Beverly Hills. Christina also teaches master classes nationally and has been on guest faculty for University of Southern California, Regional Dance America, Francisco Gella Dance Works, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Long Beach Ballet and Greater Washington Dance Center.

Christina’s colleagues describe her as personable, outgoing, loyal and driven. It is important to Christina to give back and she feels privileged to pass on the incredible gift of movement to her clients, with the goal of enhancing their lives as much as it has hers!


BFA in Dance, University of California, Los Angeles;  Professional Dancer with Danielle Agami’s ATE9; Certified Gaga Teacher.

More teaching artist announcements coming soon!



We 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 closer to the program dates for details.


If enrolling with a 50% deposit, the balance is due prior to December 1, 2019.

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CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: 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.  

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